Quantum Special Effects returned once again to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival for a weekend of confetti, streamers and pyrotechnics.
After the torrential rain and record-breaking mud of last year, Glastonbury 2017 was blessed with the perfect weather conditions for punters, performers and special effects alike. Supplying three major acts across the weekend – Katy Perry, Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro – here is the break down of what Quantum got up to at the legendary farm….
Quantum reunited with pop heavyweight Katy Perry for an hour-long set on Saturday evening. Perry delivered all her hit tracks accompanied by three SFX cues.
The first cue came half way through ‘Fireworks’ with mines and jets being fired along the front stage edge. Following shortly after, pink star-shaped confetti was released over the crowd for the end of ‘Fireworks’ and the beginning of track ‘Dark Horse.
For her finale performance of ‘Roar,’ a hit of yellow circular confetti was fired as Perry launched herself into the crowd, surfing amidst the falling confetti.
Both hits of confetti floated across the wider audience with many people trying to catch the shapes as they passed by, taking home a memento of the performance.
Closing the stage on Saturday night was the long awaited performance from American rock band, the Foo Fighters. In 2015 the band pulled out from headlining at the last minute due to lead singer David Grohl breaking a leg. Two years later they finally made ‘the big one’ (as they put it themselves) and delivered an unforgettable set.
For their finale song ‘Everlong,’ Quantum supplied a three-minute aerial pyrotechnic display from two positions behind the stage. A full array of synchronised mines, crossettes and comets filled the sky as they arced over the pyramid.
The Foo Fighters were the only headliners to incorporate a pyrotechnic finale into their set this year and as the performance drew to an end the band gathered at the front of the stage, peering upwards to catch a glimpse of the last few products as they soared into the sky, soaking up the moment along with the crowd.
The final job for Quantum this Glastonbury was long standing client, Biffy Clyro. Having supplied SFX for the band’s many festival sets since 2012, it was an honour to finally join them on the Pyramid Stage.
The Scottish trio were allocated the penultimate slot on Sunday night and in line with festival tradition – which reserves the right to have major special effects for the closing headline acts only – Quantum were unable to provide the usual programme of flames and pyro that fans have grown accustomed to at a Biffy performance.
However, optimum use of streamers and confetti were made instead, kicking straight off with first track ‘Wolves of Winter.’ After only 20 seconds in to the song, stadium shots launched blue and white streamers over the front of the crowd, setting the high energy-tone of the performance to come.
For penultimate track ‘Many of Horror,’ a second hit of white confetti floated over the audience providing a high moment for the last refrain before the band went on to finish with a fierce rendition of closing song ‘Stingin’ Bell.’
Quantum also provided flames either side the top of the Park Stage throughout the weekend, an effect the company has been providing since 2014.
It was a pleasure and honour to invited back at Worthy Farm this year, and three long-standing clients on the pyramid stage has been a highlight for Quantum in 2017 so far.