Showforce provided a team of highly experienced stage crew for Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage for the first time in 2019. The company was awarded the contract by the stage’s production manager, Emma Reynolds, who has worked with the Showforce team on several events in recent years and been impressed with their capabilities and high standards of delivery.
Showforce’s in-house operations team made certain that they had the correct personnel in place at every stage of the project. From allocating crew to appropriate roles based on their expertise and ensuring they were correctly accredited prior to arriving onsite, to guaranteeing that everyone was where they needed to be, when they needed to be, during the build, show days and de-rig. In addition, Showforce’s operations manager, Laurence Jones, was onsite for the duration of the project; liaising with the client and crew chief; managing the crew and generally making certain that everything ran smoothly.
Onsite from 24th June, Showforce’s initial presence included two teams of crew, each headed up by a highly experienced crew chief and assisted by forklift drivers to support the install of lighting, sound and video equipment for the Pyramid Stage. On Thursday 27th June, an additional 18 crew members, crew chief and forklift driver ensured that the stage was prepared for headliner Stormzy’s performance on Friday.
A team of more than 30 crew, three forklift drivers and a crew chief then worked through the night on Friday and Saturday, removing all the previous headliners kit and preparing the stage for the next day’s performances, including Saturday and Sunday’s headline acts; The Killers and The Cure.
Showforce’s crew were responsible for all changeovers between acts during the three show days; 20 crew members, 2 forklift drivers and a crew chief ensured that each band/ artist’s risers, and any
other kit that was required for their performance, was moved on stage and then correctly positioned when it was their turn to perform. Many included backline equipment and sound desks etc.
Given the number of acts performing and the tight turnaround time between each the backstage area was heavily congested with kit. At any one time there were being an act leaving the stage, a new act going on and the following artist loading in. It is vital that every performance begins on time as there are financial implications if they don’t.
The average time allowed for a changeover is eight minutes with no margin for error, this was the case following Kylie Minogue’s performance, there was a lot of kit involved and it needed to be changed over quickly for Sir David Attenborough’s appearance. The Showforce crew were able to turn it around in an impressive six minutes.
Showforce also provided eight follow spot operators for each of the show days, four were situated front of house and 18 metres high and the other four operated from under the stage.
The Showforce stage crew remained onsite until the 2nd July assisting with the de-rig of the Pyramid Stage.
In addition, Showforce assisted Eat to the Beat with the install and de-rig of its kitchen equipment and provided a further team of six crew members who removed site furniture from 1st – 3rd July.