News from 2016

Granger Smith Tours With SHAPESHIFTERs

Country artist Granger Smith’s 2016 touring exposed the rising artist to even larger audiences, and featured a unique lighting design by Sean Semler that included 12 High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1s.

High End Systems SHAPESHIFTERs Elevate Jon Bellion Tour

Rising star Jon Bellion hit the road for a second time in the fall of 2016 to support his latest release, The Human Condition, featuring High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1 fixtures along with a Full Boar 4 console.

Dutch Show Design Brings SolaSpots To GLOW

Each year the annual GLOW light art festival in Eindhoven features diverse artists who bring spectacular light installations to the city center. Eight SolaSpot Pro 1000s and four SolaSpot Pro 1500s were employed on the project.

SolaSpot Pro 1500s Are Star Performers At Opera Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera, Opera Philadelphia offers large-scale works at the historic Academy of Music, intimate chamber operas as part of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater, as well as frequent community performances.

HES Gear Adds ‘Big Impact’ To Kansas Youth Gathering

For a recent Kansas District Youth Gathering, Inspirmedia Productions delivered an all LED rig featuring High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 2000s, SolaWash 19s and SHAPESHIFTERs, with lighting control via a Hog 4 desk.

Jason Cain Drives Hog4 For Misfits Reunion Shows

As The Misfits prepared to rock the music world with their upcoming reunion shows with Glenn Danzig, Jason Cain of Gemini Light Sound Video got the call his superfan side had wanted for many years - the opportunity to control lighting for the horror punk pioneers’ classic lineup.

SHAPESHIFTERs Energize 2016 Alice In Chains Tour

Alice in Chains recently wrapped the second leg of their 2016 North American tour, with Production Designer Marty Postma at the visual helm. To help achieve his uncluttered vision for the tour, Postma specified 14 High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1’s along with a full Hog4 console.

Webster University Fauxtons Win Hog Factor Competition at LDI

Sponsored by High End Systems, the 2016 Hog Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition was held at the recent LDI exhibition in Las Vegas. The contest was very close this year, with Webster University’s team The Fauxtons ultimately winning the competition on Friday, October 21st.

SHAPESHIFTERs Energize Red Bull’s '3 Days in Miami'

An exclusive event for Red Bull Sound Select members, the recent ‘3 Days in Miami’ featured a weekend of live music and events in downtown Miami at The Hangar, celebrating the city and the best in new music.

Anaheim Ducks Upgrade Lighting With HES SolaRange Fixtures

When the Anaheim Ducks revamped their entertainment system in the Honda Center, lighting designer Kevin Sorg specified new automated lighting from High End Systems, including a dozen SolaWash 37 and four SolaSpot Pro CMY fixtures. The installation was part of a $10M upgrade including replacement of the scoreboard. Kevin says, “We wanted to add lighting fixtures underneath the scoreboard...

SHAPESHIFTERS Transform Hastings College Dedication

Inspirmedia Productions recently used High End Systems SHAPESHIFTERs to transform Hastings College’s arena gymnasium into an eloquent banquet hall. The building dedication event featured a banquet for 550, as well as a concert by The Midtown Men of ‘The Jersey Boys’.

Artists Simply Human Shines With HES Gear

For the past five years, Artists Simply Human’s innovative dance convention tour has traveled North America and Mexico, providing an unequaled dance experience that challenges and inspires dancers as artists.

SolaSpot Pro CMY Brings Magic To ‘Po Gimtinės Laja’

Lighting designer Arvydas Buinauskas of ABLight is using LED technology from High End Systems for spectacular results in his architectural and entertainment projects. The LD has recently utilized High End’s SolaSpot Pro CMY luminaires for several of his remarkable projects.

Hog 4 On The Team At The 2016 Rio Olympics

For the recent (and epic) Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, programming ace Ross Williams was once again on hand with his trusty High End Systems Hog 4 console to assist in the coordination of the massive lighting displays.

HES Gear Does The Serious Work On Grease

The New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham recently hosted this summer’s Stage Experience production of Grease, featuring LD Colin Wood’s stunning interpretation of the classic musical. The annual youth project allowed students the thrill of working on a large stage production, and this year 128 local students participated in the project, either onstage or in technical roles.

Revesby Workers’ Club’s Whitlam Theatre Votes for Hog 4

The Revesby Workers’ Club in south-west Sydney is a regular stop for premiere touring acts. Its concert venue, the Whitlam Theatre, seats 750 in ‘dinner mode’ and 1400 in theatre mode. The theatre is known for its big PA and excellent audio facilities, but, until recently, its lighting systems were struggling to keep up with the demands of modern touring acts.

Rocking R Bar Upgrades Lighting System With SHAPESHIFTER And UNO

The Rocking R Bar has been a popular night spot in downtown Bozeman for over 50 years. It was closed for over two years to rebuild and recently turned to Jereco Studios to upgrade their lighting system with High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C2 and UNO fixtures. Lighting Designer Rachid Schultz of Jereco Studios specified the fixtures...

SHAPESHIFTERs Augment Arcángel’s San Juan Concert

International Reggaetón sensation Arcángel mixes numerous stylistic influences into his musical mix; it’s a thrilling ride that demands visual excitement at his live shows. At a recent concert in Puerto Rico, High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER fixtures were used by LD David Ayala.

CCP Brings SolaSpot Pro 1500s and C1s to APIA Good Times Tour

Concert & Corporate Productions (CCP) recently supplied a variety of High End Systems lighting equipment for the APIA Good Times Tour at the Perth Concert Hall. Despite loading in during a massive storm that hit Perth the prior weekend, the CCP gang all stayed dry within the warmth of the Perth Concert Hall.

SolaSpot 1500s Augment PBS’ Bluegrass Underground

A Todd Squared production for PBS broadcast, Bluegrass Underground is the brainchild of entrepreneur Todd Mayo, who transformed an underground cave system discovered by Aaron Higgenbotham in 1810 into the magical performance environment of The Volcano Room of the Cumberland Cavern. For the series’ sixth season HES equipment have been used.

High End Systems Uno Debuts on Eurovision 2016

For the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest finals held last month in Stockholm, Sweden, Technical Director Ola Melzig used 108 Uno fixtures from High End System for U.K. performers Joe and Jake. The duo’s rendition of ‘You’re Not Alone’ served as the new fixture’s debut, and the Eurovision team once again pulled together a stunning collective of production elements for the highly anticipated contest.

SHAPESHIFTERs Elevate Ultra Music Festival Finale

The recent Ultra Music Festival in Miami raised the bar for EDM concerts with elite DJs and unprecedented production quality. With lighting production by Solotech, additional production support by numerous local vendors and a jaw-dropping design by Steve Lieberman, the three day festival was one for the record books.

SHAPESHIFTERs Join The Party At Cowboys Dancehall For Aoki Show

Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas is a leading venue in the Alamo city, running live music four nights a week along with a host of other country themed events. For years the venue has relied on a variety of High End Systems lighting and control products to light their entertainment, and recently High End’s SHAPESHIFTERs were employed for a Steve Aoki performance.