30 July 2015

Grateful Dead farewell features Robe BMFLs

Grateful Dead farewell features Robe BMFLsUSA - A milestone in music history took place at Soldier Field in Chicago as legendary band The Grateful Dead celebrated their 50th anniversary with the three final Fare Thee Well shows, produced by Paul Shapiro over the 4th of July holiday weekend, playing to record crowds of 70,000 each night. This followed two gigs the previous weekend, each pulling capacity audiences of 65,000, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Lighting was designed and directed by the band's long term LD Candace Brightman, who started with them in 1972. ... More >>

Yamaha training brings fringe benefits to Edinburgh

Yamaha training brings fringe benefits to EdinburghUK - In the run up to this year's International Festival and Festival Fringe, currently the city of Edinburgh is a hive of activity. With hundreds of venues housing literally thousands of performances, the Fringe is traditionally seen as an important step on the career ladder of any aspiring production technician. Yamaha Commercial Audio delivered three days of training for one of the Fringe's best-known venue operators. Walking around Edinburgh in July, there is a palpable feeling of expectation in the air as found spaces are ... More >>

Elation Europe to hold PRO Theme Day in Kerkrade

Elation Europe to hold PRO Theme Day in KerkradeThe Netherlands - Elation Europe invites lighting professionals to a new PRO Theme Day to be held 26 August at its European headquarter office in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. PRO Theme Day will be filled with insightful seminars and discussion with participants learning about some of the industry's latest technology developments. It is an excellent chance to gain hands-on knowledge of Elation products and lighting professionals are encouraged to register while there is still space. The 26 August PRO Theme Day will cover four main topics: ... More >>

Full Circle adds Chroma-Q Color Force battens

Full Circle adds Chroma-Q Color Force battensUSA - Chroma-Q Color Force premium performance LED battens have been added to the inventory of Atlanta-based Full Circle Lighting & Productions, to meet high demand from the company's many lighting designer, rental and other corporate clients. Full Circle is a leading provider of theatrical lighting equipment, production support and design services to companies throughout the United States. Full Circle's president, Noah Hammer worked closely with Chroma-Q's North American distributor, A.C. Lighting Inc. on the investment, which included ... More >>

Clay Paky illuminates the Tones on the Stones Festival

Clay Paky illuminates the Tones on the Stones FestivalItaly - Tones on the Stones has renewed its partnership with Clay Paky for the third year running. The Festival was held in the Cava Bianco Montorfano (White Montorfano Quarry), near Verbania. The main attraction this year was Cavalleria Rusticana, directed by Alberto Paloscia. Sergio Licursi was theatrical director and lighting designer. The leading actors were Maddalena Calderoni, who was also the festival's artistic director, and Hamadi Lagha as Turiddu. Lorenzo Pagella, who stood out in last year's lighting designer contest ... More >>

Work starts on first phase of Lighthouse refurbishment

Work starts on first phase of Lighthouse refurbishmentUK - After months of planning, the first phase of work to secure the future of Lighthouse, Poole as a world class arts organisation and venue is underway. Poole-based construction specialist Stepnell is undertaking a £116,000 programme of works this summer at Lighthouse, the UK's largest regional arts centre, as the first phase of a £5.3m project to improve, update and make the venue more energy efficient. The initial works, due for completion in September, will see improved sound insulation for the Cinema with the creation ... More >>

Blackpool Illuminations head for new heights

Blackpool Illuminations head for new heightsUK - London based creative projection specialist, The Projection Studio, led by Ross Ashton and collaborating with Edinburgh based War Productions, has won a competitive bid to create a spectacular mapped video projection to be projected onto the facade of Blackpool's famous tower ... as part of the city's 2015 Illuminations Projection Studio will be producing all the creative content for the LightPool project, while Alistair Young and War Productions will design the projection system and hardware set up. The two companies have ... More >>

