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prg invests in movecat motion hoists

PRG invests in Movecat Motion Hoists

PRG invests in Movecat motion hoists — VMK S 500 and VMK S 1250 — innovative and notable for their unusual flexible handling, whilst satisfying the highest safety level on the market.


With their remarkable features, VMK-S hoists represent the elite class on the world market and are recommended for all state-of-the-art applications in locations such as in TV studios, theatres and event venues demanding maximum performance and safety combined with the widest possible bandwidth of uses.

VMK-S hoists have the possibility to move both horizontally and vertically and can move live artists; they can be controlled at variable speeds for way- and time-synchronous runs. These high-speed hoists (from 10 m/min) in combination with a V-Motion Powerpack are capable of speeds ranging from 0 to 40 m / min. In addition, its control desks are optimized visually, which significantly facilitates programming.

Gary Boyd, Executive Vice President & COO PRG EMEA comments: “Working with Movecat over the last six months we have established a great partnership in variable speed and safety technology. We have been able to create new products at a PRG specific working with Movecat here in Stuttgart and these new products and developments will lead to a great partnership across both companies!”

Movecat fulfilled PRG’s needs going forward and proved that it was a future proof product and the safest most compliant product in all markets at this time.
They are currently the only kinetic solutions on the market to have received the Safety Integration Level (SIL3), meeting the highest safety standards.
Oliver Nachbauer, CFO Movecat stipulates “Both PRG and Movecat are looking for solutions for their clients and their requirements, working together on our products and their specifications to service these unique requirements clients have. I am very much looking forward to the partnership with PRG and the challenges we might get.”

By adding these products to the portfolio, PRG can offer an even wider range of fully integrated solutions, serving clients more creatively given the wide range of possibilities as well as the most recent and safest solutions on the market!
Motion signals can now be synchronized with video and lighting cues, which will positively reflect on the cooperation between the motion operator, the lighting operator and the video operator.

A first batch is available as from November 2018 and will further be supplemented during the month of March and June 2019. The Movecats will be featured for the first time during Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ in the UK, operated by our trained PRG crew.

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Tech Futurist Tom Webb Speaks at the PRG Ideas Exchange

Tom Webb, who describes himself as an artist, tech futurist and hacker, joined us for the latest in our series of PRG Ideas Exchange events.

Tom was inducted into the Magic Circle at the age of 18. Since then he has gone on to establish himself as a huge name, by creating shows which combine technology and magic. Tom’s stage shows featured classic tricks such as the ‘three-card Monte’, updated using drones to perform the sleight-of-hand magic. “People aren’t thinking, ‘How did he put it up his sleeve?’” he says. “They’re thinking, ‘How the hell did that drone switch cards without fingers?’”

More recently, Tom’s focus is on harnessing new technologies and showcasing innovative applications. His online performances have amassed over 40 million views and he has performed keynote addresses on behalf of brands including Wired Magazine, Microsoft and Instagram. Earlier this year, Tom was invited to speak at TEDxBerlin.



One of the highlights of Tom’s career to date was his performance on America’s Got Talent. Tom has even taken to one of the world’s biggest talent shows, to demonstrate how he could ‘hack’ the phones of the audience.

Talking at the PRG Ideas Exchange, Tom let us in on how the incredible trick was done. He showed how, by clever use of the iPhone’s camera and coding, he was able to control phones, making them flash in different colours.

He explained how was able to display messages via the phones, such as asking for an email address to enter a competition and could even open applications like Instagram for people to follow and Twitter with populated tweets ready for posting.

No doubt Tom’s trickery was spooky, but it also demonstrated something hugely valuable, which he went on to discuss at our breakfast meeting. The crucial point here is that the idea itself is entirely scalable. It’s perfect for concerts and gigs, but it could also work brilliantly for millions of people watching a TV show. In the words of Arthur C Clarke, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Tom’s work has shown just how true the words of this late author, inventor and futurist still are, and he shows no sign of slowing down. Tom is now dedicating more time to creating art using technology. He’s particularly interested in how emotion can be translated through technology. Take Twitter, for example.

Tom has built a series of art pieces which combine an LED screen displaying live tweets with a two way mirror. Each of the art pieces reflected a different emotion. Tom says: “Art is about real time emotions. You have to look at yourself and see your reflection the feeling and thoughts of a stranger. Whether they are talking about depression happiness or fear.”

STRANGERS from Thomas Webb on Vimeo.

Tom takes real time statistics and finds bold ways to show that data. For example, he showed a mirror artwork he created which shows two counters side by side. One showed how many people have died in the world today and the other showed how much money has been spent today in the USA on weight loss products. Another mirror showed pills dropping down the screen showing, in real time, Xanax being prescribed in the US.

At the PRG Ideas Exchange, Tom went on to show examples of pixel art holograms, created for Valentino, and futuristic Total Recall style advertising holograms, which he designed as part of an incredible art installation.

In Tom’s words, “Anything is possible if you can code.” We look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

The PRG Ideas Exchange is a series of monthly invite only events, which has been designed to delve deeper into the minds of some of the most creative people in the events industry, for an exchange of inspiring ideas. If you want to find out more about this and what PRG could do for your next event, whatever its size, talk to John Montague or Andy Johnston.

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PRG Ideas Exchange

The PRG Ideas Exchange is a series of monthly invite only events, which has been designed to delve deeper into the minds of some of the most creative people in the events industry, for an exchange of inspiring ideas.

So far, we’ve heard from inspiring lighting artist Frankie Boyle of Febo Designs, and pioneering founder of the creative visual production company Observatory London, Ben Sheppee. On the bill for December we have artist, tech futurist and hacker Tom Webb and Simon Harrop, Founding Director of The Aroma Company.


