Yes, that’s right, that really is a concorde plane in a giant hanger with people playing Boomwhackers underneath!
Leading a Boomwhacker session for 700 people under concorde has always been on my bucket list and now I can tick it off – hooray! Alright, not really - who knew such a thing was even possible! I was super excited when I heard about this potential gig via the 'Out There Events' company and had to visit the venue on a recce to see it with my own eyes. A genius idea to turn a redundant but world-famous aircraft into a venue! With carpet, seats, a buffet and everything else you may expect from a regular conference venue, but UNDERNEATH CONCORDE - this was a fantastic venue to get people playing Boomwhackers.
I love leading big gigs like this. They are incredibly exciting and a little scary. In fact I need an adrenaline hit like this every once in a while - I really thrive on the challenge. And there are challenges with such large gigs. The layout of the Boomwhackers must be carefully planned to ensure musical equality and harmony on the day. I need a large team and they need to know exactly what is going on. Inevitably, on the day things can change and numbers of people can fluctuate, but not to worry – we always pack spare Boomwhackers for this reason. The biggest challenge with such a large group is how to facilitate the live music being made as there can be a time delay between one side of the room and the other. There are various plans we put in place to mitigate this potential issue – careful planning of the location of the colours and positioning team members on stage to lead colours both really help. However, I need to really put my trust into the participants as well – I facilitate the music, but actually they are the ones who self-correct if the pulses start to go off-time. It is a real testimony to the power of teamwork that when a big group of people really focus on a task they are able to come together in synergy and synchronicity - the success of this event really proved this theory. There is more to these corporate events than you would originally think!
We would like to thank Out There Events for enabling this unique opportunity. They understand all the planning that goes in to such an event to make it really work and they communicate really well throughout the build-up to the big day. We would also like to thank the Concorde Conference Centre - we would love to be invited back any time! And finally, a big thank you to all the willing participants who made this one of our most memorable gigs yet.
If you have a conference event coming up and would like to make it a highly memorable success we'd love to hear from you. To book an event or discuss your requirements please contact us - we will be delighted to help!