Twickenham Stadium lit up once again for Christmas as the Harlequins Big Game returned this time featuring not one but two fantastic matches hosted by double Champions Harlequins.
First up were Harlequins Women taking on their London rivals Wasps in an eagerly anticipated match in the women’s Premier 15s. The Rugby Big Game is also famous for its pre-match entertainment and this year didn’t disappoint with legendary DJ Pete Tong delivering a 25-minute live set accompanied by a light and pyrotechnic show, ahead of Harlequins Men versus Northampton Saints.
The main challenge with any recurring event is trying to find something different to do with a limited selection of products. But luckily for us, we have invested heavily recently so a large budget job like this presented a great opportunity for us to propose some of our latest products. Every year Harlequins try to go bigger and better than the year prior so we suggested a huge package of SFX fired from the pitch and roof simultaneously.
The client had identified a Fire & Ice theme for the day and we knew exactly how to bring this to life. We could of course bring the fire, but we also had a great idea for the ice.
We had worked previously with Glacial Art, so we suggested they were bought in to create a range of beautiful ice sculptures and live carving events for the West Fan Village. For the SFX element, the event has predominately used G-Flames which reach a height of around 6m and a few liquid flames, so we decided to upscale the offering. We bought out the big guns with a total of 15 large liquid flames. 8 huge 15m jets by the tunnel and 7 5-fingered flames on the far side. We also introduced some coloured flames, incorporating some of the Quins’ colours: Red, Green and Blue into the display to mirror the colour of the pyro on the roof.
The event was a huge success both on and off the pitch and was enjoyed by a crowd of over 72,000. Most importantly, the Quins were victorious, a breathless game produced nine tries with five delivered in the first 18 minutes alone. The pre-match entertainment was epic. Once the teams had left the pitch from their warm-up the floodlights were turned off plunging the stadium into darkness, allowing Pete Tong to finish his set with only the glow of the LED advertising boards. We complimented the set with a few flame bursts but ensuring we saved the best till the team entry where we fired all the flames and roof pyro in unison.