September 2018: Frankie Boyle, Febo Designs

In September guests were invited to the first ever PRG Ideas Exchange, with guest speaker Frankie Boyle of Febo Designs. Frankie is an immersive lighting artist who is known for her interesting work with colour, texture, form and light, creating unique and unforgettable multi-sensory experiences.

Frankie Boyle

At the breakfast meeting, Frankie talked passionately about how light has a bigger part to play in the immersive and entertainment sector, not just as an accompaniment to the storytelling. Find out more about Frankie Boyle’s Ideas Exchange here.


October 2018: Ben Sheppee, Observatory London

Ben Sheppee of Observatory London was invited to speak at the second PRG Ideas Exchange. Observatory London is pushing boundaries with visual content by working across visual technologies, to deliver innovative and memorable events. Sheppee spoke about his career so far, going into details about what inspires him, what makes him proud and what he thinks the world of event tech has in store for the near future.

Ben Sheppee

Sheppee told guests, “we pride ourselves on being informed creative architects in this ever evolving technical world. We develop concepts, aesthetics and sometimes combine technologies to deliver new experiences.” Learn more about our Ideas Exchange with Ben Sheppee here.


Still to come…

Our team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on our upcoming Ideas Exchange breakfast meetings. If you’re joining us for one of our November or December Ideas Exchange events, you’re definitely in for a treat!

In November, we’ll be joined by Tom Webb, who describes himself as an artist, tech futurist and hacker with a focus on harnessing new technologies and showcasing innovative applications. Online performances have amassed over 40 million views (watch the live hack on season 12 of America’s Got Talent) and he has performed keynote addresses on behalf of brands including, Wired Magazine, Microsoft and Instagram. Earlier this year Tom spoke at TEDxBerlin. He says anything is possible when you can code.

Tom Webb

In December our guest speaker is Simon Harrop, Founding Director of The Aroma Company. Simon is an expert in multi-sensory brand marketing. His business provides strategic brand development and promotion through the sense of smell to brands. Simon will be talking about the ways in which multiple senses combine to make even more compelling branded experiences.

Simon Harrop


The PRG Ideas Exchange is a monthly, invite only event. If you want to find out more about this and what PRG could do for your next event, whatever its size, talk to John Montague or Andy Johnston.

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PRG Hosts Breakfast Ideas Exchange with Speaker Ben Sheppee

Ben Sheppee of Observatory London was invited to speak at the second PRG Ideas Exchange. This series of events has been designed to delve deeper into the minds of some of the most inspiring people in the events industry, by bringing the best creative minds together for an exchange of inspiring ideas.


Motion Graphics for Andy C

Observatory London is pushing boundaries with visual content by working across visual technologies, to deliver innovative and memorable events. Sheppee explained, “We pride ourselves on being informed creative architects in this ever evolving technical world. We develop concepts, aesthetics and sometimes combine technologies to deliver new experiences.”



Where it all began

Ben Sheppee’s career started with slide projections in nightclubs, whilst he was at Art School in London. He was tasked with blending seven to eight projectors to create collages as backdrops for bands.

It was then that he fell in love, moved to San Francisco and started publishing his work and the works of other artists on DVD. After falling out of love he moved to Japan to break the DVD market there and sign artists. Finding Tokyo inspiring, Ben learnt his business there. Eventually he had published around 240 films by 70 + artists, curating and gaining the skills in art direction.

When DVDs became a dead media, Ben started licensing the art from the DVDs to bands needing video contents for LED setups on stage. The LED setups became more elaborate as the technology became cheaper and more versatile, and this allowed Ben to begin creating custom contents for LED contents. From there his work has grown and diversified from bands to brands and broadcast work.

Motion graphics for X Factor


Ben’s current inspiration

When asked what was inspiring him right now, Ben told us that he recently bought a number of prisms from a science lab that was closing down in Bulgaria. He’s “really enjoying arranging them in different configurations so the light coming through the office window spreads colour across the workstations.”

"The Box" by Bot and Dolly, is a stand out piece that two of Ben’s favourite designers were involved in. There are tricks and techniques in there that he tells us he could watch for days. Check out this video clip for a sneak preview.

There are great examples of inspiring uses of AR and VR right now, too. For example, the “VOID” experience that was recently in Westfields showed how VR can be social, enabling several people to enjoy a VR experience together. For inspiring AR, Ben recommends Fragments as a standout piece.


What does the future hold?

Technology never stops evolving, so we asked Ben what changes we can expect to see over the next 10 years. He said, “10 years is a long time - when I started we were printing to VHS tapes, and now it's about how quickly you can stream your VR experience… but ultimately I think the future is going to be bendy!”

“I was looking at a lot of futuristic designs for a project recently, and I think what attracted me to most images was the long flowing elegant curves in futuristic design. LED is gradually becoming more flexible and seamlessly integrating into surfaces - so that’s my thoughts here. I’ve seen a few applications of LED into clothes and fashion. In terms of larger productions I think we will see a lot more curves and screen shapes that break out of rectangular forms.”

The next breakthrough in the field is likely to be about “technology moving more and becoming transparent, or at least more seamlessly integrated into objects and set design.” Sheppee gives the example of Miley Cyrus, who did a moving projection mapping piece with Black Trax which is still fairly new territory. It’s likely that this style of projection mapping will gain a lot of ground over the next few years. Transparent screen technologies are also one to watch; Sheppee hopes that these kind of things will breakthrough to the mainstream market in the near future.


Ben’s proudest moment

We asked Ben about his proudest moment in his career to date. He told us that his work with Intel through the Agency Enterstice in Paris was right at the top. Whilst Observatory London isn’t just a projection mapping company, these projects just seem to resonate with him and hold some of his fondest memories.

Another proud moment was the animated dress for Franck Sorbier - work which was completed during quite early days in projection mapping. It was one of those breakthrough projects that still pops up. Sometimes clients send us this work as a reference not knowing we created it!  

