Igoe at Bristol Harbourside Festival

Our best ever summer continued in a similar vein with Igoe very proud to provide stages and technical production for Bristol’s prestigious ‘Harbourside’ Festival.We supplied both main stage structures as well as sound reinforcement and lx: the live music stage in Queens square and the Contemporary Dance stage in Millennium Square.


The live stage was very popular on Saturday with local bands and DJ’s playing to huge numbers throughout the day.I think everyone would agree that the highlight was definitely Bristol legend ‘DJ Derrick’ who performed his timeless dub reggae set (on a pair of mini discplayers !?) This was his last ever ‘big gig’ to an unbelievable 8000 strong crowd! We were only asked to cater for 2 – 3000 so this really pushed the limit of the rig we supplied for the job. Our FOH tech had people coming from the front saying “turn it down it’s ear splitting” and people coming from behind saying “turn it up we can’t hear it at the back!” This is why ‘Line Array’ was invented! We will hopefully be able to push for that kind of solution next time.


For the Contemporary dance stage in Millennium square we were situated next to the iconic mirror ball outside @Bristol.We used our bespoke 10m truss stage system with a special rubberised (bouncy) matting fitted to the deck surface. We did have a spectacular floor lighting package that we wanted to use on this stage but before we started rigging lights the contemporary dance coordinator insisted that we mustn’t hang any lights at all at the rear of the stage as it this would detract from the performances and distract the audience, oh well.

This stage played host to a dazzling array of contemporary dance troupes who stunned audiences throughout the weekend. Our ability to deal with a different act every 5 minutes was tested to the limit with acts bringing us backing tracks on a variety of different media and some with last minute live sound requirements. One notable issue was with any tap dancing acts who complained that the rubber matting was (of course) no good for their purposes. We solved the problem by striking and micing up a few pieces of spare Litedeck each time we had a tap act for the artists to perform (tap) on.


Bristol Harbourside 2013 was a great event. No one could have predicted the unprecedented level of turnout at Queens square on Saturday night! It must have been testament to a much better line up than in previous years and a lot of thanks to great weather all summer which lasted throughout Saturday evening. This was our first attempt at the Bristol Harbourside event and running two challenging main stages simultaneously certainly tested our capabilities. Huge thanks go out to all crew who worked on the event who absolutely nailed the production. I’m pleased to say that from a managerial perspective the job went very well with very few hick ups / problems …and thankfully our client seemed happy. I’m hopeful that they will have us back next year, fingers crossed!! 🙂


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