The Stage Bus is an event production company based in Birmingham, who provide innovative solar powered mobile stages across the UK. Our quirky, vehicle-based stages are powered by the sun and their onboard batteries means they can power events day and night. With full sound and lighting facilities included, the reduced set-up times for our stages also make them some of the most cost-effective solutions available. We also help organize several events though the year including Swingamajig festival, the UK’s leading electro-swing festival.
We have several stages available, ranging from the most cost-sensitive stage up to the largest solar-powered mobile stage in the UK. By having fully integrated stages built into vehicles that don’t need to be built on-site, set-up can be as short as twenty minutes, reducing our overheads.
Our stages are fully integrated, so they don’t need to be built on-site, keeping both time and labor to a minimum, while also saving the need to liaise with multiple contractors. By looking at every aspect of power consumption, we have been able to approach energy efficiency on a completely new level compared to traditional set-ups, this means our stages do not need any external power supply and can work from a battery charged solar power system for up to 8 hours.
The Stage Bus has been providing services for over a decade, and our professional crew has more than eighty years staging and technical experience between them. We are known for our “can do” attitude, and stress free operation even when plans on the day end up having to change.
All our stages come with £10,000,000 public liability insurance, full method statement, risk assessment, electrical and PUWER certification. We are used to working with local authorities and we come as standard with all the paperwork that is required.
Not only are we world leaders in solar powered mobile staging but we also pay careful attention to our wider ecological impact. Our stages have been designed to use the minimum power to put on the performance without impacting quality. With our energy saving mentality we need less than 10% of the power that a traditional stage would need to do the same job. Our stages are designed so that only one vehicle is required to be driven to site containing all our equipment and personnel, again reducing our carbon footprint. We believe in prolonging the life of equipment with good maintenance and repair as a large piece of hidden energy consumption is in the manufacture of new items and the disposal of old.
But don’t just take our word for it, here is what our customers say:
“We headlined the Willows Arena at Willenhall Lock Stock on Sunday 2nd September. I’d just like to personally thank you all for a fantastic set up, specifically, Andrew, the Sound Engineer, for his sterling work. We are a 12 piece band, with our own Sound Engineer. He’s been with us from the start, and is absolutely fantastic at what he does. He knows us, and the music, inside out. He worked with Andrew to ensure we put on a fantastic show. Andrew, who has never worked with us before, was incredibly quick, but not at all sloppy, when he line checked us, especially seeing as we went on later than expected due to the previous band running slightly over. This didn’t phase him one bit, and therefore, made for a stress free line check. Our sincere thanks to Andrew, and to everyone involved in making Willenhall Lockstock 2018 such a brilliant event.” – Lucy from Soul’d Out Band September 2018.
“Many thanks for great sound whilst The Switch UK were performing on The Comedy Carpet Blackpool, forming part of Blackpool Music Run 2018.” Steve from The Switch UK, September 2018.
“Tech was seamless and we were so happy with the stage! So patient with us; we’d definitely use The Stage Bus again.” The Wooferendum March, October 2018.
“Over the moon! The TV company (filming A Very Yorkshire Christmas) said your guys were stars.” Harrogate Chamber of Commerce, November 2017.
“Just wanted to thank you for your help over the last few months and to ask you to pass on our thanks to Jock for a top job looking after us. It was a great day and the M-Stage was ideal for us.” Birmingham Wildlife Festival, June 2017.
“Hi, I am emailing to say many, many thanks to Andrew for the fantastic job he did for our music festival at Ashburnham Place in East Sussex. Andrew was professional and helpful at all times. He arrived in plenty of time to set up, allowing for any technical issues on our part which was very much appreicated. The children had a marvellous time and we look forward to welcoming him and his camper van stage back again next year.” Leigh from Swindon Academy, July 2017.
“Absolutely perfect, really impressive. Really impressed with crew, couldn’t have been any more helpful. The booking process was easy and straightforward. Will definitely be back!” Dave from The People’s March, September 2018.
We have six vehicle based stages available for hire; The Truck Stage, The Stage Bus, The Truck Junior, The M Stage, The Camper Stage and our newest additions The Snail Stage we can also provide a variety of other event services.
