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One Direction are taken to new heights for X Factor Final

Worldwide pop sensations One Direction performed from a stunning sloping stage designed and built by LS-Live for the band’s video game themed sets on ITV’s X Factor final at the end of 2012. The hit talent show culminated in a live final at Manchester Central with the boyband as special guests.


The production team was keen to raise the tempo of the show by producing a stage set that would differentiate the band’s performance from the contestants, whilst fitting seamlessly in to the existing production at the venue.


Production Manager on the job, Kenny Underwood of Cheeky Rascal Productions, is a long-standing client of LS-Live’s. He contacted us direct to bring to life the designs of Stufish’s Ray Winkler, in just one week. The 3m wide by 12m long stage, which sloped up to a height of 2.5m, had to be assembled and roll on the stage in just three minutes!


We custom built a steel construction in six pieces, which rolled independently then locked together for a seamless look. The performance deck and the base deck were connected via criss-cross MDF strips sprayed metallic silver.


Said General Manager Mark Blount: “It was great working with Richie Gorrod and his team at PRG; together we fitted their X-Flex LED ribbon to the X shaped sides of the stage – and the look was fantastic.”


The 12m long sloping stage featured in the centre of an LED tech-fest that had the effect of putting the band in the centre of a virtual computer game.