The Super Bowl is more than just one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The NFL creates an entire experience for diehard fans each season leading up to the Big Game, and this year Houston hosted a nine-day massive fan festival with live music, interactive exhibits, and a ton of games for adults and children alike with the NFL Experience. Mountain Productions proudly provided the structure for Ford’s exhibit at Super Bowl Live which involved suspending two Ford Super Duty F250 trucks that represented an enormous goalpost.
This past year has been full of change and memorable moments throughout the world. One of our proudest moments in 2016 was when we took home the 2016 Parnelli Award for Staging Company of the Year thanks to the entire Mountain Productions team, who worked harder than ever this past year.
As we approach the New Year, it’s hard not to get a bit nostalgic and remember all of the challenges, successes and memories of 2016. Take a trip back through the last 365 days with us as we recap some of the biggest moments of Mountain Productions’ 2016.
We couldn’t decide where to celebrate the beginning of the New Year, so we traveled all over the country! Mountain Productions provided staging and event production services to five major New Year’s Eve shows, including Pitbull’s New Year Revolution in Miami and the iconic Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in Times Square. We are proud that our world-class systems were on display to millions of viewers on major networks across the world.
Read on to check out the projects we were busy with during the last few days of 2016.
Mountain Productions kicked off the opening night of the NBA season in Cleveland, Ohio by providing staging for the “NBA on TNT Road Show” outside of the Cavalier’s Quicken Loans Arena. The event was the launch of Turner Sports’ interactive road show sponsored by American Express and featured TNT’s Inside the NBA studio team providing pre-game, halftime, and post-game coverage on-site along with a musical performance by Grammy-nominated rapper, Wiz Khalifa. Interactive experiences setup for fans completed this event including TNT Personality Themed Events, the On-Court Hoops Experience, “Singer Slam” Studio, and much more.
What do thousands of entertainment production experts, Tom Petty and a former Las Vegas mayor have in common?
They all met at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the foremost production conference and trade show in the nation – LDI 2016. With more than 400 of the world’s top manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of professional products and services for the production and live entertainment industry on display, Mountain Productions, the leading staging and rigging company across North America, was in attendance to catch up with old colleagues and demonstrate to our new friends the many ways we can help make their production a success.
Fashion shows are the epitome of glitz and glamour, and the fashion entities hosting the event have an elevated focus on aesthetics in every aspect: the models, the production, and the structure(s) itself. Providing staging for these shows requires unique solutions that may not be common in outdoor festivals and concerts. Mountain Productions has staged many fashion shows throughout its history, and we’ve learned the dynamic nature of these high-profile events firsthand. Many of the fashion shows we have provided staging for required elements that are unique to this industry—take a look at some of the fashion events we’ve been a part of in the past, and our unique solutions to each event’s production.
Most festivals can’t boast a 900,000 attendance with over 500 shows taking place for 10 days. The Pennsylvania based Musikfest has these numbers under its belt, and the festival hosted by Artsquest continues to grow each year. Located in Bethlehem, roughly an hour and a half away from Mountain Productions’ premises, Musikfest takes place by the iconic Steel Stacks of Bethlehem, and has multiple stages hosting local and nationally recognized musical talent. In addition to great music, Musikfest hosts a variety of food vendors, art, and fun activities for the whole family. Musikfest offers both free and ticketed shows, which attracts huge crowds every day of the festival. This year, Mountain Productions’ main stage at Musikfest hosted Sabrina Carpenter, Lady Antebellum, and The Avett Brothers, while our side stages saw hundreds of acts take the spotlight each day and night.
“Life was different before the internet. Probably better.”
This quote from WayHome’s website captures a feeling that many of us can relate to, and the WayHome Music & Arts festival is all about stepping away from the screen and finding inspiration in music, art, and film. The three-day festival takes place at Burls Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ontario and 2016 marked its second annual event. WayHome hosts a variety of musical genres, including indie, folk, electronic and more. Fans flocked to Burls Creek to see headliners LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and The Killers along with over 60 additional acts on three different stages throughout the festival grounds.
It’s become one of Canada’s premiere electronic dance festivals over the past 4 years, and the fifth year of VELD Music Festival continued the trend by hosting over 30 internationally acclaimed EDM artists that pumped the music all through Downsview Park in Toronto. VELD Music Festival puts a lot of resources into quality production, and each stage has an impressive display of video and lighting effects. Mountain Productions provided the strength needed to support the enormous production rigs at VELD and built an MTN Truss HD+ System and an MTN Truss HD System.
Hundreds of eager festival-goers grabbed their hammocks and tents and headed to Rothbury, Michigan, for the 2016 Electric Forest festival this past weekend. By the time attendees flocked to the forest, Mountain Productions was ready to show them, and the performers, a good time on a good stage.
This year, Mountain Productions was responsible for the Sherwood Court Stage, the Observatory stage, the Forest stage and Hanger Stage, along with camping pods, risers, barricades, front of house positions, and additional auxiliary structures put in place to ensure everyone enjoyed the immersive experience.