Live Events Summit returns to Integrated Systems Europe

For the third consecutive year, TPi Editor, Stew Hume brings together experts from the live events sector at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) to discuss some of the latest technological developments within industry.

Since 2022, the Live Events Summit has provided a space for meaningful discussion about the dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-evolving world of live touring and events at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE). This year, TPi Magazine welcomed several esteemed guests to provide an insight into the corner of the events industry.

Sponsored by zactrack, the Live Events Summit kicked off with a special presentation by STUFISH Entertainment Architects’ Ray Winkler. During his talk, he explained how the STUFISH team go about creating the designs for some of the world’s biggest shows – taking an artist’s original idea and turning it into something magical.

From there, the conversation headed skywards – figuratively – as Celestial’s John ‘JP’ Partridge discussed this burgeoning world of large-scale drone shows and how he and his team had brought this new technology to events including The Secret Garden Party and the Eurovision Song Contest [see TPi #276].

After a short break, the Summit delved into the world of audio as it welcomed famed FOH Engineer, Phil Wright, Martin Audio’s Dom Harter, and Karno’s Adam Pierce.

Wright highlighted the ever-changing workflows and approaches of a modern-day sound engineers; Harter noted Martin Audio’s latest developments in the field, while Pierce shared the guiding principles behind Karno’s latest release, Sepia, which provides engineers with an alternative solution to live effects [see TPi #279].

From audio to video, the Summit welcomed Nigel Sadler to the stage. Following his recent announcement as the newest members of Hive. During his session, he spoke candidly about the changes within the wider video landscape and some of the solutions Hive are now offering to the industry. What followed was a special presentation by zactrack. As well as a real-time demonstration of how its tracking system works, zactracks’ Aria Hailey shared some case studies of how the product has been used, most notably, on Rihanna’s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show.

In closing, Lighting Designer, Cate Carter; Vari-Lites’ Luke Edwards, and MA Lighting’s Daniel Kannenberg shared their thoughts on some of the latest lighting developments within the sector, and what the future might hold.

Enthused by the Summit’s reception, TPi Magazine is already contemplating how to expand the event for 2025. Stay tuned for updates, as exciting discussions are underway to make the Live Event Summit even more substantial than ever before.