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Production 100 The leading concert industry production services 2015

artist & crew travel

lighting rental

catering services

rehearsal facilities

crew companies

sound rental

freight & trucking

staging & rigging

infrastructure

video services


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The Production 100 was launched last year to provide decision makers in the live entertainment touring business with a resource they can turn to when looking for specific production specialists. Rather than simply grasp a few names out of the air, or charge those listed for their insertions (as some other publications do), we decided to turn to the people who know the industry inside-out to ask them to nominate their favourite suppliers. That process was universally applauded, so once again, we asked 100 professionals – mostly production managers – to name their most trusted contractors across ten key sectors.

B Once again we asked 100 professionals – mostly production managers – to name their most trusted contractors across ten key sectors. C Rather than being a chart of winners, the companies in each of our ten sections reflect the most trusted suppliers and experts in their particular sector – at least, according to our pool of voting production professionals. In the inaugural Production 100, I suggested that those operations that didn't make it into the book should plan their charm offensives on production manager clients to make sure that they made it into the 2015 publication. And with a churn of more than 40% in company listings, it would appear a large number of contractors may have done just that. As for those who have dropped out of the reckoning in the last 12 months, the same rings true – impressing those who buy their products, services or expertise in the coming year could result in being named one of the world’s top 100 production specialists for 2016.

04 The Road Warriors Live entertainment depends on dedicated production professionals..

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Artist and Crew Travel

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Catering Services

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Crew Companies

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Freight & Trucking

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Infrastructure

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Lighting Rental

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Rehearsal Facilities

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Sound Rental

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Staging & Rigging

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Video Services

The logistics of moving people is crucial to the production world...

Fuelling the production builders and their performing artist employers...

The men and women that help acts tour successfully and safely...

Delivering tour essentials relies on teams of dedicated freight experts...

Infrastructure suppliers build the foundations for live production...

Innovation is forcing lighting suppliers to increase investment...

Rehearsal rooms are the testing grounds of the business...

Despite all the bells and whistles at modern shows, decent acoustics are still vital...

Stages are playing an increasingly central role in show production...

Video is no longer just about seeing the artist from the cheap seats...

Gordon Masson, Editor

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U2 soundcheck for one of their spectacular 2015 arena tour shows

THE ROAD WARRIORS Live entertainment depends on dedicated production professionals

ONE OF THE greatest compliments that you could give to the teams of crew and production specialists that make it possible for artists to entertain people at thousands of concerts and shows around the world every single day, is that the audience are barely aware of their existence. Be it the one-man driver/manager/roadie/merch seller who takes a fledgling act around their local pubs and clubs, or the elite production manager who oversees a staff of dozens

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of technicians, riggers and crew on a stadium spectacular, the industry simply would not exist were it not for the people who provide the ‘invisible’ support for those individuals who tour the world to entertain the masses. The fact that there are now thousands of musicians and bands on the road at any one time means that the live music industry has grown massively in the past 15 years, as artists, who once could survive on the income from selling


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B The number of reliable, professional

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companies now supplying production services continues to grow and competition is fierce. C records, have been forced into a troubadour-like existence to make their money. On the back of so many more tours, the associated specialists that provide equipment and services to enable the productions to hit the road have also become big businesses, to the extent that there is now a degree of consolidation going on in key sectors where mergers and acquisitions are helping to create true international production powerhouses. Because of the money now involved in touring, artists and the talented minds who help them realise their creative vision, are always looking out for something new, something bigger, something better, to make their latest shows an experience that fans remember for years to come. The pace of technological development is helping that, with one of 2015’s most groundbreaking productions pictured above, where U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour relied heavily on PRG

Nocturne’s V-Thru screen as a central part of the show. Innovations in such video equipment are being matched by advances in the lighting and sound businesses too, while audience demand is also driving development across nearly every sector involved in show production, as well as making sure the people and equipment that make it all possible are looked after as they travel from town to town and, for those bigger acts, country to country. The number of reliable, professional companies now supplying production services continues to grow and competition is fierce. As a result, there are 42 new entries out of our 100 this year, while 58 operations managed to maintain their status among the production manager voting community. We hope that you find the information in the 2015 edition of the Production 100 helpful when you are planning your next tours, festivals or shows.

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 Artist & Crew Travel

Ensuring artists and crew travel efforlessly from show to show is now a specialist logistical business



ARTIST AND CREW TRAVEL The logistics of moving people is crucial to the production world...

AS LIVE MUSIC is now the dominant revenue source for artists, the number of acts out on the road has grown massively in the last decade. That activity has provided transport providers working in the industry with the opportunity to expand their businesses as they meet the complex challenges of moving artists and their crews from city to city, country to country and even continent to continent. Last year’s Production 100 saw this sector dominated by bussing and aviation specialists. However, in response to feedback from many of our production and tour manager voters, we have widened this category to include travel

agents, as they are the people on the front line who have to deal with the transport and accommodation needs of everyone involved in taking a show on the road. As a result, there are six new companies in this year’s listing – the highest turnover of any sector in the publication – including four live entertainment specialist travel agencies: The Appointment Group, Ibero Tour Service, Rima Travel and The Tour Company. The remaining newcomers are international aviation experts Chapman Freeborn, as well as American bussing outfit, Hemphill Brothers.

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CONTACT Ibero Tour Service Kirchnerstrasse 6-8 D-60311 Frankfurt Germany T: +49 (0)69 921 0950 E: entertainment@ ibero.com W: ibero-tour-service.de

CONTACT Phoenix Bussing Services 29 Premier Way Abbey Park Romsey SO51 9DQ United Kingdom T: +44 (0) 1794 511152 E: paul.hattin@phoenixbussing.co.uk W: phoenix-bussing. co.uk

Ibero Tour Service

Premier Aviation

IBERO TOUR SERVICE is affiliated with Ibero International GmbH travel agency and offers services specifically tailored towards the music and entertainment business. The company was established in 1967 by Kurt Barthold, who is still an active managing director, along with Spanish partners active in the tourism business. Based in Frankfurt, Ibero Tour Service's clients include Creative Talent, CTS Eventim, Deutsche Entertainment AG, Live Nation, Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur and Wizard Promotions, while its artist clients include A-ha, Calexico, Chris de Burgh, Die Toten Hosen, Herbert Grönemeyer, Kaiser Chiefs, Manu Chao, My Chemical Romance, Nigel Kennedy, Rammstein, Santana, Sasha, Snoop Dogg, Sting, Sum41 and many others.

FOUNDED IN 1994 to look after a roster of clients, primarily from the entertainment business, Premier Aviation has grown to become one of the leading worldwide private aircraft charter brokering companies serving many of the leading names in music. Working with partners in the USA and Australia, providing ad-hoc flights to major tour programmes spanning the globe, their aviation expertise coupled with round-the-clock personal service has resulted in a varied client portfolio. In 2011 the company became a wholly owned division of the Hunt & Palmer group and whilst still operating under the familiar brand, the dedicated Premier Aviation team look after artists and clients that have remained loyal throughout the company's 20 years.

Phoenix Bussing

MM Bandservices

PHOENIX BUSSING IS, according to its management, staffed by some of the finest minds in Europe. “Drivers are recruited from the top echelons of the CERN experiment in Switzerland," the company jokes, adding that Phoenix still had enough resources left to invest in a fleet of top-line double-decker crew, band and star buses to take it into the next decade and beyond. As part of the company's ongoing technical development, buses are being fitted with film streaming systems on a local Wi-Fi network so that passengers can access films on their mobile devices whilst travelling. Future projects include fitting the buses with full-length putting greens and robotic bus butlers. And if that isn’t enough to get your custom, they don’t know what is !

MM BANDSERVICES WAS founded in the year 2000 as a specialist transport provider to the live music industry. The company is based in the UK port of Hull, which has fantastic links to Belgium, Denmark, Holland and Norway. The company’s all-inclusive pricing means that when clients are budgeting for the likes of a European tour, there are no surprises. MM has budget buses for those acts doing smaller gigs on a tight budget, through to a new fleet of extralong crew and band buses, specialising in long-distance and European tours. MM Bandservices even has specialist star buses with double beds and extra-large bunks for the star’s close entourage. A new fleet of trailers to carry backline can also help save money in trucking costs.

Rima Travel RIMA TRAVEL WAS founded in 1997 by Ernie Garcia-Sheriff and Dave Brock, creating one of the UK’s largest corporate and entertainment travel management companies. The company has specialised knowledge due to its principals’ 20 years as handson managers, while the experience of Rima’s staff enables it to provide high levels of customer service. The company says its rates and expertise are second to none and it sets out four key elements

as part of its mission statement: making travel arrangements should be a simple, professionally organised event that can be done in an atmosphere of confidence; clients should have confidence in the quality of service, the competence of their travel consultant and feel that they understand their needs whilst executing their requests swiftly; Rima’s dedicated, experienced team is totally focussed on its clients and their needs; the company’s independence and flexibility ensure it stands out from the crowd.

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CONTACT Premier Aviation The Tower Goffs Park Road Crawley West Sussex RH11 8XX United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1293 558 080 E: operations@ premieraviation.com W: premieraviation.com Operations in other territories: Australia, USA

CONTACT MM Bandservices Acer Glade Black Tup Lane Arnold Hull East Yorkshire HU11 5JA United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1964 563 464 E: mike@ mmbandservices.co.uk W: mmbandservices. co.uk

CONTACT RIMA Travel Limited 7 Angel Gate City Road London EC1V 2PT United Kingdom T: +44 (0)20 7833 5071 E: ernie.garcia@rimatravel.co.uk W: rima-travel.co.uk




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CONTACT Chapman Freeborn 3 City Place, Gatwick RH6 0PA, UK T: +44 1293 572872 E: vipteam@chapmanfreeborn.com W: chapman-freeborn. com Operations in other territories: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, USA

CONTACT TAG The Linen House 253 Kilburn Lane London W10 4BQ United Kingdom T: +44 (0)20 8960 1600 E: info@ appointmentgroup.com W: appointmentgroup. com Operations in other territories: Australia, Singapore, USA

CONTACT Beat The Street Austrasse 49 6122 Fritzens Austria T: +43 (0)522 455 300 E: joerg@beatthestreet. net W: beatthestreet.net Operations in other territories: UK

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Chapman Freeborn

The Tour Company

ESTABLISHED IN 1973, air charter specialist Chapman Freeborn is renowned in the entertainment industry, having worked with many of the world’s most prestigious acts for one-off shows, festivals and extended world tours. Chapman Freeborn’s team works with tour and production managers and their travel agents to plan efficient itineraries – providing helicopters, executive jets and regional airliners, as well as cargo aircraft for stage and backline equipment. With a network across more than 30 locations, the company serves live music markets in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Each office has multilingual charter experts, contactable 24/7/365 and dedicated to finding the best charter solutions for clients.for all touring requirements.

THE TOUR COMPANY is a leading entertainment and media industry travel agency with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in the booking of hotels, flights, etc. for live touring productions such as musical artists, actors, comedians and supporting technical crew. The company prides itself on the quality of service and attention given to all of its clients, no matter what the level of business. The company has employed the same core staff for years and has vast experience of how the hotel and air travel business operates, along with in-depth understanding of client needs in the touring and event industry. In 2015, The Tour Company entered into a joint venture with Media Travel and has taken on full responsibility for all of that company’s client servicing.

The Appointment Group

Hemphill Brothers

ESTABLISHED OVER 25 years ago, The Appointment Group (TAG) specialises in looking after the diverse travel requirements of the music, media and entertainment sectors. TAG Global Touring offers a unique 24-hour global service via its offices in London, Manchester, New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore and is therefore able to offer the most competitive airfares, hotel rates, ground transport, airport meet and assist services, and private charters. The company reduces overall travel expenditure by providing an individual, high-quality service, specifically managed and updated by dedicated tour specialists who fully understand the complex requirements of music touring, artist and entourage travel management.

JOEY AND TRENT Hemphill learned about bussing when their father started his own bus leasing company in 1974. This provided a solid foundation when they decided to go into business for themselves in 1980, aged just 21 and 20. Two buses soon became six, and they hired staff and continued to expand their fleet as well as their list of clients from the music industry. In 1989, Trent and Joey left the road to focus on the growing business. They stopped outsourcing and brought everything in-house, overseeing the quality and special requests of their clients. Hemphill now boasts more than 90 coaches, an unparalleled team of drivers and mechanics, and a client list that looks like a who’s who roster of celebrities, musicians, sports figures, and politicians.

