About Us

The Next Stage Limited sets out to provide bespoke staging products for the live events industry. Experienced and skilled staff brings expertise and high level of skill to the processes of design and fabrication. With a combined total of over 100 years of working in the industry the company is equipped with in-depth knowledge in the field.
Working in the industry for many years, the staff have watched the industry change and have kept up with set designers as they continue to push the boundaries by creating more innovative, immersive and exciting live experiences for customers.

Meet The Team

Oliver Laight
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Ollie had a background in Sculpture before moving on to study Model Design and Special Effects at University. He was self-employed for two years working for a small manufacturing business. With a keen interest in live music and film, it was an easy decision to persue a job in the live events/stage building industry.

Bringing a practical approach and flare for design, Ollie worked up from an entry level designer to being in charge of a team of over 11 designers for a multi-million pound group, manufacturing products for the live events industry.

Mel Welch
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Mel has been involved in engineering since leaving school. Initially completing an apprenticeship in welding and fabrication, Mel worked building and restoring municipal vehicles before moving on to more varied projects at Ironcrafts of Stotfold.  During this time he worked om some large scale engineering projects including the Thames Flood Barrier and also more artistic projects involving ornamental ironwork using traditional blacksmithing techniques.

With a passion for music, Mel sought work with Brilliant Stages and was employed as workshop foreman.  Leading a fabrication team and working closely with the designers of Brilliant's projects gave a great insight into the design and build of staging and other scenic projects. Having knowledge and experience of fabrication lead to closer working with the design team and then learning how to use design software. Mel soon became head of the Design Department and lead many projects for major bands such as the Rolling stones, Take That and AC/DC.

Luke Johnson
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Luke started working for Charlie Kail and Tony Bowern and their Brilliant Constructions at the age of 15, this led to a permanent position when leaving school where he was offered the opportunity to further his studies in welding and fabrication at Luton College of Higher Education.  Moving with Charlie, Tony and the newly formed Brilliant Stages to new premises within the Vari-Lite Group at Greenford Middlesex, he continued to gain a vast knowledge in welding fabrication and engineering. He gained further experience by commissioning and installing many large scale live events shows including AC/DC, U2 and the millennium Dome Central Show amongst many others.

Luke continued to grow within Brilliant Stages where he became Workshop Manager, running fabrication, engineering and assembly departments also working closely with design and project management.

Wayne Croft
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After leaving school Wayne secured a position as an apprentice carpenter/joiner and once qualified, he proceeded to work on various different projects including new builds, barn conversions and shop fittings. In 1992 Wayne joined Brilliant Stages and soon caught the bug for live events/stage building industry, gaining a huge amount of knowledge and experience in a vast array of machinery and material. Alongside this, he is also a qualified welder fabricator.

Jason Slaney Welch

 Jason started work in the live events industry at an early age, working as an apprentice engineer at Brilliant Stages whilst also organising and facilitating live music events in this spare time.

Taking an opportunity to get out on the road as part of the crew for Take That, Jason worked closely with the set carpenters and production team. Friendly and dedicated to his work, Jason was able to secure more touring work and built up a large network of friends and professional contacts. More recently, Jason has climbed the ladder to take on projects as Head Carpenter of many European and world tours, working for Biffy Clyro, Helena Fischer, Take That and ELO.

                              All have all now progressed to 
                                     THE NEXT STAGE.