Gulf Bike Expo gears up for Deep Purple and Co

Preparations are underway for the forthcoming 2009 Gulf Bike Expo, which will feature live performances from bands including Deep Purple.
Duelling air guitars at the ready: Deep Purple will make their Dubai debut at Gulf Bike Expo.
Duelling air guitars at the ready: Deep Purple will make their Dubai debut at Gulf Bike Expo.

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Preparations are underway for the forthcoming 2009 Gulf Bike Expo, which will feature a set of live performances across two separate stages.

Pre-production at the expo’s Dubai Festival City venue began on Sunday, preluding the event’s opening on Thursday, March 19.
 
A number of local suppliers are collaborating on the event, which is expected to attract more than 5,000 punters.
 
“SLS Productions is providing the majority of the pro audio and lighting equipment as well as video screens and the roof for the main stage,” revealed Tom Casey, production manager of the Gulf Bike Expo.
 
“Delta Dubai is providing all the on-stage sound, Apex Scaffolding is providing the stages and Gulf Crewing is supplying labour,” he added.
 
“Everything is coming together quite well and we haven’t encountered any major production issues to date.”
Apex Scaffolding is erecting an 18x12 metre stage on behalf of SLS Productions, which will host Deep Purple’s one-off performance.
 
 
The company is also constructing a considerably smaller ‘piazza’ stage, which will host performances from local acts in the food and beverage area of the expo.
 
Dubai-based promoter Live Nation Middle East is responsible for coordinating the Deep Purple concert, while Middle East Communications and Forums is organising the Gulf Bike Expo in its entirety.
 
In addition to preparation for the event’s musical entertainment, crews are currently working to prepare more than thirty exhibition stands under a large marquee, a dedicated bike display area and a series of ramps and special equipment for motorcycle stunt shows.

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