Serious Stages designed, manufactured and installed a bespoke apex Triton Roof stage to fit seamlessly within the grandstand seating at Newmarket Racecourse, August 2017.
To make best use of the unique space within the racecourse, the Serious Stages team worked closely with health and safety experts Symphotech to design a stage which could be slotted in between the two permanent grandstands, in order to maximise space and ensure great views for everyone on the course.
The new Triton Roof stage has branded front facia sheeting and branded angled back gable sheets to enable it to blend into the grandstand. As the design of the grandstands doesn’t allow for side sheds, which are the usual way of creating the all important working production area, the stage features an increased depth for monitor desks and storage areas, as well as an off-stage DJ booth and an under-stage access route, to enable artists to easily access the stage deck.
Serious Stages also supplied a 27m wide x 4.8m deep decking platform which housed the front-of-house structure, a 12m VIP area and a 7.2m accessible viewing platform, to ensure excellent sight lines for the whole audience. Serious utilised its specially designed ADrail system on these structures to enable quick assembly and de-rig, and ensure a smooth transition between the racing and the concert.
The stage took two weeks to install and has already been utilised on a number of concerts at the Racecourse’s Newmarket Nights events, including Olly Murs, Jess Glynne and The Jacksons.
Serious Stages Max Corfield comments: “We’ve been working with Newmarket Racecourse for a number of years and we’re proud to have designed and manufactured this bespoke stage to help enhance the experience for both artists and guests. Throughout the racing season we have two stages which leapfrog each other from site to site. However as the configuration of Newmarket is more challenging, our stage stays up for the whole race season which offers much more flexibility to the racecourse and the incoming productions.
“The stage was designed by Serious’ Dragan Kusmanov, our manufacturing team and two of our CE certified welders Rob Watts and Sam Smith. We worked closely with Symphotech’s Julian Spear to make certain that the installation of this bespoke stage complied with all the necessary regulations and didn’t damage the Grade II listed grandstands.”