Serious Stages kicked off the festival season with BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, supplying stages, decking and event structures to the Powderham Castle event.

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is the largest free ticketed music event in Europe and is held in a different UK location each year, with Exeter’s Powderham Castle hosting this year’s festival.

The main stage was a Serious Stages 25m Space Roof, with a 15m trim height, flanked by two 12m goalposts, from which video screens and PA speakers were hung. Serious Stages also supplied and installed a clear-span structure for the main stage front-of-house, along with delay towers, follow spot pods and the assisted viewing platform with accessibility ramps.

Serious also installed the stage deck inside the In New Music We Trust tent, along with the assisted viewing platforms and front-of-house for each stage.

Through the winter months Serious has invested in new equipment, and introduced the company’s new Purple Deck system and Ad-rails.

“We’ve worked alongside the BBC and production manager Dick Tee on previous Big Weekends, and it was great to see the event come to the South West,” said Serious Stages managing director Steven Corfield. “Everyone was very happy with the improved level of finish our new products brought to the event structures and we’ll be introducing these new elements, and more, to other festivals in what promises to be our busiest summer since we started 32 years ago.”