Technical production specialist CPL was poised to deliver an elaborate show environment to event organisers Pandora Events for a motivational event and sales conference occupying Hall 4 of the NEC Birmingham, UK, complete with in-the-round staging, live band, dancers and roller-skating artists and high-level presenters – for 2500 guests.
During the dress rehearsals Covid-19 intervened.
Organisers took the unanimous decision to stop guests journeying from all over the UK to be there, even before the government announced curfews.
With under 24 hours’ notice, the event was transformed into a 4-hour webcast.
The band still played, dancers and skaters performed, which were pre-recorded by CPL’s video / camera crew and inserted into the webcast – keeping.
Up to 70 crew worked during peak times, who were working on the event’s combined technical aspects.
The get-in had originally commenced on the Wednesday for the Saturday showday.
The design theme – initiated by producers Vanessa and Andrew Carter from Pandora Events – was ‘Disco in a Starlight Express vibe.
The stage was built in the centre of Hall four, an 18-meter diameter circle with an 8-metre revolve in the middle and runways coming off two sides.
A 12m diameter circular main truss in the roof above was clad with 3.6 metre deep Roe CB5 LED panels covering all 360 degrees seamlessly, and in the centre of this – without which no self-respecting ‘disco’ set would be complete – was a 2.8 metre diameter mirror ball on motors.
Around 200 lighting fixtures installed on the circular truss and a collection of outer trusses rigged in the roof around the stage including 130 moving.