Beats On The Beach at Yasalam 2015

The Brief

Held alongside the annual Formula 1™ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yasalam is the largest city-wide entertainment festival and musical experience run by any international race host city.

One of the biggest Yasalam highlights is Beats on the Beach, a free music event which attracts thousands of spectators to Abu Dhabi's Corniche beachfront for four nights of musical performances by DJs and bands from all around the world.

In November 2015, Flash Entertainment, the Yasalam event organiser, brought a line-up consisting of international and regional superstars including Faithless, J. Cole, Wael Kfoury, Bamboo, Fayez Al Sayeed, Arwa and a host of leading independent musicians from the UAE.

Following a competitive RFQ, FLOW was contracted to provide complete site and show power covering the main stage, production areas, catering precincts, sponsor activation zones, security areas at entrances and exits, and multiple other areas across the 40,000 m2-plus venue.

The Solution

FLOW devised an integrated solution to provide show and site power from approximately 50-60 independent distribution boards, eight generators and several kilometres of cabling across the venue. The first installation was to provide power for the production area, which consisted of the organiser's offices and production cabins. Due to operational needs prior, during and post event, this area was ultimately powered by its own generators. Generators totally 1MVA provided the main show power for the mammoth stage, which also required a back-up solution. Awaiting final input for quote. These fed into the back of the stage and, vitally, had to meet the bespoke requirements of the AV company.

Finally, a central generator was installed to deliver power for on-site catering, sponsor activations and installations, and general lighting across the site. A number of isolated generators were also utilised by security professionals at the venue's gates and scanner equipment.

The Verdict

"As a key pillar in Abu Dhabi's prestigious F1 weekend, the Yasalam Festival and Beats on the Beach continue to be huge draws for music, sport and entertainment fans. It was an honor for Flow to be selected above other more established providers for such a world class event. Therefore, it was a great challenge; FLOW professionalism and expertise have delivered an outstanding job during the RFQ process. The event took place without any power interruptions and we have since worked with Flash on a number of events across the UAE."

Scott Browne
Head of Operations of FLOW