Thursday, August 8, 2013


Right Structures strengthened relations with Aiken promotions supplying a Geo-Stage roof at this year’s ‘Live At The Marquee’ series of gigs in Cork, for the third consecutive year.

The ninth instalment of ‘Live At The Marquee’ organised by Aiken Promotions attracted audiences of 5,000 each night to see performances from international artists including Jessie J, Elton John, Olly Murs, Sting, ZZ Top and local favourite Christy Moore.

The innovative Right Structures curved stage roof was ideally suited to be used inside the event’s big top marquee, optimising space, sightlines and optimising weight loading capacity, while also providing a great looking backdrop for artists and lighting designers.

Right Structures’ project manager Edward Zammitt said:

“Working with Aiken’s production manager John McGuigan has been brilliantly straightforward in that he was very clear with his requirements. They have a new big top this year so we have delivered a 26m wide x 16m deep stage, which fits ideally between the tent’s supporting king-poles. The stage is 13m high for the front rigging and we’ve kept the sides open for clear sightlines, with a skin from front to back. It seems it is common for these festival style big tops to leak, so the additional protection the skin afforded over the artists and technical equipment was integral to the brief. It also gives lighting designers a better canvas to work with.”

The curved stage design followed the contour of the big top, maximising space for the promoters Aiken, with the clients noting that it: ‘significantly increases the room available when compared with traditional ground support system used previously.’

This year Right Structures also introduced an automatic load monitoring device, which monitored and recorded the loading each incoming production team installed. This meant any overloading beyond the pre-agreed safe working loads would trigger an alarm and the transgression recorded, giving improved safety and peace of mind for the promoters.

Aiken Promotions production manager John McGuigan said:

“Since the first Live At The Marquee in 2005 interest in the event has grown a loyal client base, so sourcing the very latest products is key to build on the success of the event give our audiences great experiences. Right Structures’ stage system gave us a completely new platform to work around allowing us to be more ambitious and creative with the incoming productions. Bands often carry their own video screens and lighting, and we’ve been totally confident that this stage had the capacity to rig them anywhere within the stage.

“Right Structures was very thorough in providing us with a full set of engineering drawings and calculations so that we are clear about the capacity of this system, which far exceeded our requirements, and their on-site delivery has been excellent.”

The ease of use of the system was evident before and after the series of successful shows. The two day build took place at ground level removing the need for working at height, and the steelwork and stage deck flooring was fully removed and loaded onto two trucks two days after the production load out.

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