Virgin Media presents Craig David

The Challenge:


In October 2019 Virgin Media invited us to help them design, build and produce an event to celebrate the arrival of the UK’s fastest home broadband, to the Southampton area.

Virgin Media was to bring Southampton singer Craig David back to headline the show, which would take place at St Mary's Stadium, home of Southampton Football Club.

Key Requirements;

  • Design and install the stage, set and event, working to Virgin Media’s brand guidelines
  • Provide and manage all elements of technical production for the show
  • Create two 3D sculptures of the Virgin Media Mobius to feature within the stage set design
  • Liaison with Craig Davids management on technical and hospitality requirements
  • Clear the event site within 24 hours, to allow the weekends football matches as planned.


The Solution:


Our designers were given a strict set of brand guidelines from Virgin Media to design the stage set. Taking colours and patterns from the campaign around their new Gigabit Broadband. The design was printed onto Foamex and applied to flat walls to be installed on-site. 

To make Virgin Media’s logo stand out, we suggested that we take the Mobius shape surrounding their logo, and create it in a 3D form. We created two of the sculptures at our workshop in Bristol, cut using a 5D axis robot and ensured that they could be safely attached to the stage set once they arrived in Southampton.

A temporary structure had been built outside of the stadium to house the event, due to sports fixtures taking place in St Marys. The venue was bare so we had to install all of the basic health and safety requirements to allow the event to operate, as well as decorative and visual elements..


Exterior Craig David Venue St Marys Stadium 


After building a temporary road within the venue so that we could use cherry pickers on-site, our team set to work installing the stage and set. The set was 8 metres high and 16 metres wide. The Mobius logos were installed into the set on either side of the DJ booth. 


Okoru Craig David ts5


We installed two video screens on the stage that would be used throughout the performances, that would display graphics provided, using our 3mm pitch video wall product. In the centre of the venue, we installed several trusses which were used to support a variety of different lighting and SFX units. We used our top of the range L’Acoustics sound system to power the venue’s audio solution. The promotional event gave Southampton residents the chance to win free tickets to the show, who were chosen by ballot to win a pair of tickets. 


Lights and SFX hanging from truss at Craig David event


DJ’s Joel Corrie and Kirby performed on the night warming up for Craig David to perform his iconic TS5 show. 


DJ Joel Corrie with hands in the air at Virgin Media event


Our team managed the technical production from start to finish. Ensuring all of the DJ’s had their technical riders fulfilled, and managing sound, lighting and SFX throughout the show. Given an extensive lighting production setup, this created truly awe-inspiring results. 


The Results:


  • Successful launch event for Virgin Media promoting an emotional connection between their new Gigabit broadband with Craig David at an event that was designed specifically for Southampton residents
  • Okoru delivered a full technical production in a unique venue
  • Craig David was thrilled to perform at the stadium of his favourite football club


Craig David show for Virgin media with light show