As the days get longer, nights get lighter and the sun beams down you can just feel that sense of adrenaline, anticipation and excitement in the air.
Finally, after more years than we care to mention, the festival season has come back in full force and we for one, couldn’t be happier.
There is something about working in live events that is hard to express in words but it makes you want to live to work, just as much as you work to live - it’s part of your soul. No matter the long hours, working weekends and requirement to live in steel capped boots, an endless buzz of energy carries us through the summer months.
The unprecedented challenge of the pandemic hit our industry more than most and we are so ready to bring back the joy of live music to awaiting audiences, who no doubt have a newfound appreciation for live events.
This year, we kicked off the festival season working with the insanely talented team at Crosstown Concerts. We’ve worked with the team for years and have huge respect for what they do.
From 22 to 27 June we joined them on site on Bristol’s Harbourside to deliver Bristol Sounds - an open-air concert series in the city’s stunning natural amphitheater. For 2022, the event has extended to six consecutive nights of live music for the first time since its conception.
The series got underway with festival favourite, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on Wednesday 22 June, followed by Paolo Nutini, Elbow, British electronic music collective, Jungle, Swedish indie folk duo, First Aid Kit and Philadelphian rock band, The War on Drugs.
Live open-air music is a signature part of Bristol’s summer, and the team at Crosstown certainly pulled off a stellar line-up for one spectacular comeback.
While the audience was spinning, jumping and bobbing out to the sweet sounds, rhythm and beats that filled the amphitheatre, we could be found everywhere and nowhere. We work in the invisible world, anything that wasn’t captivating the audiences’ eyes on stage was us.
We arrived days early, and prepared the site for the acts and the crowds. Beyond the stage we brought in the crews and the kit, managed all the licensing applications and liaison and made sure everything was in tip top shape for when the gates opened. While they were open, we kept everything working and everyone safe, fed, watered and toileted! And once they closed, we swept back in and made everything disappear, returning this iconic harbourside location back to the way we found it.