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Eps enters partnership with Fortitude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Vasco expands industrial visuals

August 19, 2019

Building on a look that he devised for concerts in 2017 and 2018, singer Vasco Rossi chose a raw, industrial visual style complete with towers and large video surfaces for his latest outing, Live Kom 2019. The tour, which included a run of six nights at Stadio San Siro (cap….

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Pastel palette mix for Chon

August 19, 2019

Instrumental rock band Chon favour pastel colours in their visual vocabulary requiring fixtures capable of mixing a wide range of colours, according to Steve Kosiba of lighting supplier Squeek Lights. The designer selected a rig featuring Dartz 360 LED moving heads and SixBar 1000 LED battens by manufacturer Elation for…

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Who Tubes reveal human element

August 19, 2019

Performing with an orchestra of over 40 musicians, The Who’s Roger Daltrey told lighting designer Tom Kenny that they did not want large video walls on stage for the band’s latest tour, Moving On. Instead he wanted a stripped-back look to the production which encouraged audiences to focus on the…

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Green-GO keep Nephew’s family connected

July 11, 2019

With short load-in times, the need for a fail-safe production network was paramount on the national tour by rock band Nephew, according to Johan Kvartborg of distributor Light Partners (LP). The company provided technical support for tour supplier Comtech, which deployed an Ethernet distribution system, dmXLAN, by manufacturer ELC Lighting….

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Multi-tasker for Duo Pimpinela

July 11, 2019

When romantic balladeers Duo Pimpinela played a sold-out concert at Gran Arena Monticello (cap. 4,000), lighting programmer and operator Adair Rodriguez decided to deploy a multi-functional fixture, in place of more specialist lights he usually favours.  A regular customer of Chinese manufacturer PR Lighting, he says he has often deployed…

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Cayzeele puts Soprano in the spotlight

July 11, 2019

With a centrepiece created by five large moving 10mm mesh LED screens, plus a nine-metre runway descending from the ceiling, lighting designer Victorien Cayzeele says he needed to be especially creative with the Phoenix tour by Saïd M’Roumbaba, better known as Soprano. As the roof space at venues including Le…

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Surety for ‘out front’ Drake

July 11, 2019

As Drake’s live show grows alongside his commercial success, which has seen him break The Beatles’ 54-year-old record for the most Billboard Top 10 singles in a year (2018), his audio console needed to accommodate more effects and multi track recording facilities, according to front of house (FOH) engineer Demetrius…

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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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