Bigger, better, and more innovative than ever before: that’s LMP’s message for this year’s Prolight + Sound, welcoming visitors to its stand with a new concept and plenty of surprises. The lighting and stage equipment distributor from Ibbenbüren, near Osnabrück in northern Germany, is celebrating its 35th anniversary, which calls for something extra-special. LMP marketing and product manager Marc Petzold was on hand: “Visitors are going to experience a truly deep and diverse product palette from LMP this year.”
If 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.
For decades, cruises have been one of the best-loved ways to take a well-earned break. The ships themselves are floating giants, standing comparison to any luxury hotel on land. And the lighting on the newest addition to TUI’s fleet of cruise ships, Mein Schiff 3 (‘My Ship 3’) is a real feast for the eyes, consisting as it does of top-quality spots and beams from ROBE.
Summertime is festival time – especially for singer-songwriter Aki Bosse from Braunschweig. Whether at Hurricane, Southside, or Kosmonaut Festivals – he’s getting fans in the mood with songs like “Schönste Zeit” (Most Beautiful Time), “So oder So” (Either Way), and “Kraniche” (Cranes). Yet these festivals were only the overture for the musician, before departing on his first ‘Open Air’ tour of Germany. And he was accompanied by some first-rate gear by ROBE and High End Systems (HES).
Germany's biggest New Year's Eve Party 2014 was once again held in Berlin. About a million visitors moved about between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Music acts such as Frieda Gold, Adel Tawil and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra covered the musical section of events. The highlight of the evening was the spectacular fireworks. show. A big part of the success of the capital's mega party, however, was ROBE's eclectic event engineering.
Especially on the main stage at the Brandenburg Gate and at the party on the Strasse des 17. Juni, the spots, beams and flood lights of the Czech Republic's lighting technology producer, ROBE, were utilized. 14 Pointes were used on mobile LED wall risers for accents. 18 Pointes were attached to the roof's truss substructure, 12 additional ones were mounted in the side wings and six Pointes were mounted on the stage floor.