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Star Events has made a £500k commitment to bring next-generation products and initiatives on stream ahead of a busy summer for the firm.

The investment will provide for: PA/screen support towers that set new industry standards in minimising both footprint and sightline obstructions; substantial upgrades to the Orbit and VerTech stage ranges; and state-of-the-art health and safety equipment for the Star crews who build structures and the production teams that work on them.

Less visible will be the enterprise and stock management systems that are coming on line to improve the accuracy of what Star sends to site and when.

The money will also see the company introduce over 700 new equipment stillages, to make its many types of kit fully stackable with each other, improving the speed and safety of handling on and off site.

Andy Moss, Star Events’ Operations Manager, said.

The use of forklifts and telehandlers on outdoor sites continues to be a source of serious accidents, so re-designing stock for safer handling is not only a good idea, it is a legal necessity for us and our clients.

 

Image: Star Events’ new quick-fit edge protection system is being rolled out on the company’s stages, installed and removed by local crew or by Star’s on-site stand-by team.

 

About Star Events

In business for 39-years, Star Events is the largest supplier of stages, bespoke temporary structures and high-level rigging services in the UK.

The company operates the biggest rental fleet of mobile stages outside the United States.

Three senior Star Events employees provide the only official training for local authority inspectors of temporary structures available in the UK, at the Cabinet Office controlled Emergency Planning College in North Yorkshire.

 

 

Star Events supports Foo Fighters at Invictus Games

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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.