Leicester City Festival 2019

Leicester City Festival domeProducts supplied: 18m event dome and 5.8m glamping dome
From: TruDomes (02476 326585 /

Details: Leicester’s City Festival 2019 included activities for children and performances designed to celebrate the city’s culture and bring together the community. The focal point was TruDomes’ 18 metre clear event dome, which played host to performers, families and tourists during the seven day event in August. Located in Jubilee Square, the dome was in use both day and night – during the day as a hub for family-friendly activities and during the night as a performance space for live concerts and shows.

The clear PVC covering maximised on the summer sun while allowing attendees to enjoy the feel of an outdoor venue without worries about weather. The strong steel frame also allowed for all lighting, camera and sound equipment to be supported without issue.

A glamping dome was also supplied as a green room and backstage area. The two areas were joined at the back of the stage to allow for easy and convenient navigation.

Leicester City dome interiorTruDomes’ experienced team was up bright and early to build both domes before the festival began and worked with event officials to ensure nothing was out of place. The assembly team didn’t leave until satisfied the domes were exactly right and everyone was happy.

The unusual, modern and spacious dome shape caught the imagination and attention of the public and local news channels and became quite the gathering and talking point. It became famous as the location of choice for news and weather reports, and the live music each night was a particular highlight of the festival.

Feedback: Theo Crew, senior festivals and events officer for Leicester City Council, said: “Working with TruDomes has completely transformed our festival in Leicester. The look and feel of the structure, along with the professionalism of TruDomes, has made this a fantastic experience both internally and for the public.”


Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

Glastonbury festival tent interiorProduct supplied: Marquees, solar power and production
From: Selene Events (07778 765724 /

Details: One event that Selene Events frequents is Glastonbury Festival where the round little big top was first put up in the only Green Field in 1986. Now the festival has grown to the size of a pop up city, the Green Fields are eight separate areas, of which Selene Events runs one; known as the Croissant Neuf field, it is all about sustainability.

The four pole big top, accommodating 1,000 people, complete with stage, PA tower and seating, is entirely run from solar power, as pioneered at the festival 33 years ago! The matching smaller marquees make a backstage area and artists’ green room, and others are used by exhibitors in the main arena.

Glastonbury FestivalAmong the trials and tribulations of putting up marquees and running outdoor events is the weather and being exposed to the ever changing elements. Glastonbury Festival is no exception, being famously known for mud! Wind has not been a problem as the marquees stand up to pretty hefty gusts, sun is only a problem when the ground turns to dust and sticks to the tents, and of course rain is a problem when the ground, trodden on by many thousands of people, turns to mud, mud, glorious mud, which then has to be cleaned off meticulously so the structures are sparkling clean and fresh for the next event.

With a wealth of experience in the festival, wedding, private parties, educational and corporate fields, Selene Events tailors a customer’s special requirements to suit all event needs, offering anything from a beautiful single marquee of a chosen size to a fully themed event.

Feedback: Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival founder and organiser, said: “Selene Events runs a tight ship and has been an integral and respected part of the festival family since the eighties. Their Croissant Neuf venue has its roots firmly stuck in the mud at the Green Field’s entrance. It’s been around for over 30 years and has set the tone of those fields and will continue to do so forever.”


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Master Craftsmen and Marquee Hire

Top Cat Big Tops marquee

Top Cat Big Tops
01654 700030

Top Cat Big Tops has been going for a few years, directed by Rob Sage (formally of Roustabout). We are both a colourful marquee hire company as well as master craftsmen, manufacturing marquees with expertise and love in our workshop. One of our private commissions was featured recently on a Channel Four show where the proprietor rigged it himself in his Chateau grounds, next to his Orangery! We concentrate on manufacturing over the winter months with our core local crew, expanding the team during the hiring festival months. Our clients vary widely, from the well-known festivals, smaller niche ones, corporate dos as well as funky weddings and private parties.


Marquees and Big Tops

Meerkat Marquees traditional marquee

Meerkat Marquees
07966 402696

Offering traditional marquee and colourful big top hire, Meerkat Marquees’ versatile range caters for any event need. With 30 years’ experience, the company is well respected and enthusiastic about making large scale events and private parties happen without a hitch. Check out The Big Red, a real circus tent with standing capacity of 1,600 or around 500 seated at round tables. It has 13 foot side walls and a four king pole truss with 20 foot cupola.

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