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Creamfields North 2022. Photography Katja Ogrin.
20/10/2022

A PRG 360° delivery for Creamfields North 25th Anniversary

August bank holiday weekend 2022 brought with it the 25th Anniversary of Europe’s leading dance music festival, Creamfields North. Opening its gates to 70,000 fans, the festival welcomed a line-up of the best DJs in the world, featuring jaw-dropping headline sets from: Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz, Camelphat, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hardwell, MK, Fatboy Slim, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, and Pete Tong.

PRG has a long-established relationship with the festival’s production management team at LarMac LIVE & PROJECTS. The team returned for this anniversary year to provide video, rigging, lighting, automation, and an extensive crew of over 100 technicians to six of this year’s stages, including the mighty Arc, Steel Yard, and Horizon main stages. 

Design/Visualisation 

PRG’s journey with the festival team began at the design stage, as our Design team provided WYSIWYG and MA3D drawings for the Arc, Horizon, and Steel Yard stages having used Depence² for internal pre-visualisation rendering. These detailed drawings were then used by the incoming festival lighting designers and programmers to previz several headliner’s shows before turning up to site. In the lead up to festival load-in, the PRG Design team also worked closely with the PRG Events Services team to provide technical screen drawings to assist in the design and build of the LED screens across the festival.

Video

On PRG’s tried and tested operation with LarMac LIVE & PROJECTS, Account Manager Ian Jones says, “We have worked with LarMac for several years on Creamfields. This has nurtured a great level of familiarity and trust between our two organisations on the project. All our on-site managers and heads of department understand the different structures and best ways to work the site to allow us to rig efficiently. We have a great team and are delighted with the faith LarMac show in us to deliver as part of their team year in-year out.”

To cover the festival’s video requirements, PRG supplied just under 3000 m² of LED across six stages, including the three main stages, and supplied a camera package for Fatboy Slim’s closing set at the Fatboy Slim Loves… tent on Sunday. At Steel Yard, the team delivered a series of bespoke packages for artists like Martin Garrix and MK, as well as facilitating an additional transparent screen for Eric Prydz’s 3D show HOLO on Friday night.

This extensive video package also included site wide VJ support for the festival. Media Servers and VJs were delivered on 9 stages, where PRG oversaw the management of content download, conversion, and playback for over 100 visiting artists over the 3 days. Control systems were set in place at front-of-house positions to allow seamless changeovers between visiting and house VJs throughout the weekend.

Lighting and Automation

Nearly 2000 fixtures were delivered across the Arc, Steel Yard and Horizon stages at the festival, with 1000 fixtures alone being installed at Steel Yard where PRG helped realise the Eric Prydz creative team’s designs for the venue. This design required an additional automation service, so PRG supplied 36 Movecat hoists throughout the venue, managed by 4 dedicated automation specialists. For Camelphat’s festival closing set at Steel Yard on Sunday evening, PRG delivered an additional rig for the venue which comprised of an 8m diameter circle loaded with magic blades. Throughout the three-day event, each headliner at the Arc stage and Horizon stage received their own bespoke rigs, which were turned around each night by the PRG Lighting crew.

On this mammoth project, Event Services Lighting Head of Department, Luke Jackson notes, “Our ongoing collaborative relationship with Ian Greenway and Matt Smith from LarMac is crucial to our design of this huge lighting package. We work incredibly closely with them to design these headlining stages around headliner requirements. This requires a great deal of flexibility and adaptability, and a level of technical expertise and shorthand to deliver additions and new set requirements on-site even up to, and including, production week. The PRG team are very well prepared to deliver this assurance for the festival’s complex lighting rigs.”

Logistics and Crew

Given the vast scale of the technical production, the logistical challenge is a meticulous undertaking for the PRG team. After prepping in-house at PRG’s Longbridge warehouse, the Creamfields North package was loaded in over the course of a week, managing and scheduling the arrival of equipment with precision. Ian Jones adds, “Creamfields is a massive site and detailed planning is essential to ensure the right kit arrives at the right time. We need the equipment to arrive as the crew are ready for it. If it’s too early it congests the site and we want to avoid the PRG and LarMac team having to wait around, so the key is the ongoing communication between site and operation in Longbridge to pace the deliveries correctly.”

Once on site, the Creamfields North package of 42 trucks of equipment was installed and managed by a quantifiable army of PRG crew. A total of 125 members of crew worked across Video, Lighting, Automation and Rigging on 6 stages and included members of the PRG Event Services team, freelance colleagues, and several students from PRG UK’s education partners: Birmingham City University, The BRIT School, and Rose Bruford College. 

On his experience with PRG during this anniversary year, Ian Greenway, Director of LarMac LIVE concluded, “It’s been another summer of fine-tuned and exciting collaboration with the PRG team at Creamfields North and South. After years of working together on the festival, we’re very confident in PRG in their capacity to deliver the expertise, equipment, and dedicated manpower to make our designs a reality on such a vast scale for our artists and festival goers’ year in and year out."

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Birmingham Ceremonies - Getty Images
20/09/2022

PRG lights up Alexander Stadium for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Birmingham Ceremonies chooses PRG to supply lighting and rehearsal space for colourful and historic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The summer of 2022 was a huge moment for the city of Birmingham, as it played host to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as the competing athletes from 72 nations. Taking place in the newly updated Alexander Stadium, the Opening and Closing ceremonies colourfully book-ended the largest multi-sport event held in the UK since London 2012, and was broadcast live to billions around the world, in addition to a 30,000 strong live audience.

Both productions delivered a high-octane, multi-genre and multi-cultural tribute to the history, culture, and pride within the region, featuring a now infamous 10-metre-tall mechanical bull, and musical performances from iconic West Midlands artists like Duran Duran, Dexy’s, Apache Indian, Beverly Knight, Goldie, Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula, Panjabi MC, UB40 and the one and only Black Sabbath.