We realise we use a lot of technical jargon on our website, so if you’re not sure of anything please check out the glossary of terms on our frequently asked questions page and if you’re still not sure you can always contact our friendly sales team for help and advice.
MEET THE TEAM
ANDREW TEVERSON – DIRECTOR
Andrew is the brains behind the whole operation and started the company in 2006 when he designed and developed The Stage Bus based on his university dissertation. He is currently responsible for design and development within the company.
Andrew regularly crews and manages events, acting as both sound and lighting engineer. He also has a talent problem solving and repairing just about anything whatever the circumstances!
Andrew loves vintage vehicles and as a child dreamed of owning his own double decker bus, combined with having been involved with sound and lighting since he was at school this winning combination has led to the success of the company!
SARAH TEVERSON – OFFICE MANAGER
Sarah joined us in 2017 after leaving a 10 year long career as a childrens nurse. Ready for a change she initially took over the financial side of the business and has now developed her role to cover office management. On other occasions Sarah can be found supporting the crew on events and learning about all aspects of the business.
A fan of performing arts, when not busy in the office, Sarah can be found pursuing hobbies including singing and Ballroom and Latin dancing. With a passion for making things Sarah has experience of many craft activities such as making her own clothes and jewellery.
ELLA GARDINER – SALES AND BOOKINGS ASSISTANT
Having joined the team in 2018 Ella is not only contacting clients and completing paperwork for all our bookings but also heading up our social media and communications.
With a background in events organising, mainly vintage fairs, Ella trades in vintage online, with a specialist interest in 1960’s clothing and furniture.
She enjoys cooking and eating (but mainly eating!) and loves music, David Bowie being her main obsession!
JOHN BECKERSTON – OPERATIONS
John is our multi-skilled technical and organising team member. His role sits between the administration team and the workshop, because he leads on operational readiness for our fleet of stages and co-ordinates their maintenance.
He loves vintage technology and over the years has looked after everything from water wheels and steam engines through to preserved electrical generators. Museums and historic buildings are his great interest and in his free time he is often to be found exploring everything from canals to cold war bunkers.
BILL WHITE – WAREHOUSE MANAGER
Bill got a taste for touring back in 1986 when he was asked to tour abroad as a lighting technician. On his return, he joined The New Kings Cabaret Theatre in Birmingham as a Stage Manager and stayed for seven years. In 2005, he formed his own production company called “Production FX” allowing him to follow his itchy feet and tour out on the road again, where he enjoyed the challenge of fitting sets on different stages daily. He also designed sets for several international tours, and managed the technical side of each.
In January 2014, he joined the Stage Bus team as a warehouse manager, drawing on his skills in logistics. During the hectic summer, his skills are pushed to the maximum to maintain a semblance of order to the rest of us, of which we are often impressed! Whilst at The Stage Bus, he continues to stay involved with theatre, and enjoys production work in video in his spare time.
ADRIEN BANNER – SOUND AND AUDIO
With a passion for sound engineering for as long as he can can remember, Adey has 15 years of experience under his belt. He can mix for any musical genre from techno to jazz and everything in between. From the age of 15 he’s been happiest behind a sound desk, whether DJ-ing or mixing live bands. Some of his favourite Birmingham venues include the Custard Factory, Rainbow Venues, HMV, and the much loved Digbeth Institute, and he’s worked with the Stage Bus nationwide.
“Creating sonic excellence” is his personal motto, and helping people to have a great time! He won’t stop work until a system is as good as it can be, and his passion for quality audio means he’s a great asset to the Stage Bus team, and to our customers.
TOM HYLAND – PROGRAMMING
Tom has always been a keen musician and trained as sound engineer at Applestone Studios in Torquay where he grew up. Tom has been involved with live music and events for the past ten years, playing in various bands, promoting nights and organising festivals. Tom looked after entertainment and production at the Vale festival for three years – The UK’s largest student led event of its kind.
He has a strong background in event tech and worked as a freelance sound engineer on The Stage Bus before joining the team full time in February 2010, where he was responsible for our marketing and commercial operations, alongside bookings and enquiries. In 2014, he dedicated his full-time efforts to his band, The Electric Swing Circus, but continues to care for event programming for The Stage Bus, filling our stages with great acts with whom to entertain and engage. He is a very smiley chap, speaks fluent French and loves meeting new people.