GL events has a long-standing relationship with Hay Festival and supplies all of the temporary event structures that form a short-term tented village on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, for an event affectionately described as ‘Woodstock for the mind.’
The largest of its kind in Europe, the 10-day festival – the UK’s leading literary event – welcomes participants to take place in a vast range of activities and events, and has taken place in Hay-on-Wye every May and June for nearly 30 years.
In support of the festival, GL events installs nearly 20,000sqm of covered and enclosed space, featuring everything from traditional canvas pole marquees to smart, hard-sided temporary festival structures, ranging from 40 to 1,400sqm. To protect the temporary venues from inclement weather conditions, more than 700m of covered walkways are installed throughout the site, linking the various venues to allow easy, dry access for event-goers!
The vast array of structures provided include literary theatres, restaurants, food-halls, a children’s zone, a cinema, sponsors’ hospitality suites, VIP green room, and four giant, 9m-wide shopping arcades. On top of this, GL events delivers service tents, including stores, box office, and festival administration.
As well as the massive range of structures provided, GL events supplies tiered seating throughout the event, also installing 600m of connecting covered walkways, to shelter visitors in case of poor weather conditions.