Graspop Metal Meeting 2014

Stageco's involvement at Graspop has grown steadily with the festival since the start in 1986, and this year was another turning point as Graspop doubled the fun for Stageco with the addition of two extra stages. Previously, Graspop’s main stage featured a single festival 4-Tower roof from Stageco, however, following in the footsteps of some other major hard rock festivals like Hellfest Clisson and Wacken Open Air a second 4-Tower was added this year. These twinned 4-tower roofs  increased the total footprint of the main stage to 87m x 37m. The two stages were connected with a black steel portal in the middle on which a giant skull was positioned – a feat that relied on the sharp instincts of our Belgian crew. Not only did the hanging the skull from the portal pose a complex engineering challenge, solving the build issues with a combination of standard material and custom-made items was also a test of know-how. Stageco Belgium also built indoor stages and scaffolding structures across the Graspop site and, for the first time, provided a Micro Arch for the Jupiler Stage. A total of 28 Stageco trucks arrived on site at the start of the festival build, with equipment coming direct from the Tildonk HQ, as well as from the load-outs at Rock Am Ring in Germany and Pinkpop in Holland, all of which required careful co-ordination. That same brand of accurate planning was relied upon once again during Graspop’s load-out, when Stageco’s equipment was shipped overnight to Milton Keynes for the UK Electric Daisy Carnival.