Leisuretec News

Discover the latest news from Leisuretec, our manufacturers and the AV & Live Entertainment industry.

8th March 2019

700 MHz Frequency Band to be Cleared in the UK

Back in 2014 Ofcom announced that the 700 MHz Frequency Band would be cleared, freeing up valuable spectrum for mobile data to ensure a wider availability of communication services for citizens and consumers. The UK Government has announced that they intend to clear the 700 MHz band by 01 May 2020, which is bad news for wireless microphone and IEM users. Audio engineers will need to work harder an...
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28th November 2018

ETC announces new Paris office with recent acquisition

ETC, announces the opening of its newest office in Paris, France. Local French distributor, Avab Transtechnik France (ATF) has been selling and supporting ETC products for over 15 years and has always shared strong values of service and innovation. When the owners of ATF, Jean-Louis Pernette and Christian Rezgui retired in May, an opportunity arose for ETC to acquire the French company and increas...
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12th October 2018

ChamSys powers Dazed and Blazed tour

In 2009, a friend introduced Jason Bullock to an early model of the ChamSys MQ100. After playing with the console, Bullock took it out on the Summer ’09 NINJA tour he did for Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction. “After the tour, I was convinced the ChamSys was the console for my style of show,” recalled the New York-based designer. That style, with all of its big looks, bo...
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28th September 2018

PLASA 2018 'busiest' in years

PLASA has said the 2018 edition of the PLASA Show has been ‘the busiest and most vibrant’ show since it moved to London Olympia in 2016. PLASA 2018, which took place on 16-18 September, saw a 4% increase in visitors with a palpable atmosphere that was reminiscent of its popular Earls Court days. The show welcomed a stream of exhibitors and attendees from around the world, primed to exp...
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11th September 2018

PLASA 2018 Opens Its Doors this Weekend

The PLASA Show will open its doors this weekend (16-18 September) at London Olympia. The trade show will feature hundreds of brands across the show floor as it prepares to welcome thousands of entertainment technology professionals.  Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Bose and Yamaha, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips will all be present on the show floor and the seminar programme...
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10th September 2018

Ofcom Statement Offers Positive News for PMSE Sector

Ofcom has published its long awaited response to the consultation on the 700MHz compensation scheme, to which the British Entertainment Industry Radio Group (BEIRG) – an independent and non-profitmaking association, working for the benefit of all those who use radio spectrum – has released the following statement: “The original proposals [from Ofcom] fell short, and since submitt...
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6th September 2018

PLASA Show Champions Live Production

Following extensive research, PLASA is tailoring this year’s event format and content to match visitor needs. Zoe Mutter speaks to Peter Heath, managing director at PLASA, about reflecting important industry issues, embracing new technologies and placing an emphasis on networking and education. In the past 12 months the live production industry has joined forces like never before, something ...
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17th July 2018

ISE to move to Barcelona in 2021

ISE organiser Integrated Systems Events has confirmed the 2021 show will be held in Barcelona at Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition complex on February 2 to 5, in a move that cements the venue as the exhibition’s permanent home. Speculation has been rife about where the show would head when its deal ended with the Amsterdam RAI, a venue the exhibition was rapidly outgrowing. ...
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16th July 2018

PLASA Show 2018 announces first wave of seminars

PLASA Show, the world-wide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia from 16-18 September, and the seminar programme is beginning to take shape. Attendees will have access to back-to-back professional development sessions across the three days, delivering content from all sectors of the industry including lighting, live sound, AV, rigging and staging. Only a slice of what&...
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25th June 2018

PLASA Show proves its staying power as it returns to London

Still buzzing from last year’s 40th anniversary, PLASA Show returns to London Olympia on 16-18 September, providing a stage for the world of entertainment technology. The show continues to explore the cutting edge of innovation and creativity and brings the biggest brands to thousands of avid visitors.  Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Peavey and Adamson, and lighting pioneers DTS, ETC a...
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4th May 2018

PLASA Focus Leeds elated after 10th birthday celebrations

PLASA Focus Leeds celebrated its 10th anniversary with a sold-out show floor, a programme of compelling content, and the unmistakeable buzz of business in the air. Exhibitors represented each corner of the industry, with household names sharing the stage with newcomers. “We’ve had a great experience at PLASA Focus Leeds,” says Rob Moore from Chauvet Professional. “We’...
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6th April 2018

PLASA Focus Leeds welcomes big product launches and innovative seminars

PLASA Focus Leeds is bringing the world’s latest entertainment technology to the North of England 1-2 May at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Visitors can expect the latest releases from the biggest brands, an array of immersive workshops and leading-edge seminars, covering lighting, live sound, rigging, AV and staging.  The show is the perfect place to see brand new products for the ...
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15th March 2018

PLASA Focus Leeds Seminar Programme Announced

PLASA Focus Leeds, the essential event for entertainment technology, returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 1-2 May. Free registration is open for the show that has already sold out, with over 130 international brands set to introduce their latest products.  In addition to the wide array of exhibitors from lighting, audio, AV, staging and rigging, ...
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20th February 2018

