entertainment • presentation • installation

24 January 2017

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundForever Young - Petula Clark will make her UK festival debut at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival on Friday 11 August. "We're really proud to be the first British festival that Petula has played," says Fairport bassist and Cropredy co-organiser Dave Pegg. "I saw her show in Birmingham recently and it blew me away - she is a wonderful live performer. I was surprised how many of her hits I knew and her contemporary songs are really great too. Our audience will love her, I'm sure." Also lined up for the Oxfordshire event is The ... More >>

Elaine Paige strips back to EM Acoustics

Elaine Paige strips back to EM AcousticsUK - Elaine Paige has just completed her sold-out Stripped Back" UK tour to rapturous reviews. Fans were treated to an intimate experience with just a five-piece band, a microphone and her. Delta Sound supplied all the audio equipment for the tour (stage, control, monitor FoH and PA systems) including a substantial HALO-C system of up to 33 boxes depending on the venue. According to Delta's Stephen Hughes who managed the equipment supply, a main PA system wasn't initially specified on the tour. However, it quickly became apparent that ... More >>

Claypaky kick starts Hull's cultural year

Claypaky kick starts Hull's cultural yearUK - Internationally-renowned lighting designer Durham Marenghi selected an array of Claypaky luminaires to enhance a number of stunning audiovisual installations across Hull as part of the city's 'UK City of Culture 2017' inauguration festivities. Marenghi, who has previously designed lighting for such prestigious outdoor events as the London NYE countdown 2016, London 2012 Olympics Handover in Beijing and the Rio 2016 Olympic ceremonies, was assisted in the project by award-winning West-end theatre lighting designer and Hull resident ... More >>

Clair Cohesion Series makes Australian debut

Clair Cohesion Series makes Australian debutAustralia - Country superstar Keith Urban had the honour of being the first artist to headline the International Convention Centre Sydney's (ICC Sydney) entertainment theatre. Although the venue is equipped with a d&b audiotechnik PA system, Keith is a long time Clair account and so JPJ Audio provided their new Clair Cohesion PA system, purchased just in time for Keith's Australian Ripcord Tour. Seamless integration within the Cohesion Series, assures uniform coverage in multiple venues regardless of acoustic challenges or sightlines. ... More >>

Robe lights Brussels' Reyers Tower

Robe lights Brussels' Reyers TowerBelgium - Creative lighting designer Thomas Boets loves challenges, so when production company Fast Forward Events asked him to light the iconic Reyers Tower in Brussels - a 73m high concrete broadcasting pillar, complete with 34 diameter upper section, in total standing 89m tall and dominating the local skyline - he jumped at the chance! He also chose Robe fixtures to accomplish the task which required a careful balance of spectacle and practicality to produce an outstanding lighting scheme for the heritage listed landmark frequently ... More >>

Blackout dresses Fashion Awards

Blackout dresses Fashion AwardsUK - For the third year running, Blackout supplied and installed a complex series of projection screens and drapes to transform the Royal Albert Hall ahead of The Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski. Project manager Tom Lambert, who has worked on the event for the previous two years at London's Coliseum, oversaw the smooth installation of the production rigging at the Royal Albert Hall utilising Liftket motors and associated rigging equipment to fly two large projection screens, an LED screen and Blackout's five roller screens. ... More >>

Chauvet DJ wins MMR Dealers Choice Award

Chauvet DJ wins MMR Dealers Choice AwardUSA - The past 12 months have seen Chauvet DJ introduce an array of new lighting fixtures like the Intimidator Hybrid 140SR, Intimidator Beam 140SR, Freedom Stick Pack and FX Par 9. This impressive string of innovations wasn't lost on the dealers who sell those products. They helped the company earn Lighting Line of the Year and DJ Line of the Year honours in the 2016 in the MMR Dealer's Choice Awards. This marks the fourth year in a row that Chauvet DJ has been honoured with a MMR Dealer's Choice Award, which is based on voting by the ... More >>

dLive dances with the stars

dLive dances with the starsFrance - Two of France's top sound engineers, Laurent Midas and Stéphane Plisson, have both adopted Allen & Heath's dLive digital mixing system as their mixer of choice. Both engineers selected dLive S Class systems, comprising the flagship S7000 Surfaces and DM64 MixRacks, for the live tour of TV show, Dancing with the Stars. "The first word that comes to mind is 'modern',"says monitor engineer, Laurent Midas. "The menu and surface designs are really effective, and being able to simply drag 'n drop your own layout is a ... More >>

DMG Lumière appoints AC-ET as UK distributor

DMG Lumière appoints AC-ET as UK distributorUK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has recently been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for DMG Lumière, a French manufacturer specialising in producing fixtures for the world of motion capture. AC-ET will be showcasing the product range on their stand (107) at this year's BSC show, 3-4 February, Battersea Evolution, Battersea, London UK. Founded in 2003, DMG Lumière has more than a decade of experience in this area. Their innovative SL1 range has been created by the collaboration of gaffers, cinematographers and ... More >>

PR Lighting takes Bounce to the next level

PR Lighting takes Bounce to the next levelGermany - Bon Jovi tribute band Bounce has been on the European circuit for more than 10 years ten years. As 'Bounce & Orchestra II' they recently embarked on their Next Level tour in the beautiful city hall of Wuppertal. Lighting designer and operator, Christian David, specified several of PR Lighting's patented XR 440 BWS fixtures for this show. "The flexibility of this hybrid moving head is really impressive as is its compact size," he said. "The colour-mixing feature and also the projection of the gobos is tremendous. The Beam range ... More >>

