A year in the life of event transportation services

As 2018 is coming to a close, our team in event transportation services are getting a bit nostalgic. Providing event transport throughout the year is serious business, but we’re a cheerful group and like a bit of fun and banter in-between the hard work we all put in.

We usually look towards the next event transport job, but we thought it would be nice to take a breather and have a look back at the year that was (or as good as was in any case).

Ballet Day  

The year began with paying tribute to one of the most popular art forms of the event industry -ballet!

We proudly support Opera North, Northern Ballet, The English National Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Opera – just to name a few – with their ballet tours across the UK and Europe.

We felt it was fitting for us to take part in all the positive messages about ballet that were happening on the Twitter-verse and beyond.

ballet day stagefreight tweet

Beast from the East

A bit of a surprise – and minor hiccup – to our event transportation services was everyone’s favourite 2018 snowstorm that wouldn’t leave, the aptly named Beast from the East.

It was alright for some of the team though, as they were touring around Europe’s warmer climate like our own Ian Lowe, who was managing the Joan Baez music tour transport. More on his far too sunny pictures later on.

We and our friends at Universal Live firmly believe teamwork is the dream work, so we tag teamed it to free some of our trucks! That was snow mean feat…

stagefreight and Universal Live Beast from the East post

BBC Radio Leeds came for a visit

In April, we had some local visitors come for an exclusive behind-the-scenes view. We showed BBC Radio Leeds’ morning presenter, Richard Stead, around the warehouse and showed him some of our trucks too.

Richard and his producer, Jamie, were surprised by how much planning and prep is involved in our event transportation services.

It was nice to show BBC Radio Leeds around and we enjoyed swapping planning stories with them.

BBC Radio Leeds at Stagefreight collage

We introduced you to more of our drivers

You may have seen our driver profiles across our social channels. We often share what a great job our team does, as they’re a modest and shy bunch.

But we thought putting a face to the hard work would be a nice gesture to really show what a great job the team does throughout the year.

Stuart Stagefreight Driver Profile

There will be more driver profiles to come once we can get ahold of the team again. They’re a bit busy with transport jobs this time of year.

Our urban trailers

There’s a misconception in the event transport world that all truck trailers are the same. However, our very own Chris designed Stagefreight’s urban trailers.

Urban trailers have the same capacity for equipment and props as our standard trailers, but they also have a more agile size for city roads and urban loading bays. It’s a win-win design that we’re very proud of.

Find out more about our urban trailers here.

urban trailers by Stagefreight

Italy trip with Opera North

It was a big year for the Kiss Me Kate tour team of Opera North and for the Stagefreight team.

In a world first, Kiss Me Kate took part in the annual Ravenna Festival in Italy.

The city of Ravenna champions the arts every year and it was a great honour (and well deserved) for the Kiss Me Kate team to be invited to join the festival for the first time in 2018.

It’s also a credit to the brilliant performance that the team completes every show. We were thrilled to help out with this tour.

Kiss me Kate scene _ Photo_ Tristram Kenton
©Tristram Kenton 05-18
– used with permission

This first outing in Italy for Kiss Me Kate was undoubtedly a triumph for everyone involved. Find out what was involved in the transport side of things in our Kiss Me Kate Ravenna tour case study.

Ramfest 2018

Every year we team up with Halifax businesses and charities to put on Ramfest – a fun family festival full of games and music that also raises money for local charities.

The music is a mix of new and well known acts that always delight the crowd, as there’s such a positive atmosphere on the day.

Ramfest 2018

If you’ve not had a chance to join us at Ramfest yet, keep your July free for 2019 as we’ll be celebrating 10 years of Ramfest!

BFG cake

We pride ourselves in being able to handle event transport of any size, shape or form. But a first – even for us- was the PR campaign we supported Michelle Sugar Art and Mr. Kipling Cakes with.

Back in July, a 7 metre tall sculpture of the popular Roald Dahl character, the Big Friendly Giant, needed to get from Kent to Primrose Hill in London by dawn.

BFG arrives at Regent Park
BFG arrives at Regent Park

Over 7,000 cakes that couldn’t be touched had be taken from Michelle’s studio to Regent Park. Not a problem for our team.

Watch the video of how our Ant gets this amazing sculpture from A-Z.

Europe highlights

Our team gets around Europe quite a bit. We supported Lenovo UK at the annual IFA (Consumer Electronics Unlimited) conference in Berlin with their Tech Life ’18 event.

Lenovo UK in Berlin
Lenovo UK in Berlin

The lads on a music tour in Berlin took a moment to take this brilliant picture outside of Berlin’s Olympiastadion.

Power stance anyone?

Stagefreight Drives at Berlin Olympiastadion

Then there was time for some sunshine in Malta, before a corporate event in Paris was calling.

Stagefreight truck in Malta
On tour in sunny Malta
Stagefreight truck in Paris
Corporate event in Paris

Curious about the other places we complete transport jobs in?

Have a look at the most popular Europe routes of 2018 (coming soon).

Trucks of Insta

Back in September, we ventured into the world of Instagram!

Be gentle with us; we’re more in tune with Google Maps than the world of hashtags.

We’re hoping to shake things up (in a good way) with our Trucks of Insta.

Stagefreight Instagram image

Are you following us on Insta yet?

New trucks and trailers

It’s been a great 2018 all round and we’ve not just added people to our team, but more trucks and trailers too.

Here’s a quick lowdown of what’s been added to the team:

  • 16 additional trailers
  • 6 tractor units
  • 26 tonner
  • 18 tonner
  • And our very first curtain trailers

As you can see we’re well prepared to take on more event transport jobs in 2019.

Stagefreight trucks tractor units

Joan Baez’s farewell tour continues

The famous and highly popular Joan Baez continues her farewell tour and we had a quick catch-up with the music tour driver, Ian Lowe, to find out how it’s been going.

Back in August Ian and Joan were in sunny Spain and had 58 performances behind them in 39 cities and towns. A total of 32,705 km completed alongside three amazing crew members, Chris Howlett, Sean Baddams and Steve Baddams.

Stagefreight truck in Spain
Pitstop to enjoy the sun in Spain

Ian’s highlight remained working with the legend, Joan Baez, who in his words is the most approachable person ever.

We got featured! 

We’re also quite pleased that some of our transport jobs caught the attention of our trucker community.

Did you know that Trucking Magazine and Truck & Driver both featured the BFG cake transport job we did on behalf of Michelle Sugar Art and Mr. Kipling cakes?

Trucking Magazine article

Truck and driver article image

Just don’t tell our Ant, as the fame might go to his head.

What does 2019 have in store for event transport?

The show must always go on and we’re excited to get started with 2019!

Whether you’re after event transport, music tours or theatre tours, our team is ready to get you there in a fast and reliable style.

Give us a call on 0113 238 0805 to plan your event.

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