Kodaline in a Castle

Kodaline played in Bremore Castle to an audience of around 220 lucky competition winners. 

The event was quite a challenging one for a variety of reasons. The production company chose the venue as they could see the potential in it for TV broadcast. As could we. The gig, if it happened, was always going to be a beautiful one. 

We had to make it happen and we did. 

The planning element of this event was substantial. Access to both the site and the castle itself wasn't ideal. Internal access to the upper floor - where the show took place - was challenging. The planning required in order to ensure emergency egress could be successfully effected was significant also. 

All that said, we really enjoyed working on this one and making it happen.

The Challenge

The turnaround on this one was extremely tight. We'd to write the EMP, secure the cooperation of all stakeholders and manage the event, within a window of about 2 weeks.

Our Solution

Fingal County Council is a good client of ours and we work on a wide variety of events with them every year. They're good. They understand practicalities and what's achievable and what's not. They knew that this particular gig was asking a lot.

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The Result

We worked hard and fast to help make this one happen and it was an amazing gig. VEVO, the production company, were putting this event on in order to film the performance for TV broadcast. The event had a real intimate and exclusive feel to it.

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Fingal County Council is a good client of ours and we work on a wide variety of events with them every year. They're good. They understand practicalities and what's achievable and what's not. They knew that this particular gig was asking a lot.

What we did

The venue was an old castle that the CoCo are in the process of returning to its former glory. It's not a 'venue' though and, as such, presented a wide range of challenges in order for this event to proceed. It needed remedial work in order for it to be in any way workable as a venue.

With such a short timeline on this one, we did a site visit the same day we received the 1st call from the client. We needed to get a proper feel for the venue immediately to establish if this was a runner. We ran some initial figures with respect to capacity on site that day and clearly defined the challenges inherent in making it work. 

We provided:

  • Site Suitability Assessment
  • Capacity Calculations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Event Management Plan
  • On-Site Support
  • Build & Break Safety
  • Safety Officer
  • 2 x Safety Management Team

We worked hard and fast to help make this one happen and it was an amazing gig. VEVO, the production company, were putting this event on in order to film the performance for TV broadcast. The event had a real intimate and exclusive feel to it.

What we did

We planned and managed this one alongside the Events Unit in Fingal County Council.

We established it would work, established the safe capacity and provided some key staff on the night of the event. 

It was one of those events we felt (a) lucky to be involved in bringing to fruition and (b) lucky to be able to actually attend. Around 220 people got to enjoy an intimate, up-close performance from Kodaline, the likes of which will likely not be seen again. 

There aren't many 'venues' like Bremore Castle. Being able to enjoy a band of Kodaline's quality in an environment like that was something we won't forget ourselves for a long time. 

We engaged Safe Events as soon as we knew Bremore Castle was to be the venue for this Kodaline event. It's a castle being restored and is not a venue in the traditional sense. 

Safe Events worked with us to very quickly establish if it would work and how it would work. They assessed and addressed the hazards and risks and proceeded to develop an EMP that would see the event go ahead within the timeframe available. 

They worked with us on the night to implement the EMP and the event was amazing. I can't imagine it being as special in a 'traditional' venue. Bremore Castle was the perfect venue for it.

Paul Barnes
Events Officer
Fingal County Council