This July over a million people will have been part of a live audience in front of a stage supplied by Star Hire (Event Services) Limited. Star Hire’s position as the UK’s busiest staging company this summer can be in little doubt, with their stages the first choice of promoters of prestigious events across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Star Hire has operated three large VerTech constructed stage systems simultaneously whilst still managing seven mobile stages at a wide range of events. Star Hire (Event Services) Limited supplied the stages for well over 250,000 live concert goers on each of the first two weekends of July 2001 (with a TV audience of millions).

VerTech stages began the month at the Prince’s Trust ‘Party in the Park’ concert in Hyde Park, London, featuring artists including Geri Halliwell, Ricki Martin and Destiny’s Child; at ‘T In The Park’ Nr Kinross, Scotland headlined by the Stereophonics and Texas and at Ludlow Festival. Whilst the Hyde Park stage stayed put in London for Pavarotti’s spectacular visit to the capital followed by the Route of Kings concerts, the other systems moved from Scotland to Donington (Stereophonics) then Cardiff Millennium Stadium (Stereophonics) and from Ludlow to Henley Festival and Dublin (Andrea Bocelli).

Star Hire has not only invested in new truss and roofing to enable this program of events, but in their in-house trained VerTech crew, managed by Pete Holdich. The mobile stages and their specialist crews have also been busy at classical concerts, sporting events, marketing events and a wide range of musical events ranging from Capital Radio roadshows to Mardi Gras festival in London to Bob Dylan concerts in Scotland to Dance events in Wales. "Although Star Hire is an equipment provider we have always considered ourselves as service providers," explains technical director Roger Barrett. "We have the philosophy that it is our role to help promoters and event organisers create the events they want to put on, and the people behind our equipment have been integral in our ability to deliver that."

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