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Sound & Stage Awards recognise top industry talent

by Aaron Greenwood on Apr 27, 2009



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The 2009 Sound & Stage Awards have been staged in Dubai, with top talent working in the Middle East pro audio, lighting and live staging production industries being recognised in this year’s honour list.

Outstanding achievements in the field of live events production, technical installations and audio and lighting technology ranked amongst the winners.

Technology awards went to MA Lighting for its grandMA2 lighting control console and Midas for its Midas Pro6 Live Audio System, while the Dubai Mall mega project received an honourable mention in two install categories, with Barco taking out the AV Installation Project of the Year award and Oasis Enterprises being granted the lighting install award for its work on the mall’s Dubai Aquarium. 

In the individual award categories, Delta Sound Dubai’s Martin Ward took out the Sound Engineer of the Year award, Gearhouse Staging Connection’s Dave Emery received the OHS Champion award, while Dubai-based lighting designer Sonu.A.B. took out the Young Achiever of the Year award.

An elated Sonu described winning the award as the ‘highlight of his career’ to date.

“This recognition means everything to me,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling. I have so many ambitions for my career as a lighting designer. Lighting is my life and earning this award shows I am on the right path in terms of realising my dreams.”

In the Events Organiser of the Year category, industry giants CSM, AEG Live and Abu Dhabi newcomer Flash battled it out, with Flash ultimately pipping AEG Live at the post.

Judges found in favour of Flash largely due to the scale and extent of events the company was involved in in 2008/09, which included the George Michael and Alicia Keys double bill in Abu Dhabi in December, and last month’s performances by Coldplay and Andrea Bocelli at Emirates Palace.

For the full list of winners, see below.

LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR grandMA2, MA Lighting

PRO AUDIO TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR MidasPro6 Live audio system, Midas

LIGHTING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Terry Miranda, Lighthouse Productions

SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Martin Ward, Delta Sound Dubai

EQUIPMENT RENTAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR Desert Rock 2008, SLS Production 

VENUE OF THE YEAR Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi 

LIVE EVENT SECURITY COMPANY OF THE YEAR Transguard Group

YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR Sonu, MA Lighting

OHS CHAMPION AWARD Dave Emery, Gearhouse Staging Connection

DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR NMK Electronics

AV INSTALLATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR Barco (Dubai Mall)

LIGHTING INSTALLATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR Dubai Aquarium, Oasis Enterprises

EVENT ORGANISER OF THE YEAR Flash

 

 


FEATURED COMMENT

Thank you Guys,,, Cheers.

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Readers' Comments


Sonu (May 3, 2009) United Arab Emirates

Thanks
Thank you Guys,,, Cheers.

Oneal Cutinho (May 2, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Awesome!!!
Well done dude. Must say thats awesome.Keep it up.

Luke Bonner (Apr 27, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Sonu
Well done. He's a very approachable guy with a bright future ahead. No attitude and happy to help out with MA desk questions - certainly with questions I've had.


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