Hoist UK take Boyzone & X Factor “Over The Top”

Hoist UK have recently supplied a custom performer flying winch system to rigging specialists Over The Top for the recent Boyzone and X Factor tours.

The winch was used during the tour to fly dancers above the stage, then used for the encore to fly all members of Boyzone to the “B” stage and then back to the main stage and the winch is a custom version of the popular Hoist UK range of pilewind winches.

The initial request was for the winch system to be very quick to assemble, fast, and most of all safe. The final design sees a 10 line 500kg variable speed performer flying winch manufactured in modular construction so that each two line drum is housed in a 1m custom section of 52cm truss allowing for easy transportation and installation.

Each of the drum modules are then linked using a drive shaft to the next module, with a central module containing the geared motor assembly. The winch is capable of a 20m lifting height with variable speed lifting and soft start and stop, and is also designed, manufactured and tested to our usual standard with all the relevant safety features in place for its intended purpose.

Mark Wade, director of Over The Top Rigging comments “It was great to work with Paul and Tony from Hoist UK. The system they have supplied me worked great for the Boyzone tour and it’s perfect for the touring industry, as I can connect as many of the drum modules as needed for the job. The system is really simple for me to control and gets the desired visual effect. I now have a piece of equipment in my fleet which is flexible enough to use on a whole host of future shows”.

The design of the system was specifically modular in nature, which allowed for the system to be easily adapted for use on the recent X Factor tour to fly the X Factor winner Joe McElderry and the nations favourite duo, Jedward.

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