Rigging and Staging News


Mobile Technik named Promocube distributor

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

UK - Mobile Technik, specialist in event trailers and pop-up structures, has been appointed as the sole UK distributor for the German-made mobile event space, Promocube. The Promocube is a versatile mobile event space that “heralds a dramatic new design”, opening to create an innovative 36m² pop-up environment. From high-end VIP hospitality suites, experiential brand zones, TV studios and broadcast hubs to pop-up retail units for UK touring roadshows, this new temporary event space helps to create environments to meet a range of budgets and creative briefs.
The Promocube is designed for both indoor and outdoor use with an open structure for an airy feel, or with easy-to-assemble Plexiglass panels providing a weather resistant, temperature controlled, enclosed environment. This space is fully customisable to suit any requirement from wrapping the whole structure with branding to installing internal screen displays and event furniture.
Manufactured in Germany, each structure is transported on a flat-bed trailer and simply installed on site by hydraulics lifting the Promocube off the trailer and easily into place.
Mobile Technik’s Billy Smart comments: “This is a revolutionary new product to the UK events market as a temporary structure with the look and feel of a sleek permanent building. The team were impressed with how quick and easy the Promo


Distro equipment stolen from site

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

UK – A piece of distro equipment stolen from a site in East London recently is being sought by its owner, The Technical Department Ltd. The item is a DT12 - Type 12, 63A/3-phase to 2x32A/3-phase box (pictured). As the photograph shows, the item is clearly marked on the top with ‘TYPE 12’.
It is believed that the item was stolen by an opportunist thief, and that it will reappear for sale on the market. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the equipment is asked to contact Jerry Singleton at The Technical Department [email protected].


Glantre and ASM - an uplifting partnership

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

UK - Glantre Engineering has become ASM’s UK, Republic of Ireland, & Middle East approved distribution partner. Glantre announced the partnership with ASM having recently installed 29 HCWA Junior Hoists and control in a provincial theatre in Leamington Spa, UK.
Germany-based ASM is a manufacturer of hoists and controls for use in performance productions. All hoists are BGV-C1 and control is SIL 3. The ASM range of hoists includes point-hoists, stage and scenery hoists, chain hoists and control. These systems offer silent operation, and flexibility for load and speed to fit all types of venues and budgets.
Maurycy Sowka, CEO at ASM, added: “Partnering with ASM was a natural choice for Glantre and we are certain that our partnership will be of great mutual benefit. Glantre offers a complete service under one roof, for a convenient and efficient service to all customers. We offer stage engineering, audio-visual, lighting, audio and broadcast solutions and now with ASM, performance hoist systems.”
(Jim Evans)


Total Structures hosts outdoor workshop

Monday, 20 February 2017

USA - Rain, cold and hail weren’t what anyone had in mind when the 2017 edition of Total Structures’ Truss, Hoist, Rigging and Outdoor Structures workshop announced its January dates, but that is what everyone got. The school’s 26 attendees, representing 14 companies, did not let the weather get in the way of a great week of learning during the five-day programme.
Held at the company’s California headquarters from 23-27 January, this year’s workshop would cover five days of instruction and discussion covering topics ranging from the fundamentals of truss design and inspection to advanced rigging math calculations for rigging supervisors. In between, the course provided training on outdoor structure design, discussion of American National Standards developed for the entertainment industry, and hands on training with the full range of Pointman Electric Chain Hoists. As an ETCP recognised training course, attendees were able to obtain their maximum 30 educational credits towards their certificate renewals.
“In 2012 we held our first training programme focusing on outdoor structures and how truss and rigging design work within those systems. At the time, we thought we would do the school a few times over the next couple of years, and then change direction to cover other areas due to covering the subject. We really didn’t expect that we would conti


Blumano expands and restructures

Monday, 20 February 2017

UK - UK-based international entertainment industry engineering design and safety specialists and consultants Blumano is expanding and restructuring its operation. The move brings the service of systems control in-house, with software and hardware expert Lluis Diaz-Guerra and his company Copinya into the Blumano organisation. It also coincides with a general Blumano rebranding and the launch of a streamlined new interactive website, www.blumano.com.
Blumano Ltd was founded in 2014 by production industry professionals Cristiano Giavedoni and Amedeo Guizzi to provide a range of specialist services, expertise and consultancy related to lifting, moving and load-bearing equipment for stages, set and scenic elements and other objects and areas of entertainment industry production. The diverse scope of their work reaches into all sectors, from concert touring to corporate and industrial events, encompassing theatre and television productions, festivals, large sporting fixtures and other special events.
The company has performed “phenomenally well” in its first two-and-a-half year period, working on a wide variety of projects across Europe, the US and Asia, with the turnover for ‘services’ alone exceeding all expectations. Blumano’s team explains that this prompted them to look to the future and see how to consolidate and move forward.
Blumano was alre


