Shades of Matt’s swing-style Vegas production were present when Entec supplied a full lighting rig for his one-off show at Wembley’s SSE Arena on October 1st, coinciding with the release of his new single, ‘Gone Too Long’. But could there have been another reason for putting so much effort into a one night stand?
Rumours of a Bros reunion were secretly confirmed backstage, just a few days before the announcement of a summer 2017 tour went public. “We knew what was going on, of course,” said production manager Duncan Brignell, “and the investment in Matt’s single show then made sense, even though there was no sign of his brother Luke on stage.”
For the last 30 years, Brignell has made much of his living from producing exclusive private parties and special events. His long friendship with Matt Goss’s manager Rob Ferguson resulted in the opportunity to work on the Wembley show. He explained: “Rob often said we should work together on something and then this came up. He showed me a WYSIWYG design that, to my eyes, looked quite flat and I told him that I thought we could achieve some extra production value and excitement out of the same budget.”
Brignell turned to another old friend, lighting/show designer Svend Pedersen, for assistance. “Svend designed some looks that we loved and I looked at the practical, physical side, such as the stage decks and risers,” said Brignell. “Svend regularly uses Entec’s services and it was a company I was very much looking forward to working with. I remember watching ‘The Tube’ as a kid in the ’80s and seeing Entec’s logo all over the PA and flight cases. That was probably my first insight into the mechanics of event production and I later got to know Noreen O’Riordan through dry-hiring Entec’s stock.”