CONTACT The Tour Company 5 Eagle Street 1st floor Glasgow G4 9XA United Kingdom T: +44 (0)141 353 8800 E: hello@ thetourcompany.co.uk W: thetourcompany. co.uk

CONTACT Hemphill Brothers 7471 Old Hickory Blvd Whites Creek TN 37189 USA T: +1 615 876 9000 E: contact@ hemphillbrothers.com W: hemphillbrothers. com

Beat The Street BEAT THE STREET continues to be at the forefront of the European tour bus industry. Building on experience of over 20 years the company continually improves the design of its fleet of vehicles, be it cutting edge, multi-media streaming systems or simple layout design changes to improve usability. Beat The Street's management, designers, carpenters and teams of craftsmen take on board suggestions from all of the clientelle (when sober!)

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who travel in its vehicles, as in the end it is those artists, musicians and crew who have to travel thousands of miles on the road from A to B, via C. Whether it be an artist bus with a separate executive suite or band/crew buses ranging from 12 to 16 bunks, with drivers who really do care, the company strives to make it as comfortable and trouble-free as is possible. Along with its dedicated Ground Transport division offering cars, vans and day buses Beat The Street continues to offer a single point solution for all kinds of touring requirements.


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 Catering Services

Providing a range of healthy meals is just part of the catering remit



CATERING SERVICES Fuelling the production builders and their performing artist employers...

ASK ANY TOURING artist or crew member where the heart of the outfit is, and chances are that catering will be at the very top of the list. Indeed, underlining the importance of good food, agents often tell festival organisers that the standard of catering dominates artist feedback. In addition to providing tasty meals for those tasked with loading in and loading out gear, today’s catering companies employ nutritionists who can ensure that those working on the road, often for months at a time, receive the diet that they need to thrive. Tour caterers are among the hardest

working members of a touring production, often being the first at a venue to provide sustenance to those loading in, but also last to leave, preparing meals for their colleagues at the end of loading out. And with fresh produce to source every day, catering teams have to plan well ahead of time to buy their ingredients, no matter the town or country they find themselves in. Proving what a competitive sector catering is, this year’s Production 100 sees four new entrants in this category – UK-based Sarah’s Kitchen, American firm Dega, Belgium’s Rock The Pots and German compatriots Team 412.

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CONTACT Central Catering Services Fourmarts Road Martland Park Wigan WN5 OLR United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1942 621 800 E: general@ centralcatering.com W: centralcatering.com

CONTACT Eat To The Beat Global Infusion Court Nashleigh Hill Chesham Bucks HP5 3FE United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1494 790 702 E: hello@eattotebeat. com W: eattothebeat.com Operations in other territories: China, Qatar, USA

Dega Catering

Central Catering Services Ltd WHAT MAKES AN event a festival, rather than just a gig in a field? According to Central Catering Services (CCS), it is the variety of food outlets, market stalls, bars, and alternative activities that capture the imaginations of the festival goers and make each event memorable. After 25 years, CCS has one of the largest databases of food and market concessions in the UK and operates its own multiple dispensing pumping facilities allowing it to cover multiple large-scale events running on the same date anywhere in the United Kingdom and can supply cash machine facilities to all the events it operates. The company has recently completed the purchase of ultra-modern ‘hole-in-the-wall’ ATM facilities.

DEGA CATERING IS a full service tour catering business that has been on the road for 20 years. From the company’s inception, it has tailored its offerings to the artist and tour requirements, handling any size tour with any range of budget. Clubs, theatres, arenas, stadiums, parking lots – Dega has done it all. Dega’s philosophy is that homemade food is one of the few home comforts that people can enjoy on the road. The company’s range of services include: three hot and homemade meals every day; private, comfortable dining areas available all day long; dressing room service; stage and bus service; deluxe driver takeaways; and direct advancing from Dega HQ to promoters so no one’s counting pennies on the tailgate late at night.

Eat To The Beat

Eat Your Hearts Out

GLOBALLY RECOGNISED WITHIN the music and events industry, with a film and TV division firmly established and 31 years’ experience, Eat To The Beat work their way from location to location on film and TV shoots, to worldwide music and production tours, one-off shows and dressing room riders. ETTB are known to create a haven for artists, production and crew alike to relax in – taking the corporate out of hospitality and working as an extension to the client’s team. An award-winning company with operations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, ETTB has extensive global knowledge to fulfil any requirement; from catering for Foo Fighters at Washington DC's RFK Stadium to on-set filming Sky One’s entertainment programme Wild Things in the middle of a country park.

EAT YOUR HEARTS Out was formed by two school-leavers from Australia – Kim Davenport and Debbie Sharpe – who backpacked to England for three months, got work and stayed. Sharpe has since established the company’s first US base in Chicago, while Davenport remains in the UK. Among the company’s extensive client list have been Pavarotti, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson, as well as Paul McCartney whose insistence on vegetarian food opened doors for EYHO as they met the challenge of providing hundreds of people with a strictly veggie diet. Eat Your Heart Out’s chefs are used to improvising, no matter what the venue, with chefs inventing recipes due to limited ingredients in remote locations.

Popcorn POPCORN IS A small family-run operation that appreciates that its success is attributed to its exceptional staff, some of whom have been with the company for many years, and have been great mentors for the younger ones coming through the ranks. The company provides vastly experienced staff who work well together and create a warm and friendly atmosphere within the catering room.

The service provided is more than just the food – Popcorn’s mission is to commit to providing a professional and high quality of service to fulfil the specific requirements of all of its varied clients. Its chefs are used to Improvising daily to work with challenges within the touring situation in the UK, Europe and, occasionally, worldwide. Bespoke to suit each tour, still smiling and great to have around on a difficult day, Popcorn's cheery staff strive to offer a premium service, yet still provide excellent value for money.

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CONTACT Dega Catering Inc 711 Irwin Street Knoxville TN, 37917 USA T: +1 865 584 3258 E: info@degaville.com W: degaville.com

CONTACT Eat Your Hearts Out The Basement 108a Elgin Avenue London W9 2HD United Kingdom T: +44 (0)207 289 9446 E: eyho@ bleedingheartukltd.com Operations in other territories: USA

CONTACT Popcorn Ltd Linden Grange Belbrough Lane Hutton Rudby Yarm TS15 0HW United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1642 700 388 E: info@ popcorncatering.com W: popcorn catering.com




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B With fresh produce to source every day, catering teams have to plan well ahead of time to buy their ingredients. C From bacon sandwiches to lavish banquets, caterers can create menus to suit all sizes of events and tours

Hellskitchen Catering HELLSKITCHEN IS A Berlin-based catering company working with artists, crews, concerts and events, both locally and on-the-road all over Europe. The company serves up round-the-clock delicious, freshly prepared food, and often takes care of the after-show party. Alongside rock & roll, Hellskitchen is equipped to cater for diverse events; from small parties to those for several hundred people. Whether preparing local specialities or international dishes, its chefs approach their work with creativity and passion to make clients’ wishes come true. Hellskitchen has a vast amount of experience with its list of clients including Rammstein, Pearl Jam, Prince, Nancy Sinatra, AC/DC, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Lady Gaga, Joe Jackson and more.

Rock the Pots Catering “CAN YOU DO a dinner for Dave Stewart & the Spiritual Cowboys? They don’t want a buy-out.…” With these words, in 1992, Rock the Pots was

CONTACT Hellskitchen Catering Corinthstraße 46 10245 Berlin Germany T: +49 (0)306 150 7297 E: mail@hellskitchencatering.de W: hellskitchencatering.de

CONTACT Rock the Pots Catering Gentweg 80 9890 Gavere Belgium T: +32 475 642 832 E: rockthepots@skynet. be

born. Back then crew/artist catering was virtually non-existent in Belgium. 23 years later, Rock the Pots has achieved a solid reputation throughout the music and event business. Quality, flexibility and reliability are the company’s key words. Top quality, fresh food, prepared on site, makes its catering area, in any venue, the heart and soul of any production. Rock the Pots has provided a professional high quality service for artist catering at Rock Werchter and Pukkelpop festivals in Belgium, as well as hundreds of bands at Sportpaleis in Antwerp and Forest National in Brussels with many other venues in between.

CONTACT Team 412 Lindenstraße 50 D-21218 Seevetal Germany T: +49 (0)410 515 1552 E: info@team412.de W: 412.de

Team 412 WITH MORE THAN 20 years experience dealing in the events sector as a service provider for contract catering, Team 412 develops not only new concepts, but has the know-how to implement them. From private parties to the largest festivals, the company has a reputation for providing gastronomic, professional and high-quality services. Team 412 has been active since 1993 and has seen a lot, tried a lot, often won, but sometimes lost

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and then got up again. A specialist in street parties, private parties and festivals, the company can plan events and is hungry for more. The company sees itself as a task understander, trend scout, solution finder, proposal maker and catering yogi. Among the events that Team 412 is involved with this year are: Elbjazz Festival, Hurricane Festival, Deichbrand Festival, A Summer’s Tale Festival, Mera Luna Festival, Highfield Festival, Hamburger Kultursommer, Rolling Stone Weekender and Metal Hammer Paradise.


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Feeding outdoor event crew needn't compromise restaurant ambiance

B Agents often tell festival organisers that the standard of catering dominates artist feedback. C CONTACT Sarah’s Kitchen 69 Dodd Street Hillsborough Sheffield South Yorkshire S6 2NR United Kingdom T: +44 (0)7740 099 127 E: Sarahskitchen@ me.com W: www. sarahskitchentouring. com

Sarah’s Kitchen

Snakatak

WITH A CAREER’S worth of experience in all areas of the entertainment catering industry, Sarah Nicholas has become a familiar character to many due to her freelance catering work. In 2010, she set up Sarah’s Kitchen, specialising in theatre tours, but she soon found herself back in arenas as her artist clients grew, and demanded she went with them. Sarah’s attention to detail from sourcing ingredients, to front-of-house set-up, through to imaginative and peaceful dressing rooms, ensures that the company offers clients a truly individual and bespoke service. This skill, combined with her wealth of administrative experience ensures customers receive a smoothly run, happy tour, at a competitive price with food that looks and tastes delicious.

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WITH A PEDIGREE that dates back to 1985, Snakatak provides a highly professional, yet caring and personal service for touring bands and festivals. Based in the Yorkshire city of Sheffield, Snakatak’s team of highly trained chefs provide top quality, freshly prepared food and, as with all world-class cuisine, it’s the food that is at the heart of the business. The company creates menus that cater for the wide variety of culinary needs that each tour requires for the diverse tastes of its hard-working crew. But Snakatak also understands that its clients need more than just food. The company takes pride in providing those personal touches that help create a friendly, comfortable and relaxed environment to help ease the pressures of being away from home.

CONTACT Snakatak Catering The Hollies 51 Westbourne Road Sheffield Yorkshire S10 2QT United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1142 680 860 E: lisa@ snakatakcatering.com W: snakatakcatering. com


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Skilled crew are the backbone of the live entertainment industry

CREW COMPANIES The men and women that help acts tour successfully and safely...

WHILE THE PERCEPTION of crew personnel might be of unskilled grafters humping gear into venues, nothing could be further from the truth. Today’s professional crews tend to augment their experience with programmes where they add key health and safety training to their skillsets, while many are graduates of specialist production schools. The use of sophisticated lighting, sound and video equipment by touring productions has also resulted in some of those suppliers developing their own inhouse education courses, meaning that the current generation of crew are the most prepared, skilled workers that have

ever been on the road. With thousands of live shows now taking place globally on a daily basis, the need for reliable, professional personnel has never been greater, driving the plethora of crew companies that maintain databases of staff that can fulfil roles for everything from stage hands to production directors. Demonstrating just how fierce competition is, there’s a 50% turnover in this year's Production 100 crew company listings with Germany’s Livedepartment, Gulf Crewing Company (UAE), StageCall (USA) and the UK’s DNG Production and All Alliance making their debuts.

