Concerts

HAIR at the London Palladium

HAIR at the London Palladium

Following on from a hugely successful limited production at Turbine on the Jetty last year. HAIR is one of the first performances at the Palladium to welcome a live audience back to the venue since the beginning of this year. Both feature a lighting design by Andrew Exeter. He was keen to work with Storm to provide the lighting and rigging equipment required for the production.

We worked closely with Andrew to bring this specially created concert version to life. Andrew was keen to bring the classic 60’s tungsten look and feel to the stage. Keeping inline with the shows 1960’s roots. He achieved this in the unique form of “PAR Trees”. These also helped to frame the performance space for the concert.

To work with the tungsten part of the design, Andrew took advantage of our recently added stock of Vari*Lite VL2600 Profile‘s. He also made great use of our SGM Q7‘s & ETC ColorSource Spot‘s to complete the design. This special concert version of HAIR was directed by Arlene Phillips.

“It is always a pleasure to work with Andrew, especially on productions like these. It’s an opportunity to create something more unique compared with traditional theatre shows. Andrew’s attention to detail and his ability to create special moments within the show are second to none. Seeing a show back in a theatre again with a live audience after so long has been brilliant. Along with everyone else in the industry, we are really looking forward to seeing the entertainment industry recover strongly over the next few months”. Says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.


About The Show

In this specially produced concert version directed by Arlene Phillips. Get ready to groove to an infectiously energetic rock beat. With songs like Aquarius, Good Morning, Starshine, Hair, I Got Life, and Let The Sun Shine. Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace. Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Featuring a cast of well known West End Performers including, Layton Williams (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rent), Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress), Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Tom FrancisGrace Mouat (SIX and & Juliet), Jodie Steele (Heathers and SIX), Matt Croke (Aladdin, Funny Girl) and Millie O’Connell (SIX and Rent).

1967 and HAIR‘s hippie-hood youngsters live as The Tribe, in the East Village of New York. Yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. They are wild, colourful, free, sexually liberated beautiful people who join in protest and song. All whilst under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Featuring classic hit songs: Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Star Shine. The story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a topical musical for the millennial generation. 

whynow x The Fifth Presents

whynow x The Fifth Presents

Storm were delighted to work with the teams at whynow and The Fifth to produce a new series highlighting new and upcomming artists by supplying lighting and rigging equipment. While there is now light at the end of the tunnel, music venues are still closed and the road to recovery for live music is slow and unsteady. The pandemic has served to highlight the need for new digital ways to find and support musicians, particularly emerging artists. This project aims to deliver that need by shining a spotlight on the stars of tomorrow.

The first series features exclusive performances by artists Ella Grace, Cheryll, Kimbo and Babeheaven. The Fifth’s Head of Music commented: ‘The response has been overwhelming; welcomed by artists, managers, agents and record labels alike. The series is about exploring the connection between the performer and the listener; something we’ve all been starved of this last year”.


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whynow x The Fifth presents (Introduction)
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Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular

Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular

Storm were delighted to provide lighting equipment for this special Christmas concert film. Bringing with it some much needed festive cheer. Filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall, including additional locations around London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert will be broadcast on ITV over the festive period and also available on Blu-ray and DVD. Find out more about the concert and see the trailer below.

Katherine Jenkins OBE returns to her all-time favourite venue with a unique and unforgettable Christmas musical to play in cinemas from 1 December. Bringing joy and festive celebrations to audiences around the world.

Katherine Jenkins: Christmas Spectacular sees the Welsh sensation perform seasonal favourites and carols with full nostalgic Hollywood musical glamour and wonder. The production was given unprecedented and exclusive access to the historic venue. It also marked the 50th time that Katherine has performed there.

The all-star cast includes beloved actors Vanessa Redgrave and Bill Nighy, operatic icon Sir Bryn Terfel, Italian Tenor Alberto Urso, American Broadway star Marisha Wallace, English National Ballet Lead Principal Erina Takahashithe Royal Air Force Regiment Band among others.

