If you’ve been reading the trade press, following our social media or checking out our email newsletter, you’ll know that Flightcase Warehouse recently acquired Production Park resident company, Box Clever Cases. Most of you readers who work in or have a connection to the touring industry will be well aware of this creative force, which attracts big-name stars and the best up-and-coming artists alike to its UK complex. But did you know that the following four massive live productions were born from Production Park and the inspiring companies that make the magic happen?
1) Jay Z and Beyonce’s OTR II Stadium Tour
The Carters (aka Jay Z and Beyonce) are the music universe’s most famous power couple and known for their demanding standards, attention to detail and multi-million dollar bank balances. All this means that it’s only the best for the R&B icons and as such, their team came to Brilliant Stages at Production Park to help bring their stadium tour to life.
The set was typically ambitious and included four treadmills, two hydraulic pantograph stairs, two miner carts, one scissor lift and three quick lifts – all on the one stage. Lighting troughs were also installed on every single runway to ensure that wherever fans were seated in the audience, not a single moment of the show would be missed. Learn more about the project here: https://www.productionpark.co.uk/stories/jay-z-and-beyonc%C3%A9/
2) John Bishop’s Rollercoaster Tour
Production Park company Perry Scenic Creative – whose philosophy is “nothing is impossible” worked extensively alongside hugely popular UK comedian and TV host John Bishop to create a spectacular live tour set. Perry Scenic Creative, who thanks to their multi-talented team of artistic experts have a bold tradition of realising truly incredible live event scenery, designed and constructed a set that incorporated visual gags to bring John’s script alive.
The set was created from scratch and featured a fully functioning Helter Skelter with a 3D sculpted clown head for the slide exit (yes, it’s a crazy as it sounds). The clown head incorporated soft padded teeth and ears that enabled John Bishop to climb the Helter Skelter and was set against an applique rollercoaster backdrop which gave the illusion that the structure was real and towering over the audience – and incredible atmospheric feat. Check out the project here: http://www.perryscenic.com/portfolio/john-bishop/
3) Robbie Williams’ Heavy Entertainment Tour
Even if you’re not a fan of the band, Take That’s “Progress” Tour back in 2011 caught the eyes of the nation with its 20m high, robot-style animated man. The centrepiece was designed and engineered by Production Park company Brilliant Stages and 6 years later Robbie Williams – who performed on the Progress Tour following a 14 year hiatus – approached Brilliant Stages to work with him on his solo Heavy Entertainment’ Tour.
Over twenty gruelling weeks Brilliant Stages developed a stage set centred on the theme of “pow”, which made use on an intricate and intelligent video frame that could be broken down and reconstructed quickly for slick transitions between shows. Check out the project and its visuals here: https://www.productionpark.co.uk/stories/robbie-williams-the-heavy-entertainment-show-tour/
4) FIA World Endurance Championships
Touring doesn’t just mean music or arena entertainment. The motorsport industry produces some of the most exhilarating live events you can grab a ticket for, something Production Park’s Litestructures understands well. The company went on tour with Ford for the past three FIA World Endurance Championships, partnering with the global automotive name to build bespoke garage gantries complete with full LED lighting fixtures and vital engineer stations (keep maintain the two Ford GTs the team competes in).
The most recent race saw Litestructures redesign the entire Ford travelling garage, adding overhead lockers above the engineer’s units and new-look side pods with additional mains supplies to further support the crew during heats. Read more about the project here: https://www.productionpark.co.uk/stories/litestructures-works-with-ford/
If you work in the touring industry and rely on heavy-duty flight cases to protect and transport your technical equipment and set pieces, we’d love you to give Flightcase Warehouse a try for your next project. We can build bespoke to a touring grade specification that you brief, utilise the latest engineering and technology for ultimate precision and have over twenty years’ experience servicing your sector. To find out more please call +44 (0) 1827 60009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week is the 10th anniversary PLASA Focus Leeds show, the premier event for live entertainment technology in the North of England and an expo staple for professionals working in audio, lighting, AV, rigging and staging. The Flightcase Warehouse team will be exhibiting alongside an impressive line-up of fellow industry brands and you can visit us at Stand N-B06 to check out our leading range of tailor-made flight cases, our latest bespoke creations and get all the advice you need when it comes to protecting your kit. There’s a ream of reasons to visit – read on to get yourself prepped!
