Topperdam 2016

Founded in 2005, The Toppers remain one of The Netherlands’ most popular native acts. Last year, for the first time after 40 annual summer concerts at Amsterdam ArenA, The Toppers decided to play a string of six winter shows in December to a live audience total of 85,000 at Rotterdam’s Ahoy to celebrate 12 and a half successful years, and they did it with the assistance of Stageco Nederland. The planning of the project was the biggest challenge. While the Ahoy received a complete facelift, themed around the imaginary, nostalgic village setting of ‘Topperdam’, the décor and staging (as well as most other aspects of production) had to be returned to its normal state by Stageco’s crew after the first show on December 10th to accommodate three concerts by fellow Dutch act Nick & Simon. From December 20th through to Christmas Eve, The Toppers were reinstated at the Ahoy, where they thrilled their audiences with a ‘singalong’ set featuring their hits ‘Can You Feel It?’ and ‘Toppers Party’, as well as a selection of festive favourites. A week later, Rotterdam hosted a huge national firework display to welcome in the New Year. Stageco Nederland’s team built a black steel structure to support a major part of the display (above right), which was seen live on television by around 2.7 million viewers.