Queen + Adam Lambert brought the magic to ANZ Stadium and Optus Stadium last month, thrilling over 120,000 fans across both states. With Fire Fight Australia also taking place at ANZ Stadium on the same weekend it made for a bumper week! We hit up some key staff to give you the lowdown.

James Brand, Event Manager, VenuesLive NSW

Queen + Adam Lambert brought the thunder and lightning to ANZ Stadium on Saturday 15th February both literally and figuratively. It is not often (or ever) that we have two major concerts with different set ups on the one weekend. This lead to some unique challenges that we faced on the day and during the planning process.

On the night, western Sydney was hit by a large electrical storm that threatened the concert. While the storm approached ANZ Stadium a decision was made between Venue Operations, the Promoter and Emergency Services to temporarily evacuate the arena and delay the concert. Moving 10,000 patrons off a fully loaded arena was certainly a process, but our staff rose to the challenge and performed amazingly. One of the biggest cheers of the night was when our arena staff walked back on the arena once the storm had passed ready to welcome patrons back to their seats.

It was worth the wait, as Queen + Adam Lambert delivered an unforgettable performance. Much like our team who were working tirelessly through the night and the next morning converting the stadium to Fire Fight mode.

Thanks to everyone who was involved. It was a mammoth effort from the team.

Ryan Watters, Operations Assistant, Optus Stadium

The entire team at Optus Stadium have just delivered another fantastic concert – Queen + Adam Lambert, which had an attendance of over 47,000.  And what a show they put on for Perth.

I had the responsibility of looking after the back of house artist areas ensuring that proceedings were running smoothly throughout the show and the week leading into it. (Note – don’t stick duct tape to painted walls or else!). The morning of the concert I was lucky enough to assist with the K9 Dog search for explosives.  Nothing was found except some dropped cake in the Locker Room!!

Gemma O’Hart and Ryan Watters

Having started my time at Optus Stadium as a casual, it was great to get a different perspective on concerts held here – from ushering or working in the control room as a casual to working long hours in the weeks leading up to the big day.  It’s great to see the other perspective and know how much work really goes into producing high quality events.  It’s a credit to the whole team once again for delivering another massive event.

Here is some quirky facts and figures from Q+AL:

  • 2.7 kilometre of crowd control barrier was used – that’s enough to go around the perimeter of the field of play at Optus Stadium nearly 7 times.
  • 1 kilometre of High Temp Fence was used.
  • 1563 casual staff worked the concert, totalling 7253 hours.
  • 17,000 chairs had stickers removed, cable ties cut and were stacked in just 90 minutes after the concert.  Thanks to all staff that helped.