As Cardiff cleans up after the UEFA Champions League Final, we can reflect back on what was an amazing weekend for all lucky to be involved in one of the biggest global events Cardiff has seen.
Commissioned by UEFA, we managed the entertainment for the weekend’s Football Village within the walls of Cardiff Castle, which kicked off Friday evening’s VIP Celebration Party, and worked closely with UEFA Champions League corporate sponsors on activities in a variety of city venues, including a brunch featuring a panel session of footballing legends in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a live video link with the Black Eyed Peas hours before their Opening Ceremony performance and after show activities, which Orchard also managed.
We also programmed and managed free public entertainment in the UEFA Champions Festival, which transformed Cardiff Bay into a spectacular open-air arena over the four days, attracting over 70,000 to the waterfront. An international line-up of performers and legends of the game, such as global superstar DJ Steve Aoki, BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, former Spanish international Mendieta, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Las Vegas residents Tenors of Rock and some of the best emerging acts in Wales took to the Champions Main Stage.
Vishal Patel, UEFA Club Finals and EURO Event Manager said: “Dave Driscoll, Marcus Lawry and the rest of the Orchard team have been terrific in helping us deliver memorable experiences in Cardiff at the UEFA Champions League Final, UEFA Champions Festival and UEFA Champions League Final Celebration Party. UEFA guests and organisers said this was one of the most memorable Celebration Parties they’d experienced, so we’re delighted with our partnership with Orchard.”
Our Events Director Alastair Wilson said: “This was the biggest operation this city has ever mounted, and all within very tight security procedures, presenting us with some challenging logistical issues. But with 170,000 people in Cardiff and the eyes of the world on Wales, it was a real buzz for our team to be involved, and the feedback has been tremendous. Once again Cardiff, and Orchard delivered.”
It was definitely a weekend to remember for our team!