We brought the bright lights of Las Vegas to Battersea Evolution for the Waitrose Supplier Gala Dinner 2017. Following a Vintage Vegas theme, we worked with client Entertee Events to provide full technical production, helping them transform the venue into the perfect show-stopping party venue fit for the most upmarket of British Supermarkets. 


With 1,500 guests seated across 147 tables, Entertee Events made the most of Battersea’s large versatile space. Decorated with crystal chandeliers, entrance tunnels made from our lavish blue velvet drape and thirty-two palm trees wrapped in fairy lights, guests were transported back to the golden age of Vegas. We also created ten custom-made uplit columns, specially constructed on site during the day of the event, A stunning proscenium arch theatre style stage made using our red drape completed the luxurious aesthetic, setting the scene for an evening of fabulous food and excellent entertainment.

The key focus of the lighting and video design for the evening was to enhance the Vintage Vegas theme whilst also being able to adapt the look within the room and on the stage. For this we designed a split LED wall on the main stage that consisted of seven 1m wide by 5m high strips. In between these, we placed two bars of six par cans with very narrow lamps, producing powerful beams to cut through the entertainment. We used a combination of lighting fixtures to frame the LED wall and provide strong backlight, mid-air effects, and key stage lighting. Key lighting for the stage came from ten Martin Viper Wash DX along with two Super Korrigan follow spots. In the main dining space, a tungsten breakup and sixteen spot fixtures provided texture and slow animation over the tables.

Audio for the evening was on top form thanks to the installation of a d&b V-Series system. Featuring performances from the Sanddorm Balance Act, comedian Jack Whitehall, disco legends Chic ft Nile Rodgers and RnB artist Craig David, we were tasked to incorporate each acts individual audio rider.  


“When it comes to technical production, Hawthorn provide us with the peace of mind we need to handle the global artists that have become synonymous with the Waitrose Gala. This year we invested in stage dressing and were blown away by the split LED backdrop wall which they designed, made up of 7 strips equidistance apart.  It was a fantastic focal point and it was used very creatively. Hawthorn are our 'go-to' technical production company and we would recommend them in a heartbeat.” 


Deborah Shilling, Co-founder and Creative Director of Entertee Events