FESTIVALS

Ever since Glastonbury fanned our creative fires way back when, Area 51 have become an essential part of the festival season’s excitement. We understand the special atmosphere festivals generate among the crowds. And we know how to create it. We blend fun, fantasy and first-class acts in a family-friendly mix that’s sheer magic. And when it comes to freaky and fanciful, we know the field too. We are skilled in creating schedules designed to keep the event energy going throughout the day – from brightly costumed walkabouts to cabarets and sideshows to late-night fire spectaculars.

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Ever since Glastonbury fanned our creative fires way back when, Area 51 have become an essential part of the festival season’s excitement. We understand the special atmosphere festivals generate among the crowds. And we know how to create it. We blend fun, fantasy and first-class acts in a family-friendly mix that’s sheer magic. And when it comes to freaky and fanciful, we know the field too. We are skilled in creating schedules designed to keep the event energy going throughout the day – from brightly costumed walkabouts to cabarets and sideshows to late-night fire spectaculars.

At the UK’s biggest ‘geekfest’, Sci-Fi Weekender, we also produce and manage all the top entertainments throughout the event. On-stage and backstage we pride ourselves on our professionalism.

Ever popular packages include our Caravan of Lost Souls, a travelling troupe of exiled troubadours – and our parades of stunning stiltwalkers towering over the vast crowds. Festival credits include Download, Bestival and its sibling spin-off Camp Bestival, the Exit Festival in Serbia, Creamfields, Isle of Wight Festival, Boomtown, Birmingham’s MADE Festival, Magical, Sea Dance in Montenegro – and, of course, every Glasto that gets the go-ahead, come the rain or the rays!

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

CARAVAN HITS THE ROCKS

AREA 51’s creepy Caravan Of Lost Souls rubbed shoulders with some of metal’s heaviest heavyweights as Britain’s biggest hard rock hoedown exploded at Castle Donington. Igor Rasputin and his band of weirdos stormed the Download Festival alongside the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine.

LOST SOULS FREAKS OUT

AREA 51’s world-renowned psycho circus sideshow squad, The Caravan Of Lost Souls, were sensationally received as they got stuck in at another major festival, keeping alive the spirit of PT Barnum.

HAMMING IT UP AT SILVERSTONE

Area 51 helped bring a flavour of the Balearic party scene to Formula 1’s British Grand Prix staged at Silverstone. The company created a special “Ham-former” robot stilts character, a hybrid of the popular A51 Transformer and a Lewis Hamilton bobble head, which caused a storm among race fans

SCI-FI GEEKENDER

Area 51 warped space and time to transform a tiny part of North Wales into an intergalactic space base for sci-fi fans, geeks, fantasy fanatics and timelords alike. There was no tightening of the asteroid belt as dark energy

TWISTD FIRESTARTERS

What happens if you bring together the UK’s largest indoor winter music festival at one of the nation’s best loved holiday resorts with the warped wit and wisdom of Area 51?

NO SCIENCE FRICTION IN THE CITY

Steel city Sheffield shapeshifted into a science-fiction central station for starship troopers, time travellers, fantasy fans, droids and more who descended on the Yorkshire city to wallow in the weird and wonderful for a warp-speed weekend away

THE PARTY’S OVER

A crack swarm of 60 Area 51 star-performers helped ensure the last ever Secret Garden Party wasn’t a washout despite the festival being saturated by Monsoon-like rain!

GLASTO GO-GO FOR TURBO SIDESHOW

Igor Rasputin and his hand-pulled Caravan of Lost Souls were not in the mood for any go-slow at the legendary Glastonbury Festival with a blistering turbo sideshow of curious, kooky, craziness to keep revellers in the field

CARAVAN ROCKS UP AT DOWNLOAD!

Itinerant Igor Rasputin and his band of merry pranksters, freaks and performing peculiarities, pitched in at Britain’s most popular heavy rock festival to play up to their reputation as Europe’s leading spaced-oddities! Area 51’s aberrant master of ceremonies, sensation and strangeness, Rasputin rocked up at Download 2017.

51 ROCK IT AT STELLAR WEEKEND

A remote corner of North Wales was zapped into an interdimensional and intergalactic space colony as Area 51 helped stage the biggest sci-fi and fantasy festival seen in the UK! Thousands of sci-fi fans beamed down into Pwlhelli on the Lleyn Peninsula for a long weekend where normal reality was suspended and a colourfully costumed alternative existence emerged.

AREA 51 IS ROCK FESTIVAL’S TRUMP CARD

The biggest and most badass Hard Rock Hell festival yet saw Ugly Kid Joe take to the stage with a troupe of raunchy dancers wearing Donald Trump masks. The girl performers from Area 51 were part of a huge team from the company who helped celebrate the tenth anniversary of Britain’s largest residential rock festival in style.

ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR BESTIVAL

Area 51 hoisted the sails, cast aside any lily-livered swabs in their way and swash-buckled into action to storm one of the UK’s most happening festivals off the south coast. A crew of 45 buccaneers boarded the so-called ‘Shady Lady’ pirate ship stage at Bestival 2016 and took no prisoners with a bawdy weekend of manic mayhem and merry-making that only true legends are made of.

RA RA RASPUTIN ROCKS THE GLASTONBURY SCENE

Exiled Prussian showman Igor Rasputin carted his Caravan of Lost Souls to England’s famous Glastonbury Festival for four frantic non-stop days and nights of hedonism under the stars.

LOST IN SPACE, FOUND IN DORSET!

