Production News

NW Group deliver for ACC East opening

Posted on Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Adelaide Convention Centre East was officially opened on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 by the South Australian Premier, the Hon. Jay Weatherill, MP. The Woods Bagot-designed expansion has transformed Adelaide’s skyline with two new buildings, boosting the Centre’s footprint to 20,000 square metres of multi-purpose space.

NW Group brought together the services of Haycom, Norwest and Spyglass to provide a full production solution for the event. Lighting, Audio, Projection Mapping and Musion Holograms were handled by our team, with crew and operators from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Auckland. It’s never polite to boast, but seeing a team of pros come together from around the business with a common goal is a powerful thing. One team one dream!

For the outdoor lighting show production was looked after by the NW Group whilst inside the building venue, NW Group and the venue’s technical crew worked together.

Lighting designer Ziggy Ziegler utilized 32 x TourPro LightSky AquaBeam, 18 x Claypaky Sharpys, 20 x Martin MAC Aura, 16 x Vari-lite VL3000 spots, 36 x high powered LED PARs, and 3 x Martin MAC Viper Profiles with custom gobos. Control was via 2 x MA Lighting MA2 light consoles, plus an MA2 onPC with fader wing. Added to that were 6 x smoke machines, lots of flame blasts and fireworks as well as the existing stadium and bridge LED architectural lighting.

Technical Producer for the event was Mario Valenti for NW Group, production manager was Jack Matthews, and lighting visualisation, programming and operating was by Dan Evans.
The client was Scott Ireland, MD of In Front Events who produced the event working closely with Mario Valenti and in partnership with the in house AV team at the ACC.

Flamers were from Adelaide company FCT Flamers.


Maverick Shines for “Sweet Charity” by OCPAC

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Over the course over two weeks in September, OCPAC (Old Carey Performing Arts Club) hosted their latest production, ‘Sweet Charity’. Based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity features a book by Neil Simon, and a memorable score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields held at the Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne. For the production to have a professional look and really capture the audience’s attention based on the source material, OCPAC contracted ArcLight Productions for their expertise in design and technical management. In addition, ArcLight partnered with Show Systems Australia who travelled from their company base in Tasmania to Melbourne to provide lighting as well as assist with bump in and technical support. The Lighting Designer for the production was Declan O’Neill.

After having great success with the LED fixtures on previous productions, Show Systems decided to integrate 12x Maverick MK2 Spots by CHAUVET Professional that were supplied by Showtools International as part of the lighting rig.

The Maverick MK2 Spot is powered by a 440W LED Engine, precision engineered optics, CMY + CTO color mixing, two 6-position rotating slot and lock gobo wheels. The Maverick MK2 dominated the lighting rig with vivid colours that supported the performers on the stage with some engaging looks. Michael Westcott, director of Show Systems Australia emphasized the impact of The MK2 Spot’s, ‘The gobo capabilities of the MK2 were a highlight as they created a succession of changing looks to reflect the diverse mix of performers and scenes that appeared on stage as well as various aerial effects. The output from the fixture is blistering bright and the colour mixing system and optics is stunning in addition to the build quality of the fixtures.’

Thanks to the use of the 12 Maverick MK2 Spots implemented for, ‘Sweet Charity’ impressed crowds with the fixtures performing flawlessly. With the combined efforts of ArcLight Productions and the equipment and crew provided by Show Systems Australia, the Sweet Charity Production was a success with Show Systems partnering with ArcLight Productions on two more shows in the coming weeks where the MK2 Spot fixtures will be used again.


Defqon.1 2017 with CTS

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Defqon.1 2017 – Mainstage (Red)

Mainstage lighting and rigging provided by Chameleon Touring Systems.

The Mainstage Rig consisted of:
24 x Martin MAC Viper Profile
16 x Martin MAC Viper Wash DX
16 x Claypaky Sharpy
8 x Claypaky Scenius Profile
24 x Martin Atomic LED
50 x ShowPro Active Sunstrips
26 x ShowPro EX36 LED Wash
40 x Chauvet Colorado Zoom LED Pars.
70 x ShowPro QUAD 18 LED Pars
8 x ShowPro Truss Mate LED.
2 x MA Lighting grandMA Full Size.
4 x MA Lighting grandMA NPU.
50 x Molefay Duet
10 x 650w Fresnel.
4 x Martin ZR44
6 x Martin AF1
4 x MDG (supplied by LaserImage)
56 x Rain hats
8 x ShowPro Airdomes
5,183m of Cable.
996 Amps of power.
252 x Circuts.
676 Pieces of Global Truss.
289 Global Spacers
70 x Cubes
53 x Pieces of Circle.
88 x Various length pipes.
3250 x Pins/Clips
3 x 48ft Semi Trailers

LX Designer: Frans Jansen
LX Programmer: Robbert-Jan Vernooij

4x Chameleon Crew:
LX Crew Chief: Danyon McCue
LX Systems: Kareena Daws
LX Systems: Matthew Garrett
LX Systems: Dan Went.
Chameleon Account Manager: Toby Sewell.

