Over three months ago, we started working on bringing back live entertainment under coronavirus restrictions.

During that time, we had to develop a comprehensive safe system of work and risk assessments to comply with government coronavirus guidelines. Throughout last month our studio has been visited by many artists and businesses. We have streamed live shows, recorded exclusive content and advertisement campaigns.

To make things safer and socially distanced, we have decided to split the studio into several different parts.

We have built temporary dressing rooms, a kitchen and washing facilities on the main floor. It has allowed us to keep the artist in their own “bubble”. They don’t have to leave the performance space.

We have set up a broadcast audio mix in a remote location. In effect, sound engineers can work socially distanced while watching the stage on the large screen relay. In most cases, lighting engineer can work directly from the studio floor. Alternatively, he can use the isolated room and follow the show on the screen. All programs are controlled and streamed from a newly setup broadcast suite. Similarly, this area is isolated from the rest of the facilities.

We have designed everything to maintain the required isolation between team members. Each room has a maximum of two people occupancy. Although this rule does not apply to the main studio because every show is different and individually assessed.

In summary.

Managing live entertainment projects safely in the time of the coronavirus could be challenging. Fortunately, HPSS Group has over three decades of experience in delivering shows. As a result, we only had to slightly adjust our business model and implement stricter safety rules.

Ultimately, we all cannot wait for the safe return of the live theatre shows and festivals. Until then, there are services like SLS Live, where the artist can safely connect back with their audience.


Author Bart

Operations Manager and Live Engineer at HPSS with over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry.

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