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Project Summary

The stats tell us that we have been involved in the build and derig at Reading since 2004.

In that time we have provided 1168 crew led by 192 Crew Chiefs who have criss-crossed the site on 1542 man days. Yes that over 4 years! What the hell were they doing??

But the stats don’t tell you everything.

We are now responsible for the build and rig of 9 out of the 10 stages on site and all the associated disciplines and technical aspects that go with them. These include, the ground rigging, all lighting and sound (who said we were just muscle?), cable running and management, control desks and full back line installation (who said we were just a conference company?), indoor and outdoor screens and crowd barrier layout.

As festival rigs go, we love it. It’s brilliantly managed, everyone knows what has to be done and when it needs to be done. Consequently, it is a great vibe on site and when we ask for contenders to work on the festival team everyone takes a step forward!

We support over 70 festivals each year and Reading is undoubtedly one of the best.

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What Our Client Had To Say

“Reading Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the world. Thus, when it comes to the organisation of such an event, it is crucial that when selecting suppliers, there is a focus on ensuring those selected are not only competent, but are familiar with our kit, procedures and work ethic. With tight time restrictions, ever changing weather conditions and an incredibly large site to navigate around, we knew there was only one supplier to go with. By using Gallowglass for crewing assistance we can be confident of having reliable, hardworking and very experienced people to complement our team, with the added assurance that our regulatory obligations are covered by using a company with such a high regard for Health and Safety and staff welfare. Utterly reassuring when planning our workloads!” Thanks to their involvement, we were able to ensure a world class event was delivered, further strengthening their reputation as the UK’s leading crewing company.”

Phil Towle

Operations Director - Spektrum Events
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“For the last 7 years, Gallowglass have been involved in the load in and load out of 9 of the 10 stages at Reading. Their involvement this year has been no different to the previous 6. Crew are punctual, well prepared, have the correct PPE and work effortlessly and tirelessly to ensure that all tasks are completed within the scheduled time. In addition, all crew are flexible, and are well organised enough to be deployed to any task that needs doing. I can’t fault them on any level, and hope that we can continue to work together.”

Nick Davies

Festival Republic
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