Ben was also behind the original tennis court mapping, which was revolutionary at the time. Since then it’s been used by a wide number of other companies, but Ben says “you know you’re doing something right when people copy your ideas!”


The PRG Ideas Exchange is a monthly, invite only event. If you want to find out more about this and what PRG could do for your next event, whatever its size, talk to John Montague or Andy Johnston.

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PRG’s Military Precision Lights up Tattoo

This summer, more than 220,000 people watched a dazzling display of military pageantry, music and dance within the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo chose to mark the 100-year anniversary of The Royal Air Force (RAF) with a 100-minute showcase that featured over 1,200 performers.

PRG, the technical production specialist, was contracted by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to provide lighting to the show, which carried the theme, The Sky’s the Limit – a nod to the RAF’s centenary.

Peter Marshall, sales director (theatre) at PRG, and his team worked alongside Doug Cook, head of operations, Stevie Small and Clara Wheelan, production managers, Brigadier David Allfrey, the show’s creative director, Gerry Mott, lighting designer and lighting crew chief, Keith Duncan, to deliver a spectacle with global appeal and reach.



Mott’s lighting designs are so special that he won the 2018 Knight of Illumination Award for Events for his work on The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017; the judges commented that Mott had helped transform the event into something “quite spectacular” – Mott’s “impressively ambitious design” was achieved on a tight timescale, which impressed the judges even more, as they believed his work added to the evolution of the event.


Award winning lighting designer Gerry Mott at the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards


Truly unique

“The uniqueness of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is that it’s not just about marching bands,” explained Marshall. “The event features acts from all over the globe from a mounted military band from Oman to dancers, singers and musicians from Mexico. It’s a truly international event and features different acts each year.”

As a result, the show’s creative must compliment the diverse nature of the entertainment. Attention to detail was everything. Marshall continued: “The lighting design was created by Gerry. Keith Duncan was the crew chief and production electrician; he led a team of lighting technicians to install and maintain the system. Keith also acted as a consultant to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and both him and Gerry advised the Tattoo’s planners on all of the technical aspects of the lighting system and special effects.”  

Mott and Duncan were assisted on site by four lighting technicians and 12 local stage crew for the load in and derig. Marshall has been personally involved in the event since 2008. Yet PRG’s involvement stretches back to the 1980s.

“It’s changed a lot since the late 80s when all of the equipment was conventional fixed focus lights,” Marshall added. “In the early 90s, we introduced automated lights for the first time with 16 x High End Intella beams. We upgraded again to 80 x Vari-Lite VL5 Arcs around the turn of the century and about six years ago, we modernised the system once more with 70 x PRG Best Boys. The lighting on the castle has also evolved over the years from static Studio Due CityColor fixtures to Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash automated lights.

“This year, we upgraded from the Vari-Lite VL5’s to GLP X4 LED moving wash lights and added SGM Q7 and P5 LED wash lights and there are further enhancements in the pipeline for next year’s rig,” he concluded.  


To learn more about what PRG could do for your next event contact us.

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PRG is full of pride for Pride in London

In April, Pride in London, organiser of the UK’s largest Pride celebration, appointed Innovision as production partner for the 2018 event. The live event production specialist was selected by the not-for-profit organisation as a production partner and was chosen by Pride in London to move the event forward – it was a task that would require skill, precision and planning; three things that filtered through to the contractors that had been chosen to supply considerable amounts of infrastructure in what were at times, restricted sites and short load in windows.


Technical support

Innovision, which has experience of large-scale events such as the London 2012 Athletes Parade, turned to PRG for its specific requirements. Lucy Gibson, technical production manager, at Innovision liaised with Cameron Bannister, senior account manager at PRG and PRG’s project manager, Thomas Walsh, who was supported by Stephen Price on lighting and rigging and Leroy Murray on video. Together, they specified a number of lighting, rigging and video packages that would meet the demands of the event.



Perfect packages

On July 7, PRG delivered a range of kit to several events and stages that comprised Pride. The full-service technical specialist provided lighting to the Cabaret Stage in Dean Street and to the Women's Stage in Leicester Square. In addition, PRG supplied a full rigging and lighting package to the event’s main stage, situated in Trafalgar Square, as well as camera package to record the event, which was displayed on two 25 square metre IMAG screens. Furthermore, Innovision called on PRG to supply content relay to the sponsorship and accessibility areas in Trafalgar Square and for disabled audience members, the team was also tasked with facilitating the provision of subtitles for all recorded and live content, as well as to provide magnification and relay of the British Sign Language (BSL) signer.


Cameron Bannister, senior account manager at PRG and PRG’s project manager, Thomas Walsh


Increased efficiencies

“The IMAG screens were our ROE 7.5mm Exterior LED screen suspended from an eight metre Smart Mast 3 ground support system,” commented Cameron Bannister, senior account manager at PRG, as he explained more about the project. “The rigging system allowed us to get the extra screen trim height to give an improved viewing experience for audience members with restricted views due to the obstacles in Trafalgar Square. The system allows for quick assessment and calculation of solutions without the necessity to engage external structural engineers to access a custom trussing structure and the ROE 7.5mm LED screens allow for a quick to install touring frame system to enable increased efficiencies on labour and time with their installation.  “We also specified a Barco E2 presentation switching system, which provided a seamless and flexible method to integrate a six camera recording system, PlaybackPro and PowerPoint client content sources and accessibility sources from our BSL signer and live subtitling. This enabled us to modify multiple destinations requirements live, providing clean feeds to records and accessible feeds to relay screens and IMAG's simultaneously.” He continued: “For the stages, the main requirement was for a lighting rig to provide daylight effect, as much of the event was in bright sunlight. For the main stage, the B-Eye K10's provided dynamic eye candy across the front of the stage, with the Miltec Battens and Sunstrips giving depth and shape to the stage arch. The GLP X4S provided a flexible wash and beam cover to the stage without impeding on the rest of the rig due to their small form factor. Lastly, the Solaris Flares gave us the punch for lifting the rig for those build moments.”


