the third year running, we were entrusted by the BBC’s live events team to
supply and install a range of stage and venue drapes, transforming London’s
ExCel for the glittering BBC Music Awards, 12th December 2016.
Contracted directly by the BBC,
Blackout’s project manager Chris Brain oversaw the installation of 100m black wool serge drapes utilised for the award shows’ stage
backdrop. With the event broadcast live to millions of viewers, the drapes
helped the production team to obscure light from behind the stage and create a
‘black box’ for the stage set.
Selected both for its masking and
sound-absorbing qualities, the versatile drape backdrop was hung on truss with
three Unitracks, with the drape entrances manually operated to allow performing bands to swiftly
get their equipment on and off the stage between sets.
300m of additional black wool serge drapes lined
the three sides of the venue’s auditorium, the back of the stage and stage
wings, helping to obscure light from backstage areas, improving TV aesthetics
and ensuring that the attentions of both the live and viewing audience at home
were focussed on the on-stage action.
team of rigging experts have worked on the BBC Music Awards when previously
held at Earls Court and Birminghams’ Genting Arena, becoming an integral part
of the supplier team on this celebrated production which is now three years
live on BBC1 and presented by Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman, the awards
marked the music industry’s achievements over the last twelve months, seeing
Adele picking up gongs for Album and Song of the Year and Coldplay clinching
British Artist of the Year.
of viewers were dazzled by live performances from the likes of Craig David,
Emeli Sandé, John Legend, Izzy Bizzu, Kaiser Chiefs,
Lukas Graham, Robbie Williams and The 1975.