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Beatbox gets noisey

August 28, 2018

Denmark                Promoter Beatbox Entertainment is aiming to extend the festival season into the winter with the inaugural Noisey (cap. 3,500) at Copenhagen’s Tap 1. The indoor event, held on 2-3 November, will feature 20 acts performing across the venues two halls. “We’ll have…

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Patronaat opts for SSL spread

July 10, 2018

The three-roomed venue Poppodium Patronaat in Harlem has upgraded its audio system in its two larger rooms, installing SSL L200 consoles at front-of-house and monitor positions, all supplied by SSL Live Distributor Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM). Between them, the 950-, 350-  and 120-capacity rooms host about 500 artistes a year, including Franz…

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VUE praised in Nevada Desert

July 9, 2018

Requiring headroom and ease of set-up from their audio system, REO Speedwagon have decided to use an al-Class line array system by manufacturer VUE following their use of the system at 6,500-capacity Star of the Desert Arena in Nevada. Supplied by Las Vegas-based HAS Productions, the system used VUE’s Continuous…

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Robe first choice for Enrique Live

July 8, 2018

Although the set for Enrique Live needed to look epic, it also had to be reproduced at every destination it visited, with dates on every continent, according to creative director Travis Shirley. The tour has evolved from a double-headed show with rapper Pitbull in 2017, but features only Enrique Iglesias…

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All eyes on Katy Perry’s lighting design

July 7, 2018

The lighting for Katy Perry’s show at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium had to hold its own against an LED screen in the shape of an eye, which dominated the backdrop. Production designer Es Devlin and lighting designer Baz Halpin aimed to draw in the audience with video content, large…

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Stufish halo glows over Queen

July 6, 2018

Designers of the Queen and Adam Lambert tour aimed to showcase the band in a modern way, bringing songs from the 1970s and 1980s to a younger audience, according to Ric Lipson of Stufish Entertainment Architects (SEA). The company devised a stage based around an oval, an eight-tonne kinetic lighting…

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Bandit has Hangout covered

June 22, 2018

With artistes including The Killers, The Chainsmokers and Kendrick Lamar headlining the 40,000-capacity Hangout Festival in Alabama, lighting supplier Bandit says it had to select a wide range of fixtures while accommodating any special effects brought by individual artistes. The mainstage featured over 200 fixtures, while Bandit also supplied lighting…

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Manic’s maximise presence

June 22, 2018

Film director Kieran Evans aimed for an epic impression when he produced the video content for the Manic Street Preachers’ Resistance is Futile tour, which used a 14.4 metre wide by 4.2 metre high screen as a backdrop. While control and media servers were supplied by video manager Toby Vogel,…

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TigerTrak promises seamless access

June 22, 2018

Trackway and fencing provider Live Trakway, a division of the UK-based rental company A-Plant, has launched a new track and ground protection product, TigerTrak, which promises to support a 12 tonne load point on a continuous surface. The system can be used as stage support pads and heavy vehicle access…

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Dineson rocks with Robe

June 22, 2018

Singer and guitarist Jacob Dineson briefed his lighting team to provide a big, expressive rock production for two arena shows in his native country. Lighting director Niller Bjerrgaard initially planned to use traditional Par Can style lighting on a series of ladders supporting a backdrop of screens, but opted instead…

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Hasslehoff climbs stairway to freedom

June 22, 2018

A set of stairs formed the focal point of singer and television personality David Hasselhoff’s tour of German-speaking Europe, where he first won live music fans shortly after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 with an estimated 100,000 capacity concert at the Brandenburg Gate. His tour of venues including Germany’s…

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Solid gold look for Foos

May 21, 2018

Lighting designer Dan Hadley has based the visuals for the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold tour on the square and diagonal artwork of the band’s latest LP of the same name. He says he needed a luminaire capable of emphasising the distinctive angles on stage and chose a Philips VL6000…

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Audience lit up by Bonobo

May 20, 2018

Working with a live band, DJ Bonobo wanted to light up his own audience to create an atmosphere with a sense of story, according to lighting designer Bryce Cherpelis. Using just a projection video as a backdrop, Cherpelis chose lights by French manufacturer Chauvet to highlight the crowd with spot…

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Eurovision wireless for sound

May 19, 2018

All artistes performing at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which featured acts from 43 participating nations, used Digital 6000 wireless microphones by German manufacturer Sennheiser, following its appointment, alongside local partner Magnelusa, as technical suppliers to the event. Staged at Lisbon’s Altice Arena (cap. 20,000), the contest also deployed the…

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Pod power leaves Shaka Ponk beaming

May 18, 2018

Unable to find a large LED light with individually controllable pixels, lighting designer Alexandre Bucher decided to create his own system for Paris band Shaka Ponk. Working with lighting company Dushow, he devised flexible lighting pods containing an assembly of Rayzor 360z LED fixtures by manufacturer Elation. He also specified…

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G3 summit of achievement

May 17, 2018

Guitarists Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth, touring together as G3, needed their single lighting rig to deliver different looks for their three separate sets, before they played together in the show finale. Alastair Watson, who designed both production and lighting, as well as production managing, specified 16…

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Minimalist approach pays-off for Metallica

April 28, 2018

Known for their preference for in-the-round performances, Metallica decided to use 52 one metre video cubes suspended above the stage for their c. Designer Dan Braun insisted there should be no traditional trussing on the show, so 36 of the cubes are suspended on steel cables and motion-controlled by a…

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Young takes the best from the rest

April 23, 2018

Country artiste Chris Young has nearly doubled the number of fixtures on his Losing Sleep tour, which is based on a number of features from the singer’s previous shows. Lighting designer Chris Lisle and production manager Mike Stanley worked with Knoxville-based Bandit Lites, to take the two overhead trusses and…

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Time of the essence for Wang Feng

April 22, 2018

Audio engineer Shaogang Jin says he needed a tough touring system with extensive coverage for The Times tour by Wang Feng. Performing in 30 cities at venues including Beijing’s National Stadium (cap. 80,000) and Shenzhen Bay Sports Center (20,000), the home grown rock artiste preferred that no delays should impede…

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Mad Man tour sets the trend

April 21, 2018

Robotic onstage cameras and a high definition video wall offer fans of US rapper A$AP Ferg the intimacy of the fashion runway, according to Michael Smalley, director of lighting, video and programming for the artiste’s Mad Man tour. Working to a design by Heather Shaw of Vita Motus, the cameras…

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