Positioned to light the festivities was Al Gurdon of Incandescent Design, who called upon the PRG team once again to help deliver the technology and crew to achieve his vision. On assembling his team to deliver the lighting design, Gurdon selected “Richard Gorrod at PRG” for his “design associate in the planning stages…who put together and led a great team, as always, in the stadium.” 

Director of Events and Special Projects Richard Gorrod worked closely with the Incandescent team to create a rig able to reliably withstand exposure to the elements for several weeks at the open-air stadium, all while delivering the power, reach and flexibility to deliver the spectacle the occasion needed.

To fit these criteria, PRG supplied a huge number of fixtures from the IP65 Elation Proteus range, including the Proteus Maximus™, Proteus Excalibur™, and new Proteus Rayzor Blade™ luminaires. Headed up by PRG Crew Chief Tim Probert, a team of twenty-nine lighting techs and operators joined the production, including local students looking for experience in our industry, to prep, install, and manage the equipment for over two months leading up to the two productions.

“Rich and the PRG team were fantastic throughout the process,” notes Birmingham Ceremonies Executive Producer Zoe Snow, “They worked closely with us from early in the production planning stages, hosted an R&D session at the warehouse (not only lighting but supporting other FX departments and suppliers too) and were incredibly supportive to both Al and the wider technical team. Rich joined production meetings as needed and was integrated with the technical team throughout to ensure seamless planning and detail.” 

On PRG’s experience at the Birmingham Ceremonies, Gorrod said, “Working with Al Gurdon and the design team is always great. The PRG team has a long working relationship with Al and his team, and this familiarity definitely helps us to deliver an exacting and adaptive service to them as a client.” “As with all Ceremonies” he adds, “the management and communication of the client’s developing needs is a great challenge, particularly when dealing with inevitable last-minute additions. The PRG team has the internal processes to adapt to these challenges well and quickly, from pre-viz and asset management, to our expert Event Services and Operations teams.”

Based in Longbridge, PRG has also been extremely well placed to handle the massive logistical undertaking for both productions, providing quick transport, local talent and convenient rehearsal and filming space. Leading up to the colourful, nostalgic Closing ceremony, PRG’s new multi-purpose rehearsal space, THE BRIDGE played host to a very special pre-record. The iconic Birmingham nightclub, The Rum Runner was beautifully recreated in the space, allowing the production to draw its audience into the depths of centre stage and through the doors of the New Romantic stomping ground. To enhance the illusion, PRG supplied a lighting rig of GLP x4s and Titan Tubes in-house, as well as a spacious Artist Dressing Room for the performers and a pre-viz studio in THE BRIDGE’s Gallery Space.

Looking back on his work with PRG, Birmingham Ceremonies Technical Director Gary Beestone concludes, “The PRG team were essential to the vision of these ceremonies, bringing world class kit and crew, vast experience in stadium environments but also bringing local people and resource to the production. Being rooted in Birmingham, PRG were able to showcase the local talent in the area and keep a major part of the technical execution rooted locally.” 

It goes without saying that this project was a true honour for the PRG UK team to collaborate on. As a local business, we are proud to have invested our resources and talented colleagues to deliver a piece of history for the West Midlands with the Birmingham Ceremonies team.

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Sean Cox
15/09/2022

PRG delivers stunning lighting and video package for the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert at Wembley

PRG was honored to support lighting, video, and crew for the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert on Saturday September 3rd at Wembley Stadium.

Lighting:

PRG delivered a comprehensive lighting rig containing over 450 fixtures for Production and Lighting Designer Dan Hadley. We utilized our new stock of Aryton Huracans, over half a mile of PRG BAT truss, four of PRG’s GroundControl® Longthrow follow spots - the only remote-control fixture capable of achieving 80-foot candles over such a long distance, and ten of our Best Boy® Ground Control fixtures to allow TV Lighting Director Nathan Wilson complete control of levels over a huge array of performers.

Video:

PRG provided the entirety of the LED screen package (including CB5 and Galaxia WAR tiles) for the show as well as 2 Disguise GX2C servers. In addition, we also provided an IMAG camera package, and broadcast truck (including camera package) to facilitate all broadcast needs to the millions of viewers worldwide.

From a video perspective, PRG UK worked hand-in hand with PRG LA to provide the I-Mag screens and playback rig, as with the normal touring Foo Fighters shows, but to fit in with the live broadcast and film record, all cameras became UHD/4k, numbering some 23 chains, split between full broadcast chains, PTZ remote heads and PoV shots.  To accommodate the extra needs of this event, PRG UK hired in an OB truck from TimeLine TV, that handled the I-Mag cameras, cut by long-time Foo Fighters director, Josh Adams, with their touring Engineer Dan Albert. Hayden Katz, assisted by Tom Denney, ran content and effects for the I-Mag screens, from 2x Disguise GX2c, with a dedicated PTZ rig for certain shots and cutaways.

