Avalanche at The Piece Hall
Description: Alpine themed bar and grill venue
Products: Three tipis (two large and one medium), two storage tents, three stretch tents, and all internal fixtures and fittings (tables, benches, fire pit, bar, kitchen, etc)
Details: Event In A Tent collaborated with the events team at The Piece Hall, Halifax, and combined its Alpine themed Avalanche bar and grill with the venue’s full festive events calendar over a two month period.
The company installed a large tipi structure which included an Alpine-themed grill kitchen serving steak burgers, sausages, hot raclette cheese and authentic Alpine tartiflette, as well as a fully licensed bar serving a full range of alcoholic beverages, including local real ale, imported Italian lager direct from the Alps, and its own ‘Shot Skis’. Also installed was a ‘ski-lift photo booth’ which was free of charge to all customers, but provided a source of free marketing as users were encouraged to share their photos on their personal social media channels.
Also provided were two separate storage tents and three large stretch tents, all of which were installed and disassembled at different times.
There were several obstacles to overcome during the pre-planning and installation process. Most notably the venue’s environment provided difficulties in the sizing and availability for the required layout. This was overcome by using the Event In A Tent team’s many years of experience in tipi construction to provide a layout that would not only be large enough to accommodate the expected footfall but also provide sufficient flexibility for the bar and grill.
Access to the venue also proved problematic as it is an enclosed courtyard, open to the public, with a single entrance/exit point for vehicles. Ensuring safe and efficient access during the build and de-rig took a lot of logistical planning as there were also other large structures being erected in the courtyard space requiring vehicle access.
Barclays British Summertime 2013-2018
Company: Instant Marquees
Telephone: 07748 165827
Description: One of London’s premier music events in Hyde Park
Products: Pop up market stalls for most of the food concessions, small tents for security and entrance personnel, and temporary branding for specialised tents for water distribution etc.
Details: For the past five years, Instant Marquees has supplied specially made striped 6x3m market stalls to organiser AEG. In addition, it supplies up to 30 plain black or white structures for security and use at the entrance of the event.
The market stalls are erected in advance and stay up for the duration. To aid the production team, the other structures are usually erected and taken down last minute by a crew that remains on site for the duration of the festival.
Feedback: “The best feedback we get is that they keep inviting us back year after year, and each year the job gets bigger!”