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Glastonbury headliners rock the stage with LS-Live

LS-Live was the facility of choice for both production rehearsals and staging rental for four headline acts at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in Pilton, Somerset, in June. The three-day event is the largest greenfield festival in the world, which this year attracted 175,000 people to experience an eclectic line-up of live music, entertainment, stalls and art installations.

Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Hurts and Chase & Status all performed headline shows with production support from our stage & set, equipment rental and studio complex based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

We welcomed Glastonbury’s Friday night headliners Arctic Monkeys to our 17,664 sq ft rehearsal studio for six days full pre-production in June where the band and crew made use of the 14 en-suite bedrooms on site to work round the clock.

Production Manager Ian Calder oversaw the production build, which incorporated two huge letters ‘A’ and ‘M’ clad in LED lighting on stage, to represent the band’s name, part of a show that frontman Alex Turner later hailed as “one of the best gigs we’ve ever done”.

We were able to provide last minute risers for the performance from our hire warehouse of industry standard staging equipment right next to the studio.

Dizzee Rascal’s lighting crew made a quick pit stop here en route to Glastonbury to build and test the lighting rig for his performance on the Pyramid Stage ahead of Arctic Monkeys.

Production Manager Adam Murray booked the studio and production offices for a day, so that HSL and lighting designer Steven Bewley could pre-build the lighting rig. Again our on site hire warehouse meant the team could pick up a rolling riser package whilst on site to transport the lighting gear onto the stage for quick changeovers.

Proving once again that we are one of the first choice solutions for staging rental, both Hurts and Chase & Status travelled to the festival with multiple risers from us, whether for band risers or rolling equipment on stage.

Chase & Status Production Manager Richard ‘Wes’ Wearing built the band’s stage set for the Other Stage entirely from LS-Live’s band risers.

Over on the John Peel Stage on Saturday night, synthpop duo Hurts performed on a series of 12’ x 8’ risers that Production Manager Rick Smith hired for the duration of the band’s summer festival tour, with an identical B rig for overlapping events.

Said LS-Live Director Ben Brooks: “LiteDeck is the industry standard, lightweight staging product that every production wants. We can create so many different configurations out of our rental stock, so we can always achieve the results required by the performance.

“When Dizzee Rascal’s production crew turned up on site, they wanted a rolling structure for the show, so we built something there and then for them to take away that day.”