Proud of Pride

With such a large range of kit and a number of sites to work on, it was essential that PRG pre-planned the project meticulously. Tight sites and short load ins were the order of the day. Bannister continued: “For Trafalgar Square, we had a 12-hour staggered shift the day before the event to load in. The site was very busy and small and managing truck loading was complex with the limited space, particularly as we were working alongside other subcontractors. Yet, providing multiple services enabled us to keep truck requirements more efficient for the client and ease the pressure on site. “For Dean Street and Leicester Square, the load in was just four hours. The lighting systems and labour schedule and prep were designed with speed in mind to ensure the stage would be ready as soon as possible to maximise acts rehearsal times.  “It’s these elements that stand out,” Bannister added. “Space and time provide massive constraints for how we are able to work the site. Our labour and delivery schedule had to be managed very carefully to ensure provision of services was as things were ready, yet flexible to the changing environment and customer requests. All of the crew across the site worked tirelessly and positively despite some logistical issues and exceptional working temperatures. 
“There was certainly a fantastic energy in the team,” he concluded. “It was great to be a part of such a positive event. All of the people – client side and supplier side – had masses of enthusiasm that resonated though every aspect of the delivery. It’s always an absolute joy to work with the team and Innovision on fantastic events, such as Pride, and I look forward to the next project.”

To learn more about what PRG could do for your next event contact us

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Secret Cinema Creates Shakespearean Magic

Secret Cinema is known for taking the essence of the film and build a living, breathing world that the audience can be a part of. With meticulous attention to detail, Secret Cinema crafts extraordinary events, blurring the line between fiction and reality on an unprecedented scale.

In August, Secret Cinema did it again, creating an incredible series of events inspired by a Shakespearean blockbuster.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson


Audiences got into character in the midst of this year’s epic heatwave, at an amazing 5,000 capacity open-air festival where the film screening was the star of the show.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson


This incredible retelling of one of the world’s most famous love stories saw ticket holders taken right into the world of Baz Luhrmann’s 90’s classic, with 90’s dance moves, Shakespearean witticisms, and event design inspired by California’s Verona Beach.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson

There were fierce feuds, high octane cars, immersive theatrical performances and glorious music galore. Delicious food, bespoke cocktails and craft beer were served by carefully curated street food vendors.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson

Behind the scenes, the PRG team helped to create this magical event, working with Production Manager Andy Barnes, alongside Justin Litten and Matt Dee. Their Lighting Crew was headed up by Chief Adam Povey, working for Secret Cinema directly to which we worked closely alongside to enable Simon Spencer’s design rigging wise. We also worked closely with Star Events’ Gavin Scott, who led the way in building the event’s structures.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson

PRG supplied all rigging across the site, as well as the video systems and projection. Rigging wise, our brief was to bring the event designers’ ideas to life, facilitating anything which they wanted to happen across the site. So, that included multiple self-climbing cable bridges, self-climbing lighting towers and 54 concrete bases for all the festoon lighting across the site.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson

We managed the rigging in all of the event’s venues, including on the main stage for lighting, video and scenery. We also provided our smart mast systems, huge amounts of truss and lots of motors to bring it all together.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell

In terms of the video, we were briefed to work alongside Video Designer Salvador Bettencourt Avila, to ensure his designed system worked to spec. This included supplying five Panasonic Laser Projectors plus all the required infrastructure.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell

Sound is key at Secret Cinema, and to ensure it all ran seamlessly we worked in conjunction with Luke Swaffield and Ben Lloyd of Autograph, ensuing all speakers were hung around the site where needed.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell

Lighting Design was by Simon Spencer and Scenic Design by Tim Blazdell. PRG’s Project Managers were Robert Watson, Ade Stead and Paul McCauley who was supported by in-house Project Manager Dan Rowe and Video Project Manager Nilkanth Patel. Onsite rigging was led by Jay Call, and assisted by Luke Jackson. Onsite video was led by Ben Hornshaw and Richie Jewell.

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell

To learn more about what PRG could do for your next event contact us.

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PURE10 makes its debut during U2’s ‘eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour’

10 times lighter than a regular screen and with an unprecedented 70% transparency, the PURE10 is the eye catcher on U2’s stage.

Other tech innovations are the PRG SPACEFRAME™ and Domino for the round video floor.

PRG Projects was visiting some highly innovative companies in China only 1.5 years ago, when they met NEXNOVO – specializing in ultra-thin advertising solutions. Frederic Opsomer stipulated to have been especially impressed by the high level of focus of NEXNOVO”. Barton Lin, COO of NEXNOVO was immediately intrigued by the challenges: “Our product was initially designed for fixed installations, PRG Projects brought the professionalism and knowhow to use the advantages of the technology and adapt it for a concert-touring reality”.

From there, it all went very fast: the design phase started in November and was ready in January. The production started immediately in China, where the electronic components were built. Everything was shipped to Belgium mid March for the assembly and the mechanical part: a full carbon fibre structure.

Jake Berry, Production Director U2, states that without the PURE10, this setting for U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour would not have been possible: “After the Joshua Tree Tour, we wanted to raise the bar even higher. We wanted a wider screen, in combination with a flying catwalk. At that moment, it simply seemed impossible. The weight limits of the tour’s stadiums would have been exceeded”.
The P10 was constructed especially to minimize weight, at an uttermost high resolution and transparency. Weighing only 10 kg/m2, the design dream became reality.

