When we received the call from Beautiful Productions to say that they had been asked to manage a jungle themed Christmas party, we knew it was going to be an event with a difference. We are the Allies, an agency that helps connect creatives across the North of England were turning a 6000 sq ft warehouse space into ‘The Creative Jungle’. Hosted at Use Space, a co-working office space just outside the centre of Manchester, the event was to host a number of DJ’s and would include bongo and sax performances, dancers and even a life-sized projection mapped rhino!
To ensure that the Creative Jungle really came to life, an extensive lighting rig was installed throughout the reception areas and the main event space. LED uplighters were used throughout the reception and corridor spaces to ensure guests were given a warm welcome from the moment they arrived.
A number of lighting bars were installed across the main event space so that the custom artwork surrounding the room could be highlighted for all to see, whilst still providing a moody club atmosphere for those on the dancefloor.
At the centre of the lighting design was a mirror ball that reflected the light from surrounding Chauvet R1 Beams to create an amazing visual effect across the whole space. UV lights were also installed to add another dimension to the custom designed artwork that was printed on the dancefloor and to highlight the costumes warn by the dancers. Finally, a number of LED moving lights were utilized to wash the room with colour and provide impressive beam effects through the hazy atmosphere.
The impressive looking main space was further brought to life with the custom DJ booth including a 5m x 2.5m video wall backdrop. 50 LED video panels were used to create the screen, providing a fitting setting for the DJ’s to keep the guests entertained till the early hours. Using a media server allowed custom content to be sent to the screen, controlled by the lighting console ensuring the lighting and video screen content worked in perfect harmony.
With such a great event space and amazing visuals, it was paramount that we also provided the guests with a great sounding experience across the whole room. To make sure of this, a d&b Audiotechnik ground stacked line array system was used and due to the bass heavy nature of the music, additional infra subwoofers were installed to extend the bottom end of the system. Inputs for the DJ, laptops and wireless microphones were all handled by an Allen & Heath SQ6 which was also used to provide the monitor mixes for the DJ’s.
It was a fantastic night with many partying until the early hours. You could say The Creative Jungle was a ‘roaring’ success. We look forward to many more great nights working with Beautiful Productions and We are The Allies.
We are The Allies is a network of 250 of the best freelancers in the North.
In December 2019 we threw the biggest party the north has ever seen, curated by our team of freelance Allies. The theme was 'Jungle'.
MTS worked around the clock to transform our 6000sq ft warehouse into a full blown party atmosphere - the lights, sound and exceptional attention to detail, made this a party to top all parties.
Pavan Riyat-Ward – Managing Director, We are The Allies.