Puerto Rico TV studios switch on to Elation LED

Puerto Rico TV studios switch on to Elation LEDPuerto Rico - Since first going on air in 1954, independent television station WAPA-TV (Channel 4) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been a technology leader among broadcast stations in the island country. In 2016, WAPA-TV renovated its broadcast lighting in three of its studios, installing Elation TVL series LED lighting systems. Installation of the white light luminaires made WAPA-TV the first broadcast studio in Puerto Rico to transition to LED technology. WAPA-TV replaced all of its conventional fixtures with LED in its largest studio (... More >>

Siyan & Ambersphere sorcery at Wembley

Siyan & Ambersphere sorcery at WembleyUK - As part of their European journey, Swedish band Opeth opted for a single show at Wembley Arena for their UK audience. Magnus Boyd has been lighting the band for the last 18 months. The show at Wembley was a part of the Sorceress World Tour. "During the tour, we have done special extended sets (at Radio City and Belasco in LA) featuring songs from the Deliverance and Damnation albums before the third at Wembley. The final extended set will be at the Sydney Opera House in February. These are impressive spaces that ... More >>

Stage|Set|Scenery 2017 announces call for papers

Stage|Set|Scenery 2017 announces call for papersGermany - Event industry professionals now have the opportunity to actively shape four formats at the international trade show and the international conference for theatre, film and event technology at Stage|Set|Scenery. They are currently invited to submit their entries for papers at the International Stage Technology Conference, the Safety in Action stage, the Anatomical Theatre, the LightLab and the SoundLab. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017. (www.stage-set-scenery.de) Taking place for the second time, the ... More >>

Winter Jam returns with Bandit Lites

Winter Jam returns with Bandit LitesUSA - January kicked off with the re-emergence of The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, one of the country's largest Christian tours. Bandit Lites supplies the lighting package for the evening of music, worship and ministry, which has outpaced other tour attendance for the past four years. This year's artists include Crowder, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Sadie Robertson, Andy Mineo, Colton Dixon, Thousand Foot Krutch, Newsong, Tony Nolan, OBB, Sarah Reeves and Steven Malcolm. Winter Jam has acquired a large, loyal following, meaning ... More >>

EAW appoints marketing manager

EAW appoints marketing managerUSA - EAW has named Louie King marketing & communications manager. King is tasked with managing EAW's worldwide marketing initiatives including advertising, branding, communications and digital marketing. The announcement was made by Adam Shulman, director of marketing and applications engineering. Shulman explains, "Louie brings a wealth of experience to this position with his diverse background in marketing. I know he will use his more than 20 years of experience to expand EAW's brand and visibility worldwide." Prior to joining EAW, ... More >>

Symphotech grows with four appointments

Symphotech grows with four appointmentsUK - Marking the company's ongoing growth, Symphotech has welcomed four event safety and fire safety professionals as the company looks forward to a busy year. Chartered safety and health practitioner, Eddy Grant, joins the North West office as a legal and safety consultant. With over 30 years of industry experience, Eddy has worked with the Event Industry Forum and HSE to produce the new Purple Guide and has overseen health and safety on a variety of events including The London 2012 Summer Olympics, the Tour de France 2014, and was ... More >>

HK and König & Meyer create accessory range

HK and König & Meyer create accessory rangeGermany - German music industry powerhouses HK Audio and König & Meyer are joining forces from 2017. HK Audio's renowned range of pro audio systems will - as of spring 2017 - benefit from a range of accessories tailor-made in Germany by König & Meyer. The first available product is the Stereo Stand Add-On option for the compact Lucas Nano 600 series systems, which was introduced at the 2017 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim last week, with more to follow over the coming months. Nils Stamer, HK Audio's chief executive officer, said, "We're ... More >>

ISE 2017: Genelec focus on AoIP technology

ISE 2017: Genelec focus on AoIP technologyThe Netherlands - Genelec will be showcasing its audio-over-IP (AoIP) solution on stand 3-A119 at Integrated Systems Europe 2017. Genelec will demonstrate an array of its 8430A IP studio monitors using an AES67 stream, which will be played through multiple AoIP-systems using Ravenna, LiveWire+ and Dante protocols. The showcase will allow visitors to get to grips with the technology and highlight the flexibility offered by Genelec's solution. "At Genelec we feel that it is important to highlight the real-life benefits of the 8430A IP and ... More >>

ISE 2017: LEDBlade leads in edge enhancing

ISE 2017: LEDBlade leads in edge enhancingThe Netherlands - LEDBlade - the new generation LED strip, visual technology system - is showcased at this year's ISE exhibition on stand K190 in hall 14. LEDBlade creates depth of space or three-dimensionality; it enhances edges, expands the visual area or links together to create any geometric design. LEDBlade adds extra dynamic to the video design toolkit. In addition to the original LEDBlade Stripe, which will be available for demonstration on stand, LEDBlade has also announced the launch of the new LEDBlade Curve. ISE2017 will be ... More >>

ISE 2017: Peerless-AV demos interactive overlay

ISE 2017: Peerless-AV demos interactive overlayThe Netherlands - Peerless-AV will be showcasing its new Xtreme Outdoor IR Touch Overlay in Hall 12, Stand E57, at ISE 2017. The touch overlay (IRTO49-100/IRTO55-100) is now available to order with Peerless-AV's 49" and 55" Xtreme Outdoor Displays or can be purchased as an interactive upgrade option for existing 49" and 55" Xtreme displays and kiosk solutions already installed in hospitality, entertainment and transportation environments. A new product category for Peerless-AV, the Xtreme Outdoor IR Touch Overlay responds to growing ... More >>

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