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CONTACT All Access Crewing PO Box 1243 Stafford City Queensland 4053 Australia T: +617 3352 7622 E: ben@allaccess. com.au W: allaccess.com.au

CONTACT Gallowglass Crew 199 The Vale London W3 7QS United Kingdom T: +44 845 600 8966 E: events@gallowglass. com W: gallowgroup.com Operations in other territories: France, Spain, Monaco, Qatar

All Access Crewing ALL ACCESS CREWING has been working with clients in the fields of entertainment, corporate, sporting, theatre, film & television and construction since 1995. Over the past 20 years, All Access has worked hard to earn its reputation as one of Australia’s leading service providers of specialised labour, whether it is one crew-person assembling a small audiovisual set-up or 250 crew members setting up a large rock and roll stadium show, All Access has proven itself time and time again. The business has also been nominated for a 2015 Work Safe Award by WPHS Queensland for its efforts in promoting safety and making safety information more accessible through an online app developed in-house by All Access Crewing.

Gallowglass NOW IN ITS 19th year of operations, Gallowglass has a wealth of knowledge and experience working in the live events industry. Collectively its senior management and crew chiefs have hundreds of years of event crewing experience to call upon, enabling Gallowglass to provide structured, high-quality, cost-effective crews. As one of the largest events crewing companies in Europe, it provides a complete crewing support service for corporate events, exhibitions, festivals and ceremonies. Good businesses can be measured by their clientelle and many Gallowglass customers have remained loyal since day one, be they event management agencies, event producers, lighting companies, rigging firms, festivals or major TV and film companies.

Knowledge of equipment is a key part of a crew company's remit

B With thousands of shows taking place internationally on a daily basis, the need for reliable, professional personnel has never been greater. C

Showforce SHOWFORCE IS A leading global provider of event crew, event staff, production HR, and event support. Its turnkey solutions are consistent the world over, so whether an event is in London or Taiwan, its high standards of service, multi-faceted skill sets and adherence to health and safety will be exactly the same. The company’s event, entertainment and production projects rely on experience, expertise and continuity. Many of its temporary event crew

and event staff regularly work with the same clients, ensuring they build and maintain strong relationships and trust, which is a key part of the business. As a global company with operational offices in the UAE, UK and Qatar, Showforce’s team is among the most experienced and professional available in the industry today. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Showforce is ISO 9001 certified, has won a number of awards for quality of service and delivery, and offers dedicated 24-hour support, 365 days a year.

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CONTACT Showforce 1304 Concord Tower Dubai Media City PO Box 215996 UnitedArab Emirates T: +971 4 431 3007 E: me@showforce.com W: showforce.com Operations in other territories: Qatar, United Kingdom


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Crew challenges don't get much more extreme than transforming Pula Arena into a full ice hockey rink

B The current generation of crew are the most prepared, skilled workers that have ever been on the road. C CONTACT Gulf Crewing Company P.O. Box 27349 Dubai United Arab Emirates T: +9714 3395009 E: office@gulfcrewing.com W: gulfcrewing.com

Gulf Crewing Company

Show Call Productions

GULF CREWING COMPANY exists to provide a comprehensive, high-quality, Englishspeaking crewing service to the live event, film and exhibition industries in the Gulf region. The company offers turnkey solutions for stage hands, stage management, spot operators, riggers, wardrobe assistants, catering, site and production management, runners, forklift operators as well as 50 trained IPAF operators. Gulf Crewing is available 24/7 and is on hand to assist its local, international and national clients with any aspect of an event. With extensive experience in the live entertainment industry, the company’s stage hands, stage management and production team have a strong track record with major artists and events.

SHOW CALL PRODUCTIONS (SCP) provides contract labour with the highest caliber and quality A.V. technicians and stagehands across the greater San Diego and LA area. The company has built its reputation by providing professional, hard-working, and responsible crews, which fulfil the need for a highly skilled, non-union workforce. SCP provides event labour for corporate events, concert production, production rehearsals, special events and more. Whether it’s one stagehand for a load-in or the entire crew for a weeklong corporate event or festival, SCP can supply it. In addition to stage hands, riggers, general lighting, audio and video personnel, it also provides personnel with more specialised technical knowledge.

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CONTACT Show Call Productions 3605 Hemlock St San Diego CA 92113 USA T: +1 619 602 0656 E: gary@ShowCallProductions.com W: showcallproductions.com


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Crew members load-out at Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania

B Demonstrating just how fierce competition is, there's a 50% turnover in this year's Production 100 crew company listings. C CONTACT Stage Miracles Ltd Woodlands School Road Little Heath Potters Bar Hertfordshire EN6 1JW United Kingdom T: +44(0)1707 662 500 E: mail@stagemiracles. co.uk W: stagemiracles.co.uk

Stage Miracles

All Alliance

ESTABLISHED IN 1977, Stage Miracles is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of event personnel. The company provides a complete range of services to the entertainment and corporate presentation industries using a diverse group of highly skilled staff. Stage Miracles has worked in probably every major UK venue and with almost every major artist imaginable, offering its clients a 24/7, dedicated service with experienced operations managers that can organise crews of any size, and who can help customers overcome any problems they may encounter on-site. The company’s stage managers have worked with the biggest acts and the largest shows in the world. The company has a wide and extensive database with the country’s best crew.

ALL ALLIANCE IS a crew provider, predominantly in the Midlands region of the UK, with a collective experience of more than 30 years in the music and corporate events industry. It provides a variety of professional and experienced crew to cover all aspects of any event. All Alliance can provide everything from general crew and stage managers, stage builders, scaffold teams, to catering assistants. The company has an office-based logistical team, ready to attend to the clients’ every request. The company provides crew to the Genting Arena, Barclaycard Arena and Symphony & Town Hall in Birmingham, Nottingham Ice Arena and Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. All Alliance has provided production crew for major outdoor festivals including Glastonbury, V Festival and Reading for the last 20 years.

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CONTACT All Alliance Ltd Unit G1 The Arch 48-52 Floodgate Street Digbeth Birmingham B5 5SL United Kingdom T: +44 (0)121 766 6220 E: info@allalliance. co.uk W: allalliance.co.uk


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CONTACT Livedepartment Neubeurer Straße 15 D-83026 Rosenheim Germany T: +49 (0)803 1220 5190 E: office@ livedepartment.com W: livedepartment.com

CONTACT DNG Production 13 Christchurch Road Sale M33 5GF United Kingdom T: +44 (0)161 283 3074 E: info@dngproduction eventcrew.com W: dngproduction eventcrew.com

Livedepartment FORMERLY KNOWN AS ES Company, livedepartment has been providing crewing operations for the live entertainment industry, TV/radio broadcasting businesses and corporate events for over ten years. Livedepartment works successfully with national and international promoters, event agencies and production companies from branches in Munich, Hamburg, Nuremburg and Frankfurt. The company can provide clients with a high-quality array of crew from stage hands, riggers and scaffolders, to runners, lighting technicians, site coordinators and stage managers. Livedepartment can offer support for every kind of event, ranging all the way from a 300-person crew on a stadium tour to a single stage hand at a one-off club show.

DNG Production & Event Crew Ltd DNG PRODUCTION’S COMPREHENSIVE range of specialist services covers all aspects of event and tour management, and it has recently expanded its services to include crew. The company carries out programmes of heavily subsidised training for its crew and a network of professionals, such as emergency first-aid courses, Safety Passport for Live Events, as well as the Working at Height module from the Safety Pass Alliance. DNG states that it holds the training courses to raise awareness, and to reinforce the standards of safety that it requires of all its crew. The company is among the industry leaders in accountability and safety management for suppliers of its kind.

Handling delicate equipment in flight cases is a daily crew ritual

Showstars FOR OVER 30 years Showstars has remained one of the leading suppliers of experienced staging and production crew for live events in the UK and abroad. From Live Aid to London 2012 and beyond, the company has become a preferred crew resource for the most discerning production managers, promoters and event organisers. Showstars prides itself on recruiting and developing multi-skilled crew for production, site

and stage work. From stage builders and specialist technicians to plant operators and show crew. Showstars is also heavily committed to safety and training and runs industry accredited courses, some of which the company developed itself. Showstars has deployed large numbers of crew to such countries as Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Scotland, sometimes for months on end. Showstars have become the stand-out crew for high-profile events across the world, whilst still committed to providing a high level of service for its UK clients.

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CONTACT Showstars Bridge House 3 Mills Studios Three Mill Lane London E3 3DU United Kingdom T: +44 (0)20 8215 3333 E: info@showstars.co.uk W: showstars.co.uk


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Container ships are regularly used to transport productions across oceans



FREIGHT AND TRUCKING Delivering tour essentials relies on teams of dedicated freight experts...

THE COMPLEX LOGISTICS of international touring and the growth of mega arena and stadium productions have only been made possible by the logistical problem solvers that organise the transportation of production equipment around the planet. Dealing with the challenges of restrictive driver working hours, border control red tape, carnets, and transportation from continent to continent, the industry’s freight sector has developed ingenius solutions for the unique demands of its clients. Whether it’s the local delivery of backline equipment by van, organising fleets of vehicles to take stadium shows

around Europe and North America, using ships to take tons of equipment across oceans, or chartering aircraft to allow shows to reach remote parts of South America, trucking and freight transporters are working harder than ever to keep costs low. Indeed, the local knowledge that experienced drivers amass during their hours on the road can often cut crucial hours off journeys, allowing production crews more time at venues. Such valueadded services may be the reason that companies such as Stardes, Pieter Smit, Transam and Black Box Music have been voted on to this year’s list.

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CONTACT Black Box Music Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH Hertzstraße 73 13158 Berlin Germany T: +49 (0)30 4202 770 E: bbm@black-boxmusic.de W: black-box-music.de

CONTACT The FBN Complex Shawbank Road Lakeside Redditch Worcestershire B98 8YN United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1527 520 720 E: enquiries@flybynite. co.uk W: flybynite.co.uk Operations in other territories: Australia, USA

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EFM

SINCE 1992, BLACK Box Music (BBM) has been operating as a leader in the field of event technology. The company’s focus, in addition to the rental of equipment, is the planning and implementation of technical concepts for events. This includes complete solutions for tours, corporate events and trade shows to name a few. BBM’s customers benefit from the guidance of a competent project manager and specialists from all areas of event technology. The company’s approach is detailed and budget-driven. In addition to Black Box Music's existing infrastructure, it can offer clients two rehearsal halls with expanded backstage areas, thus creating the prerequisite environment for easy production test runs and timely improvements.

NOW IN ITS 16th year of business, EFM specialises in international freight, logistics and transportation for the entertainment, live events and sport sectors. Whether via air, sea or road, passenger and cargo charters, ATA carnets and customs brokerage worldwide, the company can provide a door-to-door service for equipment going on tour and for one-off shows. EFM works with a wide range of international recording artists, as well as numerous well-recognised industry suppliers. Logistics experts at the company’s headquarters in the UK are backed up by experienced colleagues around the world, ensure that no matter where clients need to be, the EFM team can be there to deliver, 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Fly By Nite

Global Motion

FLY BY NITE’S specialised vehicles and dedicated drivers are trusted to deliver by some of the biggest names in the music, entertainment, corporate and exhibition industries. The company boasts one of the largest fleets of Megacube trailers and 26-tonners, allowing its operations to span Europe from west to east and into the Russian Federations, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and North Africa. Every Fly By Nite driver has detailed knowledge of routes, customs procedures, loading/securing of equipment, and understands the importance of punctuality. The company offers state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled warehouse facilities for storage of set and theatre props.

GLOBAL MOTION WAS established originally to cater to the music and entertainment industries. In the past decade, the company has handled projects of all sizes for customers such as Coldplay, Gorillaz, Rod Stewart, The Klaxons and Morcheeba. In recent years, other industries have identified Global Motion’s skills as being key to their development and the likes of Etihad Airways and Panavision rely on the company to handle their critical jobs. The company works closely with each production team to make their projects come to life. Global Motion has spent the last two decades looking after client freight needs in places as remote as Tahiti and New Caledonia, while the company also took the first ever rock band to Syria when Gorillaz visited Damascus.

Stardes STARDES IS A family-owned entertainment logistics company with an outstanding and envied reputation, built from over 30 years of consistent and superlative service to the live music industry. Although Stardes’ trucks can be found touring as far away as Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, the company is proud of its Yorkshire roots. From its base in Sheffield, Stardes can supply trucks of all sizes to suit all touring and live music event needs.

