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Hawkwind conquers sound-space

16 January 2020

KNOWN FOR their multi-layered, “spacey” sound, Hawkwind presented a range of challenges to audio engineer, Rik Elliss, not least the need to accommodate Eric Clapton and Motörhead’s Phil Campbell, who join the band on stage at certain shows. The front-of-house (FOH) engineer opted for an S5000 dLive surface by Allen…

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Compact console for ‘bold’ Walker

16 January 2020

THE WIDE range of Tom Walker’s vocal demands an audio console capable of handling a “big, bold” show, according to his front-of-house (FOH) engineer Mike Platt. Touring venues including London’s O2 Academy Brixton (4,900), O2 Victoria Warehouse (10,000) in Manchester and the Corn Exchange (3,000) in Edinburgh, the production used…

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Focusrite acquires Martin Audio

16 January 2020

HIGH WYCOMBE-BASED audio interface specialist Focusrite plc has acquired professional live sound manufacturer Martin Audio, also based in the town, which developed the MLA system and works for clients including BST Hyde Park (cap. 65,000), SW4 (20,000) and Fat Boy Slim. Focusrite owns the ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify Music…

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David’s White Light new year welcome

16 January 2020

WHEN CRAIG David performed both as a singer and a DJ at London’s Central Hall (cap. 2,500) in Westminster on New Year’s Eve, lighting designer Steve Abbis worked with in-house technical production company White Light (WL) to create different visuals before and after the midnight fireworks on the nearby River…

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Kenyon’s sumptuous look for Aretha show

16 January 2020

SHOW PRODUCER Adrian Grant aimed to create “big sumptuous” looks for the latest leg of Respect: The Aretha Franklin Songbook, which features singers Stacy Francis, Tanya Edwards and Cleo Stewa performing the music of the “Queen of Soul”. Production manager Aaron Booth invited London-based Colour Sound Experiment, the show’s provider…

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A-ha’s screen of many colours

6 December 2019

THE HUNTING High and Low Live tour by A-ha took the unusual step of introducing the 10-bit video to their visual display, featuring a video by animator Knut Helgeland. The format allows content creators the use of one billion colours, compared to roughly 16 million colours afforded by the conventional…

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Audio brands regroup as Solotech UK

6 December 2019

FOLLOWING THE acquisition of SSE Audio Group by Canada’s Group Solotech in November last year, the company is to realign into a unified British structure. SSE and its subsidiaries, Wigwam, Capital Sound and BCS Audio will be known as Solotech UK as of 1 January 2020, under the new joint…

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Björk keeps audience immersed

6 December 2019

SEEKING A sound for her Cornucopia tour that drew audiences into “another world”, Björk has scaled up a production developed at The Shed (cap. 2,700) in New York, on her latest visit to the UK. Playing venues including London’s The O2 (21,000) and Glasgow’s The SSE Hydro (13,000), she needed…

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Diamonds in the sky with Kodaline

6 December 2019

THE LIGHTING designer for Kodaline’s UK tour, D Reilly, adopted the band’s diamond-shaped logo using three large diamond-shaped trusses as the visual core of the show. With one flown over mid-stage and the other two mounted stage left and right on two truss columns each, the geometric patterns were designed…

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Sound direction for Legend’s arena show

6 December 2019

THE AUDIO system used by John Legend and his 11-piece band for a performance at The O2 (cap. 21,000) in London, as part of the multi-artiste BluesFest event, needed to adapt to the acoustics of a reduced auditorium, with the “horse-shoe” seats on the rear of Level 4 excluded from…

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Brilliant fit for Tait

18 November 2019

US-BASED TAIT, the staging and production specialist behind tours by Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Elton John, has acquired Wakefield-based Brilliant Topco Ltd, better known as Brilliant Stages, fabricator of structures for the Rolling Stones, Take That and Beyonce and Jay Z. The acquisition brings together two businesses with four…

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dLive delivers flexibility for Capaldi

18 November 2019

THE AUDIO requirements for Vampire Weekend have grown significantly since front-of-house (FOH) engineer Neil Heal first worked with the band over 10 years ago. Following the group’s expansion from a four to a seven-piece, it now uses 120 inputs compared to the 24 it used in earlier times, he says….

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Pixies warm glow with tungsten

18 November 2019

TO CREATE an asymmetrical lighting rig to complement the “loud quiet loud” music of the Pixies, designer Myles Mangino needed a fixture capable of evoking all the moods in the sound. He settled on the Chauvet Professional Strike 1 fixtures for shows at venues including London’s Alexandra Palace (cap. 10,400),…

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Club class with K2

18 November 2019

NORTHERN IRELAND’S Two Door Cinema Club prefer an entirely different live sound to their recorded output according to front-of-house (FOH) engineer Ian Laughton. He says he enjoys the freedom he has on the False Alarm tour and that the band’s production manager Bennie Brongers is happy to specify his preferred…

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Yorke UP and away for Boxes tour

18 November 2019

AIMING TO immerse his audience in a “sensory bath” of music and abstract  visuals, Thom Yorke is deploying a curved array of three to five screens for his Modern Boxes Tour, which plays at Glasgow SEC Hall 3 (cap. 5,000), Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse (3,500) and London’s Eventim Apollo (5,040)…

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Happiness begins with Khamsin

22 October 2019

LIGHTING DESIGNER and production manager for the Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins tour, Baz Halpin, wanted a fixture that would create a larger-than-life look that would complement the LED screens and floor, the central feature of the production. He opted for 200 Khamsin fixtures by French manufacturer Ayrton to illuminate performances…

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Lights the ship for rocking ‘90s

22 October 2019

STROBES, LASERS changing colour and smoke were among the effects deployed by lighting director José Lorenzo to recreate the 1990s party scene for Electric Sunsets: Cruise Back to the 90s on the Marella Explorer cruise ship. Sailing from Newcastle to Southampton, the vessel carries up to 1,900 passengers and hosted…

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MLA tames Sundown sound

22 October 2019

SUNDOWN FESTIVAL organisers U-Live decided to dispense with delay speakers despite having to achieve low sound levels of off-site and “enjoyably high” levels at the front-of-house (FOH) position in the middle of the 22,000 capacity crowd. Proper Productions, run by Mark Ward, and production manager Rishi-Louis Gowry invited Capital Sound…

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Trial and error eliminated for Vampires

22 October 2019

THE AUDIO requirements for Vampire Weekend have grown significantly since front-of-house (FOH) engineer Neil Heal first worked with the band over 10 years ago. Following the group’s expansion from a four to a seven-piece, it now uses 120 inputs compared to the 24 it used in earlier times, he says….

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Billie boxes clever with fest system

22 October 2019

A NEW optical fibre cable designed for festivals has enabled the Billie Eilish tour to use different equipment formats without requiring new cable runs. Festival Box allows any audio protocol, as well as video and data, to travel down the same fibre, making it an efficient option for multi-act and…

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