Tags: Stadium and Arena Events
Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:36
There were certainly no slip-ups for any of the artists and performers at Leeds & Reading Festival this year. EFS Europe returned to the Festivals to once again keep the artist and backstage areas mud free – a good job considering the rain!
Headlining the iconic festivals this year were Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, The Kooks, Kendrick Lamar and N.E.R.D.
EFS installed over 1,000m2 of its British Racing Green Temp-A-Path to create safe pedestrian access for artists and production staff. The product was deployed around the village of portakabins that are used as dressing rooms, and also to create clear access from those areas to the main stage.
In addition, the Reading site also used a further 100m2 of Temp-A-Path in and around the female toilet areas. EFS Europe also supplied and installed the carpets within all of the artist dressing rooms, of which there were 22 at each site in 2018.
Both festivals have increased the use of EFS Europe's Temp-A-Path in the last four years, with the product's easy installation by hand giving it the ability to be retrospectively installed once all of the portakabins have been located in position.
EFS Europe Business Development Manager Jeremy Simpson said:
"We're delighted to have increased our work with Festival Republic over the last four years and we're really proud of how well the products have performed at both sites. Both the Reading and Leeds Festivals are significant parts of the British summer festival season and to play a part in them is a great marker for our company."
Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:26
The popular Celtic rock group Mànran tweeted to their seven-thousand-plus followers: "Our first ever stadium show. It might not be Wembley but Broadwood Stadium is a mighty fine start."
It turns out that this was not only Mànran's first stadium show, it was the stadium's first show, as well. For one night only, the Cumbernauld venue, home to Clyde FC for the last 28 years, was turned into an outdoor music gig. Broadwood: Live by the Loch, it was called. There were three acts: Dougie MacLean was the opener, followed by Mànran and then, shortly after nine o'clock, after an hour or so of steady rain, the headliners, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers did their set and the 2,000 fans went home very happy. Those who had patiently stood in front of the stage, rather than sitting in the covered stands, had got the worst of the rain, but didn't seem to mind too much, especially given they were standing and dancing on EFS's temp-a-path rather than puddles! And within moments the organisers, North Lanarkshire Leisure, were tweeting that the event would return next year, "even bigger and better."
Event Flooring Solutions (EFS) were delighted to supply the temporary flooring for the event. NL Leisure purchased 7500sqm of EFS's translucent temp-a-path in July 2017 and are working in partnership with EFS to offer the flooring to event organisers, local authorities or anyone else that needs it installed by EFS's local crew.
"We did our research, tested some products and Temp-A-Path was the best things for us" said Jim Moffatt, NL Leisure's Business Partnership Manager. "We looked at hiring it, but decided to purchase it and we now have the ability to hire it out to other event organisers in Scotland. The decision to purchase Temp-A-Path has opened up a new market for NL leisure. The purchase of the flooring now allows us to offer both Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility's indoor 3G football pitch and its 8000 seated football stadium, Broadwood, as new event destinations, transforming traditional sports venues into flexible spaces as we have demonstrated with Live by the Loch!" he concluded.
The flooring is available for re-hire for many events that are held not only in the central area, but also throughout Scotland. NL Leisure and EFS are working in partnership to offer the flooring to event organisers, local authorities or anyone else who needs it installed by EFS's dedicated team!
Could this be the start of something for Cumbernauld? The aim is that Broadwood will now go on to host further high-profile concerts. As an academic, Dr Stephen Bowman, wrote approvingly on Twitter: "It's easy to do down #Cumbernauld but full credit to everyone associated with #LivebytheLoch ... Exactly the sort of the kind of thing the town needs and deserves."
The stadium was effectively divided in two for the show, one half remaining cordoned off while the other half was given over to the staging, lighting, PA system, 4000sqm of translucent temp-a-path flooring, the standing fans and the food stalls.
