Legendary Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters opened up the British Summer Time Hyde Park series on Friday, 6 July, with the latest show in his Us + Them production.
Star Events redesigned the entire Great Oak stage sub-structure and super-structure to accommodate the production, which featured gigantic floating pigs covered in graffiti, and smoking replicas of the towers at Battersea Power Station, as seen on the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals.
Waters’ highly political set featured film, cartoons and stills which were projected onto a 1,100sqm video wall, focusing on torture, refugees, human rights, Donald Trump and Waters’ support of Palestine.
Roger Barrett, special projects director at Star Events, said: “To achieve what Roger Waters needed while still enabling the other five major BST Hyde Park shows was challenging to say the least.
“It showed the flexibility of the VerTech system, though – we only had to make a small handful of special components, and the show was absolutely stunning.”
Star Events then had to rebuild the main floor deck and provide rigging support for the big screen move and lighting install, ensuring everything was ready for the doors opening on Saturday, when The Cure were playing on a more traditional stage format.
That changeover involved three crane, six trucks, and the removal of 10 front of house structures used for Waters’ surround sound and projectors.
Jim King, British Summer Time Hyde Park’s festival director, said: “Star Events has been the go-to company for most of our projects pretty much since I started in the industry. Star Events set about working with Waters’ team to execute how we could do it and they did an incredible job.”