August 13, 2019

Festival furniture hire and the not-so-great British weather!

wellington boots at a festival

Whilst we may still be very much in summer holiday season, the UK weather seems to have totally different ideas.  With torrential rain, flooding and high winds across the country over the last week or so, it’s feeling distinctly autumnal! Unfortunately, the unseasonably wet and windy weather had a disastrous impact on one particular festival furniture hire client….

Boardmasters Festival  – cancelled due to severe weather

For the first time ever since Rio Lounge started trading, an event was cancelled after furniture was delivered. Cornwall’s biggest festival, Boardmasters in Newquay, was cancelled due to the severe weather forecast. With 50,000 ticketholders due to attend, the festival was to feature performances by Florence and the Machine, Foals, Wu-Tang Clan and others.  However, according to the festival organisers, the potential risk was too severe for the event to go ahead. Issuing severe weather warnings regarding rain and wind on Tuesday, the Met Office warned of potential flooding and power cuts in the area. Organisers took the final decision to cancel the festival upon hearing that the site would face the worst of the high winds.

Last minute crew rescheduling

Although based in Hertfordshire, just 25 miles north of London, our furniture hire crew regularly make deliveries all around the UK. They travelled all the way to Newquay, Cornwall, to install the festival hire furniture on Tuesday 6 August.  Boardmasters was due to open at noon on Wednesday 7th. We received notification of the proposed cancellation just an hour before the scheduled opening time; office staff therefore had the task of rescheduling all deliveries and collections to enable crew to collect before the huge storm hit the site on Friday!   

Weatherproof festival furniture hire

festival furniture hireOur client had ordered our white rattan Marrakesh sofa sets and luxurious daybeds. In normal circumstances these would be ideal for use in all weathers . Customers especially love our rattan products for outdoor events as they not only look great but can withstand the elements! Unfortunately, on this occasion the decision was out of our hands.  Organisers clearly had to act quickly to make the best decision for the safety of all contractors, performers and festival-goers. Occurrences such as this reinforce the reasons why our company policy is to take full payment prior to delivery. 

Sometimes you have to roll with it…

Having to cancel the festival at the last minute was clearly a great pity for all involved.  However, we couldn’t help but notice a humorous newspaper article the following day.  Following the cancellation, a mobile toilet company was apparently left with 200,000 excess loo rolls, which had subsequently been advertised for sale!

Contact our team

Our furniture hire team are always happy to talk events.  Whether you’re organising a large or small festival, or simply a birthday party in your back garden, we can help! Call us on 01582 232332 or click here to send an email.