GL events Snowdens creates biggest ever Hay Festival

This year’s Hay Festival was the biggest ever, not just in terms of big names and the huge number of visitors from around the UK, but also in the size and stature of the infrastructure provided by GL events Snowdens.

GL events Snowdens created over 18,000 square metres of space for the ten-day literary event including eight performance venues showcasing great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists.

Four food outlets and three shopping arcades were also created using a mix of Absolute and Premier structures from the GL events range as well as traditional canvas pole marquees.

Keith Bishop, Director of GL events Snowdens, said: “This is Snowdens’ biggest project, using every type of product we have to offer in all different sizes. It’s a real mix.

“We had everything from 30ft pole marquees to soft and hard sided structures ranging from 40 to 1,400 square metres. Add to that a number of three metre awnings and over 700 linear metres of walkways throughout the site to link all the structures together.

“The Hay Festival is basically GL events Snowdens’ best shop window as it not only showcases the range and high quality of our products but also the outstanding capabilities of our team in planning and installing for an event of this kind.”

Names appearing at the Hay Festival in Wales range from Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry to comedian Johnny Vegas, Madness front man Suggs to actor Stephen Fry.

As well as providing the event infrastructure, GL events Snowdens also sponsored one of the highlights of the first weekend – two performances by comedian Al Murray. The first performance saw Al talk about his new book, which talks about his and his dad’s love of the war, while the second performance introduced Al’s alter ego The Pub Landlord to the stage.