Reading Christmas Party at the New Dock

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Christmas Party at the New Dock

Premier supplied additional AV and decor equipment for this corporate Christmas party at the New Dock in Leeds

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We were booked by a corporate client to provide additional WOW Factor, theming and AV production for their Christmas Party held at the New Dock in Leeds.

The venue is already geared up for the Christmas party season and hosts parties each weekend, our client wanted to personalise their night however and add an extra layer of production to it.

The guest experience started as they approached the venue. We positioned our Studio Due Space Flower 3000 search light outside the venue, this projected beams of light up into the night sky.

As guests set foot into the foyer they were met with a 13m x 1m VIP red carpet. Another red carpet with ropes and posts was used to make a VIP path to the drinks reception on the dance floor. The foyer area itself was starclothed by our team and the starcloth was also used to create the most popular feature of the night – the photo booth.

Photo booths are very popular at events currently; the Premier photo booth concept that we provided is different from most however. We created 2 photo booth spaces using ShowLED starcloth and added to them a number of LED Cubes and LED Christmas Trees as a backdrop.

We employed the services of 2 professional photographers on the evening to take the photos of the guests in the booths. The advantage being that the photos taken are great quality images. Guests can have their photo printed on the night and placed into a branded frame as well as view them on our website after the event. These images are also then displayed on a number of screens that we installed in the venue (see below). Premier also provided 2 magicians to keep those queuing for the photo booth entertained.

The main room at the New Dock already has lighting and PA covered and so the majority of the work that we were commissioned to provide was video and décor.

Video content played a large part of the evening. Premier installed 2x 65” and 2x 42” screens into the foyer of the New Dock. In the main hall we flew 2x 14’ x 7’10” fast fold screens and projected onto them using two of our Panasonic 5,600 lumen HD projectors. 6x 50” LCD screens were also installed around the perimeter and mounted on Parabella stands.

The screens were used to display a number of video inputs, these included; the table plans for the event, the photos taken in the photo booth as well as the live camera feed. During the install, we flew two Hot Head cameras; these were used to live stream the award and raffle winners, dance floor action and the entertainment. All video content was displayed in full HD and was seamlessly switched using the Analogue Way Pulse seamless switcher / scaler.

To add an additional lighting effect in the venue we also flew in a 1m-mirror ball above the dance floor. This produced a stunning array of beams around the venue when illuminated by four of our Elation Platinum Spot 5R moving heads.

The dance floor for the evening was provided by Premier and was 36ft x 26ft in size. It was decided to lay a striped dance floor and this was to be a starlit floor, which twinkled throughout the evening. The dance floor was also used as an additional space to host the drinks reception on. At Premier we only stock the wired version of the starlit dance floor, this much more reliable system worked seamlessly all night.

Premier also provided the DJ for the evening; he used his years of corporate experience to keep the dance floor full for the evening and played a mixture of current hits as well as Christmas party classics.

In order to keep with the theme it was decided that black linen would be used, Premier provided all of the linen including the tablecloths, chair covers and napkins using our in house team.

The party was a great success with lots of positive feedback from both the organisers and guests. This was the 5th year that we have worked with this client on the event; it is always a great party to be involved with.

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