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Quantum have supplied a whole host of effects to the annual EMAs in Madrid, Belfast, Glasgow, Milan and most recently Rotterdam for some of the biggest music artists worldwide.

These have included: Bruno Mars, Green Day, One Republic, Zara Larsson, Jessie J, David Guetta, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Queen, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, U2, Ellie Goulding and Jason Derulo.


In 2016 the Quantum SFX team flew to Rotterdam to supply their biggest programme of special effects for the MTV EMA’s to date. Quantum supplied the entire show delivering custom special effects for each artist performance. These included flame effects and low smoke for Zara Larsson, stage pyrotechnics for Bruno Mars, Bebe Rexha and Lukas Graham, and CO2  jets for DNCE and Afrojack.

Two major highlights were the surprise rain effect provided for One Republic using the Q: Rain Graphix and the 680 pieces of pyro fired in just 30 seconds for Global Icon winners Green Day. You can read further about both these performances and watch all the action from Rotterdam over on our blog page.


In 2015 we headed to Milan and supplied special effects for Fifth Harmony, Jason Derulo, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Justin Beiber, and Andrea Bocelli. Not to mention  some cheeky surprises for hosts Ed Sheeran and Ruby Rose! Check out our showreel below…


One of the highlights in Glasgow 2014 was the final performance, where Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro paid tribute to Ozzy Osbourne.

For this rock legend performance, we surrounded the stage with 16 G-Flames, positioned 6 x Spitfires upstage and exploded flaming balloons overhead, closing the show with a 40 second pyrotechnic display from the stage. Check out the showreel below!

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Effects Used

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"Quantum were the suppliers for all the special effects at the 2014 EMAs in Glasgow, UK. Shaun Barnett and his team’s experience, professionalism and knowledge of indoor special effects were a big contributing factor to the spectacular 20th anniversary show which broadcast live globally."

Debbie Phillips, Producer

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