The world-renowned Enchanted Forest has finished its run for another year, and our Chief Sound Technician Paul Dent can return to civilisation after a month living in Faskally Wood. DM Audio’s Marcin Buczek as usual did a fantastic job as Project Manager and System Designer, ensuring that the sound system provided the optimum experience for visitors. Paul also found time to take these stunning photos for us.
Now in its fourteenth year, the name of this year’s show was Flux, with a theme of movement, waves and energy. It was designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, and with specially composed and recorded music and sound effects by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales. Aerial performers from ‘All or Nothing’ were also back again to thrill visitors with gravity defying antics high up in the treetops.
With just over 62,000 visitors attending this year’s event tickets were quickly snapped up and despite an extended run the event was sold out by the 18th of October. This year’s sales were up 33% on last year which is a phenomenal success and has broken all previous box office records. Among this year’s visitors were Radio 1 DJ ‘Rob da Bank’ and Tomas Jansen head of sales for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Local business also worked closely with the event organisers to ensure that they also benefit from the influx of visitors to the area with the positive impact on the local area estimated to be around £2.75 million.
In recognition of the events merit The Enchanted Forest has been shortlisted for the 2nd year running for the Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards 2015. It has also been shortlisted for the Best Event or Festival at the Scottish Thistle Awards – a title that they won last year. This year’s ‘Forest’ also featured in an episode of the BBC’s Countryfile ‘Autumn Colour’ when presenter Ellie Harrison visited the event.
2016’s ‘Forest’ is sure to be another sell-out and with 4,000 people already on the advance ticket notification list book now to make sure you don’t miss out on the remaining tickets for Scotland’s premiere sound and light event.