“Every December I perform a Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall; it is one of the highlights of my year. Sadly, this year arts venues around the globe are facing challenges and traditional Christmas concerts and carol services are under threat. After the 16 concerts I gave from home during lockdown. I realised how music can bring people together so rather than leave audiences without. We took the challenge head-on and made a fully-fledged feature film. Using the spaces of the Royal Albert Hall and camera and story-telling techniques in ways never done before.” 

Katherine Jenkins

Storm Creates Festive Magic on Screen

Storm Creates Festive Magic on Screen

Storm supplies lighting and rigging equipment for a festive production series filmed in the heart of the West End at the Actors Church, Covent Garden.

The festive production is available to stream throughout the Christmas period on stream.theatre until the 1st January 2021. Featuring spectacular performances from West End stars including the entire cast of A Christmas Carol – The Musical.

Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter enlisted the support of Storm to provide lighting and rigging equipment for the production. “Storm were my first choice for equipment to use on this production. Knowing Storm hold a range of equipment for Film, TV & Broadcast. Straightaway I knew they were the perfect company to have onboard with this project. In addition, key to this production was Storm’s stock of ARRI SkyPanel‘s. The SkyPanels are an undeniably powerful and make lighting for camera stress free.” says Andrew.

Utilising equipment from our Film, TV & Broadcast catalogue we ensured Andrew had the best tools for the job. Ensuring he was able to produce a high quality production. “After what has been a devastating year for the Entertainment Industry. It was great to be able to help create some much needed festive spirit. Especially a production that can be enjoyed by people all round the world over the holiday season. Not only that, but the production is helping to raise money for both Shelter & Crisis charities. Both charities are do so much each year. In particular this year under even more challenging conditions this year due to the pandemic.” says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.


About the Show

Denise Welch will host a starry list of performers coming together for a filmed concert. We Need A Little Christmas, in support of Shelter and Crisis at Christmas. The concert will be filmed live at the Actors’ Church (St Paul’s Church) in London’s Covent Garden. With performances from Dame Maureen Lipman, Charlie Kristensen, Christine Allado, David Bedella, Kevin Clifton, Brenda Edwards, Sheila Ferguson, Amy Hart, Dom Hartley-Harris, Sophie Isaacs, Cassidy Janson, Lydia Lucy, Lee Mead, Peter Polycarpou, Jodie Prenger, Sharon Rose, Sally Ann Triplett and The Vivienne. Along with Brian Conley, Matt Jay-Willis, Lucie Jones, Jacqueline Jossa. Plus the cast of A Christmas Carol – The Musical and the West End Gospel Choir.

We Need A Little Christmas will be directed and staged by Michael Strassen. Musical direction by George Charter and production design by Andrew Exeter. We Need A Little Christmas is produced by Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media and Guy Chapman.

Hair The Musical – An Outdoor Concert

Hair The Musical – An Outdoor Concert

Storm worked with Lighting & Video designer Andrew Exeter to realise a unique version of Hair. Bringing a special Outdoor Concert version of Hair The Musical. Part of the Turbine Theatre’s “On The Jetty” programme of summer events. The re-imagined concert version of Hair was produced by Paul Taylor-Mills.

Andrew’s approach to this design required additional steps when specifying equipment for this show. “As this production was completely open to the elements on the banks of the Thames. We had to make sure that we had equipment that could withstand whatever the British weather could throw at us. Especially in the summer! Storm’s stock of IP rated fixtures was a huge advantage for me when designing this show. I was able to make full use of both SGM Q7‘s and Studio COB Plus‘s and have the peace of mind that everything had the protection it needed.” says Andrew.

The Turbine Theatre announced a specially curated festival of live entertainment for all the family. Presented on a safe and socially distanced jetty next to the iconic Battersea Power Station

Arlene Phillips says “I am thrilled to be directing this small but mighty open air concert of Hair. Now more than ever we need music that lifts our spirits and feeds our souls to remind us that theatre is alive. I believe that a musical with a strong political message is important not just to give us hope. But to inspire a future generation.”


