Reading Manchester Central – Exchange Hall


AV Production / 2.5.18

Manchester Central – Exchange Hall

Event Stats

Crew: 6 Technicians and 12 local crew

Trucking: 1x 44T Artic

Lighting Quantity: 160 fixtures

Audio Quantity:

  • 18x KARA
  • 6x SB18’s
  • 6x X8’s
  • 5x LA8’s

Weight: 8.1 Tonnes

Value of Kit Provided: £382,000

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    Event Overview

    Premier transformed the Exchange Hall in Manchester Central as part of a larger event that we supported KFC with back in January 2018. The event was for 1,350 delegates who travelled from across the UK to Manchester.

    Premier provided event management for the entire event which included 2 rooms for all of the delegates as well as 5 breakout rooms.



    To design a visually appealing set and stage structure which was ‘on brand’ with KFC’s New South branding. We had to ensure that the room layout could be dual purpose, we needed a room layout for 1,350 delegates as well as to utilise the venues curtains so that we could create a smaller breakout room using the same set and stage.

    Our team created a 3D visual as part of our quotation which allowed the client to know in advance of the event what the venue would look like on the day of the event.

    Set & Stage

    To create the backdrop which included brickwork, the Colonel and a chicken we opted to paint by hand the 27m x 6.5m backdrop. The backdrop was attached to the Prolyte H30V structure overhead. We added 4 printed posters to the right hand side of the backdrop, which tied in with the festival-themed event that we had planned for the evening awards dinner.

    To add depth to the backdrop, we dropped filament lamps in front of the backdrop on either side. In the middle of the set, we dropped in the KFC logo and a bucket of chicken created using neon which looked really effective.

    To complete the look, we added some rusty oil barrels, branded lightboxes and wooden cable drums.

    The stage itself was 1m in height and had a triangular side profile to avoid the need for us to have added a handrail which would have spoilt the look and feel of it.



    To ensure that the PA system was suitable to deliver crystal clear audio to all the delegates our production team first carried out a technical model to ensure that the speakers specified would deliver the required results.

    We utilised 18x L-Acoustics KARA and 6x SB18 subwoofers as the main front of house system, along with X8’s being used as stage fills. All of the speakers were powered by the LA8 amplifiers.

    All of the audio content, including the microphones were ran from a Yamaha QL5 digital desk with a digital stage box behind the stage.

    For the presenters we provided Sennheiser EW300 G3 wireless microphones as well as the AKG CK43 lectern mics and DPA headsets. A pair of Catchboxes were also provided for the Q&A session.



    As part of the set we installed a pair of 24’ x 13’ 5” projection screens. These screens were projected onto using the super bright Panasonic PT-RZ21K, 20,000 lumen laser projectors.

    Video content was in the form of PowerPoint, video files, live camera feeds and Slido. A mixture of Windows and Apple MacBooks powered the content. We utilised the Analogue Way Pulse2 PLS350 to switch between content seamlessly.

    The presenters on stage had access to 43” screens which showed them both a timer and a duplicate of the content on the screen behind them. A Hive Mastercue clicker was provided to allow the presenters to advance the slides using both wired and wireless clickers.



    To provide the lighting in the room we utilised the Chauvet R2 and R3 wash moving heads. These fixtures allowed us to wash the room in colours of our choice and avoided the need to use the house lights.

    We uplit the painted backdrop using the versatile Elation Sixbar 1000, we lined up 30 of these fixtures in a row to create a seamless finish. Elations Artiste DaVinci high powered moving heads were used to add warmth to the painted chicken as well as to provide breakup gobos on the stage.

    Stage lighting was covered by Prolights EVO190EFC LED fixtures which provided us with great coverage but also used minimal power.

    All of the lighting was controlled using an Avolites Quartz desk.



    I wanted to thank you – now the dust is settling on what was an INCREDIBLE event

    I know how you give these events your all- quietly and understatedly making everything happen as it should. It doesn’t go unnoticed.

    General Manager KFC UK & Ireland

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