Wimbledon Common, London

60k+ over 10 days

Type of Event
Technical Production

A nine year partnership, still going strong.

The brief

Bookfest is an annual project we hold dear. 2017 marked our ninth successful year working with its organisers to bring this magical event to life. 

As production partner, it’s Clownfish’s job to design, supply, build and operate every element of technical infrastructure. That includes power, sound, video projection, lighting, recording, staging, rigging, set design, decor, branding… the list goes on.

The site

The festival site encompasses two event tents, catering areas, bookshops, a box office, a green room and a suite of offices. 

We have our sticky fingers in all those pies!

Facts & Figures


events over 10 days

80 KVa

power supply


festoon light bulbs


DMX channels

Conference Tent

Event design

Bookfest is not just about books. There are bands, comedy nights, theatrical productions, personal appearances, panel discussions and workshops alongside a packed programme of author events. 

Technical wizardry aside, our crew is responsible for designing and building stage sets as well as decorating and branding the lounges and reception areas. 

Site management also falls within our remit, so head clownfish Matt decamps to the Common for the full ten days to make sure everything runs like clockwork. 

Our box of tricks

  • Winter Wonderland_Cable Sockets

    Stealthily quiet generators with 80KVa output to power the entire Bookfest site.

  • Lecturn Conference

    Microphones. Lots of them. We’ve mic’d up a plethora of celebs (and we still get star-struck).

  • Audio Sound Desk

    Projectors, PA systems and speakers delivering high quality AV so nobody misses a word.

  • Stage Lighting

    Lighting rigs and special effects lighting built, installed and operated by Clownfish engineers.

  • Production Set

    Staging, set design and furniture to inspire and excite audiences of all ages.

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