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. A stunning proscenium arch theatre-style stage made using our red drape completed the luxurious aesthetic.

The key focus of the lighting and video design for the evening was to enhance the Vintage Vegas theme whilst remaining adaptable for each section of the evening. A combination of lighting fixtures framed the unusual split LED wall and provided strong backlight, mid-air effects, and key stage lighting. 

Featuring performances from the Sanddorm Balance Act, comedian Jack Whitehall, disco legends Chic ft Nile Rodgers and RnB artist Craig David, sound for the evening was on top form thanks to the installation of a high-quality audio system.



“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 is our 'go-to' technical production company and we would recommend them in a heartbeat.”

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