"This all goes back to a Facebook message I got at the back end of January from Gerry McMahon at NL Leisure," said Gary Innes, accordionist with Mànran, in a dressing-room strewn with clothes and musical instruments. "He said, look, we've got the Gaelic school out here, and we want to put on a music event but we don't know who to speak to or what to do, could you come out here for a meeting?"
So Innes met them, and they told him that what they wanted to do was to stage a music festival. He drew on his contacts in the industry, assembled a bill, went back to NL Leisure and got it approved. "They've got a great team and they have worked their socks off to get the stadium," he said. "But when you think about it, the show was signed off only in March, and the turnaround since then has been quite remarkable. A lot of hard work has gone into this."
Graeme Morrison, operations and business development manager at NL Leisure, and one of the event organisers, said the concert had been delivered over a relatively short timescale, compared to the time it would normally take to organise and promoting an event of this size. "While the day itself was very long, it was incredibly rewarding and exhilarating to see so many people enjoying the show. We're already talking about next year. We feel we're in a privileged position to be able to put something like this on for the community and having EFS's flooring in stock makes the job so much easier! Because everybody praised it so much, despite the bad weather, we owe the audience and the community to put this on again next year. We're open to working in partnership with big promoters, but what we've absolutely demonstrated we're capable of putting on our own events."
"This is a legacy event for us," he added. "I want people to be talking about Broadwood: Live by the Loch in twenty years' time."
"Don't Fret the Wet" with Event Flooring Solutions
PLANTWORX - A huge event for worldwide construction equipment manufacturers attracting over 14,000 visitors
Posted: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:36
Plantworx is the UK's dedicated working construction event with a showcase of Plant, Tools, Equipment & Services. The biennial Plantworx event is a massive product exhibition for worldwide construction equipment manufacturers introducing some of the latest plant and technology to the UK construction industry.
The event attracted over 340 exhibitors and more than 14,000 visitors over a 3 day period in June. New for Plantworx 2017 was 'The Hub'; an event arena located in the heart of the show. EFS were contracted by the event organisers to supply Temp-A-Path to the outside area of the Hub.
Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 09:36
EFS Europe kicked of its summer season at Holland Park in May for the annual Holland Park Opera.
Posted: Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:08
With the current phase of re-development at Lords Cricket Ground well underway, EFS Europe was called upon to assist with the temporary grandstand erected for the recent test match between England and Sri Lanka. The project was commissioned to increase the seating capacity of the ground whilst the new Warner Stand is rebuilt.
Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:32
Hex-Road has once again been deployed at the Cardinal Vaughn School playing fields next to Twickenham stadium in order to create vehicular access to the playing fields. The area is used as a temporary car park for major Rugby matches at the venue.
Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:25
Fast becoming one of the UK's foremost premium outdoor event organisers, Cuffe & Taylor once again called on the services of EFS Europe for Neil Diamond's live concert at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road stadium earlier this summer.
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:05
Following the successful installation of its EFS Club Carpet product in several other LTA approved centres, EFS Europe has been selected to supply and install 3,600m2 of the product at the White Horse Tennis Centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:22
The first weekend of February saw the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan host the PDC ProTour Darts, which featured a brand new carpet supplied and installed by EFS Europe.
Posted: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:12
EFS Europe has confirmed that its Temp-A-Path™
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:56
Temporary flooring specialist EFS Europe has once again supported the autumn international fixtures at Twickenham with a combination of its innovative products. The fixtures are a key part of the international Rugby calendar, which this year saw England host New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:51
For the first time in its history the 2014 Wireless Festival - headlined by Kanye West, Bruno Mars and Rudimental - was simultaneously split between two sites in London and Birmingham. Relocating from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London part of Wireless 2014 was held in the famous Finsbury Park, with Birmingham’s Perry Park selected as its counterpart.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:38
EFS is delighted to have completed its first involvement with the Download Festival. The event, organised by Live Nation, is the largest rock festival in the UK with crowds of over 100,000 flocking to the Donington Racetrack site. This year’s acts included Linkin Park, Rob Zombie and veteran rockers Status Quo.