Just before Christmas arrives we'd like to wish all our customers - past, present and future - a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. We've just a few more jobs to do before we can pour ourseleves a sherry and settle down for the Queen's speech; a quick spell with One Direction at the X-Factor finals, and one more weekend at Wembley for our biggest carol concert of the year... and we're done!
It just wouldn't be November without our back-to-back turnaround into the annual charity event DECADeANCE held at Cowes Yacht Haven. Turning the venue around overnight into a fully fledged, 007-themed dance arena, adding in a range of pyro to complement the event's decade-themed hours of music.
At midnight Guns n' Roses' version of Live & Let Die triggered the start of 3 minutes of pyro-fuelled excistement, synchronised with FireOne to fire some 50 pyro cues throughout the song in a display built around the central stage, synchronised with video elements.
Once again we supplied a complete production package to the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Business Awards.
The event, held at Cowes Yacht Haven, saw us install a ground support, d&B V-Series line array, a range of LED and conventional lighting fixtures (including spot, beam and wash moving heads), a stage extension to the venue's house stage, and a 8'x 6' projection screen.
We love it when a new festival comes along - it's great working with a new vision of an event; and Classic Isle has been no different.
The event ran over three nights at Northwood House in Cowes, featuring live music across a range of classical music genres. At it's peak the event saw a 40 piece wind-band take residence on the stage to perform a broad spectrrum of music. The event also saw solo performances from internationally renowned artists, sharing the stage with local talent.
We supplied a full stage, lighting, sound and power package to the event. Our SR1008 stage housed the performers, with a custom-built walkway linking the backstage entrances to the dressing and rehearsal rooms within the main body of the house.
August is nearly done! So in one month we've had:
... and all this in addition to all the dry hires in and out over a very busy period. And it's not over yet!! Classic Isle Spectacular is round the corner, so we start again on 2nd of September!
For what has now become an established, annual festival, this year's Jack Up the 80s has built once again on previous years with headliners ABC and Go West. This year we supplied a full production package to the event, including L'Acoustics Kara line array systems, control systems including desks from Avid and Yamaha and wirelesss systems from Sennheiser and Shure.
The event saw touring production packages roll in and out over the weekend. The main stage used our SR1008 stage, with a production prep area built onto the back to house rolling risers. We also supplied a basic lighting package for the event which operated predominantly during daylight hours.
We're providing our SR0605 stage once again for the Needles Park's annual Magic in the Skies extravaganza. Run over 5 consecutive Thursdays from July until the end of August, the event plays host to a number of musicians, entertainers, magicians, firebreathers and, of course, the closing fireworks display.
The Island's first Shipwreck Isle festival was held on Appley Sands in June. We supplied our SR0605 stage which was built down on the sand for the bands and entertainers over the weekend. We also supplied a PA system to the daytime-only festival.
June saw our annual holiday at Seaclose Park for the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival. This year saw the Hard Rock stage move across the site, allowing for the PA & scrim wings on our SR1008 to be increased in size. We also supplied a number of other smaller stages (including our 6m x 5m SR0605 stage) and structures spread across the site.
Solo, the promoters behind the Isle of Wight Festival, held their inaugural Dragon Boat Race at Island Harbour on the River Medina in April. The event was attended by a number of local businesses, celebrities and those who work on the festival in a number of capacities throughout the year.
We supplied an over-road banner gantry over the main entrance and exit road to to the site. In addition we also supplied a smaller banner frame located out on the remote VIP bar area, as well as a small amount of dentistry work on the dragon's skull which featured in the VIP area, fresh from it's appearance on the hit drama series Game of Thrones.
Anyone who knows the guys in the office here knows we love a good gadget. Imagine the excitement when we spent a week up at the super theatre at Gadget Show Live, held at the NEC in Birmingham. We were there for Midlands-based production company Centrepiece, who looked after a number of the sound and communications requirements for the show which featured the four presenters from the TV show on Channel 5, undetaking a number of back to back shows every day throughout the shows
In March we supplied a quantity of our Eurotruss HD34 truss to the filming of the UK's first series of Ninja Warrior, due to be aired later this year. We were contracted by European-based production company Echoline, who work on a number of versions of the show across several countries.
Keep a look out for the show later this year - we'll be playing spot the truss on the show!
Following on from 2014's Mobile World Congress, we headed out to Barcelona for the best part of a month for Kent-based lighting contractor Big Fish SRL to look after some of the rigging and lighting requirements across a number of stands at the 2015 show. MWC attracts thousands of technology buyers, consultants and experts from around the world, and generally a number of new devices (including mobile phones and tablets) are launched during the show.
Clients again included Mozilla, returning with a 3d sculptured version of their giant fox; Intel, whose stand featured a number of seperate zones, all under one large flown ceiling; and Airwatch, amongst a number of other stands scattered around the Gran Fira site.