Silva Artist Management

John Silva

Gaby Skolnek

Kristen Welsh

John ‘JC’ Cutcliffe

Sacha Bambadji

Sara Sigman

 

PRG US

John Wiseman - Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales

 

PRG UK

Yvonne Donnelly Smith - Sales Director

Ben Holdsworth - Account Manager 

Steve Major - Project Manager

Catherine Meyers - Music Support and Sales Coordinator 

 

PRG UK Lighting Crew

Mark Jones-Roberts - FOH Assist

Matt Morris - LX Systems

David Mathieson - LX HOD

Lestyn Thomas - LX 2

Tom James - LX 3

James Tomlinson - LX 4

Chris Wilkes - LX 5

Molly Hayden - LX 6 AUD

Lewis Young - LX 7 AUD

James Spooner - LX 8

Matt West - Load Out

Lee Threlfall - Load Out

 

PRG UK Video Crew

Tom Denney - Media Servers

Simon Schofield - Camera

Devin Turner - Camera

Rob Wick - Camera

Chip Wood - Camera

Mark Cruickshank - Camera

Danny Sheldon - Camera

Cedric Vandepitte - LED

Devin Turner - LED/Camera

Jens Couckuijt - LED/Camera

James Morden - OB Liaison

Jordan McMahon - OB Technician

 

PRG US/Tour

Sean “Sharky” Harper - Video Project Manager

Steven “Waffle” Lemahieu - Video Crew Chief

Josh Adams - I-Mag Video Director

Dan Albert - I-Mag Vision Engineer

Hayden Katz - Media Servers

Tim Clohessy- Camera

Tom Matthews - Camera/Utility

 

OB Truck (from Timeline TV)

Gareth Wildman - Engineering Manager

Jack Sowerby - Vision Guarantee

Hamish Perks - Vision Engineer

Simon Hul - Vision Engineer

Dan Regan - Sound Guarantee

Hugh Pollard - VT Guarantee

Haydyn Bevis-Knowles - Camera Guarantee

Jodie Haertel - Camera Assistant

Jamie Airs - Camera Assistant

Kevin Street - Rigging Supervisor

Ray Yates - Driver/Rigger

Matt Tyler - Driver Rigger

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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations . Photography Peter Nixon.
23/08/2022

PRG provides full lighting rig for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration at The Royal Windsor Horse Show

The year 2022 marks the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and in honour of this historical anniversary, the United Kingdom enjoyed a roster of events celebrating her 70-year reign, the UK and the Commonwealth. Kick starting this season was The Royal Windsor Horse Show, which presented an opulent, expanded edition of its annual Pageant broadcast live on ITV. The three-hour performance at Windsor Castle showcased all the pomp and ceremony befitting of a royal event, featuring the royal military, 1,300 performers, 500 horses and an all-star cast of British and international talent including Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Omid Djalili, Alan Titchmarsh and Tom Cruise. 

PRG has a long history with the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Producers HPower, having provided lighting rigs for the illustrious equestrian show for over 12 years. Head of Event Services, Rich Gorrod and team PRG were on hand yet again for this special edition of the show, working with Lighting Designer Paul Cook and delivering a vastly increased lighting rig of 600 fixtures, 130 hoists and 500m of truss. 

“The nature of this particular Pageant meant that everything had to be bigger,” says Gorrod, “our long history with the show really gave us the upper hand in our ability to confidently enhance the show’s design to deliver the spectacle it needed, as well as being able to adapt our technical delivery to the production as it grew.” This year’s rig featured a vast number of Elation Proteus Maxiumus fixtures, updating the rig to a more sustainable LED option and offering much needed waterproof protection for any rainfall on show day. Further to this, PRG also provided several extra rigs for the production, including lighting for the VIP boxes and break out dining areas for guests and dignitaries at the event.  

On his experience with PRG on this Platinum event, Production Director Harry Guthrie said: “Rich Gorrod has led the PRG team at Windsor for a number of years and there isn’t anyone I know of who could have done the job better. The challenges of creating a dramatic and theatrical lighting rig on an arena scale with 3-day rehearsals and a daily Horse Show running concurrently was always going to be a massive challenge. Going into that process you need a team that will not only be reliable but, most importantly, one that you can trust and know will work as part of the wider production team. Rich and PRG provide and deliver just that.” 

It was Team PRGs honour to light up such a historic celebration. PRG congratulates the HPower team on an impressive show and sends huge thanks to Harry Guthrie, Nick Brooks-Ward, Simon Brooks-Ward, Paul Cook and the wider PRG team for their collaboration with us.

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Indochine Tour 2022
19/07/2022

PRG delivers Colossal Tower for the Indochine Central Tour in France

For their 40th anniversary, the French band Indochine certainly didn’t do things by halves. Originally scheduled to take place in June 2021, the 45m high tower with a diameter of 30m has been in the works for 2 years. With 6 concerts on the agenda, the Indochine Central Tour performed in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and closed with two concerts in Lille for their fans from Belgium to be able to come and sing along.

Imagined and sketched by the singer and leader of the band Nicola Sirkis himself, the design of the system presented a particular challenge. The entire rigging construction and sound system had to be invisible whilst still providing the best audio experience for the audience in the stadium. This meant that all the speakers needed to be placed inside the tower, behind the massive 360° LED wall, a groundbreaking concept in event technology.

Based on Nicola’s design, PRG France & PRG Projects worked tirelessly to make his dream a technical reality. Built in conjunction with StageCo, the tower was composed of specially manufactured Titan-X LED and PRG’s latest innovation of the SoundBlast Solution definitely is one for the books! “Nicola wanted to offer an unforgettable experience to all the fans. Building a 360° tower in the middle of the stadium with the audio and lighting inside would allow everyone to see better and be immersed in the pure musical performance and the artistic presence,” says Stéphane Desch, Director of Production. He adds, “He sent me multiple sketches of what he had imagined about two years ago and we started from that. In fact, the end result is very close to his original concept.” 

While part of the PRG team started drawing up technical plans and diagrams of the tower, PRG Projects started developing and manufacturing an LED product that would make this endeavor possible. In response to Nicola Sirkis' vision, the 360° tower would need to be fitted with a customized LED screen, specifically developed and manufactured for the Indochine Central Tour, providing a solution that integrated the entire sound system, lighting and all of the cabling within the tower behind the LED screen, to be as streamlined as imagined. 

