Desperados: Parklife Festival

Project Description

Parklife Festival is held annually in Manchester, playing host to an array of high profile live music acts. During 2014’s event, EHP won the contract to produce and construct an experimental dance stage for use at the festival.


SWG Events Ltd.



To design and build a bespoke experiential dance stage, with a ramshackle, shanty town aesthetic. The stage should incorporate a sound system, large LED Screens, Desperados bars, smoke machines and lasers with a raised DJ booth.



We worked closely during this project with SWG Events. Our experienced team designed and produced a large-scale scaffold structure clad in corrugated iron sheets. These sheets were partially dipped in acid to add to the rundown aesthetic required, and were then left outside, coated in salty water to create a rusty surface. The sheets were used to clad a 36m long and 8m high scaffold structure, and then spray-painted with Desperados’ branding. With a bit of brainstorming we also managed to integrate the sounds system, screens and smoke machines. The result was a huge success and was used throughout the entire weekend.


“Having already undertaken a number of large-scale projects with EHP, they were the obvious choice of event partner for this project. From the offset, David and the team were integral to the design and development of the bespoke structure. EHP worked with our technical teams on-site, demonstrating excellent engineering, problem solving skills and attention to detail, whilst accommodating on-site changes with a smile. The end result was an extremely happy client and a fantastic structure, which proved very popular throughout Parklife Weekender. We wouldn’t hesitate to use EHP for a similar project in future.”


Tom Wild, Project Manager

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Project Details

Date August 25, 2014 Categories