Schlagworte: Concert

Terror – How Safe are Large Events?

The word “terror” causes great fear with many people and leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth. Especially in regards to large public events with many visitors, the question arises: how safe are we actually? The events in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert or the interruption of the festival “Rock am Ring” cause the…

Technic of the Stars: Clueso’s Stadtrandlichter Tour


“Freidrehen”, “Gewinner”, “Keinen Zentimeter”, “Cello”: Erfurt singer-songwriter Clueso has been tearing up the German charts in recent years, scooping up a series of gold and platinum records in the process. His tours regularly sell out – including his latest Stadtrandlichter (“Lights of the Outskirts”) Tour 2014, which saw the singer on the road from 24 November to 28 December. For his stage appearances, Thomas Hübner (for that is the name in Clueso’s passport) puts his faith in environmentally-friendly technology.

Technic of the Stars: Peter Maffay Rocks With Lightpower

Peter Maffay live

Peter Maffay has been in show business going on 45 years now, and with 16 number one albums he is the most successful artist in the German charts by some distance. He delighted children with the little green dragon Tabaluga, and has taken a stand as a peace activist, but music continues to play a crucial role in his life. His latest album, “Wenn das so ist” (“If that’s the case”) came out last year, and the tour continues. For many years, Maffay has been able to call on the expertise of lighting designer Günter Jäckle, who in turn has been able to rely on German stage lighting supplier Lightpower.

Technic of the Stars: Fanta 4 “Rekord” Tour with ROBE

Fanta-Vier-Konzert-SmudoIf you’re talking about stage design, there’s one name known to everyone in the branch: Gunther Hecker. A lighting designer by trade, he has introduced a series of innovative new design elements that continue to surprise the field. Hecker has been working together with Germany’s hip-hop pioneers Die Fantastischen Vier (known as Fanta 4 to fans) for 22 years. For the band’s recently concluded ‘Record Tour’, marking the group’s 25th anniversary, he collaborated with lighting director and front of house system engineer Marc Lorenz to produce yet another set, light and video design from the very top drawer.

Innovative stage design with mixed-media elements

This set is based on a bare stage; wherever they happen to be playing, the far wall of the auditorium serves as the backdrop - at first. Then comes the big surprise. Halfway through the show, the stage transforms: three trusses and a Cyberhoist system seal off the back of the stage with walls of golden material. The wall of golden panels shimmers as lights play off it and videos are projected onto it. The effect is complemented by another onstage eye catcher: an LED video cube hanging above the middle of the stage, with screens playing on six of its 4m wide faces.

Technology of the Stars: Unheilig Swears by Sennheiser


Songs like “Geboren um zu leben”, “Unter deiner Flagge” , and “So wie du warst” made German rockers Unheilig famous. Their trademark is moving lyrics about the highs and lows of the human condition. Lead singer Der Graf has won millions of fans with his unique voice, including more than 28,000 visitors to this year’s Classic Open Air Festival at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. Real expertise was needed to produce the right sound for the event, especially given the challenging noise pollution controls in place. Look no further then, than famed Wedemark audio experts Sennheiser.

Technology of the Stars: Rolling Stones Rock Adam Hall

Rolling Stones Kabelserie für Adam HallWhether in the studio or on stage: The Rolling Stones are one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Songs like “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction“, “Angie“, “Gimme Shelter“, and “Paint It Black“ elevated them to music Olympus. But they couldn’t have done it without the right equipment. So it’s no surprise that The Rolling Stones have brought out their own line of cables for microphone and guitar in cooperation with Bravado and audio manufacturer Adam Hall (based in the town of Neu-Anspach close to Frankfurt).

Adam Hall is a frontrunner in the audio and events industries. Prolight + Sound 2014 was another opportunity for them to present their latest products, including customised flight cases, the DAVE 18 G3 compact speaker system from LD Systems, and two new Audac power amplifier ranges.

Technology of the Stars: Fohhn makes Bobby McFerrin happy

Bobby McFerrin Gewandhaus-Leipzig-Fohhn

Bobby McFerrin’s number one hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” brought the American singer, musician, and conductor to the world’s attention. A ten-time Grammy winner, he can even imitate instruments with his unmistakeable voice. And he was also a guest at the recent 15th Leipzig International Festival of Vocal Music, appearing with his seven-man a cappella group in the Gewandhaus concert hall. The critically-acclaimed artist received technical backup from Fohhn Focus Modular systems.

PLS 2014: A taste of what is to come at the I-ESC

Sabine Funk I-ESC

Sabine Funk

A warm summer evening, good weather and many happy people, the ideal conditions for a good open air concert. So that such evenings can be a happy experience, you need good organization and planning.

Sabine Funk, among others, is responsible for such things. She is one of the leading experts for event safety and crowd management and is currently working on the German adaptation of the event safety guide. At the PLS she will be speaking about safety regulations at German events at the International Event Safety Conference in the Eventplaza. Prolight + Sound team asked her a few questions ahead of time.

VDT Academy 2014: The program is now online!

The Verband deutscher Tonmeister (VDT) invites you to a free seminar at the Prolight & Sound on March 14, 2014. At the VDT Academy experts from the industry will give you first hand knowledge about their experiences and give information about the newest developments in acoustic and sound technology, trends in film and TV, theater…

Sennheiser develops media for hearing and sight impaired

In Germany every fifth person is hearing or sight impaired. However at concerts, cinemas or theaters there haven't been any adjustments to help them. More than 50 percent of the affected people don't go to cultural events. This was the result of a TNS Emnid survey commissioned by the audio specialist Sennheiser. Therefore, the Wedemaker company is working on new streaming technology for cinemas and theaters which utilizes the inclusion principle, so that seeing and hearing impaired people are no longer excluded.

Sennheiser App

Behind the scenes – Michael Bublé on Tour

When Michael Bublé goes on tour, then his fans can expect great things. The singer and multiple Grammy winner, who became famous with songs like “Feeling so Good”, “Everything” and “It’s a Beautiful Day”, is so multifaceted that his stage technology has to be able to keep up. The technical equipment for his current “To be loved” world tour is from the TAIT company. Giant moveable LED displays, video screens and ingenious lighting set the stage for his performance. However, all this technology has to be set up and taken down before and after each performance. Today’s find shows you how all that works. Enjoy!

Technology of the Stars: Tim Bendzko chooses Sennheiser

Tim Bendzko

Tim Bendzko keeps good company. Just like many other stars, including Shakira, Pink, Xavier Naidoo and Seal, he also uses the proven quality of Sennheiser audio technology. At his summer concert at the Waldbühne Berlin, the singer and songwriter performed his hits “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten”, “Sag einfach Ja” and “Am seidenen Faden” in front of almost 20,000 fans. He used wired and wireless microphones as well as IEM solutions from Sennheiser, which have consistently been exhibited at Prolight + Sound.