Client: The Rolling Stones & Roskilde Festival
Date: 1976 to Present
Location: European Tour & Roskilde, Denmark
Project Type: Engineering
Jeremy Thom Role: Co-designer
In 1976 the Rolling Stones wanted something different! Along with my then partner Bill Harkin of Revelation Staging I designed an orange tensile canopy for their Summer tour of Europe. The structure was built to erect in two days and come down in one so we could do one show a week. The first use was at Knebworth House, an hour north of London.
Following the Stones tour the canopy was erected in Hyde Park in London for Queen. It then went into storage and in 1977 was sold to the Roskilde Festival who used it for the first time in the early summer of 1978. The same structure, with a couple of new fabric skins and a revised front hood and rigging truss, is still in use today as both the main stage, and, as it has been from 1989, the Festival logo.