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The summer of Barco

KORTRIJK, Belgium, August 5, 2004. Barco is proud to announce that many of the world’s top performing artists will host tours throughout North America and Europe, supported by Barco equipment this summer.

It promises to be an exciting, fun-filled summer across the globe this year. With a multitude of concerts and festivals planned throughout Europe and North America, holidaymakers won’t be short of entertainment options during their much deserved summer break.

But what is for most people a time to relax and unwind is for Barco’s worldwide rental partners one of the busiest times of the year. As LED displays are the ideal way to give concert-goers a larger-than-life image of the artist performing on stage, most rental partners have empty warehouses and busy shipping schedules trying to get their displays from one concert to the next on time.

Says Bob Brigham of Nocturne Vidicon: "No doubt this is one of our busiest summers to date. Our entire LED fleet is on the road as part of concert and tours by Paul McCartney, Cher, Madonna, Van Halen, Simon & Garfunkel, The Eagles, KISS, Bare Naked Ladies, Alanis Morrisette and many others. Luckily all Barco's LED screens are cross-rentable with tiles from other batches and run-time ages, which allows us to rent in LED tiles from other Barco Rental Partners to help satisfy the demand."

IMAG, another of Barco’s foremost North American rental partners is taking to the road with Barco Dlite 7 and R18 projectors, which can be seen on shows by Three Doors Down/Nickleback, Toby Keith and Reba.

Pete’s Big TV is especially busy this summer with two high profile tours going on simultaneously. Pete’s has two SLM 10 projectors on the Sting Sacred Love Tour that began in January in Miami and the Metallica Madly In Anger With The World tour has eight SLM 10 projectors on the road. Next stop: Saint Paul, Minneapolis August 16th.

The concert circuit in Europe is also proving jam-packed this summer. Jump-started by the ever popular “Rock in Rio” concert in Portugal in June, which used 30 square meters of Barco Slite 10, fans can also enjoy concerts by Dido, The Corrs, Muse and Red Hot Chili Peppers, which will all feature Barco LED displays delivered by Barco Rental Partner XL Video.

Italy based Barco Rental Partner STS Communication is supporting the Eros Ramazotti 9 World Tour with Barco Dlite 7 LED, while the MTV-Coca Cola Italian tour features Barco Dlite 7 LED displays.

One of the most spectacular stage set-ups of this summer belongs to The Corrs, which features a creative configuration of Barco’s newest star product: MiPIX. Launched in September ’03 MiPIX has won several international awards and appeared on stage with stars the likes of Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears. The use of MiPIX on The Corrs’ latest tour confirms the enthusiasm of lighting designers about the creative and flexibility of the product.

“We are very pleased to see that the Barco LED displays will again be centre stage with so many of the world’s foremost artists this summer. Barco’s MiPIX LED system also continues its rise in popularity as a creative, flexible backdrop solution, which can be adapted to suit almost any need in terms of backdrop size, shape and resolution,” says Stephan Paridaen, President Barco Media & Entertainment, adding: “Barco has been developing tailor-made solutions for the event engineering industry for many years and we will continue to focus our R&D efforts to design and develop products and solutions which drive the technological evolution of this industry.”

About Barco
Barco, an international company headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium, provides visualization and display solutions for professional markets. Barco designs and develops solutions for large screen visualization, display solutions for life-critical applications, and systems for visual inspection. Barco has a network of subsidiaries, distributors and agents in almost 100 countries. Barco is quoted on Euronext Brussels and is a BEL 20 and a Next 150 company.

 

For more information, please contact

JP Tanghe
Senior Advisor to the CEO
Barco nv

Phone:+32 56/26 23 22
Fax:+32 56/26 22 62
jp.tanghe@barco.com

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