Marham stage

Live Events case study – taking military families’ day to the next level


The BFBS Live Events team (formerly CSE) have produced evening concerts as part of RAF Marham’s Families’ Day event for 4 years running. We were initially asked to deliver something special to celebrate the stations centenary and have been subsequently invited back to stage slightly smaller scale productions that still increase morale in a big way. We have also contributed funding to the show via the BFBS Live Events Beneficiary Fund.

The Challenge

We were tasked to achieve a celebrity status festival style concert with 12 months’ notice and a limited budget. Planning time and funding has reduced year on year, but the quality and production values of the concerts has remained high as has our commitment to support RAF Marham in recognising personnel and their families for the sacrifices they make as part of the military community, particularly given their continued high operational tempo.

The Solution

Using our experience and contacts we put together successful shows to be enjoyed by personnel and their families of all ages. We produced a turnkey solution with full planning, celebrity meet and greet, professional production (stage, lighting, sound including crew to set up, run and load out, plus big screens with messaging and live-action camera feeds with vison mixing), power, event management and some cracking line-ups. We also co-ordinated BFBS Radio/online coverage and have added station bands to the bills.

  • Year 1 line up: Peter Andre with live band, Stavros Flatley, Patrick Monahan, Donna Marie Lady Gaga Tribute & Brooke Supple. See the action here 
  • Year 2 line up: Stooshe, Stevi Ritchie, Duke, Bruno Mars & Olly Murs Tributes & Damo Clark. See the action here 
  • Year 3 line up: Stavros Flatley, Rule The World (Take That Tribute), Brainscape, Katy Perry & Taylor Swift Tributes, & Barry Castagnola. See the action here 
  • Year 4 line up: Bizarre Inc’s Angie Brown, Rock the 90s, DJ Liv & Woody/Buzz Lightyear mascot appearances. See the action here 

The Outcome

The fact we have been invited back year on year speaks for itself. We have now entertained over 10,000 people at RAF Marham, and each year the smiling faces and dancing crowds get bigger and bigger. Last year we added specific children’s entertainment which was extremely popular. We’re looking to build this on in the future and continue to make the concert the talk of the station.

Marham Toy Story characters
peter andre at marham