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Festival Spotlight

Victory Lap: The Last Vans Warped Tour

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Festival Spotlight
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Founder Kevin Lyman Makes His Move from the Tour Bus to the Classroom It’s noon on a sweltering July Tuesday in St. Louis, so I’m grateful to be ushered into the air conditioned production office of the local amphitheater for the last Vans Warped Tour. Kevin Lyman is on the phone. He’s enthusiastically expounding about […] Read More...

The Innings Festival

Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Festival Spotlight
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
New Festival in Arizona Offered by C3 Presents with Support from Clearwing Productions Arizona, home to music festivals like McDowell Mountain Music Fest, Wet Electric, Pot of Gold, and last year’s inaugural Lost Lakes Festival, was the setting of the first-ever Innings Festival. The three day baseball-themed event, produced by C3 Presents (Lollapalooza/Chicago and Austin […] Read More...

Moogfest

Mike Wharton •
  • Festival Spotlight
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
Blizzard Lighting Layers Moogfest 2018’s Sonic Frontiers Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. It’s disruptive. It’s different. Their mission is to grow a global community of futurists who explore emerging sound technologies and design radical instruments for change. This year was that on overdrive: up-and-coming artists on the verge of breaking out, […] Read More...

Day for Night Festival

Will Romano •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Festival Spotlight
• February 16, 2018
At the Day for Night festival, which made good use of a disused Post Office building in Houston, Texas, light artists and robots shared the stages with the music makers. Planning and staging for the event was right in line with the festival’s creative aesthetic. The names of each of the four stages — two outdoor, two indoor — are representative of the RGBW color model spectrum, known to tech geeks and video and lighting designers the world over. Read More...
LD Andrew Cass unleashed improvised looks for Emancipator's live show.

Emancipator’s Live Show at Red Rocks

PLSN Staff •
  • Festival Spotlight
• November 9, 2017

Emancipator Ensemble, the live music project of Portland-based producer and DJ, Doug Appling, pulled off an ambitious feat, their first headliner show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The August 27 show included co-headliner The Opiuo Band, with supporting acts RJD2 and Machinedrum also showcasing EDM beats on the live stage.

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Photos by Michael Sparks Keegan

Rhythm and Roots Festival

PLSN Staff •
  • Festival Spotlight
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI was the setting for the 20th annual Rhythm and Roots Festival held on Labor Day weekend 2017. The festival has become a “must do” event for hundreds of families who enjoy a variety of musical styles including Zydeco, Celtic, Cajun, Tex-Mex. People of all ages enjoy the laid-back vibe at the 220 acre park in the seaside community of Charlestown, RI. The park features picnic areas, a freshwater swimming pond and the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory and hosts a number of events over the summer months.

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The Milos MR5 Heavy-Duty pitched roof measured 31 by 18 meters.

TimeShift Festival

PLSN Staff •
  • Festival Spotlight
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

The inaugural EDM event in Bucharest, Romania required a lot of gear. Milos had the main stage covered with the largest MR5 heavy-duty roof structure ever assembled. The tilted roof measured 31 by 18 meters.

The inaugural TimeShift festival in Bucharest, Romania also served as the debut of the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The MR5 heavy-duty pitched roof, which measured 31 by 18 meters, or about 102 by 59 feet, covered the main stage for the four-stage event, which was held July 20-23, 2017 and drew big crowds with a lineup that included David Guetta, DJ Snake and Bloc Party.

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U2 performed at Bonnaroo this year

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

PLSN Staff •
  • August 2017
  • Festival Spotlight
• August 11, 2017

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, now in its 16th year on the 700-acre site in Manchester, TN opened on an historical note with U2 as the opening night performer. It marked the first time in their 41-year career playing a festival in America, and only the second time they have ever performed on a festival stage. More than 65,000 people attended the four day event.

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Toucan Productions helped transform a rural Texas ranch into a musical playground. Photos - aLIVE Coverage, courtesy Euphoria Music Festival

From Field to Festival

PLSN Staff •
  • August 2017
  • Festival Spotlight
• August 11, 2017

The Sixth Annual Euphoria Music & Camping Festival

On any other day at Carson Creek Ranch, one might hear crickets chirping in the grove of pecan trees, while cattle grazed and horses neighed under the hot Austin, TX sun. But for four days in April, its 60 acres of fields along the banks of the Colorado River were transformed into an entertainment venue with the Euphoria Music & Camping Festival.

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The festival rig included Strike 4 and Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Photos courtesy Creative BackStage.

Pot of Gold Music Festival

PLSN Staff •
  • Festival Spotlight
• July 12, 2017

10th Annual Event Gets Versatile Assist from Creative BackStage

It was late March, and the 10th annual Pot of Gold Music Festival outside Phoenix had just completed a successful run. John Garberson, the owner of Creative BackStage, which supplied the lighting rig for the two day event, was in his Chandler, AZ shop talking to friends. “This was a very big deal for us,” he said. “I think it holds a lesson for other small and mid-sized rental houses too. You know, we could not have built this two or three years ago.”

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Widespread Panic at SweetWater 420 Festival. Photo courtesy Dave Vann

SweetWater 420 Festival

PLSN Staff •
  • Festival Spotlight
• May 12, 2017

Premier Global Production Sets the Stage for Another Successful Show

The SweetWater 420 Festival is celebrating its 13th year as an Earth Day environmental celebration. The eco-friendly showcase focuses on music, SweetWater Brewing’s craft beers, food and art. The weeklong event, held in Atlanta’s Centennial Park for the last three years, hosts more than 50 national and local musical performers. Statistics from last year’s performance indicate attendees traveled from 46 different states in the U.S. and seven different countries.

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Side panels added to the ‘alien temple’ vibe. Photo by Andrew Jorgensen

Welcome to the Jungle

PLSN Staff •
  • Festival Spotlight
• April 14, 2017

Warren Flynn and Max Mackintosh Brave Insects, Reptiles and More to Light an Alien Spaceship for the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival (OMF) returned to Florida this year on March 2-5 for its second year. Once again, festival producer Soundslinger offered the main stage lighting duties to Max Mackintosh, a young man trying to make his LD bones in America.

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