Summer of 22

12 Dec 2022

After a dreadful couple of years, the live event industry came back with a bang. The summer saw three times as many shows in the same time period with 30% less personnel.

24/7 Event Crew were well placed. Throughout the pandemic, we managed to diversify our work force into other streams of employment and through our training, flexibility and good management and the loyalty of our crew we managed to retain the majority of our team.

The first major point of call was the Queen + Adam Lambert European Tour rehearsals at the Brabazon Hangars in Bristol- soon to become the new YTL Arena Bristol (cap 16,000). 24/7 supplied multiple crews led by a senior crew boss, backed up by a dedicated manager in the head office. Within a few days, the hangars were changed into a full-on production rehearsal space with the roof being able to take the weight of the entire rig. Over 5000 hours were worked during the build & break and show.

Following this were the Cardiff Castle shows and Bristol Sounds, which occurred simultaneously. Stadiums were busy with multiple Elton John shows, Stereophonics, Rammstein, The Killers and My Chemical Romance. On one day, there were over 400 crew working at the Elton John production load in and the Rammstein overnight load out, followed by steel, power and site the next day.

The summer was brought to a crashing end with the largest show we have ever crewed, this show must stand side-by-side with the biggest, most complex shows ever staged. Saturday’s Clash in the Castle event at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium attracted over 70,000 fans and was beamed live to millions across the world.

24/7 provided over 15,000 hours of labour from power and site crews, runners, caterers, climbers, and stage crew. 24/7 were supported by other crews in Cardiff & Bristol and friends further afield, and were managed by Nine Yards Productions, delivering a momentous event.