Carbon fiber 

Frederic Opsomer adds “We think in solutions, for the PURE10, we pushed the technology to the limits of its abilities, doubled the regular width to limit the amount of pieces, and at the same time guaranteeing the highest possible transparency.”

It is fair to say that the PURE10, with its carbon fiber structure, reduced the suspension load of the screen by half in comparison to the technology that had been provided on the previous tour. This change of screen allowed to introduce more features on the catwalk, whilst even reducing the overall weight of the rigg. 

Carbon Fiber had proven to be an excellent choice for the PRG SPACEFRAME™, and its strong, reliable and very light characteristics made it perfect for PURE10 as well. In the future, the structural advantages of carbon fibre compared to aluminum or steel will further be explored. By investing and following up the continuous development, PRG will be able to create custom solutions in a much faster way.


The revolutionary low weight of PURE10, combined with the smart stacking in custom designed dollies, saves space. That leads to an optimization in transport and reduction of the green imprint.

“In every development we do, we try to solve a green issue. It is actually one of our top 3 questions, together with: ‘are we making a creative solution? ‘and ‘are we allowing designers to propose an innovation to their customers?” explains Opsomer.

Not only it has a positive impact on transport, but we’re also facing limited storage space in most venues.

Stuart Heaney, PRG Crew Chief, is particularly happy about the set-up of PURE10: “The time to set-up the screen, including the interdependencies with other teams involved is 8-9 hours. If we would be solely constructing the screen, everything would be built up even faster, in under 3 hours. Tearing down takes 2.5 hours, and that again is with all integrations being removed.”

Ric Lipson – partner at Stufish – has been in charge of design and architecture for multiple U2 shows. He reflects on the collaboration with PRG: “in this long-standing relationship with PRG, we love how they are always innovative. They come with weird and wonderful ideas and make them happen”.

The PRG SPACEFRAME™ allowed the enormous screens of last year’s tour Joshua Tree Tour to resist wind loads. For Beyoncé’s and Jay Z’s tour there was even a moving element added, allowing the screens to open and close, despite weather conditions. PRG SPACEFRAME™ is also used in this year’s design and PRG Projects is already looking at the future: With PRG SPACEFRAME™ we incorporated structural elements into the video screens. We are now experimenting to do the same with lighting, automation and other combinations. The PRG SPACEFRAME™ technology definitely has a lot of yet unveiled opportunities.

Live Design Magazine has named PRG Projects’ PURE10 as the best LED Screen for this year's 2018 Video and Projection Product awards!

It was chosen by a panel of prestigious video/projection designers and programmers, from amongst a field of our esteemed peers. PRG is so proud of the talented team that made this innovative technology a reality.

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Photo Credit Patrick Murphy

Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

Dinosaurs are once again roaming international soil, as the globally-acclaimed production, Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, returned this year.

Watched by over 9 million people in more than 250 cities around the world, Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, opened its World Tour in the UK in July before embarking on an international tour, taking over arenas across Europe, including Hungary.


Photo Credit: Patrick Murphy

The $20 million production features updated, state of the art technology, underlining its position as the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world.

The one-hour, 40 minute show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.


Photo Credit: Patrick Murphy

Nine species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period.


Photo Credit: Patrick Murphy

The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus, is 11 meters tall and 17 meters from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists, painters, and animatronic experts - a year to build the production.

The final tour differs from its predecessors in that the upstage is now comprised of LED lights, rather than the projection which had been used previously. That means the audience enjoys a far brighter, more vivid set of images. Not only that, the setup time for each show is much shorter.

The Walking with Dinosaurs Live screen is driven from a main/redundant pair of Catalyst media servers. There are also side projection I-Mag screens (Barco), fed from a small PPU (with Sony system and Panasonic PTZs).


Photo Credit: Patrick Murphy

A team of two PRG crew members, Noel Wyatt (Cameras and Projection) and Cedric Vandepitte (LED and Servers) are working on the production, together with Robin Haddow, who programmed the Catalyst media servers.

The biggest challenge on this project has been fitting everything into the arena spaces. So, in order to facilitate the tour, we’ve had to remain incredibly flexible, assessing each show on a venue by venue basis.

James Morden, PRG Video Systems Designer said: “To facilitate this tour, we have to be very flexible… Other challenges are getting the camera shots we need, without the technology being too visible in front of the audience, so as not to remind them of the technology delivering their experience.”


Photo Credit: Patrick Murphy

So, our team has ensured that all tech used remains hidden to the audience, to create the most realistic special effects possible. Our camera equipment has been in hiding; we wouldn’t want to steal any attention away from those incredible dinosaurs on the stage!

The all-important dinosaurs are operated by three people, with each one weighing in at 1.6 tons! These impressive creatures are supported by the forces of the sound, lighting, audio and production teams, which all combine to make this a show that audiences will never forget.


Photo Credit: Patrick Murphy

The Walking with Dinosaurs Live tour has proved a phenomenal success. Its popularity stems largely from the 1999 BBC series which inspired it. And now, thanks to the brilliant event tech available, the brilliant TV show has been brought to life before audiences’ very eyes. The show appeals to children and big kids of all ages, from three to 103.

James Morden explained: “The technical success is very much on the creatures themselves, with the other departments adding to the setting to make the dinosaurs ‘more real’. Ultimately, this show is about suspending your disbelief, so that you do believe that the dinosaurs are real and stood in front of you.”

We’re looking forward to continuing the magic into 2019, working with WWD and Nick Grace Management. Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular takes over Budapest Arena, from April 19-21, 2019.

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GQ Men of The Year Awards 2018

Now in its 21st year, the GQ Men of the Year Awards pays homage to distinguished men and women who have been responsible for shaping the culture of the world, either through style, politics, entertainment or sport.

