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Muse’s sci-fi enlightenment

WORLD   
November 26, 2019

A late 20th century science fiction and video games provided the visual inspiration for Muse’s Simulation Theory tour, with the theme of the show taking on its own character as the story unfolds, according to artistic director Jesse Lee Stout. He invited Sooner Routhier of Nashville, USA-based SRae Productions to…

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Keeping an eye on the show

UNITED STATES 
November 26, 2019

The Cry Pretty Tour 360 by Carrie Underwood, an in-the-round production based its look on the eye logo featured on her album Cry Pretty. Tour dates include New York’s Madison Square Garden (cap. 18,600), Los Angeles’ Staples Center (20,000) and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (20,000). With a walkway stage in the…

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GLP lifts veil for Sarah Connor

EUROPE 
November 26, 2019

A series of gauze veils in front of an LED forms the backdrop to the set by German singer Sarah Connor, creating a fluid feel to the show, according to lighting designer Bertil Mark. Pollock. He says lighting is an important element in creating this look, which combines screen visuals…

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Flexible friend delivers complexity for Coti

SPAIN    
November 26, 2019

Alejandro Blanco, monitor engineer for Argentinian artiste Coti Sorokin, says he needed a highly portable mixing system on the singer-songwriter’s Spanish tour, for a mix of venues and festival dates. The show required in-ear mixes for Coti (the singer’s stage name), his violinist, keyboard player and backing vocalist, plus four…

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Brilliant cultural alignment for Tait

UNITED STATES          
November 26, 2019

At, the Pennsylvania-based staging and production specialist working on tours by Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Elton John, has acquired UK-based Brilliant Topco, better known as Brilliant Stages, creators of structures for the Rolling Stones, Take That and Beyoncé & Jay Z. The acquisition brings together two businesses with four…

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Festival makes green pledge

NETHERLANDS             
November 4, 2019

GREEN EVENTS International and the Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) have launched an initiative to improve sustainability in the events industry. The Green Deal, which was announced at Amsterdam Dance Event’s conference, calls on festivals to strive for circularity by 2025, by developing solutions…

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Stoopid software synergy gets results

UNITED STATES          
November 4, 2019

Lighting and video for Slightly Stoopid’s tour evolved from shows at a festival the previous year and needed the help of specialist software to pull together, according to lighting designer Mikey Cummings, of Pulse Lighting. The band, which played venues including Red Rocks Amphitheatre (cap. 9,500) in Colorado, Highmark Stadium…

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Enhancing a perfect room

GERMANY      
November 4, 2019

When Bryan Ferry’s tour reached Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (cap. 2,100), the production worked with a local specialist to make the most of the artiste’s sound in a venue designed to be one of the most acoustically advanced in the world when it opened in 2017. Despite placing 70 loudspeakers in the…

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MegaPointes the way for Ben-Ari

ISRAEL               
November 4, 2019

Versatility and strength of beam were the main qualities lighting designer Nesi Alfasi says he needed in his fixtures for singer-songwriter Hanan Ben-Ari. With dates at venues such as Tel Aviv’s Heichal Hatarbut (aka Charles Bronfman Auditorium, cap. 2,400), Amphitheatre Shuni (1,350) and Amphitheatre Yavne (450), the singer’s lighting needed…

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Olympic effort for Lolla

GERMANY           
November 4, 2019

The design for Perry’s Stage (the dance stage) at Lollapalooza Berlin, held at the city’s 74,500-capacity Olympiastadion, needed to incorporate the production of headliners Underworld and Martin Garrix, as well as cater for a range of other artistes including Don Biablo, Scooter and TV Noise. UK-based Colour Sound Experiment was…

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Know Return for Bandit in Kansas show

NORTH AMERICA       
November 4, 2019

With veteran rockers Kansas dividing their performance into three acts on its Point of Know Return tour, lighting designer Scott Pearson says he tries to make his light show a visual representation of the band. So he invited Bandit Lites to provide a package for shows at venues including US’s…

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Eps enters partnership with Fortitude

AUSTRALIA        
October 11, 2019

Infrastructure service provider eps Australia, a subsidiary of German multinational eps, has entered an agreement with Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall (cap. 3,000) to provide temporary seating, crowd control and overlay design. The new venue, which hosts shows by artistes including The Cat Empire, The Jungle Giants and Tyga, is run…

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SSL keeps Harris airborne

EUROPE    
October 11, 2019

The front-of-house (FOH) engineer for Calvin Harris, Nathan Lettus, needed a console which could travel with him, as the artiste played events including Germany’s Sonnemondsterne XXIII (cap. 40,000), Switzerland’s Zurich Openair (80,000), Creamfields (70,000) in the UK and during a six-week residency at Ushuaia (4,000) in Ibiza. Lettus specified a…

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Knopfler brings back stereo pan

WORLD
October 11, 2019

The restrictions of the traditional mono mix at concerts, which renders common stereo effects inaudible to live music audiences, prompted Mark Knopfler to use a L-ISA Hyperreal Sound Technology system for his latest tour, which has just completed its North American leg after starting in Europe. Front-of-house (FOH) engineer Dave…

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Gabriel adds colour to the mix

LATIN AMERICA          
October 11, 2019

Balancing the technological impact with the charisma of the artiste was the key challenge for lighting designer Felipe Serey, on the Estamos A Tiempo (We Are on Time) tour by Mexican singer Ana Gabriel. He says he needed to retain Gabriel’s presence as a focal point while providing an array…

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Supernatural glow for Santana

NORTH AMERICA       
October 11, 2019

As well as his hit records and trademark guitar riffs, Carlos Santana is also associated with vivid layers of colour in his live shows, according to lighting director Michael Ledesma. For the artiste’s Supernatural Now tour, he wanted a lighting design that recalled two anniversaries, Santana’s appearance at the legendary…

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When Ed gets tough, Meyer gets going

September 12, 2019

Known for creating sampled loops of guitar and vocal sounds during his songs, Ed Sheeran needed an audio system with the capacity to relay these effects without distortion, says production manager and front-of-house engineer Chris Marsh. The two-year Divide tour, whose final dates included the UK’s Roundhay Park (cap. 80,000)…

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Digital ease for country tour

UNITED STATES         
September 12, 2019

While looking for a new audio console for country music singer Craig Morgan’s tour, front-of-house engineer Robert Harmon says he tried out three rival desks before settling on a digital package which impressed him. He needed to be able to customise the new desk and keep a familiar range of…

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Krystof storms castles with BMFLs

CZECH REPUBLIC   
September 12, 2019

Lighting designer Jiri Roucek based much of the main stage of Ceske Hrady Festival on the set of headlining band Krystof, whose tour he also designs. The festival, which visits eight of the country’s castle and cultural sites with capacities between 7,000 and 8,500, uses two stages side-by-side which “flip…

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Delicate sound for Bottlerock

UNITED STATES     
September 12, 2019

With a mainstage area 700 feet (213m) deep by 500 feet (152m) wide, the 120,000-capacity Bottlerock Festival needed a sound system offering even coverage throughout the area, says audio and lighting supplier Delicate Productions. For the first time, it deployed a K1/K2 loudspeaker system this year by L-Acoustics on the…

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