Triple E offers a ModTruss future at London’s EPS

Monday, 20 February 2017

UK – Triple E, the exclusive European distributor of the ‘universal construction system’ ModTruss, is showcasing the award-winning product at this year’s Event Production Show in London. The company will exhibit the lightweight aluminium truss system, which offers practically limitless configurations and applications, on Stand F58E at London’s Olympia on 1-2 March.
Often described as 'full-size Meccano' by its users, ModTruss won Engineering Product of the Year at the ABTT Theatre Awards in 2015. It has been gaining prominence in the UK and European markets after being exclusively distributed by Triple E.
ModTruss was once again utilised at the SuperBowl, this time at the SuperBowl LI in Houston in February, where it was used to build 12 structures throughout the SuperBowl City, Practice Facility and inside the NRG Stadium.
In Europe, it has already been the choice product in many prestigious locations, most notably at the Royal Opera House in London and Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
“ModTruss is gaining momentum in the event world and our ability to build pop-up theatres and structures makes our presence at the Event Production Show essential,” says Triple E’s managing director, David Edelstein. "The industry has become increasingly excited about the possibilities of ModTruss. Its power to truly change the way we approach set building


MILOS Roofs latest video released

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Europe - MILOS has released the second video as part of its three-month spotlight on MILOS Roofs which runs until March 2017.
In this second video of a four-video series, Area Four Industries technical director Norbert Tripp focuses on some background information about wind and the resulting loads on roof structures.
Since this is a complex matter, Norbert touches on some basics, such as the relationship between wind speed and wind pressure, as well as the behaviour of canopies under wind loads. The often misunderstood self-weight of structures is also covered.
Click <a href="/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQMeKFDpq3A">here to watch</a> the second MILOS Roofs video.


J&C Joel expands operations in Asia

Friday, 10 February 2017

Asia - As part of its global growth strategy, J&C Joel – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions - has announced an expansion of its operations in Asia.
With more than 70% of its sales already coming from international trade, the British business now exports to over 80 countries worldwide, providing theatre and stage drapes, cyclorama canvasses, backdrops, bespoke fabric shapes, as well as stage machinery and acoustic solutions.
In recognition of the increase in export, the firm is looking to further develop their presence Asia region and make a major investment into its infrastructure to better support its growing customer base and improve service levels.
The company is opening a new 10,000 sq ft purpose built facility in Vietnam and a new office in mainland China. These new locations, which are set to open in July, will be in addition to the firm’s current established offices in Hong Kong, Macau, Africa, Europe, Middle East and the headquarters in the UK.
The Vietnamese sales, warehouse and manufacturing hub will be based in the country’s capital, Hanoi and will help support the growing market in Asia ensuring the company can continue to provide their quality products and first class customer service whilst improving lead times.
The location of the new offic


SRS uses Ron StageMaster on Swedish Idol

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sweden - The twelfth Swedish Idol season started airing on TV4 in August 2016 with a finale show held 8 December at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
Scandinavian Rigging Service (SRS) has worked on each Swedish Idol Final for the last 10 years, and this year was responsible for the complete rigging from drawings and weight calculations to top rigging supply and rigging personnel. New this year however was the use of Eilon Engineering’s Ron StageMaster load cells to monitor the rig’s weight and distribution.
“There are no requirements to use load cells with large rigs in Sweden,” says Sören Durango, who has owned Scandinavian Rigging Service since 2014. “Not yet, anyway.” Sören does say though that there has been more awareness to use load cells on larger shows in venues like the Globe, an arena that seats 16,000 people. “I have a good relationship with the client as I’ve worked with them many times over the years,” he said. “So I approached them about using Eilon Ron StageMaster load cells on this show, stressing the safety factor involved. They said yes and thought it was a good idea.”
With rigs becoming heavier as shows get bigger each year, venue load limits have become a greater concern. “Rigs are getting closer and closer to the limit of what venues can bare,” Sören says. “On the Idol Final


