Gallowglass 2018 Events Annual Round-Up

Gallowglass crewmen working on staging at Reading Festival.

Happy New Year!  As we throw ourselves into 2019, we can’t resist taking one last look at the highs and highs of the last 12 months. Last year, not only did we work with almost 1,900 different clients on over 7,400 individual projects, but we were lucky enough to have played a part in some of the year’s most prominent events. From concerts, shows and festivals to film, TV and sports events, here’s a quick round-up of 2018:

Concerts and Shows

With music occupying such a hefty chunk of the live events scene, concerts, shows and festivals are always high on the agenda for Gallowglass, whether they’re on global stages or at exclusive parties. In 2018, our crewmen worked for some of the world’s biggest names - helping them stage a selection of jaw-dropping shows, many of which made it a landmark year for performers and audiences alike. These included:

  • Eminem
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Lionel Richie
  • Little Mix
  • Stereophonics
  • Paloma Faith
  • Rolling Stones
  • Beyoncé
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Rag'n'Bone Man
  • Guns & Roses
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Matilda the Musical
  • Magic Mike Live
Festivals

From beauty to cars, from food to films, Gallowglass assisted at some of the UK’s biggest festivals last year, and we loved every second! The growing demand for experiential consumption saw the popularity of festivals continue to rise in 2018, making them some of the most stand-out events on the cultural and entertainment calendar.

We’ve been involved with hundreds of festivals over the years, but 2018 was a particularly busy year for our crewmen, who worked around the clock to bring many of these vibrant events to life. While problem-solving, long hours and tight deadlines throw constant challenges at festival crews, the opportunity to learn new skills, work with innovative technology and witness the transformation of a bare patch of grass or an empty hall into a global village, make all that hard work worthwhile!

Here are just some of the festivals we’ve worked at in 2018:

  • Bingley Music Festival
  • Brand Film Festival
  • Cambridge Folk Festival
  • Creamfields Festival
  • Detonate Festival 2018
  • Edinburgh International TV Festival
  • Enfield Food Festival
  • Festival of Remembrance
  • Gala Festival
  • Glamour Beauty Festival
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • Insomnia Gaming Festival
  • London Design Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • Lovebox Festival
  • Lumiere London 2018
  • Manchester International Festival
  • Parklife Festival
  • Brand Film Festival
  • Sundown Festival
  • Volvo Henley Festival
  • All Points East Festival
  • Radio One Big Weekend
Film and TV

These are two of the UK’s most thriving entertainment sectors and in 2018 Gallowglass worked on exciting projects within both. From some of the year’s biggest blockbuster movies and premieres to a range of popular TV shows, our crewmen were in demand to provide much-needed support. As well as carrying out essential crewing tasks, they assisted on-set with lighting, backdrops and stunts. They often remained on standby throughout filming, and at times brushed shoulders with a sprinkling of the world’s most revered stars!

Confidentiality and commercial sensitivity prevent our sharing details of all the Hollywood films we worked on last year. But we are proud to shout about our involvement in the stellar line-up of productions below:

  • Baftas
  • BBC Proms
  • Blue Peter
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (film and premiere)
  • Mary Poppins premiere
  • Mama Mia premiere
  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • CBeebies
  • Celebs Go Dating
  • Child Genius
  • Dancing on Ice
  • Ninja Warrior
  • Who Dares Wins
  • Watchdog
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Educating Manchester
  • NFL
  • Coverage of the Royal Wedding
  • Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off
  • The Open
  • Tipping Point
  • UFC
  • Countdown
  • Final Score
  • Football Focus
  • Jeremy Kyle
  • Judge Rinder
  • Mastermind
  • Match of the Day
  • Match of the Day 2
  • Question of Sport
  • Sport Relief
  • The Voice
  • University Challenge
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Grand Designs
  • Tattoo Fixers
Sports

Over the years, Gallowglass have supported many global sporting events including the 2002 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the British Gymnastics iPro World Cup of Gymnastics 2017. So it will come as no surprise that our crews were kept busy by a number of competitive sporting projects in 2018. And in the course of building colossal infrastructures and installing innovative apparatus, it wasn’t unusual to catch a first-hand glimpse of some of the sports world’s legendary faces.

Here are just a few of the sports events we’ve supported in 2018:

  • British Gymnastics Competitions
  • Anthony Joshua Fights
  • ATP World Finals
  • Gumball 3000 Rally
  • London Marathon
  • Wimbledon
  • 2018 Champions League Finals

So, 2018 was certainly a bumper year for Gallowglass. However, with an exciting list of projects already scheduled for the New Year, we haven’t paused for breath and are expecting 2019 to be even bigger! If you’d like a piece of the action and are searching for event crew jobs in London, Liverpool or any other of the UK’s biggest cities, why not get in touch with us today to find out more about the exclusive opportunities we could offer you in 2019?

About the author

Chairman, Gallowglass Group

Paul co-founded Gallowglass 21 years ago and has since expanded a single crewing operation into an international group of companies offering a complete range of support services for the events and entertainment industries.  His key input is to identify innovations and avenues for growth, and the wherewithal to broaden the Group's offering around the world.

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