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Pigs fly in Hyde Park

Production News
7 August 2018

ROGER WATERS’ performance at British Summer Time (cap. 65,000) in London’s Hyde Park required structure supplier Star Events to adapt its VerTech stage to the performer’s outsized visual effects, including graffiti-strewn flying pigs and a recreation of the smoking chimneys of Battersea Power Station, towering over the stage. According to Star Events’ Roger Barrett, the Star Events’ team rebuilt the main floor deck of the main stage and provided rigging support for the big screen move and lighting install. The back of the performance space supported a 1,100 square metre video wall.

“To achieve what Roger Waters needed while enabling the other five major BST Hyde Park shows was challenging to say the least,” says Barrett. “We reduced the Great Oak Stage trees from three to two, but enhanced the leaf cover to hide a lot of the Waters’ production on the roof. The fact that we only made a handful of special components showed the flexibility of the VerTech system.”

The stage had to be returned to its regular format for The Cure the following night, in a changeover which required three cranes and six trucks for removing equipment including 10 Star structures from front of house used for Waters’ surround sound and projectors.

The show also saw the deployment of 318 MLA series enclosures by Martin Audio, “the largest ever”, according to audio company Capital Sound.

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