Hawthorn celebrates 30th birthday in style

Thursday, 9 February 2017

UK - Hawthorn celebrated turning 30 in style on Saturday 4 February, when more than 500 clients, suppliers and colleagues partied the night away at the company’s Leicestershire headquarters.
The full service technical production company drew on its expertise to transform its 105,000ft warehouse space into a glamorous party venue where guests enjoyed a night of fun, food and drink.
Guests were kept well entertained throughout the evening with live entertainment, as well as fun including karaoke, retro games and roving entertainers. Delicious food was served by Smart Hospitality and guests were treated to a menu of special themed cocktails kindly donated by Ambersphere.
Chris Green, lighting designer for the event, made full use of the in-house inventory, showing off fixtures such as the Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 & K10, Alpha Spot QWO 800 and over 100 pendant lights with squirrel-cage lamps. Green’s desk of choice for the evening was a Tiger Touch Pro.
To make sure audio for the evening was on top form, Rob Allen, Hawthorn’s group head of sound, installed eight boxes of d&b V tops (four aside), T10 front-fills, T10s in cluster format as delays and six Vsubs. These were run from D80 amps and a Digico SD8 desk with Stealth Core2. Monitor speakers were Martin Audio LE1500 run from Powersoft X4s.
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ISE 2017: LED takes pole on Peerless-AV stand

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Netherlands - Peerless-AV brings its LED business focus to the forefront with the international debut of the new SmartMount Universal LED Mounting System in both Full Service and Fixed Flat-to-Wall configurations at ISE 2017 (Hall 12, E57). With an ultra-lightweight aluminium frame, X, Y and Z adjustment and support for multiple LED display sizes and brands, the system is one of the most versatile, easy to assemble and install indoor LED mounting solutions available on the market.
Visitors to the stand will see a 7x4 video wall featuring 2.42mm pixel pitch indoor LED on the SmartMount Universal Flat Wall LED Mounting System and a 6x6 video wall featuring 1.2mm and 1.5mm pixel pitch indoor LED on the SmartMount Universal Full Service LED Mounting System. The Full Service system is built with three scissor arms, demonstrating the pop-out mechanism for recessed wall, rear access requirements.
“There’s currently a huge market for narrow pitch indoor LED in Europe and we’re seeing some great opportunities coming through for this highly differentiated mounting system, which we’ve developed in close co-operation with market leading LED and display manufacturers and installers,” commented Keith Dutch, managing director of Peerless-AV. “Our dedicated experts have already delivered custom mounts for numerous LED video wall installs, both in US an


Lee Baird joins DWR Distribution team

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution has appointed Lee Baird as marketing coordinator. No stranger to the industry, Lee worked alongside her partner, Rob Young, at Theatre and Studio for six years, during which time she visited various theatres in the country and maintained the day-to-day running of the office. “Working with Rob was the best part of the job,” smiles Lee. “And it’s great to work alongside him once again at DWR.”
Lee will be positioned in the marketing department and she will also be instrumental in helping to arrange projects like DWR’s Mediatech exhibit (Johannesburg, 19-21 July 2017), fundraisers for the SOS Charity fund and ensuring the industry has t-shirts to wear!
“It’s really an honour to welcome Lee to our team,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “She is an organised and diligent person whom we have known for a few years now, and I know she will be a tremendous help in the marketing department. We hope that Lee will be very happy here.”
(Jim Evans)


Mojo Barriers’ appoints US manager

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

USA - Mojo Barriers US has appointed Jordi van Berkum as the company’s new US manager, 6th Feb 2017.
Since the acquisition of Mojo Barriers by EVAGO Group on 18 January 2017, CEO Alex Borger has been taking on board the ambitions of the new owners and visiting the global network of offices with them. A trip to the USA in January with EVAGO CFO Lorenz Schmid resulted in the appointment of Jordi van Berkum.
Alex comments, “Jordi’s experience working for Mojo Barriers gives us confidence that his understanding of our high quality delivery and service values will be at the core of his management strategy. He’s a fantastic addition to our management team who will help to shape the US company to make the best of new opportunities that arise as part of EVAGO Group in a dynamic market sector.”
Mojo is currently supplying crowd barriers/barricades to 2017 US tours by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and 21 Pilots.
In addition to working with Mojo Barriers, Jordi has also worked in the production teams at events including Corona Sunsets, Mysteryland USA, TomorrowWorld, Life in Color Miami and the United States Grand Prix Formula 1 concerts at Circuit of the Americas featuring Taylor Swift & The Roots ft Usher.
(Jim Evans)


