We had an amazing and jam-packed weekend over in Hyde Park supplying a tailored programme of effects for two British Summer Time headline acts: Mumford & Sons and Take That.
Mumford and Sons
Playing their last festival gig of the summer, Mumford & Sons put on an emotive performance on Friday night. Adding to their usual programme of effects, the folk-rock boys asked us to take the show up a notch in festival celebrations.
After playing 13 songs from their well loved catalogue, the band kicked off the lead up to their big finale with track ‘The Cave.’ As the crowd sang along to the lyrics we released 60kg of white and yellow confetti from 14 blowers positioned at the front of the stage.
For next song ‘Ditmas,’ Marcus Mumford surprised fans by taking the SFX into his own hands and running the length of the B Stage with a hand-held marine flare that trailed smoke in to the evening sky. As the pink smoke faded away with the sunset, the boys entered into their last official song ‘Dustbowl Dance,’ closing with their customary pyro waterfall that never fails to provide the perfect backdrop to the final instrumental that usually sees Marcus kicking over the drum set in true rock style.
Returning for a four-song encore Quantum supplied a pyrotechnic finale for ultimate track ‘The Wolf’. Using a dazzling combination of crossettes, comets, and mines, the display was a fitting way to end the last UK show on their 18 month long tour.
It has been a pleasure to travel with Mumford & Sons over the last year and we wish them some well-earned rest over the summer.
On Saturday night Take That took to the stage with a set filled to the brim with classic hits and non-stop SFX. With 21 songs on the list we supplied a full programme of tailored effects for seven individual tracks.
With 12 blowers and 12 stadium shots positioned in front of the main stage we peppered the show with multiple confetti hits. To kick off proceedings we released 12kg of multi-coloured butterfly shaped confetti that fluttered over the crowd for first song ‘Shine’. This was closely followed by a stadium shot of bright yellow confetti that burst upwards for second track ‘Greatest Day,’ and a shot of white confetti later on for ‘Said It All.’
For the third track ‘Get Ready For It’ we supplied a full variation of on stage pyrotechnics. We had 16 positions lined up on the B Stage where we released 6 x 60ft Comets and 4 x 60ft Silver Jets along with another 7 positions on the front edge of the main stage which saw a further 6 x 30ft Mines and 4 x 30ft Jets shoot into the sky. Added to this were 14 x G Flames that fired throughout the song along the front of the stage.
Lulu joined the boys on stage for their rendition of the hit classic ‘Relight My Fire,’ and as she made her entrance on to the B Stage we set off 8 flares that filled the air with atmospheric red smoke. Taking the heat up a level we then doubled the flames already on set by releasing an additional 4 x G Flames from the neighbouring towers as well as lining the edge of the B Stage with 8 x Flame Bars that seemingly enveloped the singers. We also supplied 10 x Flaming Staffs that were wielded by dancers on stage and made for a fiery performance that delighted the crowd.
For the big finale Quantum supplied a pyrotechnic display of 150ft and 200ft Mines, Comets and Crossettes that arched over the stage along to the fitting lyrics of “We could light up the sky” in song ‘Rule The World.’
Just when you thought it was all over the Take That boys played their final track ‘Never Forget,’ finishing it with a final 48kg flurry of butterfly confetti and a round of 20ft sparkling Gerbs that lined the giant TT sign on stage and lasted a full 20 seconds.
In true Take That style this was an incredible set to be a part of incorporating a magnitude of effects that has become a customary performance standard for the band. Quantum was happy to help them bring the entertainment to Hyde Park this year and look forward to the next festival showdown.
Thank you to all the photographers who contributed their images to our blog!