Posted on April 4th, 2012 No comments
Launching the new PS Vita handheld console Amplify and myself produced three pop-up shops across the UK, to give trade and public a unique chance to try out the console before it was released. Week long pop-up shops appeared in Manchester, Glasgow and London.
A unique and stylish layout inside created a variety of areas and set-ups where you could try out the PS Vita. From standing up positions, to lounge areas and multiplayer tables. In addition to this guest performers appeared at all of the venues to add an urban music edge to proceedings and add a party element. Guests such as Rizzle Kicks, Tinchy Stryder and Yasmin.
Working alongside Sculptivate and Rockit we designed the set and assets, toured them, and then transformed run down shops in 3 key UK cities to raise sales, create awareness and generally shout about this latest and best addition to the gaming market.
Event Magazine http://www.eventmagazine.co.uk/ came to the London launch, featuring Radio1 DJs Chris Moyles and Tim Westwood. And here’s what they thought about it, and they even featured on the front cover!
Posted on July 19th, 2011 No comments
Pro Sound News Magazine came down to Bloc, and asked us a few questions about sound, and why it is so important to us and our attendees.
Read the full interview here: Bloc Production Team Pro Sound News Interview
Posted on October 6th, 2010 No comments
In amongst a busy summer of festivals across the UK (and one in Croatia) I was pleased to work at least one weekend in London.
Victoria Park was the site- Friday was (trance mega star) Tiesto live in Concert, Saturday was Field Day and Sunday was Underage Festival for under 18′s. I was chuffed to be working on this event alongside Loudsound and Eat Your Own Ears, and look forward to working there next year.
The programming on all days was great, and the production and crew second to none. Hackney should be pleased to have this event on their doorstep.
I was the main liaison between the production office and brands such as Pimms, Red Bull and Converse, and stages promoted and curated by Red Bull and The Lock Tavern and XOYO and Tower Hamlets Community Music project.
Posted on October 4th, 2009 No comments
Two film makers approached me to help them produce the World’s Smallest Festival.
They had a site in mind and the concept but they needed me to help make it a reality.
The festival was part of a 3 month project of theirs to make 1 million pounds to set up a film fund for budding film makers- www.blagamillion.com
The plan was to get a massive artist to play, but only allow 100 people to come along. People who wanted tickets had to text a number and then 100 were picked out of a hat.
I helped them source sound and lights and did all the licensing, health and safety, security and general event management.
This video explains a bit better than I can:
The day went very well and featured sets from Howard Marks, Arthur Smith, The Langley Sisters, Jarmean, The Popsocks and many many more, all nicely situated in a delightful back garden.
We’re now pitching the idea to various music festivals. Get in touch if you’re interested.
Posted on June 7th, 2009 No comments
The largest event I production manage, BLOC is a 3 day electronic music festival in an off season holiday park. After the first 2 years at Pontin’s in Hemsby, Norfolk we’ve now tripled in size to the 6000 capacity Butlins Resort in Minehead, Somerset.
After meeting the guys many years ago in Brighton, when they decided to start a weekender they contacted me to take care of producing the event for them.
I organise all staffing, infrastructure, logistics and generally manage all the behind scenes work and crew that make it such an individual and ground breaking event!
BLOC prides themselves on cutting edge lighting, sound, decor and AV and it’s my job to make sure that we have the best people working with us to make this happen, and to make sure that it all works well together.
Please check out more about the festival here: www.blocweekend.com
Still in it’s early days, but the reputation of the festival is growing fast with an allegiant fan base, as well as top press and radio support from Radio 1′s Rob Da Bank and Mary Anne Hobbs. We’re also now hosting the Vapor Stage for Friday and Saturday at this year’s Glade Festival.
We’ve also recently hosted a room at Eastern Electrics in London as well as events in Paris at Le Batofar and a lot more afoot for later this year and 2010.
Here’s a taster of what to expect at BLOC2010
Posted on May 13th, 2009 No comments
As well as being able to source you the venue of your choice, whether it be field, warehouse, members club or simply just a pub, I can supply you with everything you may need- from soundsystem and lights to bar staff, cocktail bar, security staff, performers and musicians.
I also do bookings for this wonderful venue in the heart of Clerkenwell. Ideal for photo shoots, art shows and invite only events.
Here are some more photos, but also email me (click icon in top right hand corner) if you want to have a look around or get more details:
Posted on April 19th, 2009 No comments
My work in festivals has put me in good stead to transfer my skills over to corporate client facing events.
Recent work includes Beefeater 24 Product Launch with LV Events. A high budget event at Syon Park near Richmond with the client- Chivas Bros entertaining its reps from across the globe. After an initial reception in the stately home, guests were escorted into the Glass Pavilion where they were entertained my a variety of burlesque performances, musicians and sideshows. After this they were then shown into an exquisite ballroom where more music was on offer, including headliner Igloo & Hartley.
I was involved in the set-up and breakdown of the event. From general aesthetics to ensuring all the crew were looked after, working safely and generally that the high standards set out by our client were adhered to.
I’ve also recently worked with Drive Productions on a publicity stunt/ pr exercise for GymBox at their City Branch.
I was the main point of reference for the client and made sure that the project was set-up on time and how the client wanted.
Drive Productions created an exercise machine that used humans as the weights. It sounds odd, but it received lots of publicity which was exactly what the client required.
Winner of Best Campaign at the International Excellence Awards and Highly Commended at the UK Event Awards
Posted on April 19th, 2009 No comments
Since 2000 I’ve stage managed at various community run events, festivals, club nights and gigs across the UK. As well as keeping the stages running on time and to schedule, I also ensure that the stage runs safely and calmly. In addition to the work on the day I make sure that all the tech teams have the artist tech riders before the event so that there no sudden surprises on the day.
I’ve also been involved in the backstage artist liaison side of things, and as I’ve stage managed as well I know the importance of getting the musicians and performers to the stage in plenty of time, and briefed with exactly what is happening so they know how the stage is run.
Previous clients include Lost Vagueness (Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic, The Coronet), Continental Drifts, Harmony in the Community, Rocket Festival (Spain), Southwark Council and Arumdo.
Please see links for more info on these companies.