A visit to MEI’s UK Event Summit
Highlights for me included the panel discussions on The Future of Live Events, with a panel of industry experts
28th September 2021
Two official homecoming concerts were held at The SSE Arena to celebrate the incredible achievements of Team GB’s Olympians and Paralympians at Tokyo 2020. Eat to the Beat was thrilled to deliver broadcast, artist and production catering for the two special live shows designed by The National Lottery to officially welcome home the sporting heroes of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The events were held on Sunday 15th August and Sunday 12th September respectively and gave the athletes an opportunity to get together and celebrate as coronavirus restrictions in Japan meant that they had to fly home within two days of competing. Music and entertainment from some of the biggest names in entertainment was interspersed with footage of the stand-out moments from both the Olympic and Paralympic Games with medal winners taking to the stage to show off their medals.
Artists performing at the Olympic Homecoming concert included Anne Marie, Bastille and Rag’n’Bone Man who delivered a unique moment of national celebration. Whilst Jamie Cullum, James Arthur, Birdy, Clean Bandit, Madness and Ella Henderson performed at the Paralympics gig.
Team Eat to the Beat loaded in at 6am on the Thursdays preceding the events and served hot meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the build days and on show days, as well as creating drinks stations at key points around the venue and providing dressing room riders to the artists. In total, more than 3300 meal were delivered across both shows along with 33 individual dressing room riders.
Strict Covid-safe protocols were adhered to throughout; food service which was pre-boxed to minimise contact between Eat to the Beat’s staff and the crew working onsite, even pastries and sweet treats were wrapped individually.
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