This year the awards ceremony was supported by PRG, and produced by Timebased Events. The event took place in the heart of central London, within the incredible Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern. Worthy winners included Prince Charles, Rose McGowan and plenty more.

Timebased worked in partnership with the event’s creators, Conde Nast. This partnership dates back to 1996, when Timebased was chosen to produce the very first GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony. Over the years the annual event has evolved, gradually becoming one of the world’s most anticipated, star-studded events.

The GQ Men of the Year Awards had been held at the Royal Opera House for over a decade. Ceremonies historically took place within the stunning glass-vaulted Paul Hamlyn Hall. But when the space became unavailable due to redevelopment works, Timebased knew it had to locate a venue that would likewise champion the cultural prominence and prestige of the awards.

The iconic Tate Modern is an inimitable place to host prestigious events such as this. Timebased’s founder, Richard Dodgson said, “it is an honour to produce an event in such a world-famous setting. The grand and industrial aesthetic of the Turbine Hall perfectly aligns with the GQ brand and the heart of the event.”

Hosting an event at the Tate Modern presents its own challenges, however. In this case, one of the biggest obstacles was the speed required for the setup. All production teams only had half an hour from when the doors closed to the public to lay down the red carpet, finish production and open doors again for the guests.

After the event, staff worked through the night to de-rig the set and ensure that the galleries could open for the public the next day. In addition to the dining hall space and the entrance with the suspended red carpet, the event required numerous backstage rooms and even different dressing rooms for Donatella Versace, Chris Hemsworth and the models. Katrina Hinrichsen added “It’s exciting to dress the spaces in the Tate and have it completely transformed once the sun sets.”

The end result was a standout event which made full use of an impressive central London event space, creating a worthy backdrop for this epic annual celebration.

Richard Dodgson said, “The GQ Men of the Year Awards is always a spectacular event and somehow each ceremony seems even more phenomenal than the last. The GQ team, supported by Timebased, continually push to make it bigger and better than before, to remain at the forefront of discussions and to inspire global audiences. From the numerous cultural icons who attend the Awards to the creative sets and all the innovative digital aspects – holograms, video booths and more – the highlights are infinite!”

If you want to find out more about what PRG could do for your next event, whatever its size, we’re the people to talk to. Contact John Montague or Andy Johnston.

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Four Event Tech Predictions for 2020

The past few years have seen an explosion of new event technology, with the arrival of innovative event tech from LED drones to reactive experiential installations making full use of the impressive capabilities of VR technology. And new arrivals to the world of event tech will only increase creatives’ capacities, enabling those who are ahead of the curve to design mind-boggling events, the like of which have never been seen before.

We caught up with our Technical Sales Director, John Montague, to find out more about the developing tech that we can expect to see hit the events industry in 2020. Here are four exciting innovations to look out for.


Interactive AR/VR Jumps to The Head of The Queue

Using visual recognition technology, augmented reality enables users to see interactive animations, holograms and 3D models when they point a smartphone or tablet at a tracker. The technology works brilliantly at events - for example, the latest product launches use augmented reality to reveal information about products when guests hold up a device in front of them. They might see visualisations of a car driving off, or a pair of shoes being worn by a moving catwalk model.

Similarly, virtual reality can be used to transport guests into another world, adding a mesmerising immersive element to all manner of events. All guests need to do is put on a VR headset and away they go. Want to up the ante when it comes to your theme? Why not offer guests the chance to experience a beach party in Ibiza, or a tropical trek through the mountains of Puerto Rico? With VR - you can.

In 2020, the tech behind augmented reality and virtual reality is set to become even more impressive, with more realistic and exciting visualisations being used at events throughout the world. Look out for AR and VR as they jump to the head of the queue. Soon you won’t see an event without them!


Hololens Conquers the Exhibition Marketplace

The Hololens by Microsoft is the first self-contained, holographic computer. The piece of kit comes with see-through holographic lenses, that use an advanced optical projection system to generate multidimensional, full-colour holograms with very low latency, so guests can see holographic objects in the world around them.

HoloLens enables the user to create and shape holograms with gestures, communicate with apps and navigate with a glance. It understands a user’s gestures, gaze, and voice, enabling a very natural interaction with its holographic content. It even comes with spatial sound, meaning it synthesizes sound so the user can hear holograms from anywhere in the room.

This technology is relatively new, but by 2020 you can expect to see it taking over the exhibition marketplace, with holograms bringing the stands of all kinds of brand to life as visitors get a real-life experience of the products being sold.


A New Form of Communication

By 2020, speakers will be communicating with their audience through technology, far more than they do in real life. This is largely down to the advancements in smartphone and tablet apps, which are set to offer new opportunities for speakers to connect with audiences on a personal level.

New apps, specifically designed for the latest smartphone and tablets, will allow speakers to reach a much wider audience, and deliver their message in an individual way, with talks, workshops and presentations available for users to access whenever they wish.

Whilst the flexibility and accessibility of this development shows great benefits, we do not expect that it would put a stop to presentations being delivered to live audiences, as brands and consumers alike will still relish the opportunity to learn about new products and ask questions at live events.


Immersive Presentations

Using live video mapping and drone and camera technology which feeds directly into media servers, immersive presentations are set to become the next big thing in event tech. These presentations can completely surround audiences, or 270 degree presentations can also be used, to achieve an impressive immersive effect.

This tech turns passive spectators into participants in a speaker’s presentation. No longer are they simply watching the presentation, instead they become part of it. So, it’s easy to see how the message being delivered becomes so much more powerful when immersive technology is in use.


If you want to find out more about what PRG could do for your next event, whatever its size, we’re the people to talk to. Contact John Montague or Andy Johnston.

