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UK – Entrepreneurial AV production company iMAG Displays, based in Poole, Dorset, has produced the annual Big Gig in the Park on the Channel island of Jersey for another consecutive year. Newcomer and self-confessed ‘market challenger’, iMAG’s event production and project management services put recent acts including Sir Tom Jones and Spandau Ballet in the spotlight despite the always challenging venue.
In its sixth year, the Big Gig in the park requires 3 x 16sqm outdoor hung and stacked LED screens, staging, lighting, sound and generators, all on the small island of Jersey which is served by a single freight carrier at the mercy of the English Channel. iMAG Displays, which delivers the entire production for the annual outdoor concert is familiar with how the 9 x 5 mile island is unaccustomed to festivals and so ensures 100% accuracy in preparation every year.
As the Big Gig venue is a public park and needs to remain open during the build, with any damage to the grounds being heavily penalised, the integrated event production services and project management company are certainly faced with some challenges. iMAG fortunately has its own health and safety consultant who cares for the public visitors during the build and the company is experienced in environmental impacts and so organises lawn protection trackway and staggered entrance for all heavy weight vehicles, helping the event organisers sleep easier at night.
Alex Strachan, technical director and co-founder of iMAG said: “When fully project managing an event we are only relying on ourselves to deliver. During half a decade of producing the Big Gig we have had our fair share of challenges, but smash them out of the park every time. We deliberately use local Jersey companies as well as UK suppliers so we have local resources and staff to draw on for contingencies, but on an island of 99,000 both are limited. Our motto of ‘check twice, pack once’ really comes into play for our successful cross-channel jobs like Jersey.”
19th January 2016
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