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Sarah Connor tour photo by Ralph Larmann
Sarah Connor tour photo by Ralph Larmann

LD Bertil Mark Uses GLP X4 Fixtures and Battens for Sarah Connor Tour

PLSN Staff
International News

SAARBRUCKEN, Germany — LD and production designer Bertil Mark has been crafting the looks for German pop and R&B singer Sarah Connor’s recent shows using a combination of GLP’s X4 (Tunable White) LED fixtures and 32 of the new X4 Bar 20 battens. Connor has been touring in support of her most recent album, Muttersprache (Mother Tongue), which has gone triple platinum since its release in May 2015.

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Photo by Ralph Larmann
Photo by Ralph Larmann

The Scorpions Celebrate 50 Years with 2016 World Tour; Rig Includes Clay Paky Fixtures

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

MANNHEIM, Germany — The Scorpions are out this year promoting not just an album, but a 50-year legacy that includes 18 albums in all. LD Rainer Becker and Manfred Nikitser, associate LD and lighting director, are using grandMA-controlled Clay Paky fixtures for the tour, which included a series of dates during May at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. The photo here captures a moment from the band's performance in Mannheim, Germany in late March.

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Snapsting Festival in Denmark, main stage
Snapsting Festival in Denmark, main stage

Snapsting Festival in Denmark Features Robe Moving Lights

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

VIBORG, Denmark - For the 2016 edition of Snapsting, a 10-day festival held in Viborg, Denmark every June, local rental company Lystek provided Robe moving lights for the main entertainment stages. Kristoffer Neilsen, a lighting designer who heads up Lystek, worked with Johan Kvartborg to light the event's main stage with eight Robe MMX Spots, 12 LEDBeam 100s and two ColorStrobes and four LEDWash 600s. For the smaller Nytorv stage, Jesper Levin ran a rig including eight LEDBeam 100s and four Pointes, and eight LEDWash 600s lit that stage's Skyliner roof structure. Lystek deployed more Robes, including DLS Profiles, more Pointes and LEDBeams, for the festival, which featured 260 performances and activities, mostly for free, around the city.

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dbn Lighting provided lighting, LED screen and rigging equipment, a large electric-art sun piece and crew.
dbn Lighting provided lighting, LED screen and rigging equipment, a large electric-art sun piece and crew.

"Somme 100 Manchester" Commemorates Start of WWI with dbn Assist

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

MANCHESTER, U.K. - Commemorating 100 years to the day of the start of the First World War's Battle of the Somme, "Somme 100 Manchester" was a massive public art and performance event that took place in Manchester, U.K.'s Heaton Park on July 1. That battle, between British and French allies against German troops, would prove to be far more costly than anyone anticipated, killing or injuring nearly a million soldiers in less than a five-month span. dbn Lighting, working for Somme 100 and Manchester City Council, provided lighting, LED screen, rigging and set elements for the event.

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Splendit supplied a rig that included Robe Pointes, CycFX 8s and LEDBeam 100s.
Splendit supplied a rig that included Robe Pointes, CycFX 8s and LEDBeam 100s.

Cherry Moon Celebrates 25 Years in Belgium, Lighting Rig Includes Robe Fixtures

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

ANTWERP, Belgium – For an event at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp celebrating Belgian venue Cherry Moon's 25th anniversary, LD Steven Couliez designed the lighting, video and structural set elements to go with an evening devoted to techno, trance, house and retro sounds. Nachtcollective created the video content, and Belgian lighting rental company Splendit supplied a rig that included Robe Pointes, CycFX 8s and LEDBeam 100s. 

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Ramon Bijman used 400 Robe PARFect 100 fixtures to light the rental halls
Ramon Bijman used 400 Robe PARFect 100 fixtures to light the rental halls

Robe PARFect 100s Enhance Industrial Event Space in the Netherlands

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

UTRECHT, The Netherlands — Housed in a former industrial plant, the DeFabrique canal-side event space’s eight rental halls combine the preserved industrial elements with an immersive lighting design by Bijman AV. Ramon Bijman used 400 Robe PARFect 100 fixtures to light the rental halls, which can accommodate events ranging in size from 50 to 3,500 people. The PARFect 100s were Bijman AV’s first Robe purchase, sourced via Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux..