Big thanks to Seth, Niels and Hans from HABO, and Frans for all their help in getting this together.


Creative Productions out with Dream Theater

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017






In an unusual turn of events, Creative Productions spent the weekend preparing the lighting, rather than being out on gigs, so that come Monday they were ready load the Dream Theater tour which sees one night performances in Sydney and Melbourne during the week.

The touring lighting rig comprises of nearly a hundred fixtures including GLP GT-1’s, JDC-1 Strobes, X1 Led Beams, X4 Bar 20’s and X4 Led Washes alongside Ayrton MagicBlades and Robe BMFL’s.

Lighting control is none other than an MA Lighting full size MA2 with a MA2 light for backup.

Rigging for the show also comes from Creative with some twenty hoists, motor control and our pre-rig truss.

Concert Photos: Peter Sharp


Integratd light Montaigne

Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017






Integratd were given a brief to lift the energy of the production to meet the energy of Montaigne, and therefore lift the whole energy of the show to new heights.

“So playing with that idea of heights, we wanted to go with an idea that would feel intimate but still fill out the space so we tried to go high which is always difficult in a venue like The Metro,” commented Integratd’s Matt Doherty. “The biggest struggle, like always with this sized tour, is making a finished product that is scaleable between venue sizes in Australia but also works for the budget.”

The main element of the rig were 69 x Martin VDO Sceptron 10, which were used to fill out the space and create a very intimate feeling.

“The Sceptrons helped us create our sense of height and were all mapped by one of our Mac Mini media servers running PRGs Mbox Mini software,” added Matt. “Then we had a total of 12 x Martin MAC Auras, eight on the rear upstage truss and four on the floor, and these were the real workhorse. They were our beam lights in the fast paced upbeat stuff and also our beautiful wash lights in the downbeat somber songs. Also on the floor were 6 x Martin Quantum Profiles to give us the big gobo backlight looks that Montaigne was after. We also had 6 x Claypaky Stormy CC’s which I love the colour and output of, and then also 8 x Duets to make sure Montaigne could see her audience, which is something she’s really passionate about.”

Matt’s favourite moment of every show is always the first blackout when the house goes down and the stage goes down and the entire crowd just erupt into screams.

“That’s always gives me the feels!” he said. “But that’s more of a lack of light moment, my favourite lighting moment would be the song Till it Kills Me where the brief was the lights need to be crazy so that was a lot of fun! The entire song was done on flash buttons – if I took my hands off the console the entire stage would have gone into black out so I was always pressing something! However it got really annoying when keys started popping off the console, I may have got a bit carried away…”

All the gear was supplied by Chameleon Touring Systems.

Photos by Peter Zaluzny


EI Productions with AFI

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The first show of the Australian tour by AFI was at Sydney’s Luna Park Big Top last Saturday.

EI Productions are supplying lighting, audio, transport and crew for their dates here.

Audio features are Allen + Heath D Live S7000 at FOH, Avid Profile on mons and Sennheiser EW300 G3 IEM’s.

The lighting package includes Claypaky Stormy CC LED Strobes, Sharpys, Martin Auras, Pro Shop X-Blinder 4, Unique hazers and some tri truss uprights.

Crew were Bryce Mace, Murrey Carr, Chad Halford.


Creative Productions kick off with Isagenix

Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2017

Creative Productions has had the pleasure of working with Isagenix for the second time this year – with their annual “Summer Kick Off” for 2017. It’s a conference for some 2000 associates and this year it’s being held at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

The vision production supplied for this event featured a massive 12m x 4m 4.8mm Tour Pro Led Wall as the centrepiece and backdrop, with a similar pair of 7m x 4m screens either side of the stage.

In the current trend for Creative, GLP featured predominantly in the lighting design with GT1 moving lights and X4 Bars whilst ROBE BMFL’s also added to the installation.

The audio control package featured a Yamaha CL5 Console with nearly twenty channels of Shure UHF-R radio microphones and a Dante based distribution system to pick up replay lines and provide record and monitoring feeds.

Creative also supplemented the in house rigging with some twenty odd motors and a truck load of trussing.

Creative Productions