Event Production Show 2011
March 2011 - Issue 139
TPi picks up the latest news and views from The Event Production Show.
The Event Production Show returned to The Grand Hall at London’s Olympia from February 2-3 for its 20th year, welcoming a diverse range of over 200 exhibitors involved in staging festivals, live events, exhibitions and shows, from staging and AV companies, to entertainers and caterers.
This year’s show featured an expanded Bamboo Bar for networking, created by Ascot Structures, and the fifth year of the informative Access Sessions, with guest speakers Harvey Goldsmith, PR guru Bernard Doherty, Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts team and Wayne Hemingway.
Visitors from the music sector included representatives from Bestival, with promoters Rob and Josie Da Bank, and key personnel from WOMAD and V Festival.
De Boer, QDOS Event Hire and 360° Creative Services all exhibited for the first time. Hawthorn, one of the UK’s largest independent hire companies of technical services, displayed its new tensioned fabric walling system, the Fab-X Frame System, which is a lightweight, modular wall made from stretchable material that can form double sided displays. Hawthorn’s May Lee also said that the company’s media serge blackwall curtain had recently been popular with productions, such as Eurovision, Your Country Needs You and will be used on the upcoming Push The Button. The company is also one of the first investors in Clay Paky’s new Sharpy fixture.
Event LED Signs is just over a year old and was exhibiting its text LED signs for the first time at the show. The company has supplied its wirelessly networked, modular scrolling signs to Bestival, Camp Bestival and Oxegen, to provide live information to guests.
The challenges posed by on-site crew accreditation could become a thing of the past, following the launch of the Crew Management system by Etherlive, the event technology specialist.
Crew Management is a touchscreen terminal based system which is used in conjunction with scanner equipment and contactless swipe cards, to enable event staff to checkout keys, radios, plant equipment and approve catering requests.
National crewing company Pinnacle Crew, with offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds, is a recognised Safety Passport training company. All Pinnacle crew receive Safety Passport training as well as the company’s in-house manual handling and industry awareness training.
Recent projects completed by Pinnacle include the 2010 cricket season assisting Mediatec Group on behalf of the England and Wales Cricket Board, working with Blonstein and Associates on the London Fashion Week exhibition and Newgen exhibition, and several recent projects with Fisher Productions at the iconic Battersea Power Station.
Event Serve UK, which launched in April 2010 as the UK arm of the Irish company, occupied a small bar with Guinness on draught. “The idea was to build relationships with people at the show and demonstrate the personable and service side of our business,” said Emily Huddart.
“A lot of people have been talking about the rising cost of transport and the expense of trying to be eco-friendly. At Event Serve we can reduce costs of transport by 40%.”
The company provides hire and sales solutions for a wide range of fencing, barriers, staging, rigging, draping, seating and ground covering products for indoor and outdoor events.
Production company Ethix Management, which specialises in the design, development and realisation of events, reported new business deals made at the show with existing clients. The company will now be producing all the outdoor events at Legoland, running the production once again for the Tower Hamlets Mela, and managing the Feast On The Bridge festival for the second year after a meeting with the festival director at the show.
TPi Awards supplier S&H Technical Support, which hires starcloths, drapes, lighting effects, flooring and video screens, reported it had been doing a lot of business with its small, lo-res LED screens, which are multipurpose, modular units for walls and floors that are easy to fit together.
Rigging Services offers hire, sales, inspections, testing, training, consulting and installation services in the rigging industry, as well as carrying out special projects.
Available for dry hire is a wide range of certified rigging, trussing, lifting and winching products from brands like CM Lodestar & Prostar Hoists, Prolyte Truss, Staging & Roof Systems, Total Solutions, Crosby, Doughty, Pretzl and its own brand RSNoir, which covers loose items such as roundslings, soft steels, lashings, steels and safety equipment.
Frank Water FreeFill was looking to recruit festival partners for its water bottle refill scheme, which is set to revolutionise drinking habits at live events. The concept is an extension of the established UK charity Frank Water and installs water filtration stations at live events through a partnership with event plumber Watermills, to provide clean, purified, chilled water to festival goers in a service that allows people to refill for free, once they’ve bought a bottle for £5 on the internet or on site.
The idea is to reduce landfill waste and save the festival organiser’s money spent on litter-picking. The business is non-for-profit, with all proceeds going towards clean water projects in overseas countries like India. The scheme was trialled successfully at WOMAD and Greenbelt festivals in 2010.
LS-Live launched the hire of the UK’s largest outdoor stage roof, 39m wide, 22m deep and 16.5m high, with a roof load capacity of 40 tonnes. An innovation in stage roof technology, with a modular space frame roof grid, the stage has been engineered specifically for ease of construction and transportation and reduces the costs of on-site labour and plant hire associated with more conventional stages.
Wakefield-based LS-Live Studio has continued to invest in its facilities and has now opened its three formally unused floors. Fourteen en suite bedrooms, a green room, fully equipped gym, dance studio with mirrored wall, three spacious multi functional rooms have been developed to augment the existing facilities which include canteen area, two production offices, six en suite dressing rooms and a laundry room.
Power distribution specialist SES Entertainment Services, which counts Whitelight, PRG and XL Video amongst its clients, provides temporary and permanent power solutions to a wide range of events. All the components of its products are carefully selected on the basis of quality and longevity, and all wiring is carried out by qualified personnel, meeting current regulations.
SES manufactures a range of custom built 19” rack units for the touring industry, but also supplies products for the film and TV, theatre, corporate and industrial markets.
It was audio and lighting distributer MilTec’s first time exhibiting at the show and the company’s David Faulkes said he had had a lot of interest in its new LED products and battery powered, wireless uplighters.
Star Events Group’s new QP Seating system is designed to be fully compatible and interchangeable with a range of stage and event structures. The company can build any combination of grandstand, stage, wheelchair platform, media facility, branding support, or facilities for sound, lighting and video systems.
One Big Star, which provides complete solutions for live events, from the sale and hire of lighting, sound, video, power, staging and rigging equipment, to installation, exhibition, event production and special projects, was exhibiting its new Daktronics LED video screen, which is now available to rent. The 10mm SMD modular panel system is clear, bright and good to view at 7-8m, so suitable for a multitude of event situations.
Le Mark Group’s new entertainment division, Le Mark Performance Floors, featured on the stand of Independent Studio Services. It was promoting its status as the exclusive distributor for the all new Manero modular ‘spring floor’ system.