Site Manager, Alan on Ceremony and United Festival

The past two weeks I have had the pleasure of working with Slammin Events as site manager on the Ceremony and United Festivals which took place over the weekend in Finsbury Park. The first day on site would usually involve many hours/ days of trudging around a field with my trusty trundle wheel, various colours of sprayline and a bag full of mini flags which often leaves the field resembling 18 holes designed for a team of dwarfs. This time round we were treated to a magical gadget that imports the events CAD plan and uses satellite technology to mark points of the plan in the park. A great start and an amazing bit of kit that we will be using in future for sure. Thanks to the Slammin events guys for showing us the future of marking out festival sites!

The build week that followed we were blessed with dashes of sunshine and dry weather for most of the week! Although some incredibly long days, the setup went incredibly well and was great to work with Slammin and Found. We had a great team of site crew, admin teams, creative staff and of course the most memorable of all the crew catering setup that could rival any! You can’t beat Pangs Thai Food and secret chilli oil which funnily enough seems to work on any meal of the day. Many new event tips were picked up including the now famous heras fence wall of radios which you can see below, devised by the slightly OCD Mr Bessant.

Ceremony Festival kicked off the weekend on Saturday the 12th, with an amazing line up of DJ’s and MC’s including the likes of The Martinez Brothers, Armand Van Helden, JME feat Skepta and many more. The event ran incredibly smoothly especially considering the troubles that faced past events in Finsbury Park over the summer. The Fair covered H&S for the event as well and was great to have the full team of Nick, Rob, Jodie and myself all working alongside the promoters and Slammin.

Sunday is labelled as United Festival, which focuses on a slightly more old skool selection of DJ’s. Some classics that graced the 8 arenas over the day included Lisa Lashes, Sam Supplier (thanks for retweet!), Pied Piper, Fabio Grooverider and personal favourite Mickey Finn. It was a another successful event day and all involved should be really proud for pulling off an amazing event!

The breakdown brought with it a lovely 3 days of rain, but despite the turn in weather we ploughed on and managed to get the site clear with minimal damage to the ground. After 3 productive break days I was the last person left on site, hiding in a telehandler with incredibly wet everything including my socks and underwear, but still really happy to have worked alongside a great team of people and on what we would all consider an incredibly well executed event.

Thanks again to Paul, James, Grant, Clive and all at Slammin Events,  the Found Team, The Fair team and all the staff and crew who pulled off an epic experience!

It starts!

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Obligatory sunset shot…

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Buggy Races did not quite happen. Until next year…

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View from office

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Site office essentials

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Pangs famous Thai

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 View from the picker – courtesy of Rami of Found

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 Clive Bessant’s radio wall. His record of not losing a radio remains intact!

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Armand Van Helden (classic 90’s set)

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Hiding from the rain with just 3 collections to go!

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