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Part 2: mondo*dr awards Best Theatre shortlist

We can’t believe that the mondo*dr awards (hosted during Prolight + Sound Frankfurt) are this week! This year, Flightcase Warehouse is sponsoring the Best Theatre category to show our support for the creatives that drive forward entertainment technology innovation and to connect with the many international brands that can really benefit from specialist protective kit, created by a team of true experts.


Needless to say, we’re pretty excited and are really looking forward to presenting a worthy theatre winner with their well-earned trophy. In our most recent blog we introduced part 1 of the Best Theatre category nominees, and this week we shine a spotlight on the remaining spectacular entries. Read on to get the lowdown on who’s comprising the 2018 shortlist.


(P.s – look out for our flight case furniture dotted around the venue and feel free to come and say hello to our Directors Sam, Jase and Steve whilst you’re there).

Yaoguang Pavilion Theatre – China


The Yaoguang Pavilion recently had a new play on its programme that came with special sound, lighting, staging and visual effects requirements. In order to work with the director’s vision and create a truly awe-inspiring theatrical spectacle, the venue needed to pull off a scene that emulated an approaching landing plane – and then accommodate a plane entering the stage itself. Not an easy feat. But with a series of Amadeus speakers combining DiGiCo, RME and Lab Gruppen technologies connected to a Reaper DAW, the Yaoguang Pavilion successfully emulated an accurate representation of an approaching propeller-powered plane. Amazing! Read more: https://mondodrawards.com/portfolio/yaoguang-pavilion-theatre/


The Royal National Theatre – London


Situated on London’s Southbank overlooking Waterloo Bridge, the Royal National Theatre is a well-known British arts institution and one of the most prominent publically-funded venues of its kind. In a constant race to stage critically-acclaimed standout performances, in the last year the Royal National Theatre has overhauled its lighting provisions to brilliant effect. To do this, the theatre turned to White Light who provided 38 X4 Bar 20s – totally transforming the visuals and atmosphere that enhances performances. We’re also pleased to hear that the relationship between the Royal National Theatre and White Light was struck up at PLASA London, which we also exhibited at. Read more: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/


New Adelphi Theatre – Salford


Autograph and the University of Salford worked with the New Adelphi Theatre team to upgrade the site’s audio system with a future-proof solution. The nominated project features an audio system which is essentially 2 PAs in one, with a musical theatre end and vocal end firing through the PA. Controlled via a DiGiCo SD9 console and complemented with Stage Electrics lighting, the New Adelphi Theatre has cemented its reputation of being a versatile, high- powered professional performance space and educational institution. Read more: https://www.salford.ac.uk/newadelphi


International Convention Centre Sydney – Sydney


This project from down under saw the meeting of many a creative mind and entertainment technology brands. The International Convention Centre Sydney required a new audio visual system which was in installed by Fredon technology and fulfilled by D&B systems. Since its AV revitalisation the venue has played host to some of the highest profile events in Australia, which have included a Bill Clinton keynote and the international launch of the Tesla luxury coupe. Read more: https://www.iccsydney.com.au/


Atlas Theatre & Wildlands Zoo – Netherlands


Combining culture with nature, this fabulous zoo in the Netherlands has long been praised for its design and facilities (which make it one of the most popular attractions in the region). The zoo regularly stages events and seminars in its specialist theatre and provides a beautifully balanced sound thanks to a recently-installed b&b audiotechnik Y8 line array system and E-series outfills. Atlas Theatre & Wildlands Zoo also boasts dynamic and decorative lighting that enhances  both indoor and outdoor attractions, with colourful effects being generated by 170 Level Q7 IP LED par fixtures from Elation Professional. Read more: https://www.wildlands.nl/


Park Theatre – Las Vegas


To match the outstanding design of this iconic Sin City entertainment venue, the team at the Park Theatre needed an audio system capable of handling some of the world’s most dynamic performances to heavy crowds. Their overhaul project sees a combination of L-R line arrays of L-Acoustics, K2 elements and K1-SB subwoofers on top of 12 L-Acoustics SB28 floor subwoofers, eight X8 loudspeakers, two X12 loudspeakers and much more. An extensive setup perfectly suited to one of Vegas’ largest capacity non-arena buildings. Read more here: https://www.montecarlo.com/en/entertainment/park-theater.html?icid=GMB_Entertainment_ParkTheater


Finnish National Opera – Finland


This Nordic venue holds significant cultural value to Finns and is well-deserving of its mondo*dr awards nomination. A recent tech upgrade has seen the Finnish National Opera call upon DiGiCo, Outboard and d&b audiotechnik for spatial reinforcement in the form of a new and complex network of processors and relays that successfully enhance sound quality. The quality is said to be so good that audiences can expect to enjoy audio that actually matches the quality of what the performer on stage hears (all operator-free, allowing engineers to focus on the mix). Read more: http://oopperabaletti.fi/en/


If you have a requirement for protective cases to keep your valuable equipment safe, please email sales@flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk or call 01827 60009.