An ongoing fleet replacement programme helps ensure vehicle reliability and gives clients access to the latest specification equipment, all designed and built exclusively with the specific needs of live music touring in mind. Specialist staff offer decades of experience to customers every step of the way, and the company is especially proud of its team of drivers, renowned within the industry for their experience, friendliness, professionalism, and above all, the famed Stardes can-do attitude.

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CONTACT EFM Management Limited Unit 3 Alpha Way Thorpe Industrial Park Egham Surrey TW20 8RZ United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1784 223 960 E: info@efm.global W: efm.global Operations in other territories: Australia, Europe, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, USA

CONTACT Global Motion Ltd Danzas House Kestrel Way Hayes Middlesex UB3 1HJ United Kingdom T: +44 (0)845 450 3135 E: adam@globalmotion. co.uk W: globalmotion.co.uk Operations in other territories: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA

CONTACT Stardes Ltd Ashes Buildings Old Lane Halfway Sheffield S20 3GZ United Kingdom T: +44 (0)114 251 0051 E: tim@stardes.co.uk W: stardes.co.uk




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B The attempts of other freight providers to break into the live entertainment business have usually ended unsuccessfully. C Chartering aircraft has become commonplace as touring shows have increased in size and weight

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Pieter Smit THE PIETER SMIT group (PSG) is a specialist in logistic services for all kinds of events, including theatre shows, music concerts and sporting events, and regardless of the size of the show, it provides the artist with its experience, knowledge and facilities. PSG offers ATA carnet and other customs services, storage capacity, rental of vans and trucks and, of course, its full service truck and nightliner operations. There are Pieter Smit companies based in Amsterdam, Aarschot, Paris, Dortmund, Lisbon, Katowice and Verona, with each operation employing local crew, trucks and storage facilities in order to make it feasible to offer clients the best local services at the best price. All Pieter Smit truck drivers also have a background as technicians and, as a result, can assist technical crew as and when needed.

Rock-It Cargo ROCK-IT CARGO HAS been providing freight services to the entertainment industry since 1978 and has been instrumental in transporting some of the most interesting rock shows globally – by air, land and sea. The key to the company’s success is that it gives every client the same attention to detail; no matter the size. Rock-It has offices, as well as dedicated agents, in every major city around the world; wherever there is an international air or sea port, the company’s expert staff can provide the right solution. Working closely with clients, Rock-It’s experts will assist with planning and budgeting tours. With more than 200 employees in 17 offices, Rock-It is prepared to handle all international, time-sensitive, fragile and complicated freight moves.

CONTACT Transam Trucking 7 Trinity Street Bungay Suffolk NR35 1EH United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1986 894 545 E: mark@ transamtrucking.com

CONTACT Pieter Smit Frankweg 4 2153 PD Nieuw-Vennep The Netherlands T: +31 (0) 252 625 691 E: info@pietersmit.com W: pietersmit.com Operations in other territories: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal

CONTACT Rock-It Cargo Unit 6 X2 Hatton Cross Centre Eastern Perimeter Road London Heathrow Airport Hounslow TW6 2GE United Kingdom T: +44 (0)2088 977 977 E: info@rock-it.co.uk W: rockitcargo.com Operations in other territories: Canada, China, Germany, Japan, South Africa, USA

Transam Trucking TRANSAM TRUCKING HAS provided high-quality specialist services for the European Entertainment industry since 1978. Company directors Mark Guterres and Sandie Flatt, and most of the senior staff, have been with the company since its inception. Transam started modestly, operating just five vehicles, but grew steadily to its current size of 130 trucks. In 2011, after years of close cooperation, Transam acquired Edwin Shirley Trucking.

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The combined venture is one of the biggest and most experienced in the entertainment industry and has been involved in most of the major tours and events staged in Europe over the past five decades. Its customer list contains most of the top names in the live music industry, many of whom have continued to use Transam’s services since the 70s. Recent tours include the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Status Quo, Linkin Park, Metallica/Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Springsteen, to name but a few.


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Arena and stadium tours use dozens of trucks to move between venues

B The local knowledge that experienced drivers amass during their hours on the road can often cut crucial hours off journeys. C CONTACT Redburn Transfer Ltd Redburn House Stockingswater Lane Enfi eld Middlesex EN3 7PH United Kingdom T: +44 (0)208 804 0027 E: chris@redburn.co.uk W: redburn.co.uk

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REDBURN TRANSFER HAS a heritage that reaches back to 1870 when horses and carts were the favoured mode of transport. Chairman and MD Chris Redburn is not only the fourth generation of Redburns to steer the business, but also the founder of the modern company, which he established in 1982 to service the rock & roll trucking market. The company can supply everything from small panel vans to 45-feet megacube trailers. Redburn Transfer offers its clients a very personal boutique service, whether the job involves one bobtail truck or 25 tractors and trailers. Indeed, with more than 33 years experience in the industry (and having sent trucks to just about every country on the European continent and beyond), Redburn can tackle almost any project.

IN 1995, A team of some of the most experienced and respected logistics experts in the business, fuelled by the demand of the growing live entertainment world market and the desire to create a specialist logistics provider with an ethos of excellence and originality, formed Sound Moves. Today the company is one of the world’s leading providers of bespoke freight solutions for the creative industries. With specialist staff based in key global destinations, each member of the Sound Moves team is driven by a strong customer service ethic and an understanding of the unique demands of the entertainment industry. Sound Moves enjoys an enviable reputation in providing globally recognised, multimodal transportation services across a range of industries.

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CONTACT Sound Moves Abbeygate House Challenge Road Ashford Middlesex TW15 1AX United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1784 424 470 E: london@soundmoves. com W: soundmoves.com Operations in other territories: Australia, Belgium, France, Japan, Sweden, USA


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Laying ground protection is now a vital part of outdoor events



INFRASTRUCTURE Infrastructure suppliers build the foundations for live production...

THEY MAY BE the unsung heroes of the live event industry, but the diverse nature of services that those working in the production infrastructure sector offer means that they are a vital part of the business. Event organisers need numerous elements, often unseen or unnoticed by the ticket-paying public to enable their shows to proceed. From power generation and cabling; fencing and access-control systems; ground protection and safety barriers; blackout drapes and seating; and even toilet facilities, the industry relies on an army of suppliers to prepare buildings, tents and fields to host the productions

and performers responsible for the vibrancy of the live entertainment trade. In recent years, consolidation in the infrastructure sector has seen a number of suppliers attempting to become one-stop-shops, but niche specialists prevail, with the production professionals who chose this year’s Production 100 companies nominating as many smaller outfits as bigger multinational suppliers. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the turnover in our infrastructure listings, compared to last year, has been 50%, with Acre Jean, Aggreko, Blackout, Godik and Terraplas making their first appearances in this year’s Production 100 guide.

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CONTACT Aggreko PLC 8th Floor, Aurora 120 Bothwell Street Glasgow G2 7JS United Kingdom T: + 44 (0)141 225 5900 W: aggreko.co.uk Operations in other territories: Africa, Asia, Australia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America

CONTACT Wight Fencing 4th Floor Chester House Fulham Green 81-83 Fulham High Street London SW6 3JW United Kingdom T: +44 (0)191 397 3115 E: info@wightfencing. com W: wightfencing.com

Aggreko AGGREKO PLC IS the global leader in the rental of power and temperature control, with the world’s largest fleet of generators for hire and a comprehensive range of power generation. The group provides power and temperature control solutions quickly or for a short or indeterminate length of time, such as supplying equipment and services to a major sporting event that needs power and cooling systems. Aggreko is organised into two separate business units, Rental Solutions and Power Solutions. The Rental Solutions unit involves the group’s local businesses in developed markets. Aggreko has over 100 locations in more than 30 countries, and offers 24/7 services to companies across a variety of industries.

Wight Fencing THE WIGHT FENCING team has been using its expertise to deliver highquality, cost-effective crowd control to events throughout the UK since 2008, and the company has since flourished, because its staff understands events and its kit is top quality. Wight Fencing was created by the management of the Isle of Wight Festival as a solution to the unique requirements of that event. It now provides fencing for some of the largest festivals around the United Kingdom. The company believes the high standard of its equipment, along with its knowledge of the industry, and a constant search for new products, make it an ideal choice for fencing. Wight Fencing’s clients have included some of the biggest festivals and events in the United Kingdom.

Take That's 'Progress' tour used eps barriers and ground protectioin by Terraplas

EPS SINCE 1982, EPS has made a name for itself. From ground protection systems to seating, eps is regarded by event organisers and construction site managers as a solid and reliable partner in the field of equipment rental. Over the years, the company’s range of equipment and areas of expertise have been continually expanded and enhanced. New products such as turf protection systems, grandstands, barriers,

security gates, flagpoles and portable structures enable eps to outfit an entire festival or tour with the infrastructure its clients require. And improvements to existing product lines ensure that its customers have the best equipment available for their project. eps can provide barrier systems, seating, grandstands, ground protection, room systems/ interiors, sanitary systems and site material such as flagpoles, cable protectors and even production vehicles, such as golf carts to transport staff and artists around large venues or festival sites.

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CONTACT eps gmbh Zum Fresner Feld 1 50127 Bergheim Germany T: +49 2271 995 44 00 E: info@eps.net W: eps.net Operations in other territories: Australia, Brazil, Denmark,Italy, Switzerland, USA




Mojo Barriers MOJO BARRIERS IS the original international supplier of aluminium stage barrier systems, providing an extensive range of products and services to live events including festivals, tours, corporate events, sporting and cultural occasions. The company’s continual investment in research and development results in proprietary event barriers and related products that are adaptable, reliable and proven to improve safety. Mojo works closely with clients to design and build bespoke event barrier configurations and layouts for each event to ensure optimum safety for guests, performers and crew. The company’s headquarters opened in 1988 and has been the hub of the business ever since, housing a large stock to service events across Europe.

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Mojo Barriers provided systems at V Festival 2015, among others

CONTACT Godik Terndrupvej 100 DK 9460 Brovst Denmark T: +45 7020 1816 E: mail@godik.dk W: godik.dk

STARTED IN 1990, The Powershop is internationally known in the events sector as the solution for power generation and distribution, lighting and climate control. The company treats each event as a new and unique challenge and assists event organisers with passion from start to finish. The Powershop believes that its 25 years of experience mean it will not let clients down. The Powershop is active worldwide thanks to its network of efficient transport partners. The company provides a customised package ranging from advice to planning and logistics; load-in/loadout; equipment and technicians. With decades at the pioneering forefront of the industry, The Powershop designs and builds its own products to meet specific requirements.

CONTACT Mojo Barriers Veldzigt 3 3454 PW De Meern The Netherlands T: +31 (30) 242 82 00 E: info.nl@mojobarriers. com W: mojobarriers.com Operations in other territories: Australia, United Kingdom, USA

CONTACT The Powershop Vaartdijk 22 3150 Tildonk Belgium T: +32 (0)16 60 81 82 E: info@thepowershop. eu W: thepowershop.eu Operations in other territories: France, The Netherlands

Godik GODIK APS IS a Danish company that is a major supplier to events and festivals. The company has four departments in Denmark located in Brovst (North Jutland), Ejby (Funne), Hedehusene (Zealand) and Godik Teknik in Aarhus (Jutland). The company’s rental products include: toilet wagons, toilet cabines, crew wagons, office wagons, mobile bathrooms, ticket/sales wagons, containers, fences/barriers, forklifts, generators/electrical

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equipment, golf cars, bars, wristbands, radio equipment, payment solutions, Internet, heating systems for tents, and firework containers and equipment. Godik is always looking to expand its product range to offer customers new and better products. Besides having a unique concept, Godik only uses its own trucks to move equipment, which gives it a big logistical advantage. The company also has its own repair shops so its products are always in excellent condition.


