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Setting The Scene For Christmas at Covent Garden

Setting The Scene For Christmas at Covent Garden

Christmas Baubles at London Blackout transforms famous London market for the festive season

Blackout Ltd, the long-established and highly-regarded drapes and rigging supplier, was delighted to be involved in the transformation of London's historic Covent Garden Market for the festive season.

As with so many of the projects it is involved with internationally, Blackout provided a complete production service for the transformation, supplying staff, rigging and access equipment to hang Christmas decorations beneath the glass roofs of the market's two main aisles. The decorations, created by Sculptivate, include 73 giant baubles, the biggest 3m in diameter and weighing 250kg, four Sputniks and 24 enormous candy canes.

The installation took place at night so as not to disturb the market's daytime trade; Blackout's team, led by Tom Lambert and Ian Moody, were on-site for ten "very cold" nights over two weeks, with Friday and Saturday evenings being their particular favourites as they had to work around "lots of drunk people out partying!" Despite their late working hours, the team were captured in action, making an appearance in the London Evening Standard newspaper.

candy_canes_covent_garden_600.jpgThe installation - due to remain in place until January 9th 2011 - was just one of the many projects undertaken by Blackout through the autumn, these ranging from providing pipe, drapes and purple velour to the Pride of Britain awards at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, to installing drapes for the London International Horse Show, to rigging truss, drapes, screens and projections for the launch of the Vertu Constellation Quest phone in Moscow, to providing the complete rigging and drapes requirements for the pre-show, main show and party at the MTV Music Awards in Madrid.

Based in south-west London and with an office in Paris, Blackout Ltd prides itself on being able to offer any rigging or drapery a production might require, whether that involves renting a single star cloth, having custom drapes created, or providing the equipment and a hugely experienced staff to rig even the most challenging shows.

Further information about Blackout Ltd can be found online at, or by calling +44 20 8687 8400.

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