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Events structure specialists Neptunus has debuted Salacia, its latest offering, at the music festival Tomorrowland in Belgium. Tens of thousands of festivalgoers inaugurated the circular construction last weekend.

The Salacia was built on floating pontoons in the ‘Garden of Madness’ area of the event themed ‘Amicorum Spectaculum – Magic will happen’.

“We are very proud that this fully-rounded structure is being built for the first time at Tomorrowland,” said Neptunus director Dorrie Eilers.

“Our research and development department is continuously working on developing new and existing products and sometimes innovations are propelled by our customers, just like now,’ Eilers added.

Circular construction

The new structure, named Salacia after the female Roman divinity of the sea and wife of Neptune, joins the Evolution series by Neptunus and the firm claims it’s an eye-catcher for any event due to its multifunctional use.

Offering a clear span of 30 metres, it can be extended with a five-metre canopy. Its height is variable between eight and 12 metres, and the structure can be open or closed in with walls or glass panels.

The roof is hydraulically lifted into place allowing for fast construction. In addition, the Salacia can also be added, as a semicircle, to the existing Evolution structure range.

Commenting on the project for Tomorrowland, Eilers said: “After a number of years, Tomorrowland wanted something new, something that has never been built before. This was a challenge we were keen to accept and, after some creative sessions, we came up with this completely round structure – something that is not easy to do in construction terms. It’s an excellent addition to our product range in our 80th anniversary year!”

As well as the festival’s new-look Garden of Madness, Neptunus also built the event’s Freedom area, which houses a 50 x 70 metre dance area within an Evolution structure, fitted with a U-shaped internal mezzanine to offer the ideal view of the DJ booth.

Galeria Tripledecker

Galeria Tripledecker by Neptunus

Elsewhere on the festival site, Neptunus built a Galeria Tripledecker structure to provide the Main Comfort VIP area. This 2,400m2 hall is characterised by its three storeys and roof construction that gives visitors great views of the main stage.

Neptunus also built the LEAF area, a floating bar lounge with two pontoon lanes across to the banks.

The Tomorrowland music festival was held from 27-30 July at the recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium.

Neptunus Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Neptunus BV based in The Netherlands. Its UK operation is located in Swan Valley, Northampton, where the company has purpose built offices, storage and maintenance facilities.