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KISS: Keeping it straight and simple

June 14, 2019

Production designer Sooner Routhier decided less is more when he conceived the lighting with the artiste’s long-standing associate Robert Long for the End of the Road tour by Kiss. They originally planned a highly complex light show but changed their mind during rehearsals for the tour. “It’s simple, four-on-the-floor, rock…

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Wings helps metal band fly

June 14, 2019

The purchase of an Allen & Harris (A&H) Wings mixing system by Pennsylvania metal band August Burns Red) played dividends on their latest tour, according to sound engineer Chris Pollock.  He says the system, comprising a dLive C1500 console, a DM32 MixRack and two Waves V3 cards, allowed him to…

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Increase in scale for Dubai Jazz

June 14, 2019

With headliners including Snow Patrol, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai, the annual Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival needed a lighting rig offering greater spectacle than previous years.  Promoter company Done Events asked lighting rental company MediaPro to provide lighting and video for the event, staged at Dubai’s 15,000-capacity Media City Amphitheatre….

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Snapshots bonus for Leppard’s McHugh

June 12, 2019

Having worked with a range of consoles, many of them analogue, front-of-house (FOH) engineer Ronan McHugh needed an audio desk with exceptional versatility for Def Leppard’s tour. He selected a DiGiCo SD5 at both FOH and monitor positions for the band’s forthcoming tour, visiting venues such as the Czech Republic’s…

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Rapture gets big picture treatment

June 7, 2019

Eminem’s The Rapture tour of stadiums and cricket grounds required cinematic visuals delivered by an intuitive, dependable system, according to Jeremy Moore of video and production specialist Big Picture.  The company supplied 1,494 LED panels, fed by Tessera SX40 LED processors by manufacturer Brompton Technology for shows at venues such…

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Mendes keeps team together at Fly by Nite

May 1, 2019

A tight timescale and the need for state-of-the-art facilities dictated the choice of rehearsal space for Shawn Mendes’ world tour, says Scottie Sanderson of Fly by Nite Rehearsal Studios (FBN).  He believes the production chose the UK-based facility, south of centrally-located Birmingham, to carry out production rehearsals because it not…

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MLA brings scale to Alligatoah

May 1, 2019

With venues ranging from the 4,800-capacity Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt to the Lanxess Arena (18,000) in Cologne, the audio system for rapper and songwriter Alligatoah’s Wie Zuhause tour needed to be fully scalable. Front-of-house engineer Claudio Malaguti ordered a “massive inventory” of MLA by manufacturer Martin Audio from rental company Complete…

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Centre stage elegance for Bublé

May 1, 2019

Big band elegance was the brief for designer Stufish when it was asked to create a set for Michael Bublé, according to Kurt Wagner, his show and lighting designer. A stage featuring a series of screens behind an elliptical orchestra stand placed the Canadian singer at the heart of the…

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Symbiotic relocation for Transmission

May 1, 2019

Electronic music event Transmission replicated the atmosphere of its parent event in the Czech Republic as closely as possible at Sydney Showground (cap. 18,000), by using lighting to echo the architecture of the building, according to lighting designer Bas Kemper.  Originally staged at the Czech Republic’s O2 Arena (also 18,000)…

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Dartz go Gaga for Vegas Enigma

April 1, 2019

UNITED STATES Although staged in the 5,200-capacity MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas, Lady Gaga’s Enigma show, resident at the venue for two years, was designed to have the impact of an arena performance, according to show and lighting designer LeRoy Bennett. He designed the lighting around a 38ft (11.5m)…

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Simple sophistication raises bars for Tears

April 1, 2019

WORLD      Lighting designer and creative director of Tears for Fears, Alex Reardon, proposed a look for the band which projected simplicity and sophistication without distracting from the music for their Rule The World tour. He says he aimed to create a feeling of depth on the stage with…

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Full Bandit cover for Winter Jam

April 1, 2019

UNITED STATES Billed as Christian music’s largest tour, the annual Winter Jam opted for an in-the-round presentation for the first time on its 44-date tour of venues including Bankers Life Fieldhouse (cap. 19,000) in Indianapolis, Cleveland’s Wolstein Center (15,000) and Tampa’s Amalie Arena (21,000). Headlined by artistes including Newsboys United,…

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Whole Lotti love for Yamaha

April 1, 2019

WORLD      With a 22-piece band including strings, brass, woodwind and backing vocalists, Belgian tenor Helmut Lotti required an audio console capable of handling a large number of stereo mixes, according to audio engineer Bart Faut. Ease of use, sound quality and reliability were also high priorities for the…

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Avoiding metal cliches

February 22, 2019

UNITED STATES     Drummer and vocalist Brandon Saller played an active role in designing the set for metal band Atreyu’s In Our Wake tour, creating six vertical “pipes” surrounding the stage. He worked with lighting designer Megan Alksninis hoping to transcend the clichés often associated with hard rock shows,…

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Bandit helps celebrate Outlaw

February 22, 2019

UNITED STATES      With over 25 artistes paying tribute to Willie Nelson at the 18,000-capacity Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the production needed to complement the performers rather than distract from them, says lighting designer Mark Carver. Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp, were among…

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Blackmagic for Groban intimacy

February 22, 2019

WORLD Creating an intimate feel for Josh Groban in large performance spaces such as US’s Madison Square Gardens (cap. 18.600) in New York, or the UK’s The O2 (21,000) in London, required a simple setting, says video director Stuart Mercer. His company, Vis-a-Vis Video, used manufacturer Blackmagic Design to supply…

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Nexo covers all venues

February 5, 2019

EASTERN EUROPE    Touring with a 40-piece symphony orchestra in a range of venues, Smokie needed a sound system flexible enough to cover expansive arenas and smaller theatres. Playing venues including the Czech Republic’s Tipsport Arena (cap. 13,150) in Prague, Hungary’s Papp László Budapest Sportaréna (12,500) and Slovenia’s Hala Tivoli…

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Leonid Agutin uses dLive for 50th

February 5, 2019

RUSSIA With an array of supporting musicians including guitarist Al Di Meola, provision for a live DVD and the need to record audience ambience, sound engineer Robert Boim needed an desk with unlimited mixing possibilities and ease of use, for the 50th anniversary concert by singer Leonid Agutin. He chose…

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Nashville ‘energised’ for NYE

February 5, 2019

UNITED STATES      Acrowd estimated at between 175,000 and 200,000 attended Music City Midnight in Nashville, to see artistes including Keith Urban, Peter Frampton and Brett Young at the annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design says his focus was two-fold – to energise…

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Garrix’s new balanced approach

February 5, 2019

WORLD While industrial chic and an LED “plus” sign remained from dance music artiste Martin Garrix’s previous tour, lighting designer Gabe Fraboni abandoned the asymmetry of that outing for his latest string of concerts, going for a symmetrical look. He also wanted to draw the audience into the action and…

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