“When we saw Nicola's first drawings, we immediately saw that there were some challenges. Firstly, we had to find a solution to place the sound behind the video screen and there was no solution to that at the time. Secondly, it was the height of the screen. The height of the screen meant that we had to create a new, very light product that had all the features of the PRG SpaceframeTM, including wind bracing, built into it,” says Frederic Opsomer, General Manager of PRG Projects. “At the same time, we needed a product with a transparency of over 70% to allow the sound to penetrate from the back of the screen into the stadium. This meant that we needed to develop a new product.”

INFiLED and PRG worked together closely to develop the TITAN-X. From the first drawing to a 1850m2 setup for the Indochine Central Tour, the collaboration and the combination of the PRGs know-how and INFILEDs agile developing capability has played a major role. R&D teams from Belgium, the UK and China worked tirelessly during more than 9 months on this project and created the ultimate, robust, mesh rental & touring solution with the foldable X-frame structure for a new level of stability. We’re delighted to have collaborated with such a long-term and strong partner like PRG on this impressive project!”, stipulates Michael Hao, CEO at INFILED.

The next challenge was to install the complete sound system behind the LED wall. This would allow for the images on the tower, fitted with 360° LED, to be enjoyed to their fullest, without any audio stacks obstructing the video content. PRG Projects carried out numerous tests with several audio manufacturers and developed the SoundBlast Solution which uses the weight of the audio as a ballast behind the LED screen to support the weight and structure of the LED installation.  

“The Titan-X and the PRG SoundBlast Solution will allow us to take a step forward in the development of large videos and video content design because being able to place the sound behind the video screen has been the dream of all designers!” adds Opsomer.

Standing at 45m tall, the Indochine Tower was fitted with 2500 m2 of Titan-X, creating a video wall that was 30m in diameter and 24m high. This gigantic construction in its whole  takes about 3 days to assemble and weighs 260 tons. The LED setup weighs 65t and takes 16h to be installed. With its 26, 542, 080 pixels (9216 x 2880) the images on the Titan-X as well as on the central screen in ROE CB5 below, were processed by 7 disguise GX2 servers.

PRG's Technical Director, Romuald Beaufour, who drew up the plans and initial diagrams of the tower comments: "The installation of our Titan-X in stadiums was sometimes complex because the tower protruded from certain stadiums (in height) which posed problems for the municipalities. In order to comply with the relevant legislations, the tower had to withstand a 72km/h wind speed for 3 seconds.”

The lighting kit was made of 1360 lighting fixtures, including LED Striplights and Floods, MAC Viper Wash, Movinghead Impressions X4, LITECRAFT OutLED AT10.plus, ELATION Proteus Smarty Hybrid IP65, and last but not least, 8 PRG GroundControl Longthrow Followspots.

Lighting Designer Jean Christophe Aubrée describes: “There were a lot of challenges in terms of lighting, which is mainly due to the 360° configuration of the tower. The idea was to be able to create some volume in all of this and to use the surfaces, the seats, and the structures of the stadium a little differently. We positioned lighting all directions, from both inside and outside of the tower. We also had to carefully consider the size and weight of our fixtures, since they all had to fit into the tower. Working with a 3D model allowed us to visualise the project more effectively, since sometimes you tend to lose the feeling of distance and dimensions a little.”  

In total, 250 technicians were mobilised for the entire Indochine tour and more than 950 shift workers were hired. The PRG touring crew represented 9 different nationalities. “Whether it was PRG Belgium, PRG Projects or PRG France: everyone got involved in this beautiful project. Everyone did a great job. We brought people together from all over the world to grow this team for the tour. It was wonderful to see the synergies and sharing of know-how. But the success of this adventure is also a choice of companies with whom we collaborated. Everyone contributed to this. Whether it's StageCo for the structure or MPM for the sound, this all is a big part of the success of the adventure!” finalizes Laurent Boillot, Production Director, PRG France.

During the concert on June 25, 2022 at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, 22 digital cameras recorded the show, allowing Indochine to offer a retransmission of the concert from November 24th, 2022 in IMAX cinemas, the world's first live concert filmed in its entirety for IMAX.

 

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The Bridge UK Rehearsal Studio – Produce. Rehearse. Go Live.
23/03/2022

The Bridge: PRGs new multi-purpose rehearsal space and studio in the heart of the UK

Produce. Rehearse. Go Live.

The Bridge is an exciting and unique addition to the PRG UK network, opening a hub for productions of all sizes in the heart of the country. The space has been designed to be completely flexible and has the power to support whatever your production needs. Located just next door to the PRG UK headquarters in Longbridge, the space richly benefits from a direct link to PRGs wealth of equipment and expertise onsite. From truck splits and prep to full studio productions and pre-production rehearsals, The Bridge can deliver.

Production teams have complete privacy at The Bridge, with access to the space and the resources to run their projects through from planning to show day.

Backstage, it offers a spacious 170sqm office space including: a modern kitchen, showers, accessible bathrooms, bright and comfortable green room and artist dressing rooms, plus spacious production offices, a board room and a gallery viewing space.

Downstairs, The Bridge is home to a 17m x 35m clear floor production area with a minimum 6.2m height clearance. Wall and ceiling drapes line the space and spray insulation has been provided to ensure heating and soundproofing. The space includes a 400A 3 Phase Powerlock, dedicated highspeed production internet, 24hr secure access, and parking for cars, tour buses and trailers. 

“With the introduction of The Bridge to our Longbridge location, we are harnessing the power, space, technical capability, and world-class experience of our business and people. It really is a flexible space that offers solutions for live event productions.” Yvonne Donnelly Smith, Sales Director – Music, PRG UK.

