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11th Hour for 11th Watchet

11th Hour for 11th Watchet

UK - Cardiff-based events services provider, 11th Hour, continues to grow its business on all fronts. From stadium spectaculars to covered, city-centre ice rinks, festivals to large scale fireworks displays and corporate events, 11th Hour has the resources and expertise to meet every possible challenge. A recent recruitment drive coupled with more investment in equipment has significantly increased its already impressive capacity to supply multiple simultaneous events. A continuing trend is for satisfied customers to return to 11th Hour to consult with and then take advantage of a greater range of services in the future. This year’s Watchet Festival in Somerset, the 11th renewal of this very popular medium-sized, three-day summer music festival, is a case in point. Watchet is a family friendly event spread over three stages, presenting 60 live bands over the August Bank Holiday weekend. From Bellowhead to The Boomtown Rats and The Feeling to UB40 via The Wurzels, The Levellers and Aswad, Watchet has overseen a hugely eclectic range of music across the years.

Organiser Mark Bale first encountered 11th Hour on the company’s stand at The Showman’s Show in Newbury and found the team to be confident, engaging and firmly focused on customer requirements. The result of that conversation was that in 2016, 11th Hour supplied the festival with its main stage and front of house pit barrier. Bale was impressed by the way in which the 11th Hour team went about its work: “The site itself is a little tricky; for example, it can be windy and as an organiser you need to feel confident that every eventuality is covered. 11th Hour kept strictly to all the safety and time-tabling requirements and even assisted with an on site weather station mounted on the stage, so everyone involved in the production was up to speed on likely conditions. A member of 11th Hour’s team remained on site 24 hours a day for the duration of the event, working closely with the audio, lighting and stage crews to ensure everything ran smoothly.”

This first experience left Bale in no doubt that 11th Hour’s contribution to the event had been well planned and delivered with quiet, calm efficiency. After a year’s break in 2017, the festival returns this year and its organising team had no hesitation in extending 11th Hour’s remit to include all power generation and distribution, as well as staging and barriers. Mark Bale again:

“It’s an absolute pleasure to deal with 11th Hour. They are polite, professional from start to finish and inspire trust and absolute confidence with everything they do. We’ve built a great relationship with their team and look forward to welcoming them back on site, where they will be performing a significantly expanded role. The pressures of running any event such as this are ever-present and unpredictable but working with trusted suppliers like 11th Hour certainly removes more than one headache from the equation!”

Jason Venables, business development manager at 11th Hour was delighted with the company’s expanded input at Watchet: “Watchet really lives up to its eclectic, family-friendly billing in every way. It has a relaxed feel that is in no small part due to the care the organisers take in fostering a genuine spirit of co-operation between all the agencies on site. We pride ourselves on going over and above to make sure our clients get the best service and value, so it’s always gratifying when they return to us to take advantage of a wider range of provision. We added to our fleet of generators last year, in the shape of the most energy efficient models available and it’s already clear that the investment was more than worthwhile. Our work in the power and distribution field continues to grow. Watchet is one of a number of festivals that we’ll be supplying this year, we’re looking forward to another busy season!”


13th March 2018

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