Lowe Refrigeration supplies cold rooms to Glastonbury

The coolest performer at this year’s Glastonbury festival will be Northern Irish.

Lisburn company Lowe Refrigeration is the official supplier of cold rooms to the Somerset event.

While the festival’s legendary status revolves around mud, wellies and getting back to nature, the reality is that there can be up to 180,000 people on site at any time and they need to eat.

There will be more than 300 caterers providing food for hungry revellers throughout the five-day festival. Many of the traders need refrigeration or freezer space to store the huge amount of products they will sell at the event.

That is where Lowe’s flat-pack cold rooms will be used. More than 50 Lowe cold rooms of various sizes have been ordered for Glastonbury, the largest being 2.4 metres by 8.4 metres.

Lowe’s rental sales manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Rachel McCausland, explained: “It is a pleasure to be involved in an event with the history and reputation that Glastonbury has, and Lowe is delighted to be playing its small part in ensuring the event runs smoothly.”

While huge construction work goes on to build the Glastonbury site, including the festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage, the cold rooms will be built and ready for action after a simple 30-minute installation by Lowe’s on-site technicians.

Lowe has been supplying refrigeration equipment to the festival for almost 20 years.

Rachel added: “The organisers favour our cold rooms over the alternatives because they are much more convenient to get onto the festival site.

“Bringing dozens of refrigerated containers onto the site would be quite disruptive to the build and the roads around Glastonbury, whereas our flat-packed cold rooms are easy to transport onto the site.

“In terms of energy efficiency, the cold rooms are also a lot greener than refrigerated containers, for example. Environmental issues are obviously a key part of Glastonbury’s heritage.”

In addition to the cold rooms, Lowe is also sending dozens of smaller fridges and freezers to the festival for use on the stalls and trade stands.

Glastonbury 2011 takes place between 22 and 26 June. Bangor band Two Door Cinema Club lead Northern Ireland’s musical representatives at the festival.

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