Serious Stages at Electric Daisy Carnival UK

Serious Stages at Electric Daisy Carnival UK

Serious Stages designed and manufactured a custom built scaffolding system along with bespoke specials to accommodate the impressive 1,200m₂ Crystal Village stage at Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) UK, Milton Keynes, 8-10th July.

Serious Stages was tasked with producing a 30m tall by 70m wide stage structure, complete with cascading waterfalls, crystal towers and a giant owls head, synonymous with this magical event. The EDC owl incorporated 1,000 lighting fixtures, over 400 video tiles, 28 lasers, pyro and 15 CO2 cannons, and Serious Stages was entrusted to ensure the stage could withstand its weight-loading requirements. Serious Stages also designed and built the stages’ bespoke crystal towers, to ensure they were structurally sound. 

To support the stage set and the three pyro platforms, the Serious Stages scaffolding was constructed using three heavy duty truss systems to ensure additional strength. With a surface area of 1,200m₂, in-house structural engineers carried out rigorous loading calculations to ensure the structure could withstand the wind speed and weight-loading capacities required, using over 100 tonnes of ballast. The structure was clad in EDC’s magical stage set which was shipped over from the USA.

Structural and engineering design was undertaken by in-house professionals, all of whom where ISO 9001 and BS EN 1090-1:2009 (CE) certified. Using as many standard components as possible, the only bespoke equipment required was for the rigging points and crystal towers, fabricated by Serious Stages’ in-house team. The senior engineer on the project was Dragan Kuzmanov, and all the main design engineering was under his control. The main CAD engineer was Julian Vowles who worked with the metal welders, and he was assisted by Edmund Knoedler.

From first CAD drawings, the material control, planning and fabrication was all delivered to the site within four weeks, to be constructed and signed off ahead of the scenic and production elements being installed.  

Steven Corfield, managing director at Serious Stages comments: “This was our first year working on EDC and it was such a brilliant event to be part of. When is a stage not a stage... when it’s an EDC creative platform. We’re being asked more and more to help organisers give their event a unique look, and the stage at EDC certainly pushed the boundaries of what our in-house teams can deliver.

 “EDC is well known for its creative set design and impressive props and it was our job to bring the organisers’ vision to life through our staging creations. With all the elements on the stage to consider, including pyro, water and CO2 cannons, we were tasked with coming up with design solutions that enabled the stage to be as impressive and magical as possible. This year’s event witnessed the UK debut of the Crystal Village stage, which encompasses everything that EDC reflects; technology, art and nature. Our in-house structural engineers and CAD teams worked to fulfil the festival brief by ensuring the structure was created and assembled safely, and utilising support scaffolding with the grid structure, we were able to lift the owl, which greatly reduced working at height.”

Serious Stages also supplied a front-of-house tower, two camera platforms and four asteroid delay towers.

This immersive Crystal Village stage towered over the 50,000 dance music fans that flocked to Milton Keynes Bowl for EDC UK to witness performances from an impressive line-up of international DJ’s including Martin Garrix, Eric Prydz, Martin Solveig and Avicii. 

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