ISE 2017: AC-ET focus on full integration

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Netherlands - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will demonstrate how it provides all the products, advice and support needed to install fully integrated systems – at ISE 2017.
The latest generation Chroma-Q Inspire, Color Force II and Color One 100X creative LED, and Space Force white LED, products will be heavily featured on AC-ET’s ISE booth. Together, these featured Chroma-Q fixtures can provide a truly immersive, seamlessly integrated lighting experience in auditoria, performance venues, houses of worship and other public spaces.
Also featured will be Traxon’s colour-changing Media Tube and Dot XL media string LED solutions for permanent outdoor applications. AC-ET sister company, A.C. Special Projects are a Traxon authorised installation partner and have used these products on several high profile architectural installation projects in London, including the prestigious Sea Containers building along the South Bank; Buckingham Arcade; and the Ruislip Manor Station Bridge.
AC-ET will also be exhibiting popular lighting controllers for these and other lighting products from brands including Jands and E:Cue.
Also featured on the booth is the Tourflex Cabling service – a manufacturer and supplier of a full range of bespoke cabling for signal, data, lighting, audio, video and rigging applications.
(Jim Evans)


Star wins Best Brand Activation

Friday, 3 February 2017

UK - Star Events won Best Brand Activation at the Festival Supplier Awards (FSA) last week for its Samsung Hypercube structure.
Conceived by Samsung, developed by Iris Worldwide and built almost entirely from Star parts, Hypercube housed the first immersive virtual reality (VR) music video, which toured festival sites last summer.
Presenting the award, judges highlighted the combination of ‘solid production values and high end technology’, which they said, ‘delivered a unique solution’.
Sarah Howlett, Star Events’ project manager, comments, “The Samsung Hypercube took a telling new dimension into the festival model and the structure had to emphasise that novelty and provide a seamless platform for the VR. Star’s engineering prowess, and its resources, helped that happen and it’s great to be recognised with the Best Brand Activation award.”
“By collaborating with Star we have been able to design an impressive festival experience that is not only aesthetically beautiful but structurally sound and completely safe,” a spokesperson for Iris Worldwide said at the time. “We would not have trusted any other production team to produce a structure of this scale.”
(Jim Evans)

LITEC injects Naples with MyT Folding Steroid

LITEC injects Naples with MyT Folding Steroid

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Italy - LITEC has recently introduced a new concept in heavy-duty portable roofs - the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System. The MyT Folding Steroid was purpose-designed by LITEC engineers to answer the needs of live event companies that require colossal structures with extreme loading capacities, while optimizing transport costs and reducing storage requirements.

The successful debut of the MyT Steroid Folding Roof System was at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy, which served as both a test build and massive roof structure for an important live concert. The custom made 30 x 15m MyT Folding Steroid Roof System was expertly delivered and erected by Massimo Stage, one of Europe's premier event production and rental companies that specializes in big events.

The modular, self-contained design of the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System consists of heavy duty components that are a hybrid of folding EN AW-7003 T6 aluminium truss sections, 85cm x 85cm EN AW-6082 T6 aluminium towers and key structural elements in S355 steel like modular ballast bases, sleeve block and safety block.

The folding aluminium truss sections are assembled without any welding to optimise performance and eliminate any issues relating to weld heat affected zones. The unique construction also creates a 100% serviceable truss, with any damaged or worn parts easily replaceable. With these features com

PLASA Focus Glasgow showcases new products

PLASA Focus Glasgow showcases new products

Friday, 20 January 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow kicked off the 2017 show season unveiling exciting new product launches and UK debuts including: EM Acoustics' ESP-8 and IC range, Allen & Heath's new dLive C1500 on SSE's stand, RCF's TT45-CXA touring and theatre series, Area Four's EXE Rise 500kg electric chain hoist, and ETC's new AV version of the Color Source desk.

The show, taking place at the SECC in Glasgow, attracted a record number of visitors on day one, hosting packed seminar sessions - including Phil Ward's panel entitled Is Point Source Fighting Back - and the Riggers Forum.

Chris Toulmin, director of PLASA Events says: "PLASA Focus Glasgow has gathered fantastic momentum in the Scottish region, attracting industry support from likes of the BBC, Department of International Trade and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The buzzing show floor is further testament for the thriving Scottish market and a great platform for networking."

Steve Austin, director of Flightcase Warehouse comments: "We welcomed record numbers of customers on the first morning and reckon we have done more business than at the previous two Glasgow shows combined. The Scottish market really seems to appreciate a show like this taking place in the region."

The show hosted a wealth of console training and product demos including L-Acoustics and Martin Professional hosted by Adlib; MA Lighting

Mojo Barriers acquired by Evago Group

Mojo Barriers acquired by Evago Group

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Europe - Evago AG, German event infrastructure provider, has acquired 100% of the shares in Mojo Barriers' global crowd barrier business.

