POSTED ON 12/12/2019

With Christmas just around the corner and 2020 on the horizon, we thought this would be the perfect time to look back over another busy year at Hawthorn. From delivering the wow-factor at incredible events or supporting legendary music acts as they head out on tour, read on to find out more about our top ten standout moments of 2019.

  1. Supporting Adobe Summit EMEA 2019

We’re kicking off our 2019 highlights with our biggest event of the year – Adobe Summit EMEA 2019. We were once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical production for the two-day event including the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out sessions and the hotly-anticipated Summit Celebration. Featuring a spectacular light installation and an interactive projection-mapped chillout area, the Adobe Summit once again proved that when it comes to delivering extraordinary experiences, they knock it out the park. Read all about it here.

  1. On Tour with Mark Knopfler

We headed out on the road once again with music legend and former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler. Supporting his ninth studio album, the ‘Down the Road Wherever’ world tour kicked off in April 2019, and we were thrilled to chosen to supply lighting and rigging equipment to the UK and European performances. 

  1. Amping it up at CEF Live 2019

City Electrical Factors, the UK’s leading electrical wholesaler, hosted their 3rd CEF Live event at the NEC, Birmingham for both their contractor customers and account managers. We were appointed by A&I Events to supply full technical production for the occasion, delivering lighting, video, sound and rigging. We ensured the occasion was like nothing they’d seen before by delivering a unique moving LED screen set-up inspired by the CEF logo.

  1. Magic Mike Live Heads to Berlin

After taking Las Vegas and London by storm, Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live will now thrill audiences in Berlin, Germany. Inspired by the hit Magic Mike film franchise, the latest production will open at the newly remodelled Club Theater at Potsdamer Platz in 2020. Having supported the London show since its opening last year, we were thrilled to announce in September that we'd been chosen to supply lighting equipment to the new Berlin production. 

  1. Delivering the Drama with ITV Studios

ITV Studios Global Entertainment unveiled their spring drama slate to a packed audience of international buyers at its second annual Drama Festival in February 2019. Held at London’s Roundhouse, the event saw 330 delegates experience a range of new titles from ITV Studios’ production labels and leading independent producers. Utilising the iconic Roundhouse birdcage, the event featured a spectacular 360-degree projection designed to completely immerse the audience in the drama. Click here to find out more. 

6. Victory at the AV Awards 2019

October 2019 saw us named 'Production, Rental and Staging Company of the Year' at the prestigious AV Awards 2019. Held this year at Evolution London, the AV Awards recognise best practice, reward innovation and celebrate excellence across the global audio-visual industry. This year’s win follows on from our 2018 success where our work on the Adobe Summit EMEA 2018 saw us scoop ‘Live Event of the Year’.

7. Our Busiest Year Ever at Edinburgh Festival

Offering an unparalleled mix of cultural experiences, the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals take place in August and collectively form the World’s largest arts festival. With thousands of performers taking to hundreds of stages across the city, this year proved to be the busiest ever; none more so than for us here at Hawthorn. Having headed to Edinburgh for our 29th festival season, this year saw us provide who supplied equipment to performances across both Ediburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Read more here

8. Delivering BBC Worldwide Showcase for 13th Year

Hundreds of television buyers from across the globe headed to ACC Liverpool in February for BBC Studios Showcase 2019, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor. For the 13th year running, we supported BBC Studios to showcase its premium programmes, delivering two hotly-anticipated evening events. Celebrating British creativity, the exclusive events previewed some of the BBC’s exciting new programmes including Top GearThe Planets and One Planet: Seven Worlds. Find out more about what we got up to here.

9. We Score New Wembley Partnership

September saw us announce that, along with our sister company AVC Live, that we'd been appointed as the preferred technical production partner at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London. As part of the long-term joint partnership agreement, we'll be working with AVC Live as the preferred technical production supplier for events across all eight of Wembley Stadium’s event spaces and 160 pitch facing corporate suites.

10. James Hunter Makes the miaList 2019

We’re incredibly proud of our people here at Hawthorn so we were absolutely over the moon in November when James Hunter, one of our amazing Project Directors, was placed on the miaList 2019. The miaList recognises industry people who go above and beyond the call of duty and showcases those who play an instrumental role in making the organisation they work for so successful.​

With such an incredible twelve months behind us, we can't wait to see what's in store for next year! Get in touch with our team to see how we can support you in 2020.