About Us

Who are we?

Originally established in 2001, now ‘Contraband Crew’, a leader in ‘Event Human Resources, Operations and Logistics’ has grown its client base. We expanded from providing an event crew for a handful of small organisations, to working on virtually every major music, sporting and entertainment experience for both commercial and private events across the UK and Europe.

Contraband Crew has nearly two decades of experience working in the events industry, our trusted company has grown to boast outstanding levels of knowledge, confidence and skills in order to deal with any situation.

Here at Contraband Crew we now have one of the Europe’s largest networks. Our event crew provides a top quality service that can be customised especially for the wants and needs of your specific event. We have a great team of over 1,200 specially skilled crew members, who all work round the clock to make sure everything is set and in place at the highest standard possible.

Based in central London we have a vast pool of staff to choose from both nationally and internationally. With a team of over 1,200 experienced event crew focused to help the events with professional, skilled, personable event infrastructure and front of house staff across the board in London and nationally. Our professional staff are committed to looking after all of your event needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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How we work?

At Contraband Crew, we maintain a personalised approach, outstanding event crew, and strive to constantly offer more than our competitors. Priding ourselves with being hugely flexible, we match each booking with a dedicated personal account manager, letting you customise the order to receive a tailor-made service. Regular check ups and on site visits are all part of the package, we’ve always retained the highest quality service at a competitive rate.

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We make sure the staff we provide have the right skills

Whether you need a full Event Crew or to supplement your existing one, we cater for any hire duration from a few hours to a few months. We will take care of all your event needs that may be last-minute, extraordinary or downright unusual!

Our event crew members are skilled, honest and well trained. With all staff going through a stringent training and quality control process by our in-house trainers in order to maintain a professional, personal and presentable crew. Our staff make a great first impression and are ready for any situation that might arise during the preparation for your event

The company has not only grown in numbers, but is also offering additional services that put us leagues above other companies out there. We are now the leading industry providers and a fully serviced ONE STOP SHOP.

Why choose us?

Contraband Crew provides a bespoke event crewing service and complete managed staffing solutions for the events industry, both private and commercial projects across the UK and internationally. Whether you’re looking for a self-build structure or marquee rigging crew, event hospitality and promotional staff, SIA private security and transport or simply a man with a van, Contraband Crew can do it all, with passion, precision and a unique personal touch.

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We have supported landmark events such as the 2012 Olympics and the Queens’s Diamond Jubilee.

We’ve assembled a huge variety of structures at some of the most prestigious events throughout the UK and Europe. We assisted with the build of over 1 million square metres of structure in 2015 alone.

Our crew members are skilled, honest and well trained by our own in-house trainers. Our staff make a great first impression and are ready for any situation that might arise during the preparation for your event. And, we make sure the staff we provide have the right skills, attitude and image to match your brand. And remember, our crewing solutions are available not just in the UK but Worldwide too.

We have a vast pool of staff to choose from as we are centrally based in London, and have an extensive database. We also have a wealth of experience from abroad, with staff from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Eastern Europe.

24 hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – we work like this to ensure we never let you down. We offer emergency staffing solutions (available within 2 hours of order) as well as long-term contracts.

The Team

Ivan Young

Operations Director

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Dessi Talavera

Recruitment & Staffing Manager