Serious Stages discusses The Other Stage at Glastonbury

Serious Stages has revealed the challenges it faced designing, manufacturing and installing The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Serious Stages has been appearing for four decades at the world’s most famous festival, which ran from 25 – 28 June.

“The ever-increasing production expectations of bands combined with Michael and Emily’s desire to give audiences the best experience led to discussions about creating a new Other Stage better suited to Glastonbury,” said Serious Stages managing director Steven Corfield.

“Those conversations went through our CAD designers and engineers, on to keeping our fabrication facility this spring manufacturing the new flat roof system. Then our on-site team under project management of Simon Fursman have done a phenomenal job constructing this new stage for the first time at Glastonbury.”

The new look Other Stage had a total height of 20 metres and an overall width of 43 metres, along with the addition of the installation on the front facade by artist Joe Rush.

The 777sqm main deck, with a 190sqm rear shed combined to deliver performance and working areas. There were fully enclosed wings and dual ramps upstage left and right giving extensive loading facilities.

The five tonne capacity per cross stage truss, plus three tonne capacity on the cantilever mean that the roof can take 35-40 tonne weight loading.

For Glastonbury 2015 Serious Stages again provided almost 60 structures, including the four main stages, the Temple and the Ribbon Tower, plus multiple indoor stages, media platforms, television camera towers, PA towers and structural supports for video screens and viewing platforms across the 900 acre site.

For pictures and video of Glastonbury 2015’s build highlights, including Arcadia, Block 9, The Common and The Glade, click here.