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Event Tech You Probably Don’t Know
 About Yet But You Really, Really Should

The world of event tech is constantly changing, with new and exciting developments emerging all the time. The latest advancements include transparent LED screens, live interactive skeletal mapping, real-time VR installations and LED drones painting pictures in the sky. Include even some of that tech in your next event and you’ve got a recipe for one unforgettable experience!

When it comes to making your event stand out, the addition of brand new event tech is one way to guarantee success. The latest technology can be used in a whole host of exciting ways, to maximise the impact of your event and leave your guests inspired and amazed. This is the event tech you need to know about right now.

We are so inspired by the Borderless exhibition at the MORI Building Digital Art Museum, Odaiba, Tokyo (photo teamLab)


Transparent LED Screens

Transparent screens open up a new world of possibilities in terms of event design. These screens are available in different scales of transparency, with options for indoor and outdoor use. The screens are fantastic if you want to create a visually stunning display without compromising on natural light.

The Pure10 is a revolutionary and unique lightweight and highly transparent LED touring screen, which was developed by PRG. Its transparency creates numerous creative solutions for the concert-touring segment, which will seduce the most extravagant and ambitious projects. Due to its feather light carbon structure and its customized dollies for transport, PRG Projects once again reduces the green footprint drastically in terms of transport volume and weight.

We were honoured to have our collaboration with U2 spotlighted in Variety magazine earlier this year. "After 40-plus years on the road, U2 remains one of the biggest live acts in the world, and not just because of the music. The band has always embraced the latest stage technology, often to spectacular effect, and its current Experience + Innocence global tour — the European leg debuts Aug. 31 in Berlin — is more impressive than ever, boosted by U2’s ongoing collaboration with Production Resource Group."


Live Interactive Skeletal Mapping

If you really want to push the boundaries of event tech, live interactive skeletal mapping is a must. This fusion of man and machine sees 3D cameras used to track a person’s body. Data is evaluated by the machine and simple movements such as the person raising an arm, or moving from one way to another will then change the visual display and audio. This tech works brilliantly for art installations, live events, performances and festivals. It’s a show-stopper.

Real Time VR Reactive Experiential Installations

Virtual reality is big news in the world of event tech, and its popularity shows no sign of waning. The latest virtual reality installations are fantastic for experiential events, and enable guests to experience a meeting of the real world and a virtual one, all in real time. Virtual reality can be used in this way to add computerised additions to the real world guests see around them, making for an awe-inspiring journey into the world of VR.

Gareth Pugh's Monolith. Virtual Reality Installation at Selfridges London from INITION on Vimeo.


LED Drones

LED lights take on a complelty new twist. LED screens are mounted on drones, which can then be flown over audiences or parties of guests, creating an extraordinary visual effect as seen at last yeas Super Bowl and at the Winter Olympcis. Check out more creative LED screen options from PRG here.

If you want to find out more about what PRG could do for your next event, whatever its size, we’re the people to talk to. Contact John Montague or Andy Johnston.

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Frankie Boyle from Febo Designs Speaks at the First PRG Ideas Exchange

PRG hosted its first ever Ideas Exchange briefing earlier this month. The breakfast meeting was the first in a series of events set to bring the best creative minds together for an exchange of innovative and inspiring ideas.

Creative director Frankie Boyle was invited to speak. Frankie specialises in the medium of light. Her company, Febo Designs, art-directs unforgettable, multi-sensory experiences. Febo Designs uses light, texture, form and colour to craft unique and unforgettable multi-sensory experiences.

At the breakfast meeting, Frankie talked passionately about how light has a bigger part to play in the immersive and entertainment sector, not just as an accompaniment to the storytelling.

“We love experiences where we are transported out of our daily life, and Febo enables us to do just that. Febo is a company which specialises in high-end technology, merging it with material research to gain a greater understanding of emotion and human connection” she said.


Frankie’s lighting inspiration

Frankie believes that her lifelong love of colour and light can be traced back to early childhood where at Guy’s Hospital she had developmental testing for a receptive language disorder. She believes the light and colour, experienced in these tests heighten her senses to using light as a second language.

As an adult, she gets her inspiration from places that use colour as there main language, for example places like Chroma Yoga in Shoreditch who use light and colour therapy techniques, brain stimulating soundscapes and bespoke natural scents to creative an immersive, multi-sensory yoga experience. She also likes exploring street art, which she feels makes colour more accessible, she loves the work of Bombas and Parr and the Lord of Lightning who regularly appear at Glastonbury’s Arcadia spectacular, along with Acradia themselves!


One of Frankie’s biggest achievements was being brought onto the project, Arcadia Spectacular’s Metamorphosis show. It was groundbreaking work, combining the best of costume design by Jo Peacock with advanced LED wireless systems by Light Initiative, this show was a sight to behold.

Image Credit: Giles Mayall

Image Credit: Giles Mayall

They developed three two-piece wireless video LED neon costumes, that worked for high performance aerial choreography, designed with a synchronised inner and removable outer layer. With up to three metre lengths of LED, the costumes dramatically displayed mapped video content throughout the show, enabled by Light Initiative’s innovative design to generate a unique and unforgettable performance.


Frankie on how light can affect emotion at events

Frankie explained how the use of black light or black content relates to the impact on human response to the content itself. She said “It’s a bit like teasing someone with light. If you have minimal going on when the light comes to life, you are more responsive. Rather than saturating you in all the lights so your brain activity is overwhelmed.” She went on to add “if you are going at 100mph 110mph doesn’t feel much different!” 

Frankie divulged a key tip which she uses in her lighting installations. “When using light at an event don’t give too much away too quickly - in eight minutes people become normalized to surroundings. Build it up slowly.” 

Image Credit: Alitor Throup Studio

Image Credit: Alitor Throup Studio

Frankie recommended Eric Prydz’s recent Creamfields show for ‘another level’ inspiration. The Swedish DJ latest HALLO show at Creamfields’ Steel Yard designed by Mark Calvert and Ross Chapple. Prydz’s lighting designer included astronauts, lasers and holographic heads.


