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21st June 2018

Ainscough sets the stage for UK summer concerts

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Ainscough Crane Hire is on song again this summer as it prepares the stages of major outdoor concerts across the UK for some of the globe’s biggest music artists with leading event staging company EMO Ltd.

This year, the acts set to take to the stages include: Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Eminem, The Foo Fighters and Billy Joel.

Set in a number of top event stadia up and down the country, the full contract lifts are taking place at venues including Ricoh Arena, Coventry; Murrayfield, Edinburgh; Wembley Stadium, London; St Mary’s, Southampton; Etihad Stadium, Manchester; London Stadium, London; Principality Stadium, Cardiff and Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Using 55-tonne and 40-tonne cranes at each venue, the operators spend two days building the stage, including all lighting and associated AV equipment. It then takes three cranes to dismantle the equipment over the course of one day.

Andrew Weston, account manager at Ainscough said: “The summer is a busy time for concerts and outdoors festivals throughout the UK and it’s great to play such an important role by building the stage for these artists.

“Every venue and stage setup is different and our teams work closely with the client to coordinate and deliver the best service possible within the given timeframes.”

Steve Hill at EMO Ltd said: “The cranes are essential for the stage builds at this type of event and it would be impossible to put them up and take them down so quickly without them.

“As we work to tight timescales with a high number of events in the pipeline, the cranes help us to make sure the builds are quick and efficient.

“We’ve previously worked with Ainscough on a number of similar projects and were very happy with the service so it was the only supplier that we thought of for this summer’s jobs and we’re very pleased to be working with the company again.”

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