Pumped up for an on stage success

South Yorkshire firm Hydrastore provided the hydraulic systems for spectacular stunts on Robbie Williams' 2013 tour.
South Yorkshire firm Hydrastore provided the hydraulic systems for spectacular stunts on Robbie Williams' 2013 tour.
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Spectacular stage effects designed for pop star Robbie Williams’ 26-date stadium tour have become a reality thanks to Doncaster-based Hydrastore.

The Sandtoft Industrial Estate-based business specialises in manufacturing and supplying hydraulic systems.

It was called in to help with Williams’ latest Take the Crown tour by Brilliant Stages, with whom it has previously worked on tours involving the likes of U2, Tina Turner and Sara Brightman.

The two companies also collaborated on Take That’s Progress Live Tour, which also featured Robbie Williams and included a 60ft robot, whose hydraulic systems were powered and controlled by Hydrastore’s technology.

As part of the brief for the latest tour, Hydrastore was responsible for designing hydraulic circuits, supplying components and working with Brilliant Stages engineers to commission three self-propelled vehicle chassis.

The vehicles carried giant replicas of Robbie Williams’ head – including one from which he emerges and another from which hundreds of balloons are released.

They also transported multi-level platforms on which musicians, backing singers and Williams himself performed.

“It was amazing to witness the three self-propelled vehicles evolve into such dynamic and spectacular creations,” said Hydrastore’s Allan Lee.

Brilliant Stages technical director and project manager, Tony Bowen, praised the Doncaster firm for its work.

“Hydrastore have assisted us over many years with hydraulic solutions on special projects,” said Mr Bowen.

“They have consistently worked with us producing a reliable quality product which has assisted us in fulfilling our clients brief.

“We look forward to continuing our working relationship with them.”