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2012’s Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe was Black Light’s most successful yet.

Project Details

Completion:  2012
Location: Edinburgh
Client: Various

Kit List

Highlights of our 2012 Festival kit included a deal with world-renowned lighting control company ETC. This saw us supplying all of the Pleasance Theatres venues with ETC consoles. These included the innovative, new Gio™ console.

The Gio™ lighting control desk is a really powerful bit of kit - lightweight and with a tidy footprint. It was just one of our new hire stock items that proved very popular at the 2012 festival. Another winner was ETC’s range of Source Four LED luminaires.

Over the four-week summer arts festival (the biggest in the world), we supplied light, sound, staging, AV and theatre equipment to some of the event’s biggest names and venues. Our success shows that we have the capacity and experience to deliver – no matter the size or complexity of project.

As usual, planning for the event began early in the year to ensure that we could access the vast range of specialised equipment required.

During the 2012 Fringe, we consolidated our working arrangements with some of Edinburgh’s biggest venues and also joined forces with some exciting new names.

As well as supplying hundreds of miles of cabling and over 20 tonnes of equipment to multiple venues we also provided technical support to help our clients programme, install and operate the equipment they hired from us.

We supplied equipment to all of the Pleasance’s 23 venues, which included the famous Pleasance Courtyard. During the Festival this hosted over 500,000 visitors and presented the best in theatre, comedy and live music.

As well as supplying staging, lighting and trussing to the Pleasance, we also supplied staging and trussing to all C Venues and a full package of equipment to Edinburgh’s Dance Base.

Other venues and companies we worked with included Brand Engagement, Summer Hall Management, Edinburgh International Festival, Communicado and the Frozen Charlotte Theatre Company.

Among the more unusual venues Black Light supplied was the Comedy Barge, which was moored at the terminus of the Union Canal. Black Light also worked outside the city, supplying an outdoor covered stage at the Ferry Fair in South Queensferry.

Over the Festival and Fringe, we achieved a 100% product satisfaction record - with no calls received on our 24hr emergency help line.

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