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A.C. Lighting North Tradeshow Ends on a High

9th May 2008

After nearly a decade as the North of England's premier entertainment technology event, this year's A.C. Lighting North Show (29th & 30th April, the Saviles Hall in Leeds) was the best showcase yet of the organiser's ability to provide customers with specialist advice, supply and solutions across a huge range of the industry's leading entertainment technologies.

Taking full advantage of the new Saviles Hall's 40% more exhibition space, the show saw the launch of A.C.'s new Video division, which was created to provide a complete solution for lighting rental companies looking to make their first move into video. Covering projection, creative LED, media server, image processing and content creation, exhibitors showing lighting-video hybrid products included Artistic Licence, Catalyst/PixelMAD, Christie, Chroma-Q®, Element Labs, Green Hippo, High End, Luminex, Martin Professional, Projected Image Digital, Robe, Sanyo, Show Footage and TV One. A.C. also chaired a seminar panel of industry experts to discuss the practical solutions available for these systems, which was represented by XL Video's Hugh Davis Webb, Robe's Ales Grivac, Martin Pro's Mats Karlsson, Green Hippo's Nigel Sadler and A.C. Video Business Development Manager, Lee House.

Other exhibitors representing A.C.'s huge stockholding of lighting products, accessories and consumables brands included ADB, Andolite, Anytronics, Avolites, CCT Lighting, Cee Norm, City Theatrical, DTS, ELC Lighting, ETC, Fibre Optic Systems, Flightcase UK, GE Lighting, Hall Stage, Jands, Lee Filters, LDDE, Le Maitre, Look Solutions, LSC Lighting Systems, MTX Engineering, Neutrik, Osram, Philips, Pulsar, Rainbow, Robert Juliat, Rosco, Selecon, Slick, Spotlight, Strand, Tomcat, Tourflex, Tourmate, Vari-Lite, Wireless Solutions, WYSIWYG & Zero 88.

Lighting Director Stephen Page provided the show's guest speaker seminar on a leading event case study, discussing his experiences lighting 'The People's Opening'. The musical, multi-cultural event featured a diverse mix of 600 performers on a large outdoor scale in the middle of Liverpool's city centre to launch its year as the European Capital of Culture, and received widespread international media coverage.

A.C.'s Rigging division was also well represented, with exhibitors including CM, Doughty, Litec, Litestructures, Manfrotto, Out Board, Petzl and Slick. A.C. Rigging Sales Manager Adam Beaumont headed a Safer Rigging Workshop to discuss the latest products and practises to help make rigging safer, which featured Nicky Greet, Professional Development Manager of PLASA, Cristiano Giavedoni, Product Manager of Litec and Chris Higgs of Total Solutions Group. The PSA's Andy Lenthall also presented a seminar on how the Live Event industry is addressing the highly topical issue of going green and reducing its environmental impact.

A.C.'s Audio division had its largest presence yet at the show, with numerous brands exhibited by Allen & Heath, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Canford, EAW, Fuzion, Harman Pro UK, Kling & Freitag, KV2 Audio, Martin Audio, RCF, Sennheiser, Shure Distribution, Shuttlesound, Tannoy, Wharfedale & Yamaha Professional. Seminar guest speaker and FOH Sound Engineer Moray McMillin discussed useful tips and the do's and don'ts of live sound he picked up during 30 years of experience mixing and touring with many bands, such as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

The show was extremely well-received by exhibitors and visitors alike, with its strong format, industry representation and organisation over the years being praised in particular.

One visitor commented: "A big thanks to the A.C. team, who clearly put so much work into A.C. North. A day out of the office plus the costs, flights etc. was easily justified. In particular, I gleaned valuable technical advice on a couple of glitches we have, as well as some product demos and other possible products for the future. I also made contact with a few small companies and had useful discussions with others. Probably the best use of time and most enjoyable too, were the two morning seminars I attended, which were deservedly full."

Martin Professional's Jessica Allan commented: "It's been a nice close to the A.C. event. The staff at Martin have always very much enjoyed exhibiting because it's well-organised, has grown year on year and we've got a lot out of it. A.C. has set a very high precedent for PLASA to follow, and we'd like to thank them for the putting the tradeshow on for the last 8 years. I don't know what Jono's going to do with himself now - he'll be able to fit even more holidays in!"

A.C. Lighting's Northern Sales Director, Jonathan Walters, commented: "We would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for supporting and attending the A.C. Lighting North Tradeshow over the last 8 years, and wish PLASA every success with PLASA Focus - Leeds 2009, the industry-wide showcase and successor to A.C. North."