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Hell and Heaven Metal Fest Canceled near Mexico City

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Hell and Heaven Metal Fest Canceled near Mexico CityTEXCOCO, Mexico — The two-day Hell and Heaven Metal Fest that had been scheduled to take place March 15 and 16 at the fairgrounds in this Mexico City suburb has been canceled. State officials cited public safety as the reason for pulling the plug, but town officials and concert organizers, including town spokesman Francisco Vazquez, speculated that politics and economics might have played a role.

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Colour Sound Support for Rudimental Continues

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Colour Sound Support for Rudimental ContinuesWEST LONDON — Colour Sound Experiment continued its working relationship with BRIT Award winning band Rudimental and the band’s LD, Jonny Gaskell, on the most recent U.K. leg of their ongoing live campaign. Fresh from winning the 2014 BRIT Best British Single Award for ‘Waiting All Night’ the bands sold out tour included three consecutive shows at Brixton Academy.

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PLSN 60 Second Update from Frankfurt, Day Two

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Structure for MTV EXIT Concert Collapses in Thailand; 1 Killed, 10 Injured

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UDON THANI, Thailand — The staging structure for a free concert held to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery collapsed at 12:40 a.m. March 13. One of the 11 crew members injured by falling lighting and video structural elements later succumbed to his injuries. The worker who died was identified as Wichit Srichompoo, 35.

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PLSN 60 Second Updates from Frankfurt

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Renegade Rocks London Fashion Week

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LONDON - Nick Gray, the UK’s leading fashion lighting designer once again brought his imagination and flair to the mix for London Fashion Week. Gray brings his distinctive crossover style to the world of fashion  show – a dynamic mix of rock ‘n roll attitude, industrial chic and a hint of adventure! 

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2014 Olivier Award Nominations Announced

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LONDON - Presented by the Society of London Theatres, the Olivier Awards honor productions opening in London’s West End. In the lighting category, Paule Constable was nominated for her work on The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Paul Pyant for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Peter Mumford for Ghosts at the Almeida and then the Trafalgar Studios, and Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross for Chimerica at the Almeida and then the Harold Pinter Theatre. Lighting designer Michael Hulls was nominated in the Outstanding Achievement in Dance category for his body of lighting work, including Ballet Boyz - The Talent at Sadler’s Wells.

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Big PRG Rig Helps Give BRIT Acts Unique Looks

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2014 BRIT Awards photo Photo © Dave J Hogan, Getty ImagesLONDON — With a big rig for the 2014 BRIT Awards staged at the O2 Arena here Feb. 19, PRG was able to give LD Dave Davey enough firepower and versatility to transform the lighting looks for each of the acts. The artist roster included Artic Monkeys; Beyoncé; Bastille and Rudimental; Pharrell & Nile Rodgers; Ellie Goulding; Katy Perry; Disclosure, Lorde & Aluna George; and Bruno Mars.

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TV LDs in Israel Relying on Robe Gear

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JERUSALEM - Robe continues to be a popular choice for Israel’s top TV lighting designers. A case in point: LD Ronen Najar's design for the singing contest show, Rising Star. The rig for the first 24-episode series included Robin MMX Spot and LEDBeam 100 fixtures.  The show was recorded in the Globus Group Studios in Jerusalem and broadcast on national Channel 2.

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HSL Provides Lighting and Rigging for First BBC Radio Music 6 Festival

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MANCHESTER, U.K. - HSL supplied the inaugural BBC Radio 6 Music Festival staged at Victoria Warehouse here, providing gear and crew for both lighting and rigging to meet the needs of the event’s production lighting designer, Tim Routledge, along with producers SJM and BBC Events.

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