Gearhouse spends $1.1 million on kit upgrade

Event company bolsters lighting, rigging ahead of UAE event season.
Matthew Tovgaard, general manager, Gearhouse Arabia.
Matthew Tovgaard, general manager, Gearhouse Arabia.

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Gearhouse Arabia has invested more than $1.1 million in new event production equipment, ahead of what is expected to be an extremely busy winter events season.

A raft of new lighting, trussing and rigging equipment was acquired by the company via booth local and international suppliers, such as James Thomas Engineering, AC Lighting and Dubai-based Vti Marketing.

In the aftermath of the spending spree, Gearhouse’s general manager, Matthew Tovgaard, said the company still planned further investment in video and wireless technology during the coming months.

“We are going to buy some more Vista Spyders,” he said. “We had a good year last year and bought a lot of Grass Valley systems as well, we have twelve of them now, so that’s our video basically up to date.”

“We are also getting more wireless DMX equipment and fibre-optics as well, which are very big at the moment.

“Fibre has made things very easy nowadays, especially for HD content, and we do a lot of HD projection. We can now run six 300 metre cables with HD/SDI compatibility straight up to the projector at simultaneously.”

During its recent upgrade, Gearhouse purchased 50 Vari-Lite 3000 spots, 50 Vari-Lite 3500 washes, 100 one-ton LodeStar motors (with the appropriate controllers) and 500 metres of 52cm GP2 trussing sections.

Gearhouse is currently working on a number of large private events, of which details cannot be revealed due to non-disclosure agreements.

The UAE’s large public event market is expected to be strong this winter, with a number of big-name artists rumoured to be performing.

Festivities surrounding the inaugural Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix are also expected to provide countless opportunities for event companies.

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