Star Events Group supplied stage, rigging, grandstand, ancillary structures and miles of fencing and barriers to AEG Live’s Invictus Games’ Closing Concert, a first big event for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s south lawn.
Headlined by Foo Fighters in front of a 26,000-strong crowd, and broadcast by the BBC, the concert crowned a phenomenal four days of sport for injured servicemen and women, motivated by Prince Harry.
As Official Supplier to AEG Live, together with parent company Beaver 84, Star Events provided for Unspun’s Opening Ceremony before adapting the kit to accommodate Foo Fighters and nine other Closing Concert acts, together with a succession of medal presentations.
Star Events clad the grandstand, stage right, with vinyl-wrapped solid panels from its Vista range, combining the requirement for a clean, corporate finish with the need to prevent any access underneath, in step with stringent security measures.
Roger Barrett, Star Events’ Special Projects Director, commented:
There were two very different sets of infrastructure in the original plans, but through cooperation from all involved, Unspun and AEG Live were able to share resources, with all the obvious benefits.
While we didn’t have any events in the space for three days, the Games was going on all around and the changeover took a lot of planning. We got it all across the line though and it was both a pleasure and a privilege to play such a big part in a truly inspiring event.
Jim King, Senior Vice President, Events at AEG Live, said:
Star’s experience, and its solutions to the demands of putting a new event into a tight new space, were integral elements to the success of the Invictus Games’ Closing Concert.
Barrett briefed delegates at the Stadia & Arena conference in Singapore this week, as part of a key group of events professionals who support concerts and other one-off events in stadiums around the world. Stadia & Arena will return to Singapore in 2015.