Posted by: Jase on the case on April 4th, 2018 @ 2:46 PM
Tagged with: FCW, Flightcase, mondo*dr, Proflightcase

The mondo*dr awards shortlist has been released.

The shortlist for this year’s mondo*dr awards has just been announced following a demanding initial entry selection period. The ceremony itself, which will be held during the flagship Prolight + Sound show at Musikmesse, Frankfurt, is less than one month away and with Flightcase Warehouse being proud sponsor of the Best Theatre award, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the esteemed finalists in this category. This week, we look at the first half of the shortlist, so check back next week to learn about the rest of the worthy theatres up for a gong.


The Koninklijik Theatre – Amsterdam


The Koninklijik Theatre in Amsterdam is widely known for its musical theatre, classical operas, plays and even concerts that grace its revered stage. It’s well known that performers consider it a true privilege to appear at the Koninklijik Theatre, which isn’t a surprise considering its stunning setup and iconic location. The venue is nominated for its recent wireless communication innovation which comprises a Freespeak II system combined with an Encore system, which functions to limit unwanted audio latency, interference or hum. Learn more about the Koninklijik Theatre here: https://carre.nl/en


The Victoria Theatre – Halifax


This UK venue has a reputation for sensational experiences in ballet, family theatre and comedy, all housed in a setting rich with heritage (the 1,512 seat theatre dates back to 1901). The team here received a nod on the back of their new PA set up, based around an easily-concealed NEXO GEO M6 system which is capable of handling a diverse range of output styles. All sound is mixed using a flagship Allen & Heath dLive S5000 digital console too. Read more about the Victoria Theatre here: https://victoriatheatre.co.uk/


Le Grand T – Nantes


Designed as an insulated staging area, the Le Grand T is notable due to the short distance between the front and the back row, allowing for an intimate atmosphere to be fostered between performers and enthralled audiences. This special ambience is the reason why the theatre has been shortlisted. Le Grand T trusts leading brands Sonowest and APG to deliver its unrivalled audio, with an upgraded front fill sound system which can handle large bandwidth, extended modes and full modes, ensuring the theatre hits the spot across the entire audio spectrum. Learn more about the Le Grand T here: http://www.legrandt.fr/


Eden Court Theatre – Inverness


With over 40 years of operation under its belt and more than a decade since the last refurbishment, the Eden Court Theatre has recently undergone an upgrade to its systems. The venue, which houses two auditoriums, two cinemas, two dance studios, conference rooms and a stage within the bar, has introduced a host of new technical features, including microphones by AKG, Shure and Sennheiser, and new lighting fixtures all tied together with a number of high capability consoles. Read about the Eden Court Theatre here: https://www.eden-court.co.uk/Online/default.asp


La Perle Theatre – Dubai


The La Perle Theatre is an unconventionally designed space, with features such as curves in place of traditional straight edges and integrated water features – a challenging set of technical specifications for sure! The venue is nominated for innovative use of state-of-the-art speakers (including Galaxy 816 processors and 434 Meyer Sound UPM-1XP’s) hidden in the rear of the theatre to provide distortion-free sound and uniform directional control, and 3D projection mapping software that stretches across walls, seats and even the ceiling. Check out the theatre via its website here: https://laperle.com/en/


Aldwych Theatre – London


A staple of the London West End scene for over a century, the Aldwych Theatre is currently undergoing a renovation that will see the Grade II listed building brought right up to date with 21st century specifications and technology. As part of this project, the theatre has introduced Helixnet as a communications solution, which eliminates the need for large amounts of cable and subsequently frees up facility panels. This allows for comms packs and base stations to be easily deployed at a best-ever pace. Learn more about the theatre: https://www.nederlander.co.uk/aldwych-theatre


Aarhus Musikhuset – Denmark


Also known as the Aarhus Concert Hall, the venue is highly-regarded and stages over 1,200 events a year, entertaining up to around 600,000 people. A recent lighting development focused on an adaptable wash light solution has secured Aarhus Musikhuset a shortlisting in the mondo*dr awards - and deservedly so. The site has invested in Robe and purchased 78 Spider LED wash beams which allow for brilliant zoom range, flower effect colour quality and smoothness. Find out more from Aarhus Musikhuset at https://musikhusetaarhus.dk/