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B Event organisers need numerous elements, often unseen or unnoticed by the ticket paying public. C CONTACT Terraplas Hall Farm House High Street Castle Donington Derby DE74 2PP United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1332 812 813 E: enquiries@ terraplas.com W: terraplas.com Operations in other territories: France, South Africa, USA

Terraplas

Acre Jean

FOUNDED BY ENTREPRENEUR, Robert Else, Terraplas was established to service a market where stadiums needed to utilise their facilities to generate additional revenue from non-sporting events. Terraplas is a turf protection system that enables quick turn-arounds from sporting to non-sporting events and back again, allowing stadiums to be truly multi-functional. After two years' research and development, in conjunction with the professionals responsible for Wembley Stadium's “hallowed” turf, Else was able to discern the requirements for a system that would actually protect the grass surface. The company offers the highest quality turf protection systems, temporary roadway products and ice conversion covers available today.

ACRE JEAN HAS been hiring and manufacturing soft goods to the entertainment industry since 1984. The company’s drapes are used at concerts and many other events. Acre Jean offers a fast-response delivery service to its global clients who include lighting, sound and rigging companies; event organisers; production companies; theatre and drama groups; film, television and photographic studios; marquee suppliers and schools. No job is too small or too large, from an A4 plaque reveal to the largest cyclorama, In addition to an extensive hire stock of wool serge drapes, velvets, treviras, filled cloth and gauzes, Starcloth, etc, the company offers a bespoke make-up service utilising a huge range of flameretardant fabrics.

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CONTACT Acre Jean Ltd Unit 7 The Kimber Centre 54 Kimber Road London SW18 4PP United Kingdom T: +44 (0)20 8877 3211 E: enquiries@acrejean. com W: acrejean.com


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Eve Trakway's specialist products are used at events all around the world

B The industry relies on an army of suppliers to prepare buildings, tents and fields to host productions and performers. C CONTACT Blackout 280 Western Road London SW19 2QA United Kingdom T: +44 (0)20 8687 8400 E: sales@blackout-ltd. com W: blackout-ltd.com Operations in other territories: France

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Eve Trakway

BLACKOUT WAS FOUNDED in 1990 as a supplier of drapes, rigging and starcloth. 25 years later, the company has an extensive product range, high levels of service and industry expertise to create bespoke event environments that meet and exceed any client brief. Blackout prides itself on the close working relationships it has established with clients across a range of sectors. The company has an experienced team and a range of the latest products that ensure its customers are able to create stunning and innovative environments on time and within budget. The company’s vast stock is housed in warehouses in London and Paris, allowing it to deliver great service, highquality supplies and reliable, expert, guidance to clients across Europe.

EVE IS ONE of the UK’s biggest suppliers of temporary access systems, boasting an excellent customer service record, attention to detail and meticulous project management. By building great relationships with its customers, Eve has thrived since developing its pioneering trakway system in the 1960s, developing new products, entering new markets and being at the forefront of innovation. With an established customer base in the events, energy and infrastructure sectors, Eve Trakway has continued to grow and offer a wide range of products including aluminium, plastic and timber trakway systems; pedestrian and vehicle bridges; barriers; fencing and security. The company also provides such infrastructure as grandstands, gantries, mobile seating and staging.

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CONTACT Eve Trakway Bramley Vale Chesterfield Derbyshire S44 5GA United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1246 858600 E: mail@evetrakway. co.uk W: evetrakway.co.uk


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The use of lights and lasers is now integral to even small club shows



LIGHTING RENTAL Innovation is forcing lighting suppliers to increase investment...

THE VISUAL SIDE of concerts, festivals and other live entertainment has never been more prevalent and the number of productions that now include lighting directors as part of the team has grown exponentially in the last decade or so. Mergers and acquisitions in the lighting business are perhaps shrinking the number of operators in this crucial sector, but as this year’s listings demonstrate, the competition remains healthy, with our pool of production professionals voting in five newcomers to their top-ten lighting rental suppliers. And underlining the need for lighting partners no matter where a show tours, there’s a wide geographical

spread for those newcomers – Black Box (Germany), Bright Group (Scandinavia), Gearhouse (South Africa), White Light (UK) and Protec (United Arab Emirates). Technological advances are having an enormous impact on the lighting business, with LED development in particular driving change. The use of these LEDs is allowing creative directors to factor in more equipment than ever, as the units themselves decrease in size and weight. However, the speed of innovation means that productions are demanding the very latest equipment, forcing suppliers to continually upgrade their equipment stocks.

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CONTACT Black Box Music Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH Hertzstraße 73 13158 Berlin Germany T: +49 (0)30 4202 770 E: bbm@black-boxmusic.de W: black-box-music.de

CONTACT Gearhouse First Street Bezuidenhout Valley Johannesburg P O Box 751391 Gardenview 2047 South Africa T: +27 (0)11 216 3000 E: jhb@gearhouse.co.za W: gearhouse.co.za

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SINCE 1992, BLACK Box Music (BBM) has been operating as a leader in the field of event technology. The company’s focus, in addition to the rental of equipment, is the planning and implementation of technical concepts for events. This includes complete solutions for tours, corporate events and trade shows to name a few. BBM’s customers benefit from the guidance of a competent project manager and specialists from all areas of event technology. The company’s approach is detailed and budget-driven. In addition to Black Box Music's existing infrastructure, it can offer clients two rehearsal halls with expanded backstage areas, thus creating the prerequisite environment for easy production test runs and timely improvements.

SINCE STARTING OUT, Lite-Alt principal Paul Normandale’s list of projects reads like a who’s who of modern contemporary music. Established in 1990, Lite-Alternative Limited provides a design-based provisional of the very latest equipment to a diverse range of clients in the concert, theatre, TV and corporate sectors. As a veteran of numerous European and world tours, Normandale and his Lite-Alt team have a cumulative experience of decades on the road. Among the company’s current customers are some of the biggest touring acts on the planet, including Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode, Elbow, One Direction and Björk, who has used the services of Lite-Alt since the company was founded.

Gearhouse

PRG

GEARHOUSE SOUTH AFRICA is the country‘s leading equipment rental company, specialising in lighting, audio, staging, power, rigging and audio visual, which individually, or as a package, provide its clients with that little extra that it likes to call “magic.” Whether customers want a product launch, conference, exhibition, convention, concert tour, or a stadium concert; Gearhouse has 24 years of experience to help people achieve exactly that! With the widest range of services currently available in southern Africa backed by some of the most creative minds in the business, Gearhouse will partner clients to achieve the best possible results from their event, whatever it may be.

PRG SERVES A range of markets, including concert touring, corporate events, trade shows, special events, theatre, TV and film. PRG is uniquely qualified to provide the resources and services that customers need, efficiently and cost effectively. With depth of inventory in state-ofthe-art lighting technology, PRG supports a wide variety of applications. In addition to its product offerings, it has specialists who can answer customer questions and offer solutions to their lighting challenges. The world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems from more than 40 offices around the world.

Protec ESTABLISHED IN 1999 by industry leader and habitual pioneer Stephen Lakin, Protec has grown into one of the largest and most reliable companies in the industry, offering a complete range of services under one roof. It is backed with an investment exceeding £40million in the latest state-of-the-art technology in audio, lighting, video, staging & sets, rigging, hydraulics, motors, motion tracking, robotics, SFX and backline. Currently servicing the Middle East, Europe and

Asia, the award-winning company operates mainly out of its headquarters in Dubai and has over 130 full-time staff. More than half of Protec's highly acclaimed industry professionals are originally from the UK, USA and Europe with decades of experience in the corporate and rock & roll industries. Protec’s commitment to the industry’s growth has seen continued investment with £9.7m spent in the last year alone, ensuring its clients’ creativity is consistently supported by its technology across all disciplines.

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CONTACT Lite-Alternative Unit 4 Shadsworth Business Park Duttons Way Blackburn Lancashire BB1 2QR United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1254 279 654 E: anyone@litealternative.com W: lite-alternative.com

CONTACT PRG Groveley Lane Birmingham B31 4PT United Kingdom T: +44 (0)845 470 6400 E: info@prg.com W: prg.com Operations in other territories: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, USA

CONTACT Protec 12 Street Al Quoz 4, PO Box 71215 Dubai United Arab Emirates T: +971 4347 3788 E: events@ productiontec.com W: productiontec.com




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CONTACT Neg Earth Lights Light House Western Road Park Royal London NW10 7LT United Kingdom T: +44 (0)208 963 0327 E: info@negearth.co.uk W: negearth.co.uk

CONTACT White Light Ltd 20 Merton Industrial Park Jubilee Way London SW19 3WL United Kingdom T: +44 (0)20 8254 4800 E: info@whitelight. ltd.uk W: whitelight.ltd.uk

CONTACT Entec 517 Yeading Lane Northolt Middlesex UB5 6LN United Kingdom T: +44 (0)208 842 4004 E: sales@entecsoundandlight.com W: entecsoundandlight.com

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Neg Earth

Bright Group

IN MORE THAN 30 years of trading, Neg Earth has established itself as one of the leading independent entertainment lighting and rigging hire companies in the industry. The company has consistently provided exceptionally high-quality services for a variety of well-known clients across a variety of media sectors. Neg Earth is a one-stop shop for entertainment lighting and rigging services. The company offers skills and advice in project management, design, fabrication and maintenance, together with the supply of crew for largescale events. It stays at the forefront of technology and innovtion through its relationships with key suppliers and spares no expense in either the acquisition of the latest lighting equipment or staff development.

BRIGHT GROUP IS a leading show technology expert with product sales, rental services, and system integration operations, all within the same company. It serves concerts and public events, corporate events, TV shows, theatres, TV and film, and comprises all disciplines; audio, lighting, video and stages. The company prides itself on the very best and most competent staff, and focuses on delivering high-quality, one-stop-shop solutions to its clients, including content and design. The company’s system integration business delivers permanent show technology, scenery, and special lighting to hotels, theatres, concert halls, museums, and venues, etc – in partnership with designers, construction companies, venue owners/operators.

White Light

Upstaging

WHITE LIGHT IS a complete production solution specialist operating in a range of markets such as events, theatre, concert touring and festivals. Since its formation in 1971, the company has supplied solutions for projects of all sizes across the UK, Europe and worldwide and has attracted many of the world’s leading manufacturers to choose WL as their exclusive distributor. Following the recent expansion of its audio department, the company is also an appointed dealer for the very latest audio products including EM Acoustics, Full Fat Audio, Shure, Sennheiser and Yamaha Commerical. White Light prides itself on the industry knowledge, personal service and high technical standards it has delivered to clients during its 44 years in the industry.

SINCE 1972, UPSTAGING has set the standard for lighting, trucking, and production services within the entertainment industry. In these 40+ years, the company is proud to say it has worked with and continues to work with the best of the best in the business. Upstaging revels in the virtues of integrity, taking pride in its craft, and the services it provides. The company continues to out-perform others by placing value in its relationships. It is Upstaging’s commitment to stay true to the foundation on which it was built: close personal attention to client needs. Recent clients include Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Rolling Stones, U2, Salesforce, and BRP – among a long and growing list of acts who rely on Upstaging's services.

CONTACT Bright Group Brenneriveien 11 0182 Oslo Norway T: +47 9054 4556 E: trond.lutdal@ brightgroupnordic.com W: brightgroupnordic. com

CONTACT Upstaging Inc 821 Park Ave Sycamore IL 60178 USA T: +1 815 899 9888 E: info@upstaging.com W: upstaging.com

Entec SPECIALISING IN RENTAL, sales and installation, London-based Entec Sound & Light is among the UK’s most experienced and professional entertainment industry suppliers. Established in the early 70s, Entec supplies sound, lighting and visual design services, equipment rental and skilled technical crews, together with staging, sets and complete project/ production management, as required. Such projects can include concert touring, special events, festivals,

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corporate presentations, fashion shows, branding events, launch parties, TV, theatre and a wide variety of religious gatherings, sporting and music events. Entec also runs a thriving sales division trading in new and pre-owned equipment. The company has a long-established reputation for its standards of excellence; friendly and accessible approach; talented and knowledgeable sales team; and commitment to delivering the best results to clients whatever the project, large or small, wherever in the world.


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The state-of-the-art facilities at Rock Lititz are among a growing list of mega rehearsal spaces



REHEARSAL FACILITIES Rehearsal rooms are the testing grounds of the business...