The Evago Group, which includes German full service event company B


The Week in Light & Sound

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Final Curtain - The curtain is coming down on the most celebrated circus in the US, the Greatest Show on Earth, run by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. After 146 years in the business, the owners said declining tickets sales and high operating costs were to blame. Activists who campaigned for decades against the travelling circus's animal acts welcomed the news.

"After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey will hold its final performances in May," said a statement from Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, the family business which has run the circus since the late 1960s.

Sep Outside Love - A life-size bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled outside Liverpool's Cavern Club as the venue celebrates its 60th anniversary. The club, credited with launching the career of The Beatles, opened its doors on 16 January 1957 as a jazz cellar. Crowds gathered in Mathew Street to see the sculpture which shows a young Cilla performing one of her early songs. The TV celebrity and 1960s singing star, who died in 2015, started work as a cloakroom attendant at the club.

Country File - Kris Kristofferson is to play the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury this year, according to the singer's official website. A spokesman for Glastonbury said the next official

Jazz festival premieres with Gravity

Jazz festival premieres with Gravity

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Germany - The first Landesjazzfestival Bayern (jazz festival Bavaria) took place in Regensburg from 21-23 October, 2016. The event, which received prominent support - the patron was Bavaria's Premier Horst Seehofer - presented a top-class and diverse programme on all three festival days. Among the highlights were the shows of Grammy winners Ron Carter and John Scofield as well as the concert of Dusko Goykovich.

During their celebrated performances, the jazz legends shared the stage with equipment newcomers - the new Gravity stands, an Adam Hall Group brand. Once again the accessories showed off their qualities: easy handling, stability and an appealing design.

Winni Freisleben, head of the board of the Jazzclub Regensburg and co-initiator of the first Landesjazzfestival Bayern, noted, "We received positive feedback regarding the Gravity stands from several musicians. The stands were very well received."

Norbert Kain, technical director of Regensburg's Jazzclub, added, "The Gravity stands convinced me at first glance. You can see that they are manufactured well and of course also, that they play in their own league optically."

Additionally, Norbert.Kain is also timpressed with the G-rings - "In advance, I equipped the drum and vocal microphone stands with different colours, which simplified their use."

In the future, the event is set to take place in a


Doughty Engineering brings Tank Trap to Glasgow

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

UK - Doughty Engineering is set debut a new adaptable, three-position Tank Trap at this year's PLASA Focus, Glasgow. Visitors to stand B6 will be able to find out more about the prototype product which has been devised to answer customer demand for a Tank Trap which would allow rigging close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction.

It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points. These mounting points are located in the centre as per a standard Tank Trap, at the edge and in the corner.

Dan Phillips, project sales coordinator at Doughty said, "The Adaptable Tank Trap's mounting points consist of a welded socket which the receiver slots into.The receiver is held in place with a 12mm stainless steel pin, which is in turn secured by a pair of lynch pins. The mounting points and receiver are CNC machined to ensure a close fit to minimise movement in the joint once the pin is in place. The removable receiver has the added benefit that, once removed, the Tank Trap has a far lower profile with the receiver removed (45mm tall) than a standard Tank Trap (305mm tall).

"We are excited to launch this piece of kit at PLASA Focus Glasgow and are keen to get as much feedback as we can as we continue to fine tune the design to ensure it's exactly what our customers need and want."


Kinesys USA schedules February workshops

Kinesys USA schedules February workshops

Monday, 16 January 2017

USA - Motion control systems manufacturer Kinesys again welcomes guests to its dedicated training facility in Atlanta, Georgia with a combined Open Days / Training Workshop event running from 21-24 February 2017.

The emphasis is on both product awareness and providing fee-free training for those who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of automated rigging for the entertainment industry.

Subjects will include the operation and implementation of Kinesys automation products as well as the application of load cell systems for increased safety in multi-hoist lifting operations and the invitation is open to designers, operators, rental suppliers and rigging service providers - anyone with an interest in this dynamic element of modern show production.

The training workshops will provide structured learning in the theory, programming and operation of Kinesys' popular and successful Vector software along with an introduction to the various devices it can control.

There will be both classroom and associated practical machinery operation sessions.

The Open-House days will also serve as an introduction to the range of Kinesys automation solutions including products like the iconic Elevation1+ vari-speed chain hoist control, powerful K2 motion control software, the DigiHoist motor control platform and the Libra load cell system.

Attendees will b


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