22nd August 2013

Going Global

ElectricFly Productions and Artist Needs both took a group of Backstage Academy students to work on their teams at Global Gathering festival. Here’s what they got up to…

ElectricFly Productions took on four students to assist with the production builds across the site and operate some of the lighting and video shows.

Said student Taylor Godfrey: “Global Gathering was great fun and working with ElectricFly is definitely the best thing I’ve been linked up to on this course. They are really nice guys and they gave me a lot of responsibility.

“I did everything from building a massive video cube with Martin video walls for the Radio One Extra stage and rigging the lights on the extra structures around the main stage to operating the light and media for Benga and Flux Pavilion.

“I came onto the course wanting to do sound but having had hands-on experience with lighting equipment and using it in a real situation with 3,000 people, I now want to pursue a career in lighting.”

Taylor Godfrey operating the lights at Global


ElectricFly’s Creative Director Nick Jevons commented: “It’s a very busy environment on site without the time to teach them the basics, so it’s important that they have a certain level of knowledge beforehand.

“All the Backstage Academy students were great to work with and got stuck in straight away, particularly Taylor Godfrey who I would consider taking on again.

“I’m really keen on working with the students as they are the next generation of employees and nurturing new talent is the best way to grow ElectricFly as a business.”

Artist Needs had five students helping them and also employed Backstage Academy Sales and Business Development Manager Sara Gleadhall to work in artist liaison and accreditation.

The students had various roles under Artist Needs; Claudia Tenant worked on the BBC stage one night liaising with artists and the stage manager to ensure everything ran smoothly, whilst Beth Latham was positioned on the main stage to look after Plan B, Example and their production teams.

Said Artist Needs’ Kate Stevens: “We delivered a masterclass on ‘Dealing with Artists’ for the Foundation Degree students at Backstage Academy in 2012 and followed this up by taking some of them on to work in artist liaison and assistant stage managing at Global Gathering this year.

 Kate Stevens and Simon Stevens from Artist Needs delivering a ‘Working with Artists’ masterclass at Backstage Academy last yearImage

“We were extremely impressed with the level of professionalism that the students automatically adopted when dealing with some of the music industry’s biggest stars.

“They were not only capable of slotting into highly pressured roles at the festival, but they also had the right attitude towards the roles which made them reliable.

“We will be inviting them back to work on Wilderness, Beacons Festival and SW4 this summer.”