THE IMPORTANCE OF rehearsal spaces cannot be overstated now that musicians and artists rely on live performance for the bulk of their annual income. From low-level club shows to stadium spectaculars, acts need to rehearse their stage craft before taking new productions on the road. As well as perfecting the use of new equipment and programming video, lighting and special effects to sync with the performers on stage, rehearsal rooms play a significant role in the overall planning for a tour. Production managers can use rehearsal time to gauge equipment weight, especially for those elements that

need to be flown from venue roofs. At the top-end, rehearsal spaces for stadium and arena shows are at a premium, but artists at that level are increasingly booking vacant venues to carry out what is the creative equivalent of research & development. But with more and more equipment suppliers establishing rehearsal rooms (and spaces also expanding their artist services), refurbishment programmes are now the norm as studios strive to make their facilities as luxurious and artist-friendly as possible. New to this year’s listings are American frontrunners Rock Lititz, CenterStaging and Swing House Studios.

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CONTACT John Henry’s Ltd. 16-24 Brewery Road London N7 9NH United Kingdom T: +44 (0)207 609 9181 E: info@johnhenrys.com W: johnhenrys.com

CONTACT CenterStaging 3407 Winona Ave Burbank CA 91504 USA T: +1 818 559 4333 E: info@centerstaging. com W: centerstaging.com

John Henry’s

Music Bank

JOHN HENRY’S LTD has been servicing the live music, television and radio industries for over 39 years, supplying audio rental, live sound reinforcement, monitoring, speaker systems, wireless systems, radio microphones, in-ear monitors, consoles, microphones, outboard, comms, 2-way radios, concert & showcase production, recording services, backline rental, drums & percussion, piano hire, equipment sales, tour supplies, rehearsal studios, staging rental/installation, rolling risers, flooring, storage, technicians and transport services. John Henry’s offers worldwide tour support and famous attention to detail, all from its central London location, making it a preferred supplier to artists, record labels, festivals, TV studios, production companies and venues.

MUSIC BANK HAS one of the most wellrespected and wellappointed suites of rehearsal studios in the United Kingdom, with a client list that can testify to everything from the joys of natural light to the operation’s famous roof terrace. Established in 1994, Music Bank’s facilities and staff provide backline hire, a choice of rehearsal studios, airconditioning and an on-site tour supplies shop. The organisation has possibly the largest backline rental resource in Europe, and has a reputation not only for its extensive inventory, but also for the knowledge, experience and preparation that comes with every single piece of equipment. Running in tandem, Music Bank has one of the largest and most popular rehearsal studios in London.

CenterStaging

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CENTERSTAGING IS ONE of LA's premier rehearsal and backline facilities, specialising in production and tech support for TV and live performances. Known for its state-ofthe-art rehearsal studios and extensive range of musical instruments, its backline gear is used by numerous tours, concerts, and events. CenterStaging Musical Productions (CSMP) opened in 1994 and established itself on the rehearsal facility circuit, but went out of business in 2007. Two years later, a group of investors purchased certain CSMP assets to form CenterStaging LLC. With the addition of artist relations offices for some of the largest manufacturers in the musical equipment industry, CenterStaging increased its suite of services while maintaining its established decorum.

WITH A GROUND floor area of 1,668.8sqm (17,693sqft) and a height clearance of 18.1m (60ft), LH2 has room for even the most outlandish productions. The facilities make use of a rigging grid that is capable of holding in excess of 60 tonnes, designed to ensure clients have the versatility to use the studio to its maximum potential. LH2 is also able to arrange catering, local crew, runners and riggers, along with hotel accommodation, and any transport requirements. There is also access to a fully equipped workshop and on-site technician to aid with any fabrication requirements that arise during rehearsals. The facility is also within easy reach of many major suppliers for those last minute additions or changes that occur during production preparation.

Bakehouse BAKEHOUSE STUDIOS IS not your typical rehearsal complex. The entrance opens into a lush courtyard where tables and chairs are boothed by walls of vegetation. The studios cater to a diverse range of acts from Melbourne’s small venue scene through to international touring artists as diverse as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Cale, Elvis Costello, Judas Priest, Nick Cave, Beck, Cat Power, Dave Stewart and Vance Joy. It offers pre-production

options to suit all budgets and line-ups. Set in the rustic surrounds of a big old house and stables, where each room has been re-imagined by top-end visual artists, Bakehouse is a truly creative environment. The unique and beautiful interiors feature in many film and photo shoots. Bakehouse Studio’s owners, Quincy McLean & Helen Marcou, are this year’s recipients of the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Facilitator’s prize for their outstanding services to the music community.

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CONTACT Music Bank Building D Tower Bridge Business Complex 100 Clements Rd London SE16 4DG United Kingdom T: +44 (0)207 252 0001 E: studios@musicbank. org W: musicbank.org

CONTACT LH2 Concord Road London W3 0SE United Kingdom T: +44 (0)208 752 0440 E: fred.collins@ lh2studios.co.uk W: lh2studios.co.uk

CONTACT Bakehouse 27-29 Hoddle Street Richmond Victoria 3121 Australia T: +613 9417 1271 E: bakehousestudio@ optusnet.com.au W: bakehousestudios. com.au




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B Production managers can use rehearsal time to gauge equipment weight. C From solo artists to stadium acts, the reliance on live revenues now means rehearsal space is at a premium

Black Box Music SINCE 1992, BLACK Box Music (BBM) has been operating as a leader in the field of event technology. The company’s focus, in addition to the rental of equipment, is the planning and implementation of technical concepts for events. This includes complete solutions for tours, corporate events and trade shows to name a few. BBM’s customers benefit from the guidance of a competent project manager and specialists from all areas of event technology. The company’s approach is detailed and budget-driven. In addition to Black Box Music's existing infrastructure, it can offer clients two rehearsal halls with expanded backstage areas, thus creating the prerequisite environment for easy production test runs and timely improvements.

LS-Live LS-LIVE UNIFIES FOUR areas of operation: Europe’s largest rehearsal facility; staging structures; set construction; and equipment rental. Add into the mix on-site custom design, manufacture and technical expertise, and the company boasts of having one of the most capable, flexible, experienced and user-friendly operations in the event production; TV and film; concert and touring markets. For more than 30 years, LS-Live has pioneered structural innovation and design. Its staff can take any idea for a festival stage, concert set or semipermanent building, and see it through from initial concept to the final delivery, on time and in budget. Its inventory means that it is one of the largest providers of staging equipment in the UK.

CONTACT Rock Lititz 100 Rock Lititz Blvd. Lititz PA 17543 USA T: +1 717 626 0338 E: booking@rocklititz. com W: rocklititz.com

CONTACT Black Box Music Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH Hertzstraße 73 13158 Berlin Germany T: +49 (0)30 4202 770 E: bbm@black-boxmusic.de W: black-box-music.de

CONTACT LS-Live Unit 53 Langthwaite Business Park South Kirkby Wakefield West Yorkshire WF9 3NR United Kingdom T: +44 (0) 1977 659 888 E: sales@ls-live.com W: ls-live.com

Rock Lititz ROCK LITITZ IS a 96-acre production campus designed to cover all entertainment needs. Uniting various creative resources, the collaboration promoted by Rock Lititz strives to generate a one-of-akind community to push live events to the next level. From design, engineering, and manufacturing through production rehearsals and beyond, Rock Lititz encompasses every step of the production process. Rock Lititz Studio, one of the largest rehearsal

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spaces in the world, joins Clair Global, Tait Towers and other industry leaders in calling Lititz home. The facility has a rigging capacity of one million pounds and height clearance with 80 feet to the grid. The studio’s goal is for complex production rehearsals to become as efficient and easy as possible. Clients are given exclusive use of the facility so that it feels like home for the duration of their stay. The studio also provides top-notch catering, riggers, local crew, and runners as well as accommodation and transport.


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B Refurbishment programmes are now the norm as studios strive to make their facilities as luxurious and artist-friendly as possible. C CONTACT Terminal Studios Unit 19 Bermondsey Trading Estate Rotherhithe New Road London SE16 3LL United Kingdom T: +44 (0)207 231 4356 E: info@terminal.co.uk W: terminal.co.uk

Terminal Studios

Swing House Studios

TERMINAL STUDIOS OFFERS a relaxed, comfortable and unpretentious environment where artists can work on their next album or forthcoming tour. With a track record of more than 30 years, Terminal Studios is one of the UK’s most enduring success stories that has survived the vagaries of the industry by being adaptable while, as a rehearsal complex, it has succeeded because it insists on defining its own style. Terminal’s ability to deliver great facilities in a friendly, cost-effective way continues to make it a popular choice among artists. From its humble roots under railway arches, Terminal has mushroomed into a five-studio, 20,000-square foot complex that is seen by many as a music industry sanctuary.

NOW IN ITS 21st year as one of LA's premier destinations for all things music industry related, Swing House Studios boasts the most comprehensive rehearsal sound stage, rental service, and recording facilities in the city. Since its inception in 1994, the company has been committed to providing the highest quality sound engineering service, live event production, backline rental, and showcase facilities in the industry. The initial location in Hollywood became a favourite of many bands, and established Swing House as an artistcentric operation, dedicated to building a community inside and outside the studio. It contnues to attract professional and aspiring musicians with amenities unrivalled in the vibrant LA music scene.

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CONTACT Swing House Studios 3229 Casitas Ave Los Angeles CA 90039 USA T: +1 323 850 4990 E: info@swinghouse. com W: swinghouse.com


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Technology is helping improve acoustics across the spectrum of live entertainment events



SOUND RENTAL Despite all the bells & whistles at modern shows, decent acoustics are still vital...

THE REPUTATION OF the world’s best sound rental companies has seen the names of a handful of specialists become Kite marks for quality. Such audio pioneers dedicate significant time and resources to training staff in acoustics and teaching them ways to set-up equipment to achieve the best possible sound in all manner of venues. This year’s listings include five Production 100 newbies – British outfits Adlib Audio and Audiotech, Germany’s Black Box Music, the Nordic-based Bright Group and Belgian family operation Phlippo. The speed of technological

development is no more obvious than in the business of sound, where top-end manufacturers launch new products on a weekly basis. And with artists always keen to work with the latest equipment, the need for sound rental companies to employ clever investment programmes is paramount as they endeavour to offer clients state-of-the-art gear. Along with new kit, the industry’s top rental outfits also hire out trained engineers to help set-up and operate the equipment to its full potential, whether that be a set of microphones in a conference setting to repeat towers at an outdoor festival.

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CONTACT Britannia Row Productions 104 The Green Twickenham TW2 5AG United Kingdom T: +44(0)208 893 4997 E: info@britanniarow. com W: britanniarow.com

CONTACT Clair Audio One Ellen Avenue Lititz PA 17543 USA T: +1 717 626 4000 E: info@clairglobal.com W: clairglobal.com Operations in other territories: Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom

CONTACT Adlib Audio Ltd Adlib House Fleming Road Liverpool L24 9LS United Kingdom T: +44 (0)151 486 2214 E: info@adlib.co.uk W: adlib.co.uk

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Britannia Row SINCE 1975, LONDONBASED Britannia Row has become one of the world’s leading sound companies using the simple philosophy of listening to its customers and providing the very best people and equipment to suit their needs. Over the decades the company has increased its expertise from servicing concert touring acts to providing equipment and technicians for major sporting, corporate and cultural events throughout the world, tailoring its considerable resources to get the best audio results for more than 100,000 productions to date. The company prides itself on its ability to help promoters and artists to produce sound that’s the best it can be in order to make sure that Britannia Row customers’ audiences keep coming back for more.

significant time and resources in training staff about acoustics.  Delivering quality audio to everyone in an audience is a never-ending challenge for sound engineers

Clair Audio ESTABLISHED IN 1966, Clair Audio’s mission is to “strive every day, at any hour, to exceed our clients’ expectations through integrity, innovation, attention to detail, and unyielding customer service worldwide.” The company has eight centres across the continental United States, as well as key regional centres around the rest of the world that its globetrotting clientele can depend on, no matter where they are entertaining audiences. With close to 50 years of operations, the reputation of Clair, and the success of its business, is built upon the principles of fair dealing and ethical conduct. The company culture of integrity and excellence means Clair's staff are expected to treat clients, fellow employees and all others in a respectful and courteous manner.