To see how The Bridge can help your production, contact the team at thebridgeuk@prg.com.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
03/02/2022

PRG UK supports The Mary Stevens Hospice in annual pantomime fundraiser

The team at PRG UK are delighted to back supporting a beloved local charity this month – The Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge.

The Mary Stevens Hospice, who have been offering their patients the opportunity to enjoy their lives to the fullest for over 30 years, are putting on their annual Pantomime at Stourbridge Town Hall Theatre. This year’s show, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, takes place over February half term and stars Stevi Ritchie, Bradley Hunt, and an onscreen performance by Beverley Knight as the Magic Mirror.

PRG have supported The Mary Stevens Hospice Pantomime Company for the last 2 years and this year are providing a full lighting package for this year’s show, including Design, Operation, Equipment and crew.

“Working with The Mary Stephens Hospice on their shows is always a good laugh,” says Project Lead Alec Corbett. “It’s nice to see so many friends from local armature dramatic societies who dedicate their time to this charity. COVID put a stop to the many fundraising activities the hospice relies on so it’s exciting to be back supporting them again. Every individual involved should be immensely proud of what they have achieved for such an amazing charity.”

On the ongoing supportive relationship between PRG and The Mary Stevens Hospice, Amanda Bowen, Producer and Head of Fundraising and Lottery at The Mary Stevens Hospice said, "We are extremely grateful to PRG for supporting our fundraising Pantomime once again and for the value it brings to the performance and the sustainability of the hospice.  Not only will the fabulous lighting effects wow our audiences, but it will also ensure they will want to return year after year, which will in turn ensure our community has access to the best care should ever they need it.

A baddies appearance, Snow White's solo and the entrance of the pint-sized seven dwarves, just would not be the same without the drama, fun and expectation fantastic stage lighting can bring. As you see, your generosity, time, vision, and expertise, all given to the hospice free of charge, really will make a difference to the lives of our patients, their families and our community, both now and in the future."

We are proud to be back on stage with The Mary Stevens Hospice Pantomime Company and are thrilled to see yet another charming production come to life all in aid of such an excellent and important cause.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at the Stourbridge Town Hall Theatre from 16th – 23rd February 2022. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit The Mary Stevens Hospice website

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MDL Beast 2021
26/01/2022

THE BIG BEAST: PRG DELIVERS A 360° SERVICE FOR MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM 2021

After an impressive debut in 2019, EDM fans have waited with bated breath for the return of MDLBEAST Soundstorm – the world’s largest (and loudest) festival. The wait was certainly worthwhile, and Soundstorm 2021 roared back into the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh with an even grander and extraordinary second edition. The line-up across the four-day festival featured the biggest names in dance music, including: Martin Garrix, David Guetta, DJ Snake and Tiësto, as well as 11 of the Arab world’s biggest stars, from Nancy Ajram and Elissa to Tamer Hosny and Amr Diab. These performers and over 700,000 fans partied across eight stages, including the behemoth main stage “Big Beast” which stood at 250m wide and 42m tall – one of the world’s tallest and largest stages! PRG were on hand yet again to provide 360° technical support for Big Beast, as well as site-wide EVAC PA and lighting activations for one of the site’s “VIB” entrance gates and projection mapping of the MDL Town Sculpture.



This epic vision for the main stage was a huge undertaking for the PRG team. PRG supplied gear from its newly established Riyadh warehouse, and this was then supplemented by various European depots. Over the course of our 7 months of continuous prep and planning and almost 3 months of set up on site, we delivered nearly 600 tons of technology; including the stage’s entire video, lighting, audio, comms and rigging package.

The record-breaking, continuous screen comprised of over 4,000 sqm of LED, and around 70 million pixels. For the screen’s centre, PRG supplied 2,200sqm of its brand-new Titan-X panels which were developed by PRG and Infiled this was supplemented with ROE MC-7H for the mid wing sections, plus ROE CB5 for the DJ Riser. To cater to the mass of stock, weight, power and pixel considerations that come with such a large single screen project, PRG designed a comprehensive control system, delivering a large yet flexible sync network solution for all artists.

For lighting, the main stage rig included over 1,000 fixtures, with 130 Universes of DMX, 6 x 400A Supplies and 26 km of cable. Fixtures included GLP X Bars, JDC1’s, Robe Pointe, Hybrid fixtures, and LED Bars. For audio, PRG supplied and distributed L-Acoustics K1, K2 and KS28 systems across the main stage and the delay towers which ran using L-Acoustics LA12X controllers and were monitored using P1 processors. Carrying it all were PRGs master riggers with a truss 3.3km long, and 410 hoists.

“The great thing about working with the 360° from PRG is that each department can draw upon its own wealth of expertise and resources, and each team comes together to deliver one exceptional event. This is a bespoke project, and so PRG built a bespoke team. Such a vast production really needed the internal workings and conversations between all our expert technicians to flexibly develop solutions smoothly. From a production point of view, this certainly makes things a lot easier and has definitely been appreciated on this show.”  Yvonne Donnelly Smith, UK Sales Director Music.


 

PRG Middle Beast Team 2021

To match and deliver the increased scale of the 2021 festival, PRG mobilised its global workforce. Working over 3000 man days, 130 members of PRG crew headed to the event site from our offices in Riyadh, UK, Dubai, Belgium, Germany, and Spain.

“What I see we are doing here is we're at the very forefront of the formation of the entertainment industry in Saudi Arabia. We've insisted that our vendors have a Saudi Arabian presence because we can't continue to support events unsustainably. We have to get going here and everyone has shown a willingness to do this and PRG have now moved into Saudi Arabia.” – Michael Jobson, Executive Director – Events, MDLBEAST.

