Festival Place Shopping Centre, Basingstoke
With Christmas around the corner, here at Kudos AV we are already in the festive spirit and were delighted to be involved with the Christmas Lights Show at the Festival Place Shopping Centre in Basingstoke.
It was a pleasure to team up with the events agency Lounge and Linger for this project where we worked together from the very start and using each others expertise pulling off a production which did justice to the wonderful Festival Space Shopping Centre.
We started with an onsite meeting to discuss the requirements and brainstorm ideas. Surveys, risk assessments and method statements were all completed and it was left to our expert planning and design team to work their magic and bring the ideas to life!
At Kudos AV HQ our graphics team got to work on creating scaled drawings and provided real life visual CAD drawings which were used as a reference point to edit and analyse the initial ideas. Using these drawings, the design plans and layout were confirmed.
Our design and build team got to work with our audiovisual tech experts to plan the project from staging through to sound, lighting, screen visuals and also an exciting laser and fireworks display.
The purpose built stage was appropriately built for its outdoor use and the truss structure was designed to provide ample lighting to bring the stage to life. What often isn’t seen is the work required ‘literally’ behind the scenes; a backstage area was created and housed in a marquee.
Entertainment on the night was in the form of a live Jersey Boys tribute act performed by West End singers and a live choir performance. The locally admired radio hosts Ben Moseby and Lizzie Crow wonderfully compered the event. We provided a sound package that was complimentary to the varying requirements. This included an on stage package consisting of D&B speakers, microphones, mixers and amps, and stage monitors. For the crowd there was a full PA system providing a full sound accommodating even those standing at the very back of the crowd.
With such a large crowd expected it meant that we had to plan beforehand to ensure each and every person had a good viewing experience. We achieved this by installing 2 large outdoor video walls. One video wall was positioned strategically for those at the back to see the stage via a live feed. The 6.9mm pitch provided a good quality picture and our lighting arrangement accompanied the visuals on the screen well.
We are strong enthusiasts when it comes to lighting and always stress the importance of a great lighting package to our clients. For this event we put together a terrific package with great results. Our state of the art sharp Robe Pointes and powerful Robe MMX’s worked a treat and gave a terrific finished effect.
The finale for the show included a controlled laser show that was purpose designed to give live play functionality effects such as changing sizes and manipulating images in real time. This laser show took center stage and was alongside a synchronised music and firework display; a fitting end to a wonderful evening.
This event required impeccable timing as the installation and dismantling were both on the same day. We also had to accommodate for the rehearsal and sound checks that the performers required.
Luckily, here at Kudos AV we are comfortable and experienced in working in such time frames and our planning team along with Lounge and Linger produced a strict yet realistic build timetable and a schedule of events for all those involved to follow.
It was a pleasure to be involved in such an event and it is always great to see not only our clients happy but also such large crowds enjoy the events that we help produce.
With Christmas preparations well and truly under way, we hope you are all getting in the festive spirit just as we are at Kudos AV.