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Storm Receives Lifeline Grant

Storm Receives Lifeline Grant

Storm Ltd has been awarded a Grant  as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Storm Ltd is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Storm Ltd have been an important part of the Creative supply chain for 25 years and this lifeline will enable the servicing of existing immovable Running costs, this aid is a huge help to the continuation of Storm as a Company of which we are truly thankful, it will go a long way to ensure survival of our company and our ability to assist with the rebuilding of work within the creative industry.

Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that. 

Now, in these challenging times, it’s our turn to show our support for culture. With an unprecedented investment through the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, the government is #HereForCulture so it can weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger. 

And we are #HereForCulture too. 

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage. 

We want people to make sure that where they are able to visit local culture venues in their communities, they do so in a covid secure way. Plus, with more and more culture being curated online, there is no better time to support and enjoy all the new and exciting ways culture is available to us. 

By being #HereForCulture, we aren’t just supporting the people in the industry, we’re also supporting communities across the country.

Vari*Lite VL2600 Arrives At Storm

Vari*Lite VL2600 Arrives At Storm

The new Philips Vari-Lite VL2600 range of LED moving head luminaires from Philips Entertainment Lighting has been designed as a smaller, brighter and lighter LED alternative to the popular VL2500 Spot and Wash moving heads, the long-time industry favourites in mid-sized professional show lighting applications.

The Philips Vari-Lite VL2600 range combines world-leading LED light source engineering with the renowned quality, colour palette and performance of the Philips Vari-Lite brand. In terms of light quality, output power, reliability and cost, the 3 fixtures in the VL2600 range are simply the highest performing luminaires – and the most attractive investment proposition – in their class.

Having listened to the wishes of customers worldwide, Philips Entertainment Lighting has exceeded the output of the Philips Vari-Lite VL2500, while expanding the available package and its potential applications with the addition of a dedicated Profile fixture, plus the added advantage of a beam-shaping system within the Wash fixture. At the same time, the compact form factor has been retained.

The Profile offers an updated, more saturated, but still familiar Philips Vari-Lite CMY color mixing system with variable CTO color correction, high-color temperature (7200 K) output, a class-leading wide zoom range (7-48˚) and a flat and even field of light at any beam angle. And, of course, it delivers all the effects and features that users expect of the Philips Vari-Lite brand.

In designing the VL2600, Philips Entertainment Lighting has prioritized the twin goals of top-class performance and cost-effective ownership. By far the brightest in its class, the VL2600 range is tough and reliable, compact and lightweight, easy to service and maintain thanks to its shared parts, and built to withstand the rigours of a touring environment. Making the VL2600 the most attractive new proposition for those in television, professional theatre, corporate events and concert touring applications.

Storm’s Rental Manager, James, adds “The VL2600 Profile is a brilliant new addition to our rental fleet of moving lights. The unit packs a huge number of features whilst maintaining the quality light output and effects you expect from Vari-Lite. It also gives a major boost to our ongoing comitment towards LED fixtures. The fixtures have already proved really popular with a number of our clients and dry hire rental partners”

View More information about the VL2600 Profile here and request a quote using our MyQuote system.

SmartBat Plus Adds Up At Storm

SmartBat Plus Adds Up At Storm

Storm are pleased to announce a recent addition of the Prolights SmartBat Plus into rental stock. Providing longer battery life, brighter output, true W-DMX and fully IP65 outdoor rated. The SmartBat Plus is a popular addition to our rental inventory as we arrive into Autumn and available for rental immediately. Please get in touch with our hire department for further information or a rental quotation.

Prolights SmartBAT Plus IP Rated LED Battery Uplighter

EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

Storm were delighted to work with Smyle Creative to provide lighting for EE’s launch of their 5G network with Stormzy. EE lit up London’s iconic River Thames tonight in celebration of the launch of the UK’s first 5G network. The UK’s number one mobile network marked the occasion by hosting a 5G-powered gig with platinum-selling UK artist, Stormzy, set against the stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge.

Fans in attendance and those tuning in online saw history in the making as the Glastonbury 2019 headliner’s performance became the first event of its kind to be live streamed over EE’s new 5G network, which was hosted by Radio DJ, Clara Amfo.

Using 5G and remote production technology, EE broadcast the event on Facebook / Twitter / YouTube to thousands of fans. The Highlights of the 5G-powered audio-visual extravaganza can be seen below.

To accompany the show, a 5G-powered performance was created in collaboration with Stormzy. Celebrating the six cities that EE has connected with 5G. Over 200 state-of-the-art LED fixtures were affixed to the stage. With over 100 beams of light projected 1,000ft in front of the Tower Bridge. The 5G-powered display, which was connected via EE’s 5G network, supported the powerful lyrics and music of Stomzy’s bespoke set.

Fans in each of the other five launch cities were treated to the best seat in the house via a 360-degree VR experience. The experience was available in Stores in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Guests attending the in-store events were invited to use VR headsets to watch the performance in 360 degrees from the front row, just metres away from where Stormzy was performing on the floating stage in London.

Stormzy comments, following his one-off gig; Big up EE, thank you for letting me launch your 5G network in the UK. Tonight was sick, I’m honoured to be part of history.”

Read more about the launch at EE’s news room here

Storm Invests in Indu Electric

Storm Invests in Indu Electric

Storm are pleased to announce our continued commitment to Indu Electric with our latest investment. The Indu 72 Way Mains Distribution racks. Featuring 12x Socapex outputs, 63A 3 Phase, 32A 3 Phase, 6x 16A outputs. Also with additional Auxilliary outputs including USB charging.

Built in a flight case these distros are ready to roll into any event. Able to cope with the toughest of touring environments and can provide the power you need for your event. All available in one complete package.

This latest investment in Indu Electric also follows on from the recent addition of more of our compact mains distribution racks. Including our Type 20, Type 13 and also our smaller rubber box Type RBDIST 8.

Our continued investment in Indu Electric comes from the consistent high build quality, reliability and also the support we have come to know from the team at Indu over previous years.

Find the full details about these new distros here