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September 13, 2010 – 7:07 pm

Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby

- Posted in Extended Portfolio, Polystyrene Uses, Videos by Fran

The delorentos on stage at Oxegen 2010.

Yeah! Rock ‘n’ roll.
The county of Louth may be small, but we do have The Tidiest Town in Ireland, the unluckiest GAA County Football Team, and it’s home to the world-famous The Corrs, our own home-grown rock band.
Well, we are now following in their footsteps… not quite, but our 3D polystyrene signs are getting onto the stages at some world-famous venues.

Earlier in the year, Ronan from the delorentos contacted us to create their name in giant letters. They were to be used as a backdrop whilst the delorentos were on stage for their set at Oxegen, at Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare.
This was a brilliant idea, as they would have the space on-stage for a super-sized sign, they could be seen from the crowd, and they’d be lightweight and easy to handle.
This picture, taken by Gavan Drohan, shows that the idea definitely worked.

Polystyrene letters crowd surfing at the Electric Picnic 2010

The word must have got out, as we were then contacted by The Frames to create their name in polystyrene foam. Their name is shorter so the letters got taller: 6′ 8″ tall, to be exact.
They were cut, painted, packed and sent to Stradbally, Co. Laois to join the band on the main stage at the Electric Picnic, on part of their Twentieth Anniversary Tour.
The gig, by all accounts, was a great success, helped by the fact that the band sent the lightweight letters out to ‘surf’ the crowd. This was a truly original idea and one that went down well with the audience; it also guaranteed that they wouldn’t get the letters back! A Facebook group has even been set up to try to find the missing letters.
However, I doubt that the band were too worried once everybody was having a good time. Isn’t that the whole point of rock ‘n’ roll… baby?

Update: 16/9/10
The video shows the giant styrofoam letters ‘surfing’ the crowd in true Rock ‘n’ Roll style.

Video via mccdamo.

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