ASAP 20 in London


ASAP20 in London saw The Filipino Channel bring their longest-running, top-rating musical variety show to The SSE Arena, Wembley, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. As accredited supplier within the venue, Hawthorn were contracted by ABS-CBN to provide full technical production, and our task involved the provision of lighting, sound, video, power, pyrotechnics, rigging and outside broadcast. With the show featuring a stellar line-up of more than 40 of the most respected recording artists in the Philippines, the show had to impress!


Our team collaborated with ABS-CBN to develop a creative technical solution that delivered on their vision within the SSE Arena. Our versatile lighting rig featured 200 moving lights, and was designed to create diverse backdrops for a wide range of performances. From the Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon casts, through to the surprise performance from Spandau Ballet, it had to be dynamic!

A visually impactful video solution impressed the 10,000 strong audience, with repeater screens provided for all to see close-up action. 55sqm of 3.9mm pitch LED wall and two Christie HD20K-J Projectors helped achieve this, ensuring the show remained clear for television viewers too. Our task was to replicate ABS-CBN’s studio back-of-house at The SSE Arena – our eight-camera outside broadcast solution with ingest enabled ABS-CBN to edit live and record to hard disc ready to playback at home in the Philippines.

Impactful lighting, a high resolution LED screen and superb arena sound set the scene for the audience, whilst CO2 jets and confetti canons added to the live frenzy – with expectations high, Hawthorn didn’t disappoint.