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Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring & Events Judging Panel Confirms 2018 Shortlist
UK – The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) which celebrates video and lighting designers for their creative work in the UK, has revealed the highly anticipated Concert Touring & Events shortlist for the 2018 Awards, as decided by the expert panel of judges.
This year’s judging panel is led by chair Jess Allan, and consists of LSi editor Claire Beeson, TPi editor Kelly Murray, director of 18 Degrees architectural lighting Christopher Knowlton, head of lighting design at creative agency Imagination, Jonny Milmer, and account manager at Coloursound Experiment Jo Bierne.
KOI Awards 2018 – Concert Touring & Events Shortlist
 The Knight of Illumination Award for Arena, sponsored by GLP German Light Products:
  • Cate CarterMike Smith for Elbow
  • Tim Routledge for Sam Smith
  • Rob Sinclair for Queen + Adam Lambert 

The Knight of Illumination Award for Stage, sponsored by Avolites

  • Bruno Poet and Matt Daw for Sigur Rós
  • Rob Sinclair for David Byrne
  • Samuel Tozer for Wilkinson 
The Knight of Illumination Award for Club, sponsored by MA Lighting
  • Tom Campbell for Nick Mulvey
  • Luke Edwards for Gary Numan
  • John ‘JP’ Partridge for Tom Misch
The Knight of Illumination Award for Video Content, sponsored by disguise
  • Paul ‘Pablo’ Beckett for Elbow
  • Tom Colbourne, William Baker and Rupa Rathod with Blink for The Killers
  • Ben Farrey of Mixed Emotions, Jamie Thompson of MIRRAD and Tom Wall and Satoko Wall of BlinkinLab for The Script
The Knight of Illumination Award for Events, sponsored by HSL
  • Matthew Button for Asics ‘Blackout’
  • Simon Horn for Cream25
  • Gerry Mott for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017
“The Awards have gone from strength to strength over the years, and the quality of the entries is always high,” says Christopher Knowlton. “I love to see and experience the way lighting designers from different disciplines work with the medium of light.”
Jess Allan says, “From Metalcore to Orchestral EDM in Concerts, and the Military Tattoo to London Fashion Week in Events, the nominations showed a fantastic diversity, with designers adapting their craft for a broad range of clients, producing high calibre work in every case. The quality of their work made it another tough year in the judge’s deliberations.
“Thank you to our CT&E judging team who spent many an evening seeing shows in the flesh and then tirelessly reviewing all nomination assets and thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a design, particularly the designers who self-nominated, who made up the vast majority of the nominations this year.”
The winning designers will be announced at the 2018 ceremony and gala dinner, held at the Eventim Apollo on 16 September.
About the Knight of Illumination Awards
Since its inception in 2007, The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has continued to grow in stature and is now the most credible UK industry awards to celebrate international lighting and video content design for entertainment. KOI recognises work broadcast or performed in the UK across the fields of Concert Touring & Events, Theatre and Television. Judging is carried out by three panels of industry experts in conjunction with prestigious industry organisations the ALD and the STLD.
The KOI awards were conceived by renowned lighting designer Durham Marenghi, Jennie Marenghi and Italian lighting manufacturer Claypaky who, to this day, is Headline Sponsor of the event alongside Osram. The Awards and ceremony are managed by specialist content creation and events company The Fifth Estate Ltd on behalf of the KOI Executive Committee: (alphabetically) Durham Marenghi; Jennie Marenghi; Pio Nahum; Sarah Rushton-Read and the KOI committee: Jess Allan; David Benedict; Coral Cooper; Bernie Davis; Rick Fisher; Stuart Gain and Peter Mumford.