Sperry Tent Main Stage at Magdalen College Ball 2023

Sperry Tent Main Stage at Magdalen College Ball 2023

For the first time in seven years, Magdalen College Oxford University, welcomed the return of their Commemoration Ball. The chosen theme being ‘Through the Wardrobe’, where guests should anticipate a night of woodland revelry, don their finest white tie, and prepare to step into a world of wondrous winters, dancing dryads, and sumptuous summers. In celebration of one of their most beloved Fellows.

Boutique Marquees were proud to partner with this prestigious event, supplying our Sperry Tent structures to create an elegant, impressive aesthetic for the linked, Main Stage and Bar venue.

The Sperry Tent set up by Boutique Marquees

  • 14x32 Sperry Tent as the ‘Main Stage’
  • 10x22 Sperry Tent as the Bar
  • 16ft x 10ft Sperry Arch – to create an impressive, covered link between the two main Sperry’s
  • Premium woven matting as the flooring choice for both Sperry Structures
  • Beam suspended between king poles within the 14x32 Sperry (styled with magnificent display of glitter balls)

Diehard Productions were the production team on site, working their magic with the lighting, staging, sound and those glitter balls within the ‘Main Stage’ 14x32 Sperry

The feedback

We asked the Magdalen College Ball committee to talk us through their decision to select Boutique Marquees and our Sperry Tents, to create the structure for their Main Stage and Bar, as well as sharing their overall feedback around our input in the event.

Why choose Sperry?

“We decided on choosing Sperry tents because we thought they were one of the most aesthetically pleasing tent types to cater for our main stage. Practically, we knew the height of the Sperry and the curvature of the canvas would allow us to construct a fantastic stage, with amazing lighting choices, for our headliner acts.”

Why choose Boutique Marquees?

“Boutique Marquees was one of the contractors we considered, and what impressed us the most was the attention to detail paid by Andy in particular. His suggestions to construct a joined dual Sperry setup was fantastic, and really alleviated any concerns I had of crowd capacity being exceeded. We really appreciated the time spent carefully dissecting the underground plans to ensure no pipe would be burst. Overall, the final Sperry setup was incredible, more impressive than I had envisioned, and we received a lot of compliments on it.

The overall experience was excellent. Although perhaps more time-consuming, the site visits in particular were hugely helpful, and reassured me hugely that this Sperry setup would be successful.”

Would you recommend Boutique Marquees?

Absolutely. Boutique Marquees certainly played an important role in making Magdalen Commemoration Ball an absolute triumph. We've already had enquiries about the Sperry structure that we've employed, and passed over your details to them.

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