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Domaine des Étangs

Located in Massignac, Domaine des Étangs is the largest five-star hotel resort in France occupying forest, pasture and ponds greater in area than the Glastonbury Festival. The site includes an 11th century castle, renovated and decorated with contemporary works of art; a former dairy (La Laiterie); wellness centre; Gallo-Roman baths; swimming pools; a floating tennis court; and a Michelin-star restaurant.

La Laiterie is a new gallery space within the complex that is dedicated to exhibitions exploring the ‘Meeting of Art and Nature’. Its circular layout is intended to provide the best envelopment given its geometric, technical and aesthetic constraints – its sound system comprises 44 Amadeus loudspeakers and the company’s Holophonix spatial sound system.

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Marco Borsato in The Tub

Superstar Dutch singer Marco Borsato recently performed his anthemic back catalogue to 240,000 fans over five nights at Rotterdam’s De Kuip stadium – a performance that required full-spectrum coverage across the entire open roof stadium from a d&b audiotechnik SL-Series loudspeaker system.

Borsato is a national treasure in The Netherlands, thanks to a hit-making, multi-award-winning, 20-year career. He is one of a handful of artists with the fanbase clout to play five nights at the 51,000-capacity De Kuip (affectionately The Tub, the nickname for the Stadion Feijenoord), which is among the country’s largest venues.

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Dubai’s Wavehouse has finger on the Pulse for sound

The latest addition to Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm Hotel is Wavehouse is a family-friendly entertainment centre offering four bowling lanes, two floors of arcade attractions, a 13m-high soft play area and a ProSlide Waverider surf machine, as well as F&B outlets, a sun terrace, mezzanine and a pair of live stages.

Wavehouse’s operator, Solutions Leisure, has had a longstanding relationship with Dubai-based systems integrator, Pulse Middle East, relying on the company to handle the audio integration at a number of its other venues. As such, Solutions Leisure contacted the team at Pulse ME to create a solution for the former nightclub space.

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L-Acoustics and DiGiCo find new Voice in South Africa

Now in its third season in South Africa, The Voice talent show entered its ‘live show’ phase, broadcast from Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg, and aired on M-Net, DStv 101. This year, this section will use L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology by L-Acoustics and DiGiCo mixing from Mutli-Media, the show’s technical supplier.

Multi-Media has worked with The Voice since the competition hit African soil four years ago. During this time, the company become more involved in live events. Having invested in 30 L-Acoustics Kara, 12 SB18, four KS28 and seven LA12X amplified controllers at the start of the year, it has added a further 18 Kara, four SB18 and five LA12X for the L-ISA configuration.

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The return of Fly Open Air

Having begun working with Fly Events on the inaugural Fly Open Air EDM event in Princes Street Gardens – the 6500-acre grounds of a historic building overlooking the River Forth, which separates Edinburgh from Fife – in September 2016, Creation Live followed the event to the 17th century Hopetoun House, the following May.

With the event more than doubling the first Hopetoun House attendance to 8,500 per day this year, Creation adopted sister company VME’s Martin Audio MLA to handle both sound delivery and sound control..

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