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Classic Blackout Rigging for Classic BRIT Awards

Blackout were approached by Kate Wright and Lisa Shenton of Papilo Productions on behalf of BRIT Awards Ltd who helped to realise the show design of Bruce French.This required an installation of a mother grid over the stage to provide the infrastructure to suspend the Ogle Hog LED screens and integrated steel frame set illuminated with LED strips.In addition to supplying the lighting trusses and additional rigging for PRG a series of trusses were installed to hang Britannia Row’s new L’accoustics PA system - making its debut in the Albert Hall.This involved rigging 7 main hangs plus subs along with a truss cable management system.Custom made black voile drapes helped frame the set on each side and a massive hire stock 18m drop black wool serge back drop was used.

Classic BRITS Truss

The installation was achieved by utilising the house hoists and supplementary hoists from Blackouts extensive rental stock.Blackouts Director Kevin Monks worked closely with The Royal Albert Hall’s technical team including John Quigley and Alex Tripp.Monks commented “we always enjoy working in the Albert Hall as their rigging system is simple and effective to work with and the technical team are always so accommodating and helpful.The way they have the hall set up means that it’s much easier to install the complexity of a show like the Classic BRIT Awards within the timeframe we have.”


Lisa Shenton said “Blackout are an asset to any production. They are professional, take a brief no matter how complex and deliver without exception. From management, riggers onsite to the warehouse staff you know you are in safe hands.”

Winners on the night were

Female Artist of the Year: Renée Fleming

Male Artist of the Year: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Group of the Year: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Soundtrack of the Year: The Greatest Showman OST

Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Classic FM Album of the Year: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Classic BRITs Icon: Andrea Bocelli

Sound of Classical 2018: Jess Gillam

PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Tokio Myers

Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dame Vera Lynn

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:

“We congratulate all the Classic BRITs winners on their deserved awards, which reflect classic music in all its diversity. It’s wonderful to see great icons such as Dame Vera Lynn and Andrea Bocelli being rightly honoured but also very encouraging to witness a new wave bristling with talent, such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Tokio Myers and Sound of Classical Poll Winner Jess Gillam, breaking through”

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