Parklife, held at Heaton Park on the outskirts of Manchester, featured headliners such as Liam Gallagher, The xx, Lorde, N.E.R.D. and Jessie Ware, attracted a capacity 160,000 music lovers across the weekend.
The Hangar Stage is a familiar, and popular fixture at Parklife, however this year the festival organisers wanted it to be bigger than ever to meet the audience demand. They asked Serious for a temporary building with an increased capacity of 6,000 for popular electronic headliners such as Eric Prydz' and Justice.
The Space Building structure was designed and manufactured by Serious in the company’s Wells headquarters. Erected once previously in Dubai for National Day Celebration 2017, this was its introduction to the UK festival scene. The building was 50m wide by 90m long with a 20m roof apex and 7 tonne rigging capacity on each of the 16 arches. The interior of the building had a 2.5m high hard wall installed around three sides, with 13 audience entrance / exit doorways. The fourth side of the building contained a full-width, 9.6m deep stage with loadin bay and a rear giant screen flown behind the DJ platforms.
One of the requirements of the client was a full ‘blackout sheet’ for the roof and walls to ensure a complete blackout for the extensive light and laser shows going on inside of the temporary building.
Andrew Ridler was Serious’s Project Manager for the 10 day installation, utilising crew of 20 with some help from a 200 Tonne John Sutch Crane to lift the steel truss arches into place.
“It was a hard build, especially since we had another big building on at the same time! But we pulled together as a team and got a good job done as we always do.” Andrew Ridler, Crew Boss.
Fellow Project Manager Simon Fursman, said:
“This was a huge temporary building to go in for a festival. But as production values for visuals accompanying electronic dance music become increasingly spectacular it allows all of the artists the chance to be creative throughout the day. It was a full house throughout the event despite great weather, so the audience enjoyed the visually creative content on the giant rear screen and moving lights running down the whole length of the building.”
Serious also provided the main stage which was a 22m Supernova with pa / video goal posts, a camera run, front extension, with two front-of-house structures and two 15m follow-spot pods.
Elsewhere across the site serious supplied a VIP Platform, 15m Space Luna delay towers and the decking across eight other stages on the site.