Experienced lighting, set and video designers, working in concert touring, events, film, television and broadcast.
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Dan and Dave met at Reading University in the early 90s and after spending a few years running the University’s lighting club, Technical Services, they formed THC Design to create and light large dance music events in and around the University.
After graduating, their work progressed into European concert touring with bands and by the late 90s, THC were designing world tours for international artists.
Since then, the portfolio has increased from music artists to comedians, university professors, flagship Christmas window displays, shopping malls, major motion pictures, television, live broadcast, art installations, fashion shows…
If you want to learn more about our journey then please scroll down this page…
2020: The worldwide pandemic we can’t yet see the end of.
For the first time ever we find ourselves with no work.
So it’s time to get on with those neglected tasks that are overlooked when running a business. Finally it’s the website’s turn in the spotlight.
Our thoughts are with those hit hardest at this time. Hoping normality returns with compassion and lessons learned.
The Area tours were conceived by Moby as a European festival-style tour of North America.
For us, it was our first foray into US sheds and stadiums plus the rare opportunity to have our acts (Moby and OutKast) on the same tour so we could work and hang out together.
2002 saw the Area 2 tour with Moby, David Bowie and Busta Rhymes topping the bill.
Many shows, all-nighters, all-weekenders and tours later, we decide to do the Glastonbury Dance Tent some justice with a huge lighting rig over the dancefloor.
Dubbed "The Year of Mud", the world's best festival experiences terrible weather but we are in a huge tent hosting some of our favourite acts and designers.
A while later we get our finest review ever from the legendary David Bowie who commented on his visit to Glasto that year: "I put on a trench coat and hat and stood in the dance tent watching the lights".
Dare we mention the following year Dan watches the sewage sucking truck blow its load into the dance tent mosh pit?!
Almost every band has played here. U2, David Bowie, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Tool, Kylie, Eels, Pet Shop Boys, Moby, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, The Libertines, Radiohead, Steve Vai, White Stripes, Blur…
And, when So Solid Crew played there in 2001, some clown even managed to shoot himself in the leg.
1994 to 1995
Reading University and Emotion
Our long-term relationship with Reading University Students' Union blossoms into the Emotion club nights.
It's a great excuse to host some of the hottest dance acts of the 90s, whilst get our hands on more lighting kit and bringing our arty friends on board.
Terrific fun for crew, clients and attendees.
We start working together on shows at University.
Dan has a Vauxhall Chevette so is press-ganged into doing the Michael Jackson fan club party at Hammersmith.
It's a small miracle how much lighting equipment a hatchback can swallow. We later prove a 24-par-can rig can fit in a Fiat Uno, although it's not a good idea or safe.
Dave enrols at Reading University.
After several months of seeing the same guys at every gig he goes to, he discovers the Student Technical Services Team, who have a small set of lights they set up for shows and performances around campus.
The offer or free entry for plugging some lights in was all the encouragement he needed.