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#LightItInRed

#LightItInRed

#LightItInRed is a UK based direct action lighting protest that is scheduled to take place on the night of Monday 6th July 2020 to draw attention to the critical condition of the UK live event and entertainment industry and its need for special government support to see it through to re-starting.

Since early March, the events industry has been mostly without work. All kinds of major events are currently prohibited due to the COVID-19 crisis. Corporate events, conferences, concerts, festivals, weddings, trade shows and theatrical performances are no longer able to go ahead. This is leaving an entire industry dormant, with over twenty-five thousand businesses and over half a million workers throughout the UK directly suffering the ill effects.

Companies from all across the events industry, as well as event locations, (event centres, convention centres, conference hotels, theatres, concert halls, playhouses and nightclubs) throughout the UK are invited to join together on the night of the 6th of July 2020. By lighting their buildings, or buildings in their region, red in order to draw attention to the dramatic situation in the event industry we can make a statement that can’t be ignored. We were the first ones out, and will be the last ones back in.

The #LightItInRed’s campaign goal is to have a conversation with politicians and the government about how the billion-pound events industry can be saved from a massive wave of insolvency and how the preservation of over half a million jobs can be ensured. The events industry is a complex industry made up of many different trades and disciplines. For this reason, the events industry as a whole has no central lobby. Our action is aimed at the general public to draw attention to the dramatic situation of the event. In order to do this we need a large scale campaign that takes place all across the UK and has an extensive media reach. For all those involved in this event the action is to simultaneously light buildings and structures across the nation. The selected buildings and structures will be illuminated in red on the night of the 6th of July 2020. Images and videos of the illuminated buildings and structures can be uploaded and posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under the hashtag #LightItInRed – so that anyone interested can look at the nationwide installations online and support the movement.​

The events industry urgently needs a bailout until the markets returns, including:​

1. Grants made available to businesses in the events supply chain
2. Furlough scheme extended until the industry is back to work
3. Extension of the self-employment scheme, tailored towards the industry

​Inspired by Germany’s #NightOfLight, Germany have recognised their events industry, now it is time for our government to do the same before it is too late!

Visit www.lightitinred.co.uk for more information. To see the buildings involved, just search #LightItInRed on any social media platform

The Travel Marketing Awards 2020

The Travel Marketing Awards 2020

Storm were delighted to provide a full lighting package alongside a video wall system for this years Travel Marketing Awards. Hosted by Russell Kane in London’s Park Lane Hilton. The evening was another outstanding success celebrating the best of the travel industry for 2020.

The Awards saw winners in categories from Best Creative Agency, Travel Agency of the Year all the way to Best use of Social Media & Website. This year was an opportunity to incorporate our most recent investment in Vari*Lite VL2600 Profiles. Which was the key fixture of this years design. A fleet of Robe fixtures also complimented this years design including MegaPointes & LEDBeam 150’s.

Our EL6 video wall was the main set feature of the event. With a creative design for the panels, it allowed the content designer to create an exciting package for the awards evening.

The Travel Marketing Awards set the standard for marketing excellence in the travel industry. An institution since 2009. The Awards have firmly established their reputation as the most coveted marketing awards in travel and tourism. Celebrating the outstanding expertise, talent and achievements of agencies, brands, teams and individuals.

Get in touch with our creative team to discuss your next event!

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

Watch the surprise concert in full! (28min Running Time)

The Last Ship International Tour

The Last Ship International Tour

Storm are pleased to be providing Production Management services to the international tour of Sting’s musical, The Last Ship. Having toured the UK in 2018. Now following on from a successful run in Canada in early 2019. The Last Ship will be arriving into the port of Los Angeles, California on the 14th January 2020. The US Tour will continue to San Francisco, California, Washington D.C, St Paul, Minnesota and Detroit, Michigan.

The Last Ship, inspired by Sting’s 1991 album “The Soul Cages” and his own childhood experiences. It tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear. With the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard. Sting will star as shipyard foreman Jackie White. He will perform the role at every performance. When a sailor named Gideon Fletcher returns home after seventeen years at sea. Tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town.

The local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing and no one knows what will come next. Only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Sting) and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. This personal, political, and passionate musical from multiple Grammy Award®-winner Sting. It is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. The Last Ship features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting. As well as a few of his best-loved songs.

