UK: Wiltshire based special effects company, Quantum SFX, has been awarded Best Visual Spectacular at both the Festival Supplier Awards and Event Production Awards 2017.
It is the second year running that the Quantum team have taken home Best Visual Spectacular at the Festival Supplier Awards. Last year the company received the award for their towering pyrotechnic display provided for Metallica’s headline slot at Reading & Leeds Festival.
This year the award ceremony recognised the team for their work at BST Hyde Park with Mumford & Sons and Take That, for which they supplied two bespoke programmes of special effects.
The judges commented that Quantum had achieved ‘a spectacular display in both scale and creativity.’ They were particularly impressed by ‘the variety of effects and artist involvement,’ commenting that it was a ‘great example of how to work with multiple challenges and get a stunning result.’
Phil Mundy, Manager at Quantum SFX and the man behind the aerial pyro displays, commented: “To be awarded for the second year running is a real honour for the whole team at Quantum. We have worked closely with both Mumford & Sons and Take That on their previous tours but this was our first time at BST Hyde Park. It was a total pleasure to work with all the those involved and be a part of creating two unique festival shows in the heart of London.”
On the March 1 Quantum picked up their second award of the year at The Event Production Awards. This time the SFX team were recognised for their work on the Adele Arena Tour. Quantum provided two brand new custom effects for the show that visited over 40 different arenas worldwide. These included a minute-long confetti storm that filled each venue with personalised confetti and a sleek digital rain system that surrounded Adele with four walls of water for the duration of hit song ‘Set Fire to the Rain.’
Managing Director Shaun Barnett commented: “We are delighted to receive this award from Event Production. We had a busy year in 2016 and have enjoyed working with some extraordinary clients old and new. For the Adele arena tour we really put all our engineering and creative expertise into providing two totally bespoke effects that were previously unavailable to the market. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to do this and we are so excited to have this accolade to reward the team’s efforts.”
Quantum SFX are also supplying Adele’s Stadium Tour that kicked off on February 28 at the Domain Stadium in Perth to a crowd of 65,000. The team is providing 400kg of confetti and 80 CO2 jets for the new leg of the tour that is set to hit Wembley in June this year.
Barnett: “We are using the same Q:Storms that we designed for the arena tour to ensure that the white personalised confetti which has been so popular with Adele’s fans reaches as much of the audience as possible. The exciting part is that this time round we are also bringing a huge splash of colour to the show with a mighty release of powder confetti in yellow, green, purple and red. The confetti is released from the orbit stage creating a vibrant halo in the centre of the stadium which feels really jubilant and fresh for this new leg of the tour.”