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Perfectly timed Comets explode during the opening song. All photos by Steve Jennings
Perfectly timed Comets explode during the opening song. All photos by Steve Jennings

The Visual Splendor of Coldplay’s 'A Head Full of Dreams' Tour

Nook Schoenfeld
Cover Story

Coldplay hit America this summer with its first tour since 2012, titled A Head Full of Dreams in support of their seventh album by the same name. The London based quartet celebrated its 20th year by launching a three-year long tour earlier this year in South America. The North American tour started in NYC on July 16 and will continue throughout the summer by playing arenas with a scaled down production during the week and filling stadiums on the weekend with the larger production.

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Danny O'Bryen
Danny O'Bryen

2016 Parnelli Profile: Video Visionary Danny O'Bryen

Kevin M. Mitchell
Features

“Danny O’Bryen is a visionary with a promoter’s mind,” says Mark Haney, video director and Parnelli Board of Advisors member. “He saw video as a way forward and a way to bring more value to the ticket buyer. He saw that this was the future and is really one of the biggest innovators in our field.” O’Bryen of Screenworks will receive the 2016 Parnelli Visionary Award Oct. 22, at the Parnelli Awards gala in Las Vegas. He’s the ninth live event professional to receive this annual award for career achievement, and the first from the video side of the industry.

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Fixtures: Quality vs. Cost

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

During the week, I run this magazine for a living. But on weekends, I still dabble in my other craft, lighting bands doing one-offs. I generally like to use about 60 movers and some key lights on a show. I’m not picky on what lights I get, because I’m playing mostly festivals with these acts during the summer. I take what I get. The beauty is, I get to test about every fixture made over the summer.

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2016 Hometown Hero Finalists
2016 Hometown Hero Finalists

2016 Hometown Hero Finalists

Kevin M. Mitchell
Features

Here’s a look at the regional finalists in the 2016 Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year award.

There are many ways to judge the vitality of our industry — ticket sales, manufacturer’s bottom line, new hires. But from where we’re sitting, it seems especially telling that, for the first time in a long time, there are so many new companies being honored for their service in their region. Not that these are “new” companies per se — heck, one has been around since 1983. But it’s a dynamic, interesting bunch, and we’re pleased to present them to here. Let’s meet the regional winners!

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Even the opening acts looked big at Rock in Rio Lisbon.  Photo by Vickie Claiborne
Even the opening acts looked big at Rock in Rio Lisbon. Photo by Vickie Claiborne

Backstage Programming at Rock in Rio in Lisbon, Portugal

Vickie Claiborne
Festival Spotlight

For the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with the Rock in Rio festival in different roles, giving me a unique perspective on the festival both in the U.S. and Portugal. In May 2015, I managed the front of house control system for the Palco Mundo (World Stage) in Las Vegas and assisted incoming LDs with everything from setting up their consoles, connecting them to the main data distribution system, providing timecode connections, programming support, etc., etc. I even punted for a couple of the bands that traveled without an LD.

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Charlotte Maltby and Leslie Becker with the Cast of ICON. Photo by Shira Friedman Photography
Charlotte Maltby and Leslie Becker with the Cast of ICON. Photo by Shira Friedman Photography

Low Budget Luxury: Video at NYMF 2016

Bryan Matthews
Inside Theatre

The glitz and glamour of Broadway often overshadows the more modest production values and strong merits of off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions. The annual New York Musical Festival (NYMF) features original and often innovative shows, many driven by off-the-wall concepts, that create more with less. During this past run in July, PLSN caught two entertaining shows that featured creative use of video that helped to expand their scope without overwhelming them. We tracked down their digital creators who, despite experience with much larger productions, enjoyed the challenges that their more compact NYMF shows presented them.

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Pitbull 2016 tour photo by Steve Jennings
Pitbull 2016 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Pitbull 2016 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Wide Focus

Michael Smalley and Gabriel Fraboni Update Pitbull’s Show Looks

For Pitbull’s 2016 tour, Michael Smalley and Gabriel Fraboni collaborated on the production design, with Smalley once again serving as lighting designer, programmer and director. Smalley and Fraboni also shared video content duties for the show.

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A 3D surround framed the main stage. Photo by mhvogel
A 3D surround framed the main stage. Photo by mhvogel

Adele Live 2016 Tour

Kevin M. Mitchell
Designer Insights

It starts with “Hello” and ends with “Rolling in the Deep,” and in between is enough music, lighting, and video to sell out the world’s biggest arenas for consecutive nights. “I think the real success of this show is that the line between lighting, video and scenic is very blurred,” says lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe. “You are never quite sure what you are seeing and this very much plays into the aesthetic around which the whole show is created.”

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Hallway to the Jewel VIP area. Photo by Jason Sievert - Invision Studio.
Hallway to the Jewel VIP area. Photo by Jason Sievert - Invision Studio.

Jewel Nightclub at Aria Resort in Las Vegas

Mike Wharton
Installations

Hakkasan Group, a worldwide hospitality company with establishments located across the globe in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the U.S. invited PLSN to get a closer look at just what makes the multi-faceted Jewel Nightclub shine. Located at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, MGM wanted to create a nightclub that catered to their high-end clientele, something that was intimate and different.

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