Here at Outdoor Stages UK, we've worked diligently to offer a vast range of both indoor and outdoor stage hire solutions for clients across the London, Surrey and Hampshire region and beyond.
As you may already be aware, organising festival stage hire is not the most straightforward task in the world, especially with so many factors to consider. So why should you choose us? Well here are ten reasons that should convince you that we've got what it takes to deliver the perfect festival hire package (not that we're biased of course!).
So without further ado, let's make a start.
1. A Broad Range of Stage Sizes, Designs & Options
We've been in the live events hire industry for decades. With that experience comes the knowledge that a one-size-fits-all approach simply does not work. Every festival and event is slightly different, often requiring tweaks to standard stages to meet specific requirements.
We have continued to expand the range of sizes to include:
- 6m x 4m Arc Roof Stage
- 7m x 5m Arc Roof Festival Stage
- 8m x 6m Arc Roof Stage
- 10m x 8m Arc Roof Stage
- 12m x 10m Arc Dome Stage
- A range of PA wings & don’t forget we offer outdoor LED screen on all of our festival stage packages
Of course, these are just basic measurements of the stages. There are a multitude of modifications that our team can undertake to meet your specific festival requirements. We're here to serve you at the end of the day, and there's not much we can't achieve with our outdoor stage hire packages catering to festivals with up to 20,000 attendees.
2. We Provide Equipment of the Highest Order
We don't mess about when it comes to standards. They are there for a reason. We ensure that we provide you with industry-leading equipment to make sure you can both have peace of mind, as well as compliance sign-off from the relevant authorities.
Regardless of size, our stages comply with all EuroSpec 9 requirements and come complete with all the relevant structural calculations and wind-loading documents. Some festival stage hire companies will try to dodge these requirements and argue they aren't needed. Trust us, they are. Not only will your local council likely ask to see these documents to give your festival regulatory sign-off, they also ensure your stage is safe to host the event.
If something goes wrong on-site and you didn't ensure the correct documentation was in place, it could be YOU that's held liable.
That goes for our additional sound, lighting, and special effects equipment too. Whether it be full-digital Midas mixing desks, d&b audiotechnik Q1 speakers, or Martin 5R beams, all of our additional equipment is of the highest order. We regularly test and service our sound and lighting equipment, PAT test annually, and rotate our stock to ensure no devices are older than three years. As a result, nothing has ever let us down (touch wood) as of yet.
3. Unrivalled Experience Amongst Our Team Members
At Outdoor Stages, we know that we are only as strong as our weakest team member. Thankfully, every single of one of our technicians and engineers has over ten years of individual experience within the industry. From stage builders, to sound mixers, we have an expert team capable of providing you with a complete end-to-end solution.
As a festival organiser, reducing the number of suppliers you have to engage with is a massive load off your shoulders. However, you'll also be acutely aware that handing off event production services sounds as sound, lighting and event production is an enormous leap of faith. If a band can't perform as they'd like due to production issues (for example) it could have a disastrous impact on your festival's reputation, both from an artist and fan viewpoint.
That's why you need to hire a sound and lighting team with a long history and proven track record. We've got decades of experience between our team members, and they've been exposed to nearly every scenario possible. When your industry reputation is on the line, you need an experienced professional you can trust. Fortunately, we're blessed with some of the best in the business.
4. We Can Build Stages Fast
Of course, with the stage being the literal heartbeat of your festival, you need to ensure that it's built using high-quality materials (see point two) and erected by professionals who know precisely what they're doing (see point three). However, we also realise that speed is a significant consideration, particularly if your stage is only going to stay in situ for a limited time period due to either your festival needs or local council stipulations.
We can rapidly assemble all of our stages, and even our largest arc roof stage can be completed within eight hours (weather permitting). For smaller, more flexible stages such as our 6m x 4m, we can erect in 90 minutes. Pretty impressive, we'll think you'll agree! On the flip side, we can also dismantle at similar speeds if you need the space back for any reason.
Our speed and professionalism allows us to get on and off-site as cleanly, safely and quickly as possible while keeping interruptions to a minimum.
5. We Provide an End-to-End Solution for Festival and Concert Stage Hire
Anyone who has ever organised a festival will understand just how many moving parts there are. That's why so many of them ask us if we offer sound and lighting packages for festivals, and sigh with relief when we say, "Yes, we do!"
We offer a complete end-to-end solution for our clients. From stage building, lighting rigging, sound setup, and then event production. We can save you a considerable headache by bundling everything you need for your artists to perform into one package. With us, there's no balancing of multiple vendors hovering around one stage. Just one dedicated team on-site to handle every single requirement.
This is made possible by the fact that we are owned by an international sound and lighting company. We don't just bolt on bits and pieces of sound and lighting to our stage hire offering after-the-fact. Instead, high-quality lighting and sound hire is literally part of our DNA. We stock over 70 moving head DMX fixtures, LED pixel bar systems, drape kits, a range of lighting desks, and some of the biggest OPSL lasers in the UK.
