...live performance is the act of presenting song, dance and narrative to an audience as entertainment.
tomorrowland: the elixir of life
Taking place in Boom, Belgium every year since 2005, Tomorrowland is one of the biggest and most notable electronic music festivals in the world. Under the banner of 'The Elixir of Life', the 2016 chapter hosted the world's most iconic DJ's to an audience of 180,000 people over three days in July.
Working for Production Park alongside technical director Tony Bowern of Brilliant Stages, and artistic director Jacqui Pyle of Perry Scenic, I was the project manager responsible for coordinating the manufacture and installation of the scenic fabrication of the main stage.
Measuring over 100m wide and 35m high at its peak, infinitely twisted and intricate in its conceptual design, the project had in excess of a 200 strong skilled workforce ranging from mechanical design engineers, structural engineers, sculptors, painters, carpenters, steel welders and riggers working round the clock over a 3 month period to successfully deliver the project for Tomorrowland.
queen + adam lambert: summer festival tour
Queen + Adam Lambert (QAL) is a collaboration between the active members of the original Queen band and American singer Adam Lambert. Performing together since 2011, their 2016 tour commenced in May in Lisbon, ending in Bangkok in September.
Working as the project manager for Brilliant Stages, on behalf of Stufish Entertainment Architects, I coordinated the detailed design, engineering and manufacture of the touring stage design.
Forming the backdrop of the design is the large Oculus backdrop which uses ingenious manipulation of perspective to bring the central golden Q to appear in relief; this transitions into rolling floor scenery and a central drum riser to form the distinctive tail of the Q.
As well as the requirement to design a modular rapid deployment structure for use on festival stages and suitable for airfreight, the design has in excess of 200 integrated theatrical luminaire including moving lighting, lasers, strobes and LED Neon Flex.
royal festival hall: cinema design
In 2010 the redevelopment of Leicester Square was underway making it was untenable to produce a large scale premiere there.
HEART Productions used Royal Festival Hall for the first time as a unique setting for the European Premiere of Red in 2010, on behalf of Entertainment One.
The event was hugely successful and the design was subsequently reinstated for the World Premiere of The Woman in Black in 2012, on behalf of Momentum Pictures.
As the technical director responsible for the auditorium fit out, I conceived, designed and executed the conversion of the Royal Festival Hall into a luxurious and compliant 2D cinema auditorium, appointing and managing industry leading cinema screen, projection and audio consultants to delivery this mission critical aspect of the overall event production.