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A hard day’s night

In the publishing business, to have too much to write about is a pretty pleasant problem to have. While too much content and not enough space can be frustrating, it sure beats the alternative.

A hard day’s night

In the publishing business, to have too much to write about is
a pretty pleasant problem to have. While too much content and not enough space can
be frustrating, it sure beats the alternative.

Such was the position I found myself in this month. With every
man and his dog run off their feet working on projects in the GCC – from the Doha
Tribeca Film festival, major expo’s like the Big 5 to the countless event happening
in Abu Dhabi – what
to cover made for some tough decisions. In the end, we looked at arguably one of
the highest profile events in the region – the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand-Prix’s
after-race concert for our cover story. Many in the audience labelled Prince’s performance
on the third night one of the best they’d seen in this part of the world and indeed
internationally, and from talking to many of you that were involved in pulling it
off, it seems those behind the scenes agreed.

Last year’s equivalent marked the end of one of the toughest
12 months the GCC live events industry had seen and for some; the past year has
been a slow slog to get back on the road to recovery. But many production companies
have invested in new divisions, new staff and new kit in recent months - confident
current and future business opportunities will justify their outlay. This month
sees the event action continue – Bryan Adams will perform in Dubai, the ‘Yas Island
Show Weekends’ culminate with a Guns N’ Roses concert, UAE National Day celebrations
will take place, the 2010 Asian Beach Games in Muscat takes place and this year’s
FIFA Club World Cup will descend on Abu Dhabi, to name just a few projects taking
place.

This month also marks four years of Sound & Stage. In that
time we’ve covered everything from concerts to theatre shows to corporate launches,
seen the rise of local trade show PALME Middle East, been behind the push to regulate
event safety and have witnessed the live production industry grow from humble beginnings
to a sector recently estimated to be worth over US$8 billion.

As you may have noticed, over the past few months, we’ve aimed
to broaden the magazine to cover event management and complimentary sectors as well
as traditional staging, lighting and audio elements to fit the changing face of
the industry but we welcome any suggestions as to how we can keep you better entertained
and informed. Here’s cheers to another four years...

Brooke Sever, is the editor for Sound & Stage Middle East.

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