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Glastonbury Headliners Rock the Stage with LS-Live

LS-Live was the facility of choice for both production rehearsals and staging rental for four headline acts at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in Pilton, Somerset, in June. The three-day event is the largest greenfield festival in the world, which this year attracted 175,000 people to experience an eclectic line-up of live music, entertainment, stalls and art installations.

Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Hurts and Chase & Status all performed headline shows with production support from the stage and set, equipment rental and studio complex based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The rental company welcomed Glastonbury’s Friday night headliners Arctic Monkeys to the 17,664 sq ft rehearsal studio for six days full preproduction in June where the band and crew made use of the 14 en-suite bedrooms on site to work round the clock.

Production manager Ian Calder oversaw the production build, which incorporated two huge letters ‘A’ and ‘M’ clad in LED lighting on stage, to represent the band’s name, part of a show that front man Alex Turner later hailed as “one of the best gigs we’ve ever done”.

LS-Live was able to provide last minute risers for the performance from its hire warehouse of industry standard staging equipment right next to the studio.

Dizzee Rascal’s lighting crew made a quick pit stop at LS-Live en route to Glastonbury to build and test the lighting rig for his performance on the Pyramid Stage ahead of Arctic Monkeys.

Production manager Adam Murray booked the studio and production offices for a day, so that HSL and lighting designer Steven Bewley could prebuild the lighting rig. Again the on site hire warehouse meant the team could pick up a rolling riser package whilst on site to transport the lighting gear onto the stage for quick changeovers.

Proving once again that LS-Live is one of the first choice solutions for staging rental, both Hurts and Chase & Status travelled to the festival with multiple risers from the company, whether for band risers or rolling equipment on stage.

Chase & Status production manager Richard ‘Wes’ Wearing built the band’s stage set for the Other Stage entirely from LS-Live’s band risers.

Over on the John Peel Stage on Saturday night, synthpop duo Hurts performed on a series of 12’ x 8’ risers that production manager Rick Smith hired for the duration of the band’s summer festival tour, with an identical B rig for overlapping events.

Said LS-Live Director Ben Brooks: “LiteDeck is the industry standard, lightweight staging product that every production wants. We can create so many different configurations out of our rental stock, so we can always achieve the results required by the performance.

“When Dizzee Rascal’s production crew turned up on site, they wanted a rolling structure for the show, so we built something there and then for them to take away that day.”

30th July 2013

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