TOA Corporation UK showcases its innovative audio solutions at ISCEx 2018

TOA Corporation UK, the leading global manufacturer of cutting edge commercial audio and security equipment, is preparing to exhibit at ISCEx 2018, which takes place on 7th March at the historic Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire. Hosted by the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers, ISCEx is considered the professional sound industry's most important UK event and those working in commercial aud...
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14th February 2018

PLASA Focus Leeds to celebrate 10th anniversary

The popular PLASA Focus Leeds exhibition marks its 10th anniversary by returning to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 1-2 May. Free registration is now open.  The show will present over 120 international brands from all sectors of the industry. Highlights will include lighting products from show sponsor Phillips Entertainment Lighting, audio solutions from Sennheiser, Shure and d&b a...
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14th February 2018

Martin Audio installed at New Studio 88

With a prime site off London’s Leicester Square, Studio 88 has opened as a new concept in entertainment, billed as “a non-stop, audience requested, live music experience”. The brainchild of Alan Lorrimer, founder of The House of Song, the venue features a stage that has been equipped with a premium Martin Audio sound system by W1 Productions, using a variety of the company’...
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24th January 2018

Martin Audio extends successful Webinar Training

Owing to popular demand, Martin Audio has extended its successful series of monthly educational webinars to include additional products, software platforms and now guest presenters on application deployment. A major development in Martin Audio's training initiative, these live sessions started back in October 2017, initially conducted by members of its product support group, and offered to audio p...
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23rd January 2018

Success in Scotland for PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018

PLASA Focus Glasgow kicked off the 2018 show season last week, providing a regional platform for professionals in the industry to connect and discover the latest technology in the market. Situated at the Scottish Event Campus, the well-attended show welcomed nearly 800 attendees through the doors over two days. Exhibitors reported busy stands, as well as a high quality of visitors including key de...
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30th November 2017

2018 InAVation Awards Distributor of the Year finalists Announced

In a surprise early announcement InAVation Awards organisers have revealed the shortlist for the 2018 Distributor of the Year Award. Today we can reveal the shortlist of eight distributors that will now be considered for the prize with the winner announced at the InAVation Awards ceremony and dinner on February 6, 2018 in Amsterdam during the ISE exhibition. Judges were looking for distributors th...
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15th November 2017

PLASA Focus returns to Glasgow with over 80 brands and industry-leading programme

PLASA Focus Glasgow, Scotland’s only dedicated event for entertainment technology, returns to the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on the 17-18 January. Free registration is now open for the show, which hosts leading international brands, networking events and a programme of seminars and workshops. Visitors will have access to over 80+ pro audio, lighting, AV, rigging and staging brands – i...
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31st October 2017

Funfear and The Howl

The Howl Scream Park made its annual return to Mead Open Farm for 13 nights of terror in October, where the likes of Topper the Clown and Grandma Lycanthrope waited to greet you with rotting arms. FunFear are a team of experienced engineers, technicians and designers who specialise in creating innovative Halloween attractions and for the past 3 years, they have been in charge of turning the much l...
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25th October 2017

BPM | PRO shuts its Doors as Organisers Launch Four New Market-Focused Shows

After over a decade of successful shows, Marked Events has announced the closure of its flagship BPM | PRO event along with the arrival of four new shows focused on different areas of the entertainment technology industry. The landmark event, which started life as the DJ-focussed BPM back in 2007, has grown into a full-scale entertainment technology show, putting millions of pounds back into the i...
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24th August 2017

First wave of DJs announced for BPM | PRO 2017 line-up

Following the announcement of hip-hop icon DJ Jazzy Jeff as after-party headliner last month, BPM | PRO has made a number of additions to the line-up for its CHAUVET DJ Arena, including Jordan Suckley and Leftwing & Kody. A series of electrifying performances, enhanced by stunning CHAUVET DJ lighting and a powerful Nexo soundsystem, will take place across both days of BPM | PRO. Ranging from t...
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21st August 2017

TOA Installed in Ipswich Regent Theatre

The Ipswich Regent theatre originally opened in 1929 as a cine-variety hall. It was then re-launched in 1991 as a theatre and seats 1,781 people making it the largest theatre in East Anglia. It has shown a wide variety of productions and is now funded by Ipswich Borough Council as part of their art and entertainment portfolio. Ipswich Regent Theatre required a system that could provide high qualit...
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9th August 2017

PLASA Show promises a leading line up for 2017 seminar programme

Each year the PLASA Show seminar programme goes from strength to strength, promising unique insights, specialist knowhow and the latest innovations, direct from the industry. The free to attend sessions, including the new Fast Track Theatre’s bitesize talks, feature an international line up of leading experts ready to discuss the latest topics and developments in their field. At the Audio &a...
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