The BBC Biggest Weekend was one of Coventry’s largest music events to date. Held on the May Bank Holiday Weekend and also taking place in three other cities simultaneously. Each city was designated a BBC radio station that would broadcast live from its event; Coventry’s were BBC Radio Two and BBC Radio Three. Headline acts consisted of Paloma Faith, Snow Patrol and Liam Gallagher. Across the event’s two days, over 40,000 persons entered the event.
Stadium has long provided services to Coventry’s Godiva Festival, a red-letter day in the city’s cultural calendar. This long-term relationship naturally expanded when the BBC Big Weekend came to town: our trusted event services were called upon for this even bigger event, and we delivered a bespoke, carefully planned strategy unique to the festival’s specific needs.
In addition to HVM solution hire and installation for the event, then, we also provided car park and Park & Ride management from the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Whitley site. The Park & Ride from the JLR site required a number of site visits to ensure efficiency wasn’t compromised and the accessibility to the site remained intact and easy to follow for those attending. The operation went smoothly and was a great success.
Before and during the overnights of the event, there was heavy rainfall. In this challenging context, the car parks were managed effectively by our experienced teams, ensuring that areas where the ground was exceedingly waterlogged were avoided, yet space continued to be managed effectively.
Our HVM solutions for the event were the ATG Access Surface Guard and the Rosehill Security Rapid Defender. The two deployments permitted a high density of pedestrians to enter the event and yet secured the entrance completely. Overall, the barriers were deployed in four locations across the park. The Surface Guard was present at all four deployments, with the Rapid Defender present at the main entrance adjacent to the Surface Guard to ensure the entire entrance was covered.
Our complete solution for the BBC Big Weekend contributed significantly to the event’s huge success – and, importantly, to the safety of every attendee.