That's just getting started! When it comes to sound, we stock a vast array of sound equipment from small PA speakers to the largest format point source PA systems. We only stock rider-friendly audio equipment consisting of MC2, XTA, Midas, OHM & Shure, to name a few.
In other words, you can have total peace of mind that we've got you covered for any lighting, sound, rigging, lasers, and any other production equipment you may need. The best part? This is all equipment we own and operate daily. It's not subbed in from anywhere, and all of our technicians are familiar with all devices, eliminating the chance of mistakes. We are one of the only companies in the UK that can offer a full production equipment setup using 100% of our own stock.
6. Transparent and Competitive Pricing
We'll come out and acknowledge it straight away; we are not the cheapest. But that is deliberate. "If you buy cheap, you buy twice" as the old adage goes. But in the case of your festival, there are no second chances. You can't take any risks for the sake of finding slightly cheaper suppliers.
Unfortunately, with the continuing boom in the music festival industry, many unscrupulous companies have entered the market to earn a quick buck. We are increasingly left to pick up the pieces from another stage hire company that has let a festival organiser down because they found a higher bidder. These cheap companies operate on prices, not customer service or reputation. So don't be fooled by those super low prices!
If a staging company is offering you a really cheap stage, ask yourself why? The staging rental market is quite small, and there is a lot of work for companies most of the year. If someone is considerably cheaper, it's likely because some vital elements are missing.
For example, they may not pay the sizable fees each year to have the staging equipment inspected by LOLER-qualified personnel (LOLER references the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 approved code of practice and guidance). This is a legal requirement now, so you should be interrogating suppliers to ensure everything is in order.
Even though we aren't the cheapest, we are nowhere near the most expensive. In fact, we firmly believe that what we provide in our outdoor stage hire packages are unrivalled in terms of value for money. No one else includes as much for the price in the whole of the UK. We know because we checked ourselves.
7. We Can Offer Support and Advice During Your Design Phase
Whether you are a recurring festival or you need one-off concert stage hire, you'll no doubt have a vision in mind when it comes to your event. If you're unfamiliar with stage building, light rigging, trusses, and sound mixing, you may need friendly help and advice to ensure everything turns out as you initially envisioned.
In that regard, we are more than happy to help out. As mentioned above, we've been in this industry for decades. We know what's feasible and what's unwise, or even dangerous to attempt. Our expert team is on hand to help you navigate any pitfalls in outdoor stage production, from getting the stage configuration right, to ensuring that it can fit in the space provided.
8. We Can Mobilise and Respond Quickly
As highlighted above, we are no stranger to calls received late in the day after another company has let a festival or event organiser down. While we can't promise any miracles, thanks to our enormous inventory and industry experience, we can often mobilise quickly to rescue a situation (provided there is availability and sufficient time of course!).
Even if it's not an emergency, we pride ourselves on our response times. You can always expect to hear back from us within 24 hours for any enquiries made regarding our outdoor stage hire or lighting and sound equipment hire packages. We understand that you want simple resolutions so that you can focus your energies elsewhere. That's why we listen to your specifications and respond quickly with a few options for you to consider.
9. Our Stages Are Compatible with Both Grass and Concrete
While some outdoor stage hire providers focus on one surface, we can provide our services on both grass and concrete. Grass is much easier for us to work with, and we'll happily supply the rods which pin the stage into the ground. To give you some idea of what's required, the 8m x 6m stage requires 8000kg of ballast to meet its requirements, and we NEVER take any risks with insufficient loads.
While we supply everything for grass installations, stages built on concrete ground require IBC water tanks or concrete ballast blocks, but this is not something we provide (we can, however, point you in the right direction). Thus, you need to source your own ballast for concrete installations surfaces.
All that we ask is that you ensure that there are no gas, water, electric, fibre, or drain pipes where we drill. In that respect, we need to see your festival's local authority "Ground Site Services Survey" before we can safely start work.
10. We Can Provide Festival Stage Hire Right Across The UK
While we predominantly serve London, Surrey, and Hampshire, we are a national provider of festival stages and can make arrangements for almost anywhere in the UK if necessary. As mentioned, we have the backing of an enormous lighting and sound hire company. Therefore we already have the logistical infrastructure in place for transporting stages, trusses, rigging, lights, and sound equipment up and down the country. In that respect, transportation costs will depend heavily on your location.
Festival Stage Hire You Can Trust
Here at Outdoor Stages, we've worked hard to establish our industry-leading reputation. We've been able to sustain our growth by delivering precisely what's required of us, every single time. Our numerous successful outdoor stage hire projects speak for themselves.
Whether you're running an event for 1,000 people or 20,000, we've got every angle covered for you.
Contact us today to discuss your festival stage hire requirements.