BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

As many millions of viewers sit at home and watch the Sports Personality of the Year Awards, there is often little thought into the inner workings of such an event. Having been fortunate enough to have worked on the awards since 2001, we look back into the history of the event and the role Gallowglass played in bringing the 2018 awards to life.


Gallowglass at the Movies

Gallowglass Help Upgrade Europe’s Cinemas

An exciting new project undertaken with our client Cinelogic Digital, that will see many of Europe’s cinemas being upgraded with the very latest cinematic technology. With only 1 day to unload the multitude of speakers accompanying the colossal new IMAX screen, 6 crewmen worked at record speed to ensure the Leicester Square Odeon Cinema is on course to provide a superb surround sound experience for viewers on its opening night.

British Gymnastics iPro World Cup of Gymnastics 2017

With only 2 days to prepare the London O2 arena for this major gymnastic event and 1 day to de-rig it, a team of 68 crew worked a total of 440 hours to build and de-rig an elevated platform for competitors to showcase their incredible skills to the crowds watching around the globe.

The Mobile World Congress 2017

MWC 2017 saw 110 Gallowglass crew deliver over 10,000 man hours for 25 different clients – working on 44 separate jobs at 17 venues.  Among the services provided were: fork lift operators, scissor lift operators, cherry picker drivers and carpenters – overseen, of course, by highly experienced crew chiefs.

Champions Tennis The Royal Albert Hall

The set up for Champions Tennis is always an exciting day, in less than 24 hours the arena will be cleared, raised, re-floored, re-lit and completely transformed from concert venue into international sports arena. A total of 72 crew for the build/derig with man hours hitting the 738 mark.

Lumiere London

The Festival of Light – 4,356 man hours including 442 crew bookings for 126 crewmen over 19 days for 30 installations at 16 locations across the capital. Crews included crew chiefs, forklift, cherry picker and scissor lift drivers, general crew making up 72 onsite at one point.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

19 UK crew boarded a cruise ship at Southampton to rig and de-rig the set designed for shooting the program at sea en route to Barcelona. It took 4,536 man hours to complete and all the while in the midst of hundreds of regular paying passengers. At Barcelona, the crew was reinforced by 9 of our Barcelona crew to complete the final de-rig over 2,016 man hours over 2 days.

Gallowglass Event Crew at the Reading Festival in 2016

Reading Festival

We have worked on Reading every year since 2004.

Some stats from Reading 2016 - 28 bookings, 771 man hours, 73 Crew (1 Birmingham, 11 Bristol, 51 London, 10 Manchester) including 12 Crew Chiefs, 3 Telehandler Drivers

Rod Stewart Tour

2 clients: Ashtead (stadium pitch cover) and Seating Contractors/Wernick (pitch seats). Tour figures: 24,322 man hours and 779 crew bookings, covered by 253 crew across the 8 venues from Plymouth to Inverness and Cardiff to Norwich. (30 Birmingham, 24 Bristol, 5 Cardiff, 14 Edinburgh, 48 Glasgow, 11 Leeds, 37 Manchester, 84 London) over 27 days. With back to back show dates, 2 teams of crew chiefs leap-frogged to enable quicker rigs/de-rigs.

Euro 2016 (Paris)

A late call up by the French client to set up the flooring outside the stadium for the final. 2,570 man hours played by 18 crewmen (Midlands x 2, Scotland x 3, Northern x 1, London x 12). 8 day rig and 8 day strike. Rig finished 1 day early and de-rig completed 36hrs early by Gallowglass crew chief, crew and fork lift drivers.

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