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Star Events help Coldplay ‘rock the palace’

Coldplay rocked with royalty when the band recently headlined the first concert at Kensington Palace in London, performing on a Star Events’ 15m by 12m SAM platform, the largest single truck mobile stage in Europe.

The gig, which was performed in front of 3,000 people, was held as a benefit for Sentebale, Prince Harry’s HIV/Aids charity.

Star Events fitted the SAM stage with extended wings to accommodate Coldplay’s production. The company also provided a multi-level VIP viewing area with seats for 500.

Roger Barrett, Special Projects Director at Star Events, said:

Historic Royal Palaces are open to the public year round, which puts an extra pressure on events like this one. Time was the biggest hurdle at Kensington Palace, so the SAM stage was the obvious fit. It goes up in about five hours, has the best roof trim and wind resistance of any mobile stage, and comes with 18 tons rigging capacity across the roof and the wings. Perfect for the bells and whistles of a big act like Coldplay.

Since 2006, Sentebale has been helping children in the south African kingdom of Lesotho affected by HIV/AIDS and Coldplay’s 11-song set culminated in current single Up & Up accompanied by the Basotho Youth Choir and the charity’s founder.

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