In the spirit of the Saudi 2030 vision, this focus on supporting the region and its wealth of talent is certainly shared by PRG. Thanks to our newly launched Riyadh office and warehouse, PRG now has a pool of regional assets and resources for future events. After proudly supporting the Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix in Jeddah and Soundstorm 2021 for MDLBEAST, PRG has established a regional depot which already houses a great selection of assets, building a foothold for accessible equipment in Saudi Arabia to deliver exceptional events in the future.

“Part of our drive within Saudi Arabia will be to make sure that we are enabling and empowering and recruiting local Saudi resources and training them to ensure that they develop the skills to help deliver the events of scale that we put on. And that's one of the key drivers where we've been aiming our expansion within Saudi over the last three years.” Bruce MacLean, Manging Director PRG Middle East.

PRG would like to congratulate and thank MDL BEAST, Production Glue and Silent House for this outstanding second edition of the festival and give special thanks to our incomparable global PRG team for their incredible work.

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical
16/12/2021

PRG UK brings Paris to London for Moulin Rouge! The Musical

After a glittering opening on Broadway, picking up 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Lighting Design along the way, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is finally bringing Paris to the West End. The show, inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s hit film, is set in the world-famous cabaret club in the heart of Paris’s night life district and has transformed the Piccadilly Theatre into a lavish spectacle.

PRG first supported the musical on Broadway, where PRG North America played a large part in building the now iconic set by crafting the 15-foot FOH elephant and Moulin Rouge neon sign, creating all scenic drops, providing the 30’x14’ rotating platform for Satine’s dressing room, and providing the Stage Command system for all automation control. Now, the show goes on for PRG as our UK team have worked closely with Lighting Designer Justin Townsend and UK Associate Lighting Designer Chris Hirst to deliver all lighting for its West End debut, all installed by Production Electrician Fraser Hall and his team.

“This is our third production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical working with PRG.  Only PRG can provide the worldwide service and support in such a chaotic moment as we come out of lockdown,” Lighting Designer Justin Townsend said, “Peter Marshall (Sales Director, Theatre) has worked as a collaborator making this hugely complex musical fit into the Piccadilly Theatre and the budget.  I’m grateful to work with and know another strong department of PRG.”

The Moulin Rouge! The Musical rig is one of the largest PRG UK has ever supplied to the theatre market. In total, PRG has supplied a massive 25 tons of lighting fixtures for the West End rig, including over 200 moving lights, and more than 350 LED instruments all controlled from an ETC EOS network programmed by Daniel Haggerty. The rig is largely made up of Mac Viper Performances and wash lights plus GLP X4L wash fixtures with Ayrton Magic Dots and Clay Paky Sharpy washes, as well as Lycian 1295 ELT follow spots.

Our fixtures are even transporting the “Spectacular, Spectacular” into the audience itself. Moulin Rouge! The Musical, creates a singularly immersive musical experience, transporting its audience to the iconic Parisian nightclub. To achieve this effect, PRG were tasked with supplying an “auditorium rig”, which included various LED pars and battens to light the entire auditorium and create a theatre within a theatre.

On this monumental project for the UK Theatre Team, Peter Marshal said: “This is the largest rig I’ve ever supplied to a West End production and it was a pleasure to work with Lighting Designer, Justin Townsend, Chris Hirst along with Fraser Hall and the team, and I must also mention our Project Planner for this show Jason Hodgetts, who’s contribution was invaluable.”

Special thanks to PRG Sales Director, Theatre Peter Marshall, Executive Producer Patrick Murphy (Global Creatures), Lighting Designer Justin Townsend, US Associate Lighting Designer Nick Solyom, UK Associate Lighting Designer Chris Hirst, Production Manager Matt Towell and Production Electrician Fraser Hall.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical started it’s run at the Piccadilly Theatre London on 12 November.

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PRG Switzerland becomes PRG Gear
30/11/2021

PRG Switzerland becomes PRG Gear

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for our subsidiary in Zurich!
As the leading dry hire company in Switzerland continues to position itself, PRG Switzerland will go forward as PRG Gear and broaden its reach beyond the swiss borders in the European space. With this move, PRG brings its’ dry rental sources under one single brand with the focus of being the leading source of equipment rental for the production community.

PRG Gear’s office in Zurich is ideally located since it is right in the heart of Europe and can easily offer professional services going beyond. Within 24 hours PRG Gear will be able to serve a radius of 600 km straight from its 7'500 m2 warehouse, which is amongst the largest equipment inventories for all types of production disciplines in the event industry. Working with PRG Gear means having access to leading edge technology and ever evolving gear in Audio, Video Lighting, LED, Cameras, Rigging, Media Servers, Fiber and more.

“Not only will former PRG Switzerland clients be able to rent equipment from PRG Gear in Zurich, they will also be able to count on a widened offer of support solutions for their productions. With the ever-shortening installation and dismantling schedules on-site, we want to include mobile and efficient solutions in our strategic offerings in the future.” says Martin Fischer, General Manager PRG Gear Zurich. “We will also be offering an additional space in our warehouse facilities for our clients to optimize time and prepping of their projects on-site.”

Working in close conjunction with Martin Fischer, General Manager of our Zurich subsidiary, Niklas Bohr will be the new Head of Business Development at PRG Gear in Switzerland. With his many years of experience, Niklas will focus on Austria, France and Italy and address new customers in Europe.

“The moment us right for us to strengthen our brand and move forward as one PRG. We already have 15 well established PRG Gear affiliates in the United States that focus on our dry-rental business. It is only natural to unify the subrental brand globally.” stipulates Stephan Paridaen, CEO PRG, “Whilst the events sector is still reeling from the corona pandemic, we want to make sure that we are ready for the industry to kick off again stronger than ever and face the, what we all hope to be, a roaring 2022 and most of all, serve our clients at our best.”

