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Goodbye to old friends… It’s with great sadness that we have to begin this issue with the heartbreaking news that legendary Production and Lighting Designer, Bryan Leitch, passed away on Tuesday 23 April. Having worked with the likes of Britney Spears, Coldplay and Kylie Minogue, Bryan had become a familiar face within TPi over the years. Back in 2017, we were happy to lend its support to Bryan’s Cancer Bonus Trust Tour, which saw the LD and his wife, Tracey, travel all over the UK to raise money for Bloodwise and Sussex Cancer Fund, as well as to promote a positive message about public health care in the UK. He was, without doubt, one of the kindest souls within our industry and will be deeply missed by everyone here at TPi. Our thoughts go out to Tracey and all of Bryan’s family. In this issue, we have got a nice mixture of genres filling our production profiles. Gracing the front cover is 20-year-old Shawn Mendes, who embarked on his most ambitious world tour to date. Jacob caught up with the crew in Arena Birmingham to find out how the young artist was embracing a rockier influence in his latest live offering. Meanwhile, I visit the crews from Panic! At The Disco Pray for the Wicked and Drake’s Assassination Vacation tours. Both productions certainly were of the highest calibre. Drake’s in-the-round spectacular featured everything from flying cars, drones and 360° video screens. Whereas Panic! At The Disco, completed their transformations in to the arena headliner with an outstanding two-hour set that amongst other gags saw lead singer Brendon Urie and his piano be lifted above the audience and ‘float’ back to the main stage. Elsewhere in the magazine, we have highlights from Prolight + Sound 2019 along with an in-depth look at the world of media servers. Finally, and before I leave you to peruse our May edition, we are excited to launch Production Futures 2019 which will be held for the first time at Fly By Nite Studios, Redditch. This year’s event will take place on 13 November and once again will invite the live industries next generation for a day of networking and education. Stay tuned for more updates as the date draws nearer. Until next time, Stew Hume Editor

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COVER Shawn Mendes by Andrew Benge

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