Over 350 people descended on LS-Live's headquarters in West Yorkshire for the launch party of its new studio facilities, stages and the unveiling of its new training centre, the Backstage Academy, on Wednesday 20th May.
Entertainment industry professionals, product manufacturers, production managers, students, school and college officials, arrived for a day of tours and celebration in South Kirkby, where LS-Live operates Europe's largest rehearsal facility, staging structures rental, set design and build, and equipment rental for the events industry.
Guests enjoyed entertainment by acts such as Rosie Doonan, The Jon Strong Band and Skint & Demoralised, on a stage erected in the LS-Live rehearsal studio and lit by HSL, took tours around the facilities and saw where Backstage Academy courses will take place on the site of the studio. They were also treated to a BBQ, bar, aerialists, a laser show and an interactive audio-visual installation.
In addition to its arena sized rehearsal space, LS-Live (formerly Litestructures Live) has added two production offices, 14 en-suite bedrooms, six en-suite dressing rooms, a dance studio, green room, gym, catering and two multi-functional spaces to its offering, meaning incoming productions have everything they need on site for accommodation and entertainment. The bedrooms have already been enjoyed by touring act Elbow.
Backstage Academy is now accepting students on to its short courses in backstage skills and its foundation degree in Live Events Production beginning in November. Created and developed with entertainment industry specialists with real-life experience, these modular courses offer tailored training for students looking to further their knowledge in the backstage sector. They include Apple and Avid training, and courses in rigging, event safety, working at height, manual handling, first aid, pyrotechnics and more.
Courses are still being developed and Backstage Academy welcomes discussion from course leaders, manufacturers, tutors and interested parties