Crown Melbourne NYE - All aboard the HMAS Crown

Encore Event Technologies partnered with Crown Melbourne to deliver an immersive New Year’s Eve celebration inspired by American TV comedy series, The Love Boat.

Keen to turn the theme into a unique experience for guests, Encore was responsible for the audio visual production, lighting and styling elements for this fun, themed celebration to ‘Set sail for 2019’.

The New Year‘s event boasted an impressive customised stage, built by Encore, of a giant cruise ship with chaser lighting portholes. A large 3D ‘HMAS Crown’ was projected onto with Edison bulbs, while custom built waves created movement and enhanced the nautical theme.

Upon arrival guests prepared to embark while surrounded by 1960’s seafaring themed signage and accessories. As guests entered the Palladium, a striking 47 metre ceiling installation made of bunting created the entrance onto the ‘HMAS Crown’.  

The hero on the main stage was an impressive 18 metre LED screen, coupled with two 9 metre screens on either side. 6 additional screens were strategically placed around the room that used multimedia for a dramatic effect.

Beautifully styled centrepieces made of sparkling anchors, sailor hats and leis decorated each table, plus custom-made wave gobos lights continued the oceanic motif and reflected in the sequin shimmering linen.

Encore used beam lighting to create a nautical search light effect from the stage, and multi-prism gobos in a ripple design projected onto the drapes to transport guests below the sea.

An aquatic dance troop kicked off the festivities, with the Captain welcoming all guests onboard. The entertainment continued with dazzling aerial performers, band and DJ performances throughout the night.

An animated countdown commenced before midnight then 12 confetti cannons blasted into the air to celebrate the New Year while guests cheered.

The event was a great success and showcased Encore’s ability to provide a truly memorable evening.


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