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Blackout, UK Rigging, RTM Rigging, PSI Production Ireland and NEC Group are supporting the new apprenticeship program. Participants pictured here, at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, are, from left, Victoria Box, UK Rigging; Eric Porter, Assessor; Sean Pagel, Assessor; Mark Armstrong, RTM Rigging; James Maher, Blackout Trainee Rigger; Lucy Gardner, NEC Trainee Rigger; Josh Reeves, Blackout Trainee Rigger; Paul Bates, Solihull College; Adelaide Johannsen, Blackout; Harry Box, UK Rigging; Sam Colclough, Blackout; Greg Slater, NEC Trainee Rigger; Paul Rowlands, NEC; and Claire Hawker, NEC.
Blackout, UK Rigging, RTM Rigging, PSI Production Ireland and NEC Group are supporting the new apprenticeship program. Participants pictured here, at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, are, from left, Victoria Box, UK Rigging; Eric Porter, Assessor; Sean Pagel, Assessor; Mark Armstrong, RTM Rigging; James Maher, Blackout Trainee Rigger; Lucy Gardner, NEC Trainee Rigger; Josh Reeves, Blackout Trainee Rigger; Paul Bates, Solihull College; Adelaide Johannsen, Blackout; Harry Box, UK Rigging; Sam Colclough, Blackout; Greg Slater, NEC Trainee Rigger; Paul Rowlands, NEC; and Claire Hawker, NEC.

U.K. Rigging Companies Say New Apprenticeship Program Shows Promise

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

MANCHESTER, U.K. - Before resigning in mid-July, former U.K. prime minister David Cameron championed a plan to create three million new apprentice positions by the year 2020. Announced last summer, the plan is designed to encourage the development of a better-skilled work force, which could help the U.K. compete in the global economy. As part of that larger effort, the U.K.'s National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) announced a trial program called the Live Event Rigging Apprenticeship. It provides formal training to new recruits, supporting them beyond the National Rigging Certificate Level 2. Key rigging leaders from Blackout, UK Rigging, RTM Rigging, PSI Production Ireland and NEC Group attended the trial run of the newly-created LERA program to test the assessment format and marking system before it is formally launched to the industry in September.

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Jansen Lichttechnik provided the rig and lights including 20 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s, 16 A.leda Wash K10s, 8 Alpha Spot 800 QWOs and 6 A.leda B-EYE K10s, as well as dot2 products
Jansen Lichttechnik provided the rig and lights including 20 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s, 16 A.leda Wash K10s, 8 Alpha Spot 800 QWOs and 6 A.leda B-EYE K10s, as well as dot2 products

"Young Scientists" Competition in Germany Lit with Clay Paky Fixtures

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

PADERBORN, Germany - For the Jugend Forscht (Young Scientists) competition held at the Schützenhof Paderborn events venue, locally based lighting company Jansen Lichttechnik provided the rig and lights including 20 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s, 16 A.leda Wash K10s, 8 Alpha Spot 800 QWOs and 6 A.leda B-EYE K10s, as well as dot2 products. Marcus Krömer served as lighting designer and on-site operator at the event. Others crew members included Herbert Löser, video production manager; Nils Weber, technical manager; Juri Zitzer, rig manager; and Markus Fuest, "live cutter."

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Photo by Ulf Jacob
Photo by Ulf Jacob

Anne Clark Tour Lit with GLP Fixtures

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

BERLIN, Germany – Freelance LD Rick Kay used GLP X4 S and X1 fixtures to light British poet and spoken word performer Anne Clark on a tour through Germany, with stops in Belgium and the Netherlands. The "Wasted Wonderland" tour, which also featured co-collaborator herrB, traveled with a minimized lighting rig suited to the 300-to-800-capacity clubs where Clark and herrB performed.

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LD Jonathan 'Goofy' Galicia lit the sister act with 12 Next NXT-1 moving LED panels.
LD Jonathan 'Goofy' Galicia lit the sister act with 12 Next NXT-1 moving LED panels.

Ha*Ash Latin American Tour Includes Chauvet Professional Next NXT-1 LED Panels

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

MEXICO CITY – Ha*Ash, the Mexican sister duo of Hanna Nicole and Ashley Grace, have been out on their “Primera Fila” tour with visual support from Chauvet Professional fixtures. LD Jonathan “Goofy” Galicia used 12 Next NXT-1 moving LED panels supplied by Meridian Pro.

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Bullet For My Valentine performs.
Bullet For My Valentine performs.

Greenfield Festival in Switzerland Includes 150+ Clay Paky Fixtures

Nook Schoenfeld
International News

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland – For the annual Greenfield rock festival, LD Nico Müller of technical supplier Go Audio used more than 150 Clay Paky fixtures. The Main Stage was equipped with 39 Alpha Wash 1200 fixtures, 36 Mythos and 18 Stormy CC strobes. Müller’s rig design for Greenfield’s smaller stages included 18 A.leda B-EYE K10, 18 Mythos, 16 Alpha Spot 800 QWO and eight Stormy CCs. The festival, which ran from June 8-11, welcomed more than 40 international rock, punk and metalcore bands including Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Prodigy, Dropkick Murphys and Bullet For My Valentine (BFMV). More than 100,000 people from across Europe attended the four -day event.

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