Adlib Audio ADLIB AUDIO’S RENTAL department has successfully provided professional audio to the live events industry for over 30 years and is the go-to hire company for touring acts, festivals, comedy, corporate and sporting events. Being part of the Adlib group means that a complete package of sound, lighting and video can be provided by the company, together with the quality driven service that clients would expect from

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a leading production operation. Adlib’s people and expertise is what sets it apart from others. In addition to rental, Adlib’s sales and installation department provide new and ex-hire equipment from leading manufacturers to venues and rental companies across the UK, with the backup of unparalleled training facilities and support. Adlib has offices in Liverpool and Glasgow, which allows it to provide services both north and south of the border, as well as further afield for international tours.




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CONTACT SSE Audio Group Burnt Meadow House North Moons Moat Redditch B98 9PA United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1527 528822 E: enquiries@sseaudio. com W: sseaudiogroup.com Operations in other territories: France

CONTACT Bright Group Brenneriveien 11 0182 Oslo Norway T: +47 9054 4556 E: trond.lutdal@ brightgroupnordic.com W: brightgroupnordic. com

CONTACT Phlippo Antwerpsesteenweg 334 2500 Lier Belgium T: +32 3 491 91 74 E: rental@phlippo.be W: phlippo.com Operations in other territories: The Netherlands

SSE Audio Group

PRG

SSE AUDIO GROUP provides professional audio services to the live events industry, including PA hire; pro audio equipment sales; and sound, lighting & video installations for all kinds of venues. Its services include sound design for shows, tours and permanent installations; audio equipment servicing and repair; and equipment and case fabrication. SSE Hire supplies audio systems ranging from small dry hire conference packages to complex line array systems for major events. SSE Sales can supply everything from a single microphone to a complete and comprehensive PA system, while SSE Installations provides design, installation and maintenance of sound, lighting and vision facilities in venues, and can supplement venue audio requirements with dry hire services.

PRG SERVES A range of markets, including concert touring, corporate events, trade shows, theatre, TV and film. PRG is uniquely qualified to provide the resources and services customers need at any and all sites, efficiently, and cost effectively. With its state-of-the-art audio technology, PRG supports a wide variety of applications. Whatever audio need a client may have, PRG has the solution. In addition to its product offerings, PRG has many leading audio technicians, project managers, and account executives that have access to the latest in audio products and technologies. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems from more than 40 offices around the world.

Bright Group

Wigwam Acoustics

BRIGHT GROUP IS a leading show technology expert with product sales, rental services, and system integration operations, all within the same company. It serves concerts and public events, corporate events, TV shows, theatres, TV and film, and comprises all disciplines; audio, lighting, video and stages. The company prides itself on having the very best and most competent staff, and focuses on delivering high-quality, one-stop-shop solutions to its clients, including content and design. The company’s system integration business delivers permanent show technology, scenery, and special lighting to hotels, theatres, concert halls, museums, and venues, etc – in partnership with designers, construction companies, venue owners/operators.

ESTABLISHED IN 1979, Wigwam Acoustics is one of the world’s leading companies for the hire, sales and installation of professional audio equipment. Wigwam Hire has established itself over a 30-year period as one of the industry’s foremost specialist suppliers of sound systems, equipment for touring applications and dry hire. The rental department has a purpose-built warehouse and workshops in excess of 32,000 square feet allowing meticulous preparation and maintenance of equipment prior to shipping around the world. Wigwam Acoustics’ portfolio of high profile touring artists has assisted in building its reputation on a global basis for the provision of high-quality sound systems.

Phlippo PHLIPPO IS A dynamic, internationally oriented company, which has been active in the audiovisual business since 1962, and which specialises in the rental and sales of professional audio, video and light equipment. Half a century of technological know-how and a broad array of prominent references from different fields in the industry have ensured that Phlippo has

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CONTACT PRG Groveley Lane Longbridge B31 4PT United Kingdom T: +44 (0)845 470 6400 E: info@prg.com W: prg.com Operations in other territories: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, USA

CONTACT Wigwam Acoustics Unit 402 Phoenix Close Industrial Estate Green Lane, Heywood Lancashire OL10 2JG United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1706 363 800 E: sales@wigwam.co.uk W: wigwamacoustics. co.uk

become a quality label for the European market and abroad. The company’s expertise in live productions has given it the chance to build up a wide and road-proof stock of material. Next to flexible and reliable service, clients can also rely on Phlippo for an extensive range of state-of-the-art material for every budget, carefully selected with an eye for the smallest detail. Phlippo can offer a global, integrated and even customised technical solution for every job and customer.


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B Along with new kit, the industry’s top rental outfits also hire out trained engineers to help set-up and operate the equipment to its full potential. C CONTACT Audiotech Services Ltd Unit 18 Middlewoods Way Wharncliffe Business Park Carlton Barnsley South Yorkshire S71 3HR United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1226 208327 E: rachael@ audiotechuk.com W: audiotechuk.com

Audiotech Services

Black Box Music

DIRECTOR DES WARD established Audiotech Services in 1998, which, in its formative years, worked predominantly in the corporate sector, supplying audio equipment for all manner of events from fashion shows and conferences to product launches and installations. More recently, Audiotech expanded its portfolio to include supplying sound systems to the music industry - a trait it believes sets it apart from other audio suppliers. The company also has its own fully equipped studio. Audiotech's ethos has always been to supply quality kit, coupled with a creative edge. Its equipment is maintained to the highest standards and includes some of the world’s leading audio brands. It also supplies bespoke audio playback racks, which are individually designed and built.

SINCE 1992, BLACK Box Music (BBM) has been operating as a leader in the field of event technology. The company’s focus, in addition to the rental of equipment, is the planning and implementation of technical concepts for events. This includes complete solutions for tours, corporate events and trade shows to name a few. BBM’s customers benefit from the guidance of a competent project manager and specialists from all areas of event technology. The company’s approach is detailed and budget-driven. In addition to Black Box Music's existing infrastructure, it can offer clients two rehearsal halls with expanded backstage areas, thus creating the prerequisite environment for easy production test runs and timely improvements.

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CONTACT Black Box Music Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH Hertzstraße 73 13158 Berlin Germany T: +49 (0)30 4202 770 E: bbm@black-boxmusic.de W: black-box-music.de


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Expanding outdoor events mean ever bigger staging solutions



STAGING AND RIGGING Stages are playing an increasingly central role in show production...

WHILE THE MAJORITY of stages are still simple raised platforms for acts to use as performance spaces, at the pinnacle of the business, stages have taken on much more significance in show production. Spectaculars such as U2’s 360° tour and Robbie Williams’ Take the Crown stadium tour, as well as festivals like Tomorrowland have used stages as an integral part of show creativity, while trapdoors, Kabukis and motorised elements have become more common as acts up the ante to meet fan expectations. Designing complex staging systems in such a way that crews can quickly build and disassemble them has become a

highly specialised part of the industry. But our voting professionals also recognise the essential role that riggers play in making those artistic visions come to fruition and this year’s top ten staging and rigging companies include debutants Knight Rigging Services (UK) and DART Rigging (Germany). Another newcomer this year hints at the solidarity among the production community. JSA shut down its Russian HQ a year ago in protest over the nation’s military moves in Ukraine. Yet despite limited activity over the past 12 months, JSA was selected above many of its peers to be in this year’s Production 100.

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CONTACT JSA Stage Company Karla Ulmana gatve 119a Marupes novads Riga LV-2167 Latvia T: +371 2777 4848 E: welcome@jsa-stage. company W: jsa-stage.company

CONTACT Star Events Ltd Milton Road Thurleigh Bedford MK44 2DF United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1234 772 233 E: info@StarEventsLtd. com W: StarEventsLtd.com Operations in other territories: China, Spain, Portugal, Australia

JSA Stage Company JSA STAGE COMPANY was founded by Alexander Strizhak as a specialist in providing management services and technical support for concerts, festivals and other events and quickly became the first professional stage company in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2014, with JSA’s management disagreeing with the military aggression in Ukraine, it shut down its Russian operations and relocated to Latvia. Experienced working on large-scale projects, supplying staging and/or as a local production company, JSA is confident it can emulate that success from its new base. With historic clients including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Roger Waters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Elton John, JSA is hoping its resurrection will be swift.

Star Events IN 2016, STAR Events will have been supplying equipment and services to the events industry for 40 years. The company presents the widest range of temporary structures for worldwide sporting, commercial and entertainment events, and few organisations can compete with Star Events for its high-end engineering, planning and strategic support. The company offers a full-time engineering and design office with a range of mechanical and structural engineers. Star Events’ experienced staff carefully considers each particular situation to deliver equipment and services that clients can rely on. Whether customers are looking for a mobile stage, rigging services or a creative bespoke offering, Star Events provides them with the tools for success.

Rigging lights and sound equipment on repeat towers has become a common sight at outdoor events

Stageco HEADQUARTERED IN BELGIUM, with offices around the world, the multiple award-winning Stageco Staging Group continues to deliver imaginative solutions for concert touring, festivals, sports ceremonies and many other live events, indoors and outdoors. Supported by unrivalled engineering experience, the company’s staging systems range from 12m x 8m to 54m x 27m (able to handle 70 tonnes of rigging) and can be configured and reinforced to

meet precise requirements. Stageco’s temporary structures include mix and delay towers, camera risers, seating platforms and many types of scaffold constructions, as seen on the main stages of major festivals such as the Electric Daisy Carnival, Sensation, Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld. Remaining at the cutting edge of live production since forming in 1985, Stageco’s touring clients include U2, Roger Waters, One Direction, The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams and Muse.

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CONTACT Stageco Kapelleweg 6 3150 Tildonk Belgium T: +32 (0)16 60 84 71 E: info@stageco.com W: stageco.com Operations in other territories: Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands, USA




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Knight Rigging Services KNIGHT RIGGING SERVICES is one of the leading providers of rigging and stage design in the live production industry. Established by Sven Knight, 20 years ago, the company's aim was to become the foremost operation of its kind in Britain. However, the company is by no means tied to the UK; indeed, its rigging, designs and crew often travel to other markets internationally to work on events. KRS is the house contractor for LS-Live Studios, and also is an approved supplier for broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV. At the 2014 TPi Awards ceremony in London, in recognition of an immensely successful year, Knight Rigging Services won the award for Favourite Rigging Company and Sven Knight won the award for Rigger of the Year.

Dart Rigging

Working at heights is a daily risk faced by riggers

CONTACT All Access 1320 Storm Parkway Torrance CA 90501 USA T: +1 310 784 2464 E: usinfo@allaccessinc. com W: allaccessinc.com Operations in other territories: Australia, UK

DART RIGGING + PROJEKT is one of the leading rigging and production companies in Germany, that besides rigging takes care of technical management and the planning of events, including the generation of seating charts and event safety concepts for all kinds of shows, especially touring productions. Many years of experience in the German and international market, and the technical know-how allow dart to find the right solutions for the most demanding rigging and project challenges. Also load monitoring has become an important part of its services. The dart team consists of experienced engineers, technicians and skilled workers. All technical staff are certified professionals for rigging and event technology.

CONTACT Knight Rigging Services Unit 5, Aldon Road Poulton le Fylde Lancashire FY6 8JL United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1253 894 688 E: paula@knightrigging. co.uk W: knightrigging.co.uk

CONTACT dart rigging+projekt GmbH Martener Strasse 435c D-44379 Dortmund Germany T: +49 (0)231 5897 960 E: dortmund@dartnet.de W: rigging.de

All Access FOR OVER 20 years, All Access has been a force in the industry as a one-stop shop for live event production and staging with offices in the heart of the US entertainment industry. All Access has continued its global presence with offices in the United Kingdom and Australia, since 2009, in order to make their proprietary Versa Stage system accessible to clients worldwide. Using the Versa Stage system, All Access can

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design and build staging better, faster and safer. The company’s latest Versa rolling stage is one of the strongest and safest fully modular touring stages available for hire worldwide, and while the company’s prominent focus remains that load capacity should meet strict global constraints, understage areas have increased in size for quick costume changes and technician pathways. All Access also provides kabukis, lifts, mobilators, toasters, turntables, snifters, and other electromechanical stage effects.