Storm On Board with Titanic

Titanic The Musical - UK Tour
Titanic The Musical Header

Storm are pleased to be providing a full Lighting & Rigging equipment package for the current International tour of Titanic the Musical. With a truly creative Lighting Design by Howard Hudson. The show tells of the final hours of the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic from Southampton to New York.

In the final hours of 14th April 1912 the RMS Titanic. On her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. It collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world. Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production. Focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers. Who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own. All innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them. The Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America. The Second Class imagine they too can join the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Whilst the millionaire Barons of the First Class anticipate legacies lasting forever.

With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year and 1776). The pair have collectively won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, an Olivier Award and three Tony awards. The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards. Including, Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. This brilliant new production direct from London won sweeping critical acclaim across the board.

“A feast of remarkable theatricality – this totally enveloping, completely thrilling production gave one a chance to experience the kind of masterly theatre that has been absent in Birmingham for far too long.”

Birmingham Post

Once On This Island

Once On This Island

Storm are delighted to be supplying the lighting equipment to Once On This Island. Currently playing at Southwark Playhouse until the 31st August. The universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

Once On This Island is a captivating calypso-flavoured re-telling of the Little Mermaid fairy tale. The story begins on a Caribbean island where villagers comfort a little girl with the legend of the romance of the peasant orphan Ti Moune, and a rich city boy whom she saves from death. The Island Gods have different plans for her story. But, Ti Moune is destined to love too much for the human heart to bear.

The 1990 musical written by Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music) recently received a revival on Broadway (which won a Tony Award) directed by Michael Arden. Starring none other than Lea Salonga as Erzulie, Goddess of Love. Now, choreographer and director Lee Proud brings the heartwarming musical to Southwark Playhouse. Presented by the British Theatre Academy in a vibrant and tireless production that introduces an array of emerging talent.

It features a lighting design by Andrew Exeter (ALD, Rock of Ages UK Tour, LD & Set Designer, Bad Girls UK Tour) who comments: ” This show has been a really exciting project to work on. It is a musical with an incredible tropical location and the most beautiful score. In early conversations with Lee we understood that the storytelling should never look the same for more than 5 seconds. This required the ability for a rig to create everything from intimate shadowy moments to songs of bold colours and at times, several thunderstorms. Staging the show in traverse meant that there were further great challenges for me and Simon Wells (Set + Costume). Creating textures and a depth from a relatively thin space.”

The lighting rig mainly featured ROBE fixtures, including BMFL Blades and the new LEDBeam 150’s. Andrew explains: “It was key to have a fixture that had shutters and was able to create an animated textured effect without settling for less output. The BMFL Blade was the only fixture I could have both key features I was looking for without comprimise. The LEDBeam 150’s were ideal as they are a really compact fixture with a huge output. They also have a wide zoom range which was ideal for highlighting small but key moments in the show.”

Andrew concludes: “It has been a great pleasure working with Storm on this production. They have been incredibly supportive throughout the pre-production process, their attention to detail and equipment prep is brilliant. Supplying all the requirements needed for this production and equipment to create a rig that is versatile and bold.”

Director / Choreographer: Lee Proud
Set / Costume: Simon Wells
Lighting Designer: Andrew Exeter
Lighting Programmer: Nick Steer
Photography: Eliza Wilmot

2019: A Space Odyssey

2019: A Space Odyssey

Storm were delighted to provide full production services to the Stanley Kubrick gala evening at London’s The Design Museum. The theme was Space and the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The event featured all things space themed, including, unique Moon light centre pieces on every table, a space themed menu as well as dinner served under a full moon seen on the Parabola roof.

We provided a full production package including Lighting, Sound, Video & Set for this very unique and special gala evening, celebrating the brilliant works of Stanley Kubrick. The evening marked the offical opening of the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at The Design Museum.

The Stanley Kubrick exhibition runs until the 15th September. Find out more details about the exhibition and to book tickets, here. It has already been hailed as one of the must-see cultural events of 2019 according to the BBC, Time Out London and the Evening Standard. It celebrates the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th Century. It’s arrival at The Design Museum marks the 20th anniversary of Kubrick’s death. It brings together around 700 objects, films, movie props, costumes, scripts, interviews, letters and photographs to present an in-depth insight into the unique command Kubrick had over the creative design process of film making – from storyteller to director to editor.

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