Light festivals to explore

The dream is to go to Day for Night festival in Texas! Frankie’s favourite English light festivals include Lumiere and the winter lights festival in Canary Wharf. She also loves light pop-ups like the spectacular pop-up by Marcus Lyall - On Your Wavelength (Canary Wharf 2017 & 2018). But Frankie would love to see more permanent places people could go to enjoy creative lighting.


Frankie’s biggest challenge

Every year Claridge’s Hotel turns its Christmas tree into an iconic art piece, a Mayfair landmark drawing visitors from across the world. In 2015 it was Burberry’s turn, and in collaboration with technology by Renagade, working with Light Initiative, and the craftsmanship of Mike Smith Studios Febo was able to bring Burberry’s dream to life. The tree was a six-metre tower of undulating umbrellas of different sizes, finished in gold and silver chrome. Each umbrella held over 1,200 motion reactive LED’s which followed guests as they descended the staircase brushing past the tree, creating the illusion of sparkling raindrops.  

Image Credit: Dezeen


What’s next for Febo?

Closing the breakfast meeting, Frankie gave a sneak peek of what we can look out for from Febo over the coming months and years. She explained that she is looking to create an experience that involves food and light. She added, “Light, colour and food all nourish you. It is the perfect combination.”

Photo Credit: Jolly Schwarz

Photo Credit: Jolly Schwarz

Febo Designs has joined forces with the amazing Paranormal Unicorn to produce a lighting product which allows lighting designers to have full range of the creative spectrum. This product is now at the patenting stages and soon to be released on to the market. With the amazing skills of Jolly Schwarz, Febo used the perfect canvas of an abandoned building in Vienna to test drive the product by light painting the space. It sounds amazing and we can’t wait to see it!


The PRG Ideas Exchange is a monthly, invite only event. If you want to find out more about this and what PRG could do for your next event, whatever its size, talk to John Montague or Andy Johnston.

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Eric Prydz record breaking HOLO show at Creamfields

In August, 20,000 dance music fans packed themselves in to Creamfields’ Steel Yard, an impressive super structure, to watch Eric Prydz, the Swedish DJ, perform a headlining set complete with “astronauts”, lasers and holographic heads.

Prydz debuted his mind-blowing “HOLO” live show at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in June before heading to Creamfields for a UK festival exclusive, promising fans mesmerising production and impressive visuals.

Steel Yard. Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney


PRG, the technical production specialist, played a vital role in Prydz’s extensive set that delivered larger than life event production, state-of-the-art technology and a record number of Kinesys points.

Steel Yard. Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney


Record breakers

Creamfields is widely known for pushing the boundaries in terms of technical production but this year’s edition of the dance music festival went one step further and deployed a record-breaking number of hoists for Prydz; the DJ closed the festival on Sunday night (August 26) and headlined Creamfields’ renowned Steel Yard structure with a show that featured 144 variable speed chain hoists, a world record according to Dave Weatherhead, director and co-founder of Kinesys.


PRG provided lighting, rigging and video services to the 21st edition of Creamfields, delivering 30 trucks worth of lighting, rigging and screens. The company worked extensively with Ian Greenway, director of LarMac Live, who managed the festival’s production – Steel Yard was one of nine arenas that PRG provided a staggering amount of kit to.

Steel Yard. Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney

Pushing the boundaries

Richard Gorrod, head of event services at PRG project managed the lighting, rigging, automation and video elements within Steel Yard, and worked with LarMac Live for six months to ensure that Prydz boundary-pushing set assaulted the crowd’s senses.

Q Willis, head of rigging services at PRG, oversaw all rigging elements and Nathan Avery, PRG crew chief, headed up video. The pair were joined on site by PRG’s Luke Jackson, who was site manager, and Pete MacDonald, Dave Evans, Mark England and Jarag Zajag, all experts in Kinesys.

Steel Yard’s rig – designed by Mark Calvert and Ross Chapple, Prydz’s lighting designer – was installed by head rigger, Nick Brown, who was assisted by Willis.

Gorrod explained: “When myself and Q received the lighting plot, we knew that Kinesys was the best motion control system for the job and would fulfil all of our requirements.”

Gorrod headed up an elite crew of 16, which ensured everything ran smoothly. The team had just three days to load in.

“Steel Yard also had the added challenge of being located on a hill with front of house six metres higher than the stage,” Gorrod continued. “Although this made the site the perfect natural stage, it was a considerable challenge for the team loading in nine trucks of equipment.


Unforgettable show

In all, PRG supplied 30 trucks of kit to Creamfields 2018, which was the festival’s 21st edition. Within Steel Yard alone, there were 300 rigging points and 1,000 lighting fixtures cross the arena’s vast rig; a mixture of Robe, GLP, Martin and Chauvet products.

The rig’s design – which comprised more than 1.5 kilometres of truss – featured 36 trussing pods. Twelve were placed above the stage and 24 above the audience. Each pod, which measured two square metres, was flown on four half-tonne Kinesys motors running with Elevation 1+ drives. The pods were required to tilt and pitch in all directions – the flexibility offered by the Elevation 1+ drives met Chapple’s desire to create an unforgettable show; one that the festival audience would not forget in a hurry.


Gorrod commented: “PRG worked on nine stages at Creamfields, supplying rigging, lighting and video equipment and services. The show’s just keep getting bigger and better each year and the festival’s 21st outing certainly pushed the envelope. The sheer quantity of everything, from the amount of automation and the number of lighting fixtures, demonstrates Cream’s commitment to creating the best electronic dance music event for fans and naturally, PRG is hugely proud to be a part of that story. We are looking forward to pushing the boundaries even further next year.”

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