El Dorado 2018

Background

El Dorado is a British boutique music festival from the minds behind Cirque Du Soul, the creative brand famed for their colourful, magical and energetic parties. Showcasing a diverse line-up drawing from the different strands of dance music, recent editions have featured Craig David, Groove Armada and Shy FX inside the beautiful, intimate grounds of Ledbury’s Eastnor Castle. Eccentric and wild, El Dorado’s woodland, riverside setting is a place to leave your inhibitions at the gates and jump head first into the creative worlds of this truly fantastical festival.

Challenge

We were brought on board to support the AEI and Cirque Du Soul teams in producing the 2018 festival, working with a large group of stakeholders and internal production teams to produce a new and improved show for the third instalment of El Dorado. After we won the contract there was need to completely re-design the festival site after two years of the event taking place to this. Other challenges included building in extreme heat and very long working hours on site.

Delivery

  • CAD Site Plan Authoring
  • Supplier Procurement
  • Site Management
  • Production Management
  • Operations Management
  • Security Management
  • Site Build and De-rig
  • Crew Management
  • Door Management
  • Campsite Build
  • Campsite Management
  • Technical Production Management

Results

  • An audience of 6000 people daily across the duration of the 4 day show
  • Artist performances included Sister Sledge, Wilkinson, Maribou State, Nightmares on Wax and David Rodigan
  • 8 stages including an increased capacity floating stage and a new woodland stage.
  • Activities included The Dance Off!  Yoga, a funfair and even a bit of Bingo Lingo!

Skiddle

“El Dorado Festival is more than just a music festival. It is about theatrics, adventure, discovery and uniting everyone through shared experiences of the weird and wonderful. Considering it is still only in its third year, you can only expect this festival to get bigger, better and even wackier in the future, making an exciting addition to the boutique festival circuit.”

“Upon first impressions, the site seemed very compact, with bars, stages and other facilities all within close proximity to each other for ease of access. However, as you continue to explore you discovered so many hidden gems tucked away out of sight, which only enhanced the experience.”

The Verse

“Considering it is only their second year, El Dorado impressed, and will surely continue to garner support in the years to come. A surreal atmosphere, this festival was a beautiful celebration of uniqueness and originality – which we need now more than ever. Watch out for this one!”

Data Transmission 

“El Dorado is a festival with a lot of potential. In just 2 years it has built a following of loyal under 25s and passionate bass heads. The scenery is truly beautiful, and the site, which used to host The Big Chill, is big enough to allow El Dorado to blossom over the next few years.”

Kate Osler – Festival Director, El Dorado 

“We’re really excited to be working with The Fair in developing El Dorado Festival this summer. Their experience and key understanding of boutique festivals, particularly the weird and the wonderful, made this an obvious partnership for us and we’re looking forward to creating a new and incredible adventure with them in June.” 

Photos: Courtesy of El Dorado

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