Igor Rasputin’s celebrated Caravan Of Lost Souls became “Lost In Space” as it took centre stage at Europe’s primary festival for children and young people! The caravan’s usual repertoire of twisted circus performance delights

AREA 51 A-MAZE AT GARDEN PARTY

Area 51 ensured everything in the garden was rosy and other-worldly at one of the UK’s most stunning festivals. A gargantuan-sized crew of 65 crack entertainers descended on the stunning Secret Garden Party site in the picturesque environs of Cambridgeshire to deliver a four-day quota of quixotic mirth that left revellers smiling from ear to ear.

MUDDY HELL! EDDIE’S BACK!

A platoon of crack all-weather Area 51 performance artist commandos battled bravely against the elements to set up a monstrous reunion with an escapee who has been on the run with Iron Maiden all year!

FEELIN’ AWWL-WIGHT AT EPIC FESTIVAL!

Area 51 performers are pretty famous for making a big entrance but at the Isle Of Wight Festival they gave many helping hands to two lucky people who won a national prize to take their bows in jaw-dropping style! Teaming up with Strongbow cider

BLESSED ARE THE GEEKS AT SCIFI

Legendary actor Brian Blessed and Area 51 teamed up to create a sci-fi supernova at one of Europe’s biggest and best events for followers of all things fantasy and futurist! The seventh annual Sci Fi Weekender was hailed as the best yet after a galaxy of stars and performers shone to stun the audience after teleporting into North Wales.

MUDDY GREAT DOWNLOAD FRENZY

A detachment of 51 Area 51 performers (!) withstood everything that Mother Nature could chuck in their direction to emerge muddied and euphoric after three days and four nights of badass shows and partying

SOLAR SCI-FI WEEKENDER

Area 51 looked to the heavens for cosmic inspiration to eclipse past triumphs with a stellar display at a celebrated gathering of diehard sci-fi fans. The sun, moon and 51 were all in conjunction as performers used the grand spectacle

WOOD ZOO BELIEVE IT!

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise…as the spirit of Ibiza was reborn in Leicestershire!A herd of bright eyed and bushy tailed Area 51 performers stampeded in woodland close to the famous motor racing circuit at Donington and partied for three days non-stop as part of the third annual Zoo Project Festival which recreates the famous hedonism of the Iberian holiday isle.

KIDS GO CRAZY AT CAMP BESTIVAL

The Caravan Of Lost Souls was born again as a stunning child-friendly circus to conquer Britain’s best family festival. Igor Rasputin’s pop-up caravan of cabaret curiosities was brilliantly rebranded for young eyes and ears to universal

AREA 51 AT EXIT FESTIVAL

Area 51 stormed a 17th century fortress in the Balkans before continuing with a rampage of hedonism down to a coastline festival on the shores of the Adriatic Sea more than 300 miles away. Two stunning festivals in a mere seven days of blissful indulgence was a tall order for even the most diehard 51 crew members used to punishing schedules of hard work and hard partying but the Class of 2014.

66SICK AT GLASTONBURY

Sometime in the past before the future began, the 66Sick office was deserted, machines slowed before grinding to a halt, silicon chips were fried and a creeping growth of plant life in a garden of evil carpeted the once busy hive of activity with organic abandon.

SCISSOR SISTERS COLLABORATIONS

American disco-glam group, Scissor Sisters, regularly team up with Area 51 to help create stunning show costumes and props for their extravagant live performances

BIG FUN AT RUN TO THE SUN

Robots, space girls, butterflies and tribesmen cooked up Cornish delight as they ran to the sun to storm the festival that refuses to die! Area 51 characters invaded the resort of Newquay in Cornwall for the impressive Run To The Sun Festival which despite rumours of imminent death, continues to thrive as one of Britain’s best annual bashes.

SCI-FI SUPERNOVA

A galaxy of Area 51 performers detonated an entertainment supernova to help make a major sci fi festival a cosmic success! The extensive 40-strong Area 51 team descended on a North Wales holiday park for the fifth

RAVE ON THE WAVES AT BESTIVAL

Area 51 rocked the dock as H.M.S. Bestival dropped anchor at one of Britain’s best-ever festival arenas. It was full steam-ahead as shipmates shared the fun in an amazing nautical-themed party at Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

ANIMAL MAGIC AT ZOO PROJECT

One of Britain’s wildest festivals was treated to spellbinding animal magic as Area 51 turned zoo keepers! A herd of animal characters hoofed down to Donington Park in the leafy East Midlands to stampede in a safari of surrealism at the amazing Zoo Project Festival.

CARAVAN OF LOST SOULS AT GLASTONBURY 2013

Area 51 vamped up Glastonbury Festival’s 40th anniversary with vaudevillian va-va-voom! The show-stopping travelling circus, the Caravan Of Lost Souls rolled into the festival’s theatre & circus arena for a string of shows that stunned revellers. The caravan is essentially a Victorian box-on-wheels that unfolds into a gloriously Gilliam-like stage set.

SPACE-TACULAR SCENES AT SCIFI WEEKENDER

It’s a Sci-Fi Convention Jim, but not as we know it! 51 load up the vans and boldly go – to West Wales… We embarked on 2 incredible days packed full of Sci-Fi themed walkabout and truly massive stage-shows

AREA 51’s TWISTED CIRCUS

Peer into the twisted world of Area 51 with the company’s own “Twisted Circus.” These shots were taken at the Big Reunion event at the end of 2007 and highlight a crew of specially commissioned Circus performances. With thanks to Marc de Groot for some of the photos.