About the Show

The American tribal love rock musical Hair is back this summer, celebrating sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. In this specially produced concert version directed by Arlene Phillips. Get ready to groove to an infectiously energetic rock beat with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace. Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Lewis Capaldi x Samsung

Lewis Capaldi x Samsung Surprise Concert in London's Covent Garden

Storm were delighted to provide a full lighting & rigging package to a surprise Lewis Capaldi x Samsung gig. Lewis Capaldi performed in London’s Seven Dials Market. The gig celebrated the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S20. The gig was announced just minutes before Capaldi walked onto the stage.

The Scottish singer-songwriter captivated onlookers as he rocked up for an unannounced concert on Saturday. The chart-topping music star was accompanied by his keyboard player for the 30-minute set. During which he played songs including Bruises and his recent number one single Before You Go.

Capaldi’s surprise gig was filmed on the new Samsung Galaxy S20. It was live-streamed to the large screen at Piccadilly Circus in a half hour-long takeover to celebrate the launch of the new phone range. Passers-by who gathered at the tourist hub were able to watch in IMAX quality thanks to the brilliant recording capabilities of the new Galaxy S20 Ultra. The show was also beamed to other London screens, including two at Westfield White City, Samsung KX and the Samsung Experience Store.

The impromptu gig ended with a finale of his breakthrough single Someone You Loved. More than 500 diners and shoppers sang the chorus back to him. The story of the concert was told in a three-part television advert, aired during ITV’s coverage of the Brits. Take a look at Samsung’s press release on the concert here.

The event was produced by Timebased Events


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EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

Storm were delighted to work with Smyle Creative to provide lighting for EE’s launch of their 5G network with Stormzy. EE lit up London’s iconic River Thames tonight in celebration of the launch of the UK’s first 5G network. The UK’s number one mobile network marked the occasion by hosting a 5G-powered gig with platinum-selling UK artist, Stormzy, set against the stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge.

Fans in attendance and those tuning in online saw history in the making as the Glastonbury 2019 headliner’s performance became the first event of its kind to be live streamed over EE’s new 5G network, which was hosted by Radio DJ, Clara Amfo.

Using 5G and remote production technology, EE broadcast the event on Facebook / Twitter / YouTube to thousands of fans. The Highlights of the 5G-powered audio-visual extravaganza can be seen below.

To accompany the show, a 5G-powered performance was created in collaboration with Stormzy. Celebrating the six cities that EE has connected with 5G. Over 200 state-of-the-art LED fixtures were affixed to the stage. With over 100 beams of light projected 1,000ft in front of the Tower Bridge. The 5G-powered display, which was connected via EE’s 5G network, supported the powerful lyrics and music of Stomzy’s bespoke set.

Fans in each of the other five launch cities were treated to the best seat in the house via a 360-degree VR experience. The experience was available in Stores in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Guests attending the in-store events were invited to use VR headsets to watch the performance in 360 degrees from the front row, just metres away from where Stormzy was performing on the floating stage in London.

Stormzy comments, following his one-off gig; Big up EE, thank you for letting me launch your 5G network in the UK. Tonight was sick, I’m honoured to be part of history.”

Read more about the launch at EE’s news room here


Watch Stormzy’s unique performance from the River Thames in London

Florence & The Machine

Florence & The Machine

Florence & The Machine perform at Dulwich inaugural summer party. Celebrating the opening of the new Dulwich Pavilion.

Storm were delighted to be the chosen production supplier for this year’s Dulwich Summer Party which featured Florence & The Machine. The evening celebrated 200 years since they first opened their doors to the public in 1817. Subsequently, their first Dulwich Pavilion, open until 8th October 2017.

Florence & The Machine made a very rare appearance. Performing an intimate set list inspired by some of her favourite artists and their work. Songs performed included: Dog Days Are Over & Ship to Wreck

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