PRG Gear Switzerland has 14 years of experience in the dry hire business and tries to offer its customers the best solutions. No production is too small or too big.

Media Contact:
Valerie Cuno / vcuno@prg.com

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17/11/2021

PRG Names Stephan Paridaen CEO

Founder, Chairman & CEO Jere Harris to take on new role of Executive Chairman & Chief Creative Officer

NEW YORK – Nov. 17, 2021 – PRG, the world’s leading provider of production solutions for entertainment and live events, has named Stephan Paridaen as CEO, effective Jan. 3, 2022. Paridaen currently holds the role of President & COO at PRG, leading its operations in EMEA & APAC since 2010. Simultaneously, Jeremiah J. (Jere) Harris will become the company’s Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. 

“There’s no one better prepared and able to lead the company than Stephan Paridaen,” Harris said. “Since arriving at PRG 12 years ago, he has demonstrated an exceptional passion for our mission and has focused on the continual growth of our business in the EMEA and APAC regions, while improving our operations and expanding our offerings.” 

As Executive Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Harris will work with and support Paridaen and the leadership team on continued excellence in areas that established the company in the first place and define its legacy: customer experience, technology and the mentoring and development of the best industry talent.

Harris felt that the timing was right for the CEO transition. He said, “We are at an inflection point for the company, the industry and indeed the world. After leading the company through the most difficult period in our history, we are now on solid footing. There is still much work to do, and I am confident in Stephan’s ability to realize the tremendous opportunity ahead.”

Speaking on behalf of the PRG Board of Directors, Lauren Krueger, Managing Director, KKR, said, “We thank Jere for his exceptional leadership of PRG and look forward to his contributions as Executive Chairman & Chief Creative Officer. We are confident that Stephan brings the strategic vision and operational focus needed to accelerate growth and profitability at PRG.”

Paridaen has led PRG’s growth in the EMEA region, establishing the company as a major presence on the entertainment and event production landscape there. Recent achievements include the development of new markets, such as esports; a network of digital and virtual production facilities across EMEA and APAC; and a significant expansion in the Middle East, a region actively positioning itself as a destination for entertainment and sports. 

Before arriving at PRG, Paridaen was President, Media & Entertainment at the leading visual technology & systems provider Barco. While there, he played a transformative role in the converging technologies of video and lighting, the digitization of cinema theatres and LED display innovation.

Paridaen said, “It is a true honor to lead a company as rich in legacy and innovation as PRG. Jere Harris was among the first to see the tremendous power of technology to transform how audiences engage with music, TV and film, theatre, corporate events and more, and his founding mission now has greater relevance than ever. PRG is uniquely positioned for growth with its industry-leading team of people and global resources.”

Harris is a legendary figure in entertainment and event production. He began his career on Broadway as a carpenter’s apprentice and has since earned a Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, four Tony Awards, multiple Drama Desk Awards, an Olivier Award, and an Emmy Award for engineering. PRG, the company he founded in 1995, has grown into a global presence with 62 offices in 28 countries and an unsurpassed diversity of technologies and skillsets. In addition, it holds over 250 patents and trademarks and is responsible for innovation that has reshaped production practice in theatre, concert touring, TV, and film and more.

 

Media Contacts:
EMEA/ APAC Valérie Cuno / vcuno@prg.com 
US Lori O’Briant / lori@obriantpr.com, 469-487-6652

 

 

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What
22/10/2021

PRG delivers the ICON® Stage and Best Boy® for the world-premiere of What’s New Pussycat?

After a thrilling summer of shows returning in London and beyond, PRG UK are delighted to be back on stage in our hometown of Birmingham! What’s New Pussycat? is a new musical written by the Tony Award winning Joe DiPietro (Memphis The Musical), with a stellar creative team including director Luke Sheppard and legendary choreographer Dame Arlene Phillips.

Inspired by Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, What’s New Pussycat? is set to the soundtrack of Sir Tom Jones’ greatest hit songs, offering a romantic musical comedy that reimagines Fielding’s classic tale in London’s swinging sixties.

As the only producing house in the second city, it is a privilege to be working alongside the team at Birmingham Repertory Theatre once again. Over the last 50 years, it’s has been home to countless iconic shows, many of which PRG has supported with lighting. It is fantastic to see another colourful, feel-good world-premiere gracing the stage of this beloved institution.

On his decision to bring PRG onboard for this production, production manager Simon Marlow said: “PRG are one of our go-to companies as over our many years working together we have come to expect excellent service on shows of all scales. As a production manager, PRG tick my two main boxes: they always make our designs work within budget, and they make my designers and electricians very happy!”

Working closely with lighting designer Howard Hudson and head of lighting at The Rep Alex Bosworth, PRG have provided several of our proprietary products to supplement the in-house equipment at the REP - including 37 Active ICON® Stage fixtures and our PRG Best Boy® HP follow spots.

On his collaboration with PRG on this project, Howard Hudson said: “Having previously used the PRG ICON® Stage and being very impressed by it, I knew that this was a fixture I’d like to return to and would sit very well alongside the rest of the rig. We also turned to PRG to provide a follow spot option. With space very limited, we needed a fixture which would have the necessary punch for a bright musical but would also fit within the space available. Account manager Ian Phillips suggested and demoed the Bad Boy® and Best Boy® 4000 HP range with the manually operated follow spot adaptor module. Alongside seeing the brightness and differences between both units, Alex Bosworth and I were able to better understand the follow spot adaptors which are a seriously impressive piece of kit - very responsive and easy to use. We settled on the Best Boy® option mainly for their size and the three units have fitted perfectly into the show. It was a pleasure to work alongside Ian and his team and it’s great to continue the long relationship PRG have had with the Rep over the years.”

