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Creative fights fires with BMFLs

AUSTRALIA
March 30, 2020

An exceptionally short planning period and get-in time were among the many challenges facing the production team behind Fire Fight Australia, the 75,000-capacity concert for bushfire relief at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, according to Dave Jackson of Creative Productions. He was able to use the same stage roof as Queen and…

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Mavericks spot-on for Thrice

UNITED STATES
March 30, 2020

The moody sound of Thrice required a “complex and evocative” light show according to Lenny Sasso, lighting designer for the California band’s 15th anniversary tour of their Vheissu LP. With venues including Franklin Music Hall (cap. 2,500) in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Bowl (800) in Las Vegas, and The Novo (2,400) in…

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Celine finds lightness in L550

NORTH AMERICA
March 30, 2020

In the search for a clearer sound, the audio team behind Celine Dion’s Courage tour has upgraded the tour to L550 consoles, part of the Live range by Solid State Logic (SSL). Tour manager Denis Savage commissioned sound, lighting, video and rigging from Canada-based production company Solotech, having used SSL’s…

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Henderson puts the L-ISA in Coliseum

AUSTRALIA
March 30, 2020

Bicci Henderson, technical operations manager of the new 2,000-capacity Sydney Coliseum Theatre, changed his mind about which audio system to install at the venue after experiencing a performance by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban in another venue. The production used a…

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Astera launches Alfred into space

SPAIN
March 30, 2020

A textured piano and matching risers were a central part of the look for the first full production tour by Spanish singer Alfred Garcia, with an upstage set piece fabricated from metal plates. Following a brief to add “a magical touch” to the set by Lluis Danes, and inspired by…

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Winter Jam stage switch

UNITED STATES         
February 21, 2020

The annual Christian live music tour Winter Jam, whose line-up includes Passion, Crowder, Austin French and Newsong, changed its format from in-the-round to end stage this year. The decision allowed space for a large LED backdrop, a visual focal point for supplier Bandit Lites to work around, according to production…

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Wonderful colours for Krezip

NETHERLANDS       
February 21, 2020

With a range of new material requiring an unorthodox look, plus existing songs needing a “classic” approach, Dutch band Krezip asked Andre Beekmans of The Art of Light to create a new colour scheme for their reunification show, after a 10-year break. The stage design for the three-night run at…

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Quantum takes Kabát to the ‘next level’

CZECH REPUBLIC             
February 21, 2020

Requiring “tremendous” processing power and a warm sound, the Czech band Kabát used one of the latest audio consoles by British manufacturer DiGiCo, the Quantum 7, for its 30th anniversary tour. Visiting venues including O2 Arena (18,000) in Prague, Enteria Arena (10,000) in Pardubice and Werk Arena (5,400) in Trinec,…

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Orchestra manoeuvres for hologram concerts

WORLD          
February 21, 2020

A concert celebrating the music of Maria Callas, which used a hologram to represent the deceased opera singer, needed unobtrusive yet high specification microphones for the onstage orchestra, to not detract from the impact of the visuals, according to front-of-house (FOH) engineer Howard Lindeman. The orchestra comprises 14 violins, six…

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Rogues back-up the Mofa Gang

GERMANY             
February 21, 2020

Berlin-based punk band Alex Mofa Gang decided to use an “uncompromising” lighting scheme devised by lighting designer Gabriel Paul, which illuminated the performers solely from the back. He opted to use Rogue R2 Wash and Rogue R1 Wash fixtures by manufacturer Chauvet Professional for a tour which takes in venues…

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Keeping it ‘plain and simple’

UNITED STATES         
January 28, 2020

ZZ Top wanted “a plain simple rock show” when they embarked on their 50th anniversary tour, spurning moving lights for a show dominated by traditional, par-can-style looks. According to lighting designer John Lucksinger, one of the challenges was to achieve a big impact with lights that would fit into minimal…

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Ayrton versatility for local heroes

POLAND    
January 28, 2020

THE ABILITY to switch between lighting and video functions was one characteristic which determined the choice of fixture for designer Pawel Pajak when he created the show by Dawid Podsiadlo and Taco Hemingway at Warsaw’s 60,000-capacity PGE Narodowy Stadium. He wanted a fixture that could provide contemporary, densely coloured and…

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Infinite wisdom puts Thug in spotlight

UNITED STATES          
January 28, 2020

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Meggan McKenzie aimed for an infinity effect when she devised a set for the co-headline tour by Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), which was dominated by a large upstage LED wall and “prominent” riser. Complete with sloping ramps, a DJ booth and a swing, the set…

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Rammstein goes big for stadiums

EUROPE       
January 28, 2020

RAMMSTEIN’S FIRST stadium tour needs an audio system which takes the widely varying conditions at each venue into account, according to SSE Hire crew chief Nick Pain. Calling at venues including Estonia’s Song Festival Grounds (cap. 75,000) in Tallin, Austria’s Wörthersee Stadion (32,000) in Klagenfurt and Denmark’s Ullevi Stadium (40,000)…

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Running rings around Mafia

SAUDI ARABIA
January 28, 2020

For Swedish House Mafia’s closing performance at Riyadh’s 30,000-capacity Diriyah Festival, the production team built a stage set dominated by three five-metre diameter trussing rings, each representing a member of the group. Fabricated from 40cm by 40cm heavy duty aluminum, the rings were suspended above a DJ booth cantilevered outwards…

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It’s all about the bass for Balvin

NORTH AMERICA      
December 16, 2019

Accuracy, coverage and power in the lower frequencies were John Buitrago’s priorities when specifying the audio system for the Arcoiris Tour by Colombian singer J Balvin. The front-of-house engineer, who has worked with the reggaeton artiste for 11 years, chose a Meyer Sound Leo Family line array system, provided by…

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Esprites add oomph to AMF

December 16, 2019

A series of large crosses and geometrically-shaped video screens dominated the performance area at the Johan Cruijff ArenA when it welcomed 40,000 electronic music fans for the Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF). Production designer Maarten Hoogland of event organiser ALDA and Andre Beekmans of visual design specialist The Art of Light…

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Brooks delighted to be held up by Bandit

UNITED STATES          
December 16, 2019

Garth Brooks personally thanked his lighting company in front of 85,000 fans when he played The Neyland Stadium in Knoxville at the end of his 2019 tour. He said he’d worked with Bandit Lites, which is based in the city, “ever since we could afford lights”, and praised the company’s…

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Alcons ensure Parsons sweet symphony

GERMANY    
December 16, 2019

Founded and fronted by a former studio engineer for The Beatles and Pink Floyd, the Alan Parsons Project (APP) is among the most technically demanding acts to provide live sound for, according to Timo Hille, audio specialist at PM Blue. The company was responsible for translating APP’s “symphonic” studio projects…

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Beat the Street launches in US

UNITES STATES       
December 16, 2019

Luxury tour bus operator Beat the Street (BTB), which is headquartered in Austria, is to launch a service in January, offering a new double-decker bus service, which the company says has not been available in the country before. BTB, whose European clients include Shawn Mendes and Bon Jovi, opens a…

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