Bandit illuminates Louisville's Forecastle Festival

Bandit illuminates Louisville's Forecastle FestivalUSA - Bandit Lites continued its summer of festivals with The Forecastle Music Festival, an event produced by Hadden Hipsley of Lambda Productions that drew 60,000 music and arts fans to Louisville's stunning waterfront 17-19 July. Musical artists included Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Cage the Elephant and The War on Drugs. Utilizing the gear around the needs of the headliners, Bandit Lites' Dizzy Gosnell created a design that would provide striking looks both during the day and in the evening. "Sam and ... More >>

Big Screen Show adds V4 Boreal's to rental stock

Big Screen Show adds V4 Boreal's to rental stockRussia - Big Screen Show are a Russian group of companies providing AV services for concerts, exhibitions, presentations, sports and other large-scale events and shows. They aim to provide highly qualified specialists and the right equipment to meet the most demanding and discerning customers. BSS is a Rental and Production company and a long-time supporter of Hippotizer Media Servers. The company has a large selection of Hippotizer V3 Media Servers and have used them on an array of projects and events. Last month, Big Screen Show ... More >>

Pete's Big TVs makes magic for Penn & Teller

Pete's Big TVs makes magic for Penn & TellerUSA - Aspiring magicians are invited onstage to show their tricks and fool the magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller in a new series on the CW Network, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Video equipment rental company Pete's Big TVs played a part in the magic, providing LED video panels, projectors and crew. The 13-episode season, taped in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, airs Monday nights at 8/7 Central Time. Throughout the season, Penn & Teller search for the best up and coming magicians in this competition.... More >>

Clay Paky Mythos illuminate the Leiva tour

Clay Paky Mythos illuminate the Leiva tourSpain - Last 4 July, Barclaycard Centre witnessed the last concert of the Leiva's tour: Polvora On Tour before the very eyes of his fans. Light and art merged together at the scene. Provided by the lighting designer Diego García, Madrid enjoyed the music of the Spanish artist. A mixture of light and colour turned into an incredible performance on the Spanish night. Once again, Clay Paky took care of the lights. Supplied by Spanish rental company Algo Suena, the impressive Mythos shone at the Barclaycard Centre, where its power and ... More >>

Ramp eases the load for AVS Hire

Ramp eases the load for AVS HireSouth Africa - Nelspruit-based rental company, AVS Hire, are thankful for a newly purchased Ra'alloy Ramp, which has made loading so much less painful. The lightweight Ra'alloy aluminum touring ramp that requires no maintenance was purchased from DWR Distribution. "To be honest I can't work without it," said Kyle Nel, owner of AVS Hire. "The flight cases are getting bigger and heavier, I guess that's just the aim of the game." AVS Hire chose the foldable ramp for ease of storage and manageability. This is particularly useful when a crew ... More >>

PR Lighting gears up for PALM Expo 2015

PR Lighting gears up for PALM Expo 2015China - PR Lighting will again present a dynamic display at the 24th annual PALM Expo in Beijing (19-22 August). A number of new effects - some of which are being previewed or the first time - will dominate the China International Exhibition Centre (CIEC), where they line up alongside more than 1,000 other exhibitors. The only products that will previously have been seen by visitors are the XR 330 Framing and XR 470 Beam - both previewed at the Chinese GET Show back in April. The XR 330 Framing is the latest in the XR 330 family. This ... More >>

High brightness Panasonic projector gets brighter

High brightness Panasonic projector gets brighterEurope - Panasonic has launched a major upgrade to its flagship large-venue projector, with the release of the quad-lamp, three-chip, 20,000 lumens DZ21K2 Evo Series. The 3-chip DLP, DZ21K2 Evo updates the brightness projector, which debuted at the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Hartmut Kulessa, European projector marketing manager at Panasonic, said, "With Panasonic's powerful new Real Motion Processor to enable 120 Hz driving speed, Panasonic has refined the Evo series' optical engine to enhance focus ... More >>

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