Fire Safety and Licensing at Internationally Renowned Bongo’s Bingo
Bongo’s Bingo combines the game of bingo with an extensive stage production including confetti canons, pyrotechnics, AV displays and music. Since the event began in Liverpool it has rapidly grown into an international phenomenon, taking over 35 cities and counting across the world.
Symphotech supported Bongo’s Bingo during their third birthday celebration in Liverpool. The circus-themed event was held in a 1,500 capacity warehouse on Bramley-Moore Dock across six sold-out dates in May and June, with a large production of dancers, circus acts and live music from Kelis.
Symphotech worked alongside the Event Manager and Production Manager in an admin role to put in place the required paperwork to satisfy the requirements of the safety advisory group at the local authority. They also came in on the ground as part of the events management team to ensure the event’s safety requirements during the evening events.
Jess Helliar, is Events Manager for Bongo's Bingo and handles all of their UK operations. She said: “We knew that Symphotech had worked on Vevo Halloween in 2016 at the same location. When we came up against some obstacles in terms of meeting the requirements to hold a temporary event in this location, we were recommended Symphotech due to their experience and understanding of the legal requirements and regulations”
Duncan White is Symphotech’s lead consultant for event fire and crowd safety. Duncan says: "We worked alongside the local authority to deal with issues around fire safety and capacity for this client to ensure the evacuation strategy satisfied all the requirements"
“Temporary events taking place in permanent premises can sometimes cause misunderstanding between some of the responsible authorities in relation to which guidance and legislation takes priority. With the experience that we have here at Symphotech we were able to challenge and push back a little bit with safety advisory groups to focus their attention on the right piece of legislation and importantly, take that pressure away from the client.”
Duncan continues: “The first priority is always to ensure there is a sufficient exit capacity to get the numbers that the client wants. In this case, they are well within capacity; the venue is a low fire risk and lends itself to the use of special effects due to its high ceilings.”