PLASA Focus Leeds takes over the Royal Armouries and is packed with exhibitors. In the Royal Armouries Hall alone you can expect to see the likes of Stage Electrics, Bose, Chauvet, Sennheiser, Shure and Technical Sponsor Hawthorne, along with tonnes of other fantastic industry names – all of whom will be showcasing their latest tech. You can also catch amazing demos and with some brands, even test out equipment capabilities for yourself. Next door in the New Dock Hall you can stop at stands for players including White Light, Prolight and Martin Audio, as well as saying hello to us, Flightcase Warehouse.
A massive benefit of visiting PLASA Focus Leeds is the access you get to a comprehensive, creative and inclusive seminar programme, helping members, exhibitors and visitors keep abreast with exciting developments and anticipate future trends. Highlights are set to include ABTT’s piece on technical standards in entertainment, which will cover how performance is married with safety, Harman and Sound Technology’s joint presentation exploring ideas around creative, collaborative lighting design, and a number of specific training sessions.
Although a smaller cousin of PLASA’s flagship London show, being staged in the vibrant Clarence Dock area of the city means the Focus Leeds event is inevitably well-serviced by surrounding bars, restaurants and hotels. The venue is also easily accessible by bus, train or road so is ideal for both an overnight stay and a whistle-stop few hours networking.
If you’re heading to the event, make sure to work a stop at the Flightcase Warehouse stand (N-B06) into your itinerary – we’d love to hear about your business, your protection challenges and how we can work together to ease these pressures. Can’t make it? Just call 01827 60009 or email email@example.com for a quote or support.
The Prolight + Sound, Messe Frankfurt show is a behemoth of an event and an absolute staple for those of you working in the professional entertainment, technology, audio-visual and lighting and sound industries – Flightcase Warehouse included! This year, a number of our team headed over to Germany to check out what innovations were on offer, and to get an insight into what we can expect to make waves as we head further into 2018. Read on for just a handful of the brilliant demos we were fortunate enough to experience whilst we were at Prolight + Sound. We’d love to hear what your favourite display was too.
D&B Audiotechnik’s Soundscape
This revolutionary technology allows audio engineers to emulate acoustics of different rooms, increase signal matrix processor capabilities and even enable multidimensional sound source placement. These impressive competencies make for a sound system that bridges the gap between audio engineering and creative space setup, permitting audio engineers to better align their levels and mixes to the demands of specific performances. Read more about the product launch here: https://www.dbsoundscape.com/global/en/
Real Time Tracking by CAST
The BlackTrax real-time tracking software was demo’ d live at Prolight + Sound to great effect. A performer interacted with a projected environment upon a wall, which responded to movements in real time and with realistic effects. Executed on a small scale at the show, it’s hard to ignore the implications for future use. When connected to sound, lighting or even AV software, this real-time interactivity allows for precise robotic light tracking, audio cues or stunning visual statements that provide greater levels of interaction – the perfect way to engage audiences at events, expos or in showrooms. Read more here: http://blacktrax.cast-soft.com/tracking_lighting/
Optocore’s Festival Box
Don’t be fooled - although not making the same visual impact as some of Prolight + Sound’s other demos, Optocore’s new Festival Box offering is really fantastic and went down a treat with audiences. The brand’s Festival Box allows for several different protocols and consoles to be run through and connected to a stage box via just one fibre cable. Eliminating a significant amount of cabling, the technology’s moniker was inspired by its potential in the world if festivals, where it’s essential for sound engineers to use countless consoles run through numerous protocols, to multiple stages – all under the pressures native to such a hectic outdoor environment. Read more: http://www.optocore.com/index.php/news-events/news/news-archive-2018/327-optocore-festival-box-allows-all-protocols-to-tunnel-over-the-same-fiber
Hypvervsn by Kino.Mo
Something that not too recently many of us considered simply a Sci-Fi hallmark, or tech pipe dream to be realised in the distant future, 3D hologramming is now a current-day reality with a growing fan base of business users. During Prolight + Sound, Kino.Mo presented their take on the technology with their 3D holographic projector which is able to project your own uploaded images (providing your picture has an entirely 3D render). Projectors of this capability are being adopted at increasing rates in sectors such as gaming, education and retail, and with displays as impressive as Kino.Mo’s, we wouldn’t be surprised to see further update across a much wider range of industries. Read more here: https://kino-mo.com/
To find the perfect solution to protecting your value equipment, get in touch with Flightcase Warehouse. We have a fantastic range of off the shelf products available with next day delivery, and also create totally bespoke protective kit to your exact specification, Just call 01827 60009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to our team