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Blackout in tune at the BBC Music Awards

For 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.

Our 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 old.

Broadcast 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.

Millions 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.

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