After a quiet two years in theatreland, What’s New Pussycat? delivers a sorely needed splash of colour back to the stage; combining a legendary story, a legendary songbook and a legendary theatre!

A special thanks to Simon Marlow, Howard Hudson, Alex Bosworth and PRG Account Manager Ian Phillips.

What’s New Pussycat? plays at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until November 14th.

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EXPO 2020 UK Pavillion
18/10/2021

PRG delivers customized LED tiles to power the evermoving poem of the UK Pavilion

Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East region, officially opened its doors to visitors on October 1st showcasing architectural wonders and technology innovations from more than 192 countries.
UK’s contribution to Expo 2020 Dubai is the mesmerizing cone-shaped UK Pavilion with a circular façade which was created by world-renowned designer Es Devlin. The 25-meter-high LED façade which is integrated into the wooden sculpture is designed to celebrate global cultural diversity and collaboration. The UK Pavilion uses an advanced AI learning algorithm developed in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture which allows visitors to add their word to a continuously changing Collective Message from humanity to the universe displayed on the LED modules.



PRG was appointed by Pico to deliver the engineering of the 2,000 customized LED tiles through our PRG Projects team, sourcing the bespoke LED technology via PRG China as well as the custom designed immersive audio system, designed by Polyphonia. The technology package was then installed by PRG in Dubai.

“This is one of the most remarkable projects that I have been involved with in my whole career,” says Frederic Opsomer, General Manager PRG Projects, “I have known Es for many years, and we have collaborated on several projects together. She is an amazing Designer, and I must say that this project reinforces her already stellar reputation. This breath-taking design of evermoving poetry, displayed digitally and integrated to illuminate the façade of the UK Pavilion was a beautiful challenge for us at PRG, and we are very proud to collaborate with her on this journey of innovation.”

This message of collaboration and international openness is reflected in the delivery of the project. The UK Pavilion is a truly global collaboration; designed in close partnership with Avantgarde, supported by structural engineer Atelier One and supported and executed by Pico International, delivered by our experts from across the PRG global network and finally executed on site by our dedicated PRG Dubai team.

Gavin Short, Senior Technical Project Manager for PRG in Dubai, said: “The UK Pavilion is an exceptional and unmissable part of the overall Expo experience, located in the Opportunity District and is clearly a space that will inspire visitors to the site.”

Expo 2020 is expected to attract 25 million visits, of which 70% are expected to be international visitors.

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MAMMA MIA! UNDER THE STARS - Gavin Nugent
12/10/2021

PRG has the time of their lives with MAMMA MIA! UNDER THE STARS

MAMMA MIA! has enjoyed an almost constant West End run for 21 years and has had numerous international tours. To date, the sensational feel-good musical has been seen by over 65 million people in fifty productions in sixteen different languages. Needless to say, it is now a firm and beloved fixture of the British - and indeed global - theatre world. 

PRG are honoured to have supported the international tour of the ABBA-inspired musical for over 17 years, supplying lighting and trussing packages in the UK and internationally. We were delighted to join the MAMMA MIA! team on their open-air debut, MAMMA MIA! UNDER THE STARS Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House, the show was a pilot for a series of open-air experiences, bringing the now iconic Greek island romance to the English countryside.

PRG worked closely with the show’s team to translate the show to its new surroundings. The combined package of lighting and video captured the original vibrancy of the stage show while complimenting the exposed elements of the venue and delivered additional video and camera support for its 1400 strong socially distanced audiences. 

After 17 years supporting the show, it was a joy to load out the bespoke MAMMA MIA! International tour rig once again for this special season at the main stage at Harewood House. The rig included custom white Icon Stages and GLP X4L fixtures amongst the rest of the lighting system. Due to the lack of Front of House in the grounds, this was supplemented with additional fixtures plus an audience lighting system, all designed by Associate Lighting Designer, Andrew Voller. The rig was installed under the supervision of Production Electrician, Martin Chisnall and the show was operated by the touring Chief Electrician, Freddie Marlow.

For the show’s video, PRG delivered two 7.8m x 4.2m IMAG LED screens which sat either side of the stage using ROE Visuals Magic Cube MC-7H panels. PRG also suppled a camera system for the show’s run; including a Blackmagic ATEM switcher, three Sony HXC-100s, three Conon 86X Long Lens and three Gnat minicams. Offering audience members an intimate experience of the performances regardless of where they sat in the grounds.

On this this special season with the show, Theatre Sales Director Peter Marshall said, “It was great to work with Producer Nick Grace and the team once again, we were involved with the original production lit by Howard Harrison and many subsequent versions and it was especially exciting to work with this new format of this epic show.”

Ahead of the limited run, Judy Craymer, Creator and Producer of MAMMA MIA!, said: ‘‘It’s going to be wonderful to experience the original musical literally under the stars in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House. MAMMA MIA! lends itself perfectly to the outdoors and what better way to leave lockdown than to be transported to our sunny Greek idyll.”

MAMMA MIA! UNDER THE STARS was a delightful and welcome return to live theatre after over a year’s absence. Having brought the much-loved modern classic to theatre starved fans in a safe and stunning outdoor setting, this season promises a new and exciting addition to the world of MAMMA MIA!

PRG would like to give special thanks to: Associate Producers & General Managers Nick Grace Management, Production Manager Matt Towell, Lighting Supervisor Martin Chisnall, Lighting Designer Howard Harrison, Associate Lighting Designer Andrew Voller, Chief Electrician Freddie Marlow, Lead LED Technician Stevie Marr, Video Engineer Jordon McMahon and Video Director Jon Shrimpton.

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