Serious Stages Summer Starts with BBC Radio 1's...

Serious Stages News Article - 27 May 2022

Serious Stages Summer Starts with BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

Serious Stages Summer Starts with BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend attracted 80,000 fans to Coventry’s War Memorial Park for a weekend featuring pop music royalty, 27th-29th of May, with Serious Stages supplying stages and site infrastructure.

The first big outdoor music event of 2022 opened its doors on Friday 27th for an evening of DJs, followed by two full days of live acts. Ed Sheeran opened proceedings, with Calvin Harris wrapping up Saturday and Harry Styles concluding Sunday’s stunning line-up.

The BBC Radio 1 Event team, headed by Tara Auty oversaw the whole event, with Festival Republic contracted to deliver the production and Enteetainment supporting them. Their main focus was on delivering high-quality artists’ content for broadcast and live audiences. Particular attention was given to welfare and sustainability, as well as pulling the production team and suppliers back together, for the first large-scale post-pandemic event.

Tara Auty, Head of Events BBC comments:

“Taking the Big Weekend to a new venue means that we have to re-invent the site every year and we always want to present something contemporary / ground breaking to the fans. We like the aesthetic the curved roof of the Serious Space Roof provides, it’s a smaller stage, but we worked with show designers and Frankie at Enteetainment to accommodate the production and introduce a new  screen format, with large square LED’s flanking the main stage, which looked great.”

The Space Roof Main Stage was adapted with large side sheds and below-stage storage to provide space for a fast-moving show with quick artist changeovers. It also featured extended goalposts carrying square LED screens, which created a 50m frontage giving spectacular views for the live fans and great shots for the broadcast teams. The Serious team also installed front-of-house towers/platforms, broadcast camera platforms, assisted viewing platforms, and speaker delay towers along with the Future Sounds and BBC Introducing stages.

Frankie Tee, Technical Production Manager, Enteertainment comments:

“It was great to be back on-site with the core of suppliers we’ve worked with for many years before the pandemic. It was a fantastic feeling to be back in a festival field again with each other. As always it was a pleasure to see and work with Serious Stages’ operation manager, Abbey Thomas, who was a delight to deal with. As with many industries, the return from the pandemic has presented challenges – particularly of workforce and budgets and Abbey was attentive to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.”