Spring and Summer highlights
With the crew returning from St Moritz and The Brit Awards completed there was no time to rest. The jobs just kept on coming. A big project at the Roundhouse followed at the same time as the set up for the annual ILMC. Highlights in the spring included Disney on Ice, Liam Gallagher, Dreamland, WWE and regular TV shows Portrait and Landscape Artist of the Year and The Graham Norton show.
Things started hotting up for what would be the busiest summer season since 2012. The site crew at The London Stadium increased for what would be a very busy few months and crew were dispatched to Middlesbrough for The BBC Big Weekend. The regular crew travelled to Saudi Arabia for WWE at the same time as the stadium season kicked off.
Steel and site crews travelled all round the country to work at various stadiums. Showstars supplied the crew to build all the stages for Take That’s UK tour of 8 venues whilst simultaneously building and striking 9 back-to-back shows at Wembley Stadium. If that wasn’t enough they also built stages at London Stadium for Muse, Hove for Elton John, Bon-Jovi in Coventry and Metallica at Twickenham. The logistics involved with so many crew touring around the country was a monumental feat and massive credit has to go to all those involved.
Back home work started on Wireless Festival and the inaugural Baseball event at London Stadium. Other notable projects were Somerset House, Goodwood, SW4 and Reading Festival, to name a few.
Thanks to all the crew and backup staff for an incredible effort.
As summer rolls in to autumn the projects keep coming with numerous corporate events in the UK and the Middle East.
Showstars crew testing the Graham Norton couch
Autumn and Winter highlights
The Autumn season kicked off with another trip to Saudi Arabia for WWE. This was the second event of the year in Saudi for the crew and it looks like there will be more to come.
Back in London, work started in Hyde Park for Winter Wonderland and thankfully the weather was kind to the crew. Other regular seasonal jobs included The Jools Holland shows at The Royal Albert Hall, The London International Horse Show and Andrea Bocelli at The O2 Arena.
The site crew at The London Stadium were kept busy as were the Graham Norton Show crew. Other venues frequented included The Excel Centre, Old Billingsgate Market, Millbank Tower, Q.E.2 Centre, V&A Museum, Connaught Rooms, Union Chapel and Alexandra Palace.
In December preparations started for The London New Year’s Eve Celebrations. This is an event we are proud to have been involved with for the 20 years that it has been running. The crew are spread all over London, covering iconic venues like Big Ben, Jubilee Gardens, Millbank and The London Eye. The event looked amazing and was a massive success.
At the end of the year the crew were also involved with Disney on Ice at The O2 Arena. Not long after this had finished we were back at The O2 for The National Television Awards, The Young Voices concerts and The Brit Awards. All these shows went without a hitch and the crew did a fantastic job.
In particular the Brits was challenging, as new elements were added that meant many last minute call changes. Over 200 crew were used on this one job and everything went according to plan. This was particularly impressive as 65 crew were dispatched that week to Switzerland on a short notice top secret mission.