The Victoria Palace Theatre – London


The Victoria Palace is an iconic name in the London theatre scene. It was purchased and refurbished by Sir Cameron Mackintosh specifically for a production of the record-breaking American musical ‘Hamilton’. A refurbishment totalling £50m worth of work was required to get the venue up and running to top standard for opening night, and a team worked relentlessly to ensure that 61 different theatre areas were all correctly draped in three layers of fabric, including a custom designed and dyed gold rope. Visit the theatre’s website for more information: http://www.victoriapalacetheatre.co.uk/


The Darlington Hippoddrome – Darlington


The Darlington Hippodrome recently contracted J&C Joel to design, manufacture and install a set of awe-inspiring professional drapes in order to create a convincing “bygone era” setting. This project was powered by a £4.5m grant, awarded to the venue to transform and regenerate their beautiful Grade II listed building. The drapes themselves are made from a red luxe velour that meets the BS5867 Part 2 Type B flame retardancy standard, with a front curtain measuring 5.15m metres wide with a drop of 6.30m. Read more about the theatre here https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/


We can’t wait until awards night and to spend the evening (and early hours) with some of the best names, brands and innovators leading the entertainment in technology industry. It will be great to learn more about the projects that have earned themselves mondo*dr awards finalist status and to see what the judging panel makes of the entries too. Well done to all who have been shortlisted for the massive achievement so far!


If you have a requirement for protective cases to keep your valuable equipment safe, please email sales@flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk or call 01827 60009.

Posted by: Jase on the case on March 21st, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
Tagged with: FCW, Flightcase, mondo*dr, Proflightcase

What’s On Our Motorsport Calendar This Year?

As a designer and manufacturer of protective equipment for the motorsport industry, Flightcase Warehouse finds industry events invaluable for learning about the compelling needs, product developments and upcoming challenges our clients will be inevitably affected by. Understanding exactly what’s making waves in the industry at large means that we can provide the very best product and service offering – and it’s also a great excuse for us to get out and about a few weekends a year getting up to speed with the must-visit motorsport shows! Here’s just three of the UK’s flagship events we’re hoping to work into our schedules over the summer months this year.


The London Motor Show: 17-20 May


The London Motor Show is the UK’s largest gathering of its kind, and for 3 days in May takes over the ExCeL in London. Exhibitors range from well-known manufacturers such as BMW, McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley, and all bring their latest concepts to show off to the crowd. But it’s not just static presentations. The show boasts a ‘Live Drive Arena’ staging stunning, exhilarating driving displays from some of the world’s premier teams and the chance for visitors to get behind the wheel of a purebred supercar themselves, too. The event makes a point of being inclusive for motorsport fans of all levels and abilities, with Mercedes catering to underage drivers with their under 17s experience for those clamouring to get behind the wheel! Read more at www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk


Carfest North: 27-29 July, South: 24-26 August


This event straddles two locations, one in the North and another in the South. Carfest itself is a celebration of motor engines of all kinds, as well as a family-friendly day out with music and entertainment to suit all tastes. As for the core motorsport events, you can expect hill climb courses, car club displays and vintage vehicle showcases to enjoy during the entire weekend, complemented by live music from iconic artists such as Billy Ocean and Jools Holland. You’ll also get that warm and fuzzy feeling from attending, with the event being in support of the Children in Need charity. Find out more http://www.carfest.org


Goodwood Festival of Speed


The infamous Goodwood is a long weekend in Chichester offering the best in motor engineering from the Edwardian era right up to today’s advanced technology. The event brings together some of the world’s best famed drivers and of course, show-stopping cars, collectible memorabilia, themed art and rare literature, too. With a packed programme of races, thrilling rally car laps, a hill climb course, awe-inspiring supercar runs and special race featuring replicas of the Wacky Races fictional vehicles, Goodwood is a motorsport calendar date not to be missed if you’re a fan of anything from the history of the motor engine to the latest innovations to come from industry leaders. Read more https://www.goodwood.com/flagship-events/festival-of-speed/


Do you or a business you work with require protective solutions for your specialist motorsport equipment? We’d love to hear from you and see how we can help with your next requirement. Flightcase Warehouse has fantastic motorsport credentials (check out www.proflightcase.com for case studies) and a long history of working hand in hand with leading industry names to create the very best protective cases, custom made to precise specifications. We also offer a wide range of off the shelf solutions for everyday security. To request a quote or find out more, please call 01827 60009 or email sales@flightcasewarehouse.co.uk

Posted by: Jase on the case on March 16th, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Tagged with: FCW, Flightcase, Proflightcase

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