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B Our voting professionals recognise the essential role that riggers play in making artistic visions come to fruition. C CONTACT Magaforce Jöhlinger Straße 118 D - 76356 Weingarten Germany T: +49 (0)7244 720 20 E: info@megaforce.de W: megaforce.de

Megaforce SINCE 1992, MEGAFORCE has cecome one of the most competent, reliable and innovative companies in the business and has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in south-west Germany, supplying open-air events and tours. The creation of a podium workshop and in-house trucking company, marked the start of Megaforce’s successful “allin-one” philosophy. In 1999, the company designed, engineered, and produced its own stage, the RBB, which became an instant hit. Designing an arched roof stage helped the company’s reputation grow and Megaforce became an industry pioneer as the company’s structures were chosen for international tours and events. Today, Megaforce is one of the leading staging companies worldwide.

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Show Group Production Services SHOW GROUP PRODUCTION Services (SGPS) has over 30 years of experience providing innovative concepts and creative problemsolving to the live entertainment, touring music industry and other events. With today’s increased demands on technicians and designers, SGPS created ShowRig to specifically service the rigging needs of the production industry, and to apply all the engineering, design and fabrication experience it has amassed in these markets. The company carefully analyses each project’s requirements, allowing it to design systems either using components from the SGPS extensive off-theshelf inventory, or to fabricate specific equipment to meet these needs.

CONTACT Show Group Production Services 15823 South Main Street Los Angeles CA 90248 USA T: +1 310 538 4175 E: brian@sgps.net W: sgps.net


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Stageco designed a roofless stage for Coldplay's 2012 'Mylo Xyloto' stadium tour

B At the pinnacle of the business, stages have taken on a much more significant part in show production. C CONTACT Brilliant Stages 2 Hillgate Hitchin SG4 0RY United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1462 455 366 E: info@bstages.com W: brilliantstages.com

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BRILLIANT STAGES HAS its origins in a business that was formed over 30 years ago. The company has a reputation for delivering custom set design and fabrication projects within the touring and cruise ship industry. Brilliant's client list includes prestige acts such as the Rolling Stones, U2, Muse, Take That, Lady Gaga, AC/DC, Simply Red and Pink, and the company has been supplying stages and sets to the cruise industry since 1997, along the way gaining a vast knowledge of the theatres and venues aboard ships. The company has also expanded into other markets, working on complex projects outside of touring, within the public domain. From custom video walls through to extreme engineering, the company takes extraordinary concepts through to creative solutions.

TAIT TOWERS DESIGNS and constructs some of the finest live equipment in the world, employing a passionate team of experts who understand set and stage creation in its entirety. Since 1978, Tait has expanded globally and claims to be the world market leader in staging, scenic design, kinetic architecture, LED integration, show control and automated rigging. Boasting a workforce of more than 600 employees, Tait approaches projects with a philosophy that the spectacle of the opening night is equally important as a quick, safe and efficient load-out. Among its various claims to fame, Tait Towers has supplied the staging for 19 of the world's top 20 grossing acts, and historically partnered with US space agency, NASA, to put the lyrics of U2’s Beautiful Day into orbit.

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CONTACT Tait Towers 9 Wynfield Drive Lititz PA 17543 USA T: +1 717 626 9571 E: mtinari@taittowers. com W: taittowers.com Operations in other territories: Asia, Australia, United Kingdom


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COMPARE TODAY’S SHOWS with those of a decade ago and one of the most obvious differences will be the proliferation of video screens and imagery that numerous productions now count on to augment live performance. While video screens at large arenas, stadiums and festival stages were once used so people could see the performers from a distance, these days the use of video has allowed artists to introduce imagery and special effects to strengthen their creative connection with fans. A whole array of specialist audio visual creators are now involved in tour production, weaving artist videos into live

performance as well as producing original content to add to the overall artistry. Those visuals are not only being shown on big screens at the side of the stage, but also on video walls encompassing large parts of the set, as well as innovative spherical screens and motorised units that can move around during the show. Consolidation in the video services business has been a factor in the past 12 months, but as you will see in the following pages, both PRG Nocturne and PRG XL Video still made it into our top ten, while there are four debutants in this year’s Production 100: Black Box Music, Bright Group, Mediatech and Gearhouse.

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CONTACT Mediatec Solutions The Cube Downmill Road Bracknell Berkshire RG12 1QS United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1794 516 787 E: enquiries@ mediatecgroup.co.uk W: mediatecgroup.com Operations in other territories: Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

CONTACT The Screen Works 2201 W. Fulton Street Chicago IL 60612 USA T: +1 312 243 8265 E: screens@ thescreenworks.com W: thescreenworks.com

CONTACT Gearhouse First Street Bezuidenhout Valley Johannesburg P O Box 751391 Gardenview 2047 South Africa T: +27 (0)11-216-3000 E: jhb@gearhouse.co.za W: gearhouse.co.za

Mediatec Solutions

Satis&fy

MEDIATEC SOLUTIONS IS now part of the NEP Worldwide Network, which has further enhanced its capabilities in the provision of broadcast and full service production facilities across a wide range of live event-based projects. Specialising in the provision of LED screen solutions, Mediatec Solutions has a huge inventory of LED screen equipment covering both hi-res indoor and robust outdoor products. The company also boasts an extensive fleet of mobile LED screen units ranging from a 10-square-metre trailer, right up to huge 88-square-metre mobile trucks, with many varying size options in between. Mediatec Solutions is able to provide a truly global solution for any client broadcast and event product needs.

SATIS&FY IS A worldclass, full-service company for premium event equipment and event architecture. Launched in 1993, the company has solidified its position as one of the industry’s largest, cutting-edge equipment pools through its 10 global locations. The company is known for its onestop solution and integrated technical consulting, planning and implementation packages for professional events. Satis&fy also provides unparalleled design, logistics, and inventory management services around the globe and operates its own workshops and programming studios. The company’s approach to business is simple—view clients’ events as a challenge, always give the job 110%, and translate creative ideas into tangible realities.

The Screen Works

Creative Technology

ESTABLISHED MORE THAN 50 years ago, The Screen Works is one of the world’s leading specialists in the manufacture, rental, and service of front and rear projection screens to fit any event, be it a small, local affair or a stadium show. Since 1959, the company has manufactured quality projection screens for a diverse client base. Custom screen designs and speciality fabrication are a familiar part of its day-to-day business. The company has the experience to deliver product solutions that fit the requirements of specific and unique projects, and has inventory to handle all manner of challenges – curved screens, geometric shapes, speciality sizes, multisided configurations, expert consultation and quality fabrication, ensuring it can meet the expectations of every client.

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY IS one of the world’s leading suppliers of audio visual and technical staging services. Since its inception over 28 years ago, it has evolved to operate globally, providing the highest quality AV, staging, multimedia and video display services. Constantly investing in new innovative applications of the latest technology, CT’s products include indoor/outdoor LED, plasma/LCD displays, highdefinition multi-imaging, high power video projection, LED scenic video, LED lighting effects, combined with digital camera systems, media processing systems and interactive show control. The CT team includes many of the industry’s best project managers, engineers and operators with cumulative experience running to hundreds of years.

Gearhouse GEARHOUSE SOUTH AFRICA is the country's leading equipment rental company – and one of the best in the entire African continent. It specialises in lighting, audio, staging, power, rigging and audio visual, either individually or as a package, and providing its clients with that little extra that it likes to call “magic.” Whether customers want a product launch, conference, exhibition, concert tour or a stadium

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CONTACT Satis&fy Industriegebiet Dögelmühle 61184 Karben Germany T: +49 (0)603 991 200 E: info@satis-fy.com W: satis-fy.com Operations in other territories: Brazil, The Netherlands, USA

CONTACT Creative Technology Ltd Unit E2 Sussex Manor Business Park, Gatwick Road Crawley RH10 9NH United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1293 582 000 E: info@ctlondon.com W: uk.ct-group.com Operations in other territories: China, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, UAE, USA

concert; Gearhouse has 24 years of experience to help people achieve exactly that! With the widest range of services currently available in southern Africa – backed by some of the most creative minds in the business, Gearhouse will partner clients to achieve the best possible results from their event, whatever it may be. Throughout all the companies in the group, Gearhouse recognises staff as its greatest asset. Vision, passion, teamwork and a commitment to excellence are the foundations on which Gearhouse South Africa has been built and the basis on which it continues to grow.




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Black Box Music BLACK BOX MUSIC (BBM) has been operating as a leader in the field of event technology since 1992. The company’s focus, in addition to the rental of equipment, is the planning and implementation of technical concepts for events. This includes complete solutions for tours, corporate events and trade shows to name a few. BBM’s customers benefit from the guidance of a competent project manager and specialists from all areas of event technology. The company’s approach is detailed and budget-driven. In addition to Black Box Music's existing infrastructure, it can offer clients two rehearsal halls with expanded backstage areas, thus creating the prerequisite environment for easy production test runs and timely improvements.

Bright Group BRIGHT GROUP IS a leading show technology expert with product sales, rental services, and system integration operations, all within the same company. It serves concerts and public events; corporate events; theatres, TV and film, and comprises all disciplines; audio, lighting, video and stages. The company prides itself with the very best and most competent staff, and focuses on delivering high-quality, one-stop-shop solutions to its clients, including content and design. The company’s system integration business delivers permanent show technology, scenery, and special lighting to hotels, theatres, concert halls, museums, and venues, etc – in partnership with designers, construction companies, venue owners/operators.

CONTACT VER 912 Ruberta Avenue Glendale, CA 91201 USA T: +1 818 956 1444 E: info@verrents.com W: verrents.com Operations in other territories: Canada, Germany, Netherlands, UK

VER VIDEO EQUIPMENT RENTALS is one of the world’s largest audio/visual, broadcast, audio, computer and creative LED equipment rental companies. The company has no fewer than 23 locations across the United States, two in Canada and three in Europe. The company operates on a 24/7 basis for clients and has an extraordinarily large inventory of equipment to service the events industry: audio, AV

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CONTACT Black Box Music Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH Hertzstraße 73 13158 Berlin Germany T: +49 (0)30 4202 770 E: bbm@black-boxmusic.de W: black-box-music.de

CONTACT Bright Group Brenneriveien 11 0182 Oslo Norway T: +47 9054 4556 E: trond.lutdal@ brightgroupnordic.com W: brightgroupnordic. com

presentation equipment, cameras, computers, LED, lighting/rigging/trusses, monitors, projectors and video. As a technology dependent company, VER strives to keep its customers informed and hosts demonstrations, training sessions, open houses and other events to allow production crew to stay up to date with new equipment. Indeed, the company’s e-marketing team is dedicated to sharing useful information in a timely manner, and provides RSS updates for new products, videos and news, offering clients the option to add VER information to their RSS feeds.


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One Direction's stadium tour used vast video walls to bring young fans closer to their idols

B A whole array of specialist audio visual creators are now involved in tour production. C CONTACT PRG XL Video Unit 2, Eastman Way Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP2 7DU United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1442 849 400 W: prg.com Operations in other territories: Belgium, China, France, Germany, The Netherlands, USA

PRG XL Video

PRG Nocturne

PRG XL VIDEO is an award-winning provider of creative video solutions for concert touring, festivals and other events. Now part of PRG, the company guarantees the creativity and full technical support to put together state-of-the-art video solutions for some of the most innovative and aesthetically daring shows in the world. The company’s UK team has many years of industry experience, and applies this expertise to take clients’ creative ideas and make them reality. From modular screens and creative LED to the latest media servers and control; camera and broadcast systems to projection technology, the company's broad inventory of rental equipment ensures PRG XL Video can offer highquality video solutions for shows, large or small.

PRG NOCTURNE PROVIDES video support worldwide for concert touring and live events. Backed by its fleet of state-of-the-art broadcast SD/HD/3G flypacks, cameras, LED screens, and projectors, PRG Nocturne has supported and enhanced live shows for some of the biggest and most famous artists. In addition to traditional broadcast electronics, PRG Nocturne builds and maintains its own proprietary line of 9mm, 12mm, 18mm, and 28mm LED video products and builds custom configurations to fulfil client requirements. PRG Nocturne also provides camera support for live broadcasts and shoots and has won numerous awards and acquired an international reputation for excellence.

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CONTACT PRG Nocturne 300 Harvestore Drive DeKalb IL 60115 USA T: +1 815 756 9600 E: info@prg.com W: prg.com Operations in other territories: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, United Kingdom, USA


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