Black arts…at Barclaycard Arena. A top tip from the team at NEC Group is to use the power of BLACK. In turning the NIA into the 21st-century Barclaycard Arena, they used black seats – promoters like them in case the gig is not a sell-out; blackout curtains – make them light and non-powered and you can draw them at short notice to cut down capacity.
BUT don’t go black in the lavatories. Cleaners don’t like black because it shows the slightest smear. Choose light grey instead.
If you change plastic signs when sponsorship changes, recycle them the way they do at Principality Stadium.
Easy real ale
For one-off events, there’s a new real ale storage system: key kegs, a pressurised bag dispense for real ale, keeps it real without the hassle.