Dancing queens and disco divas were out in force on March 5th as we helped to transform The Roundhouse for ‘A Night of Disco’, a charity event that raised over £1.4m for Save the Children.
Working with event organisers Loewenstein Limited for the fourth year, our installation director Chris Brain led the team and installed a 70s-tastic set up. This included 160+ metres of gold and silver slit-foil drapes around the perimeter of the iconic music venue.
The glitz and glam backdrop formed the focal point for the evening which saw Sophie Ellis Bextor, Philip Bailey and disco idols Sister Sledge perform, all supported by The Allstars Collective. Helena Bonham Carter stepped up for another year as official co-host alongside Save the Children’s chairman Sir Alan Parker. A host of VIPs and celebrities hit the dancefloor to show off their ‘Night Fever’ moves.
Chris tells us more: “We haven’t seen that much foil drape for a long time, but it worked really well and was very effective for the theme. Dora Loewenstein and Sally Renny at Loewenstein Limited have some amazing creative ideas which are always a lot of fun to bring to life. There’s always a really nice family-feel to this event too; it’s a great cause and everyone likes to go above and beyond to create something special. ”
Liaising closely with event producer Pete Barford and production coordinator Sandra Collins, Blackout utilised black wool serge drapes for the venue’s perimeter, and pipe and drape system to construct dressing rooms. Chris and his team rigged the bass speakers, screen and screen supports and the huge disco ball (what 70’s night would be complete without one?), which was suspended above the LED dance-floor.
In previous years the Save the Children ‘A Night of...’ series has embraced funk and soul, reggae and blues for its inspiration.
“The disco theme was the most flamboyant so far,” says Chris. “But we really enjoyed the reggae theme last year where our sewing department designed and manufactured huge flags which hung from the Roundhouse’s ceiling. Bespoke draping and fabric creations like this are an ideal way to animate a theme quickly and effectively.”
Alongside the live music performances, the Save the Children 'Night of Disco' included a two-course meal, speeches and an auction, with over £1.4m raised in total.
Sally Renny, Loewenstein Limited, comments: “Theming is a big part of how we make our event stand out, and what keeps people coming back year-on-year. We couldn’t do it without having such a great team of people around us, who are all as passionate and dedicated as we are to putting on a truly spectacular event and raising funds for such a vital cause.”