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Festival is an annual planning-season supplement of LIVE UK, published in December, January, February and March – when the bulk of festival production deals are concluded – providing news, features, information and events data for the business people behind festivals. From April to September, it becomes a two-page section within LIVE UK.

FESTIVAL NEWS December 2017, Issue 32

Global’s Kendal Calling 
shareholding revealed

It has emerged that radio station giant and festival operator Global, which last year acquired festivals including Rewind (cap. 40,000), Y Not? (25,000) and Standon Calling (10,000), also bought a stake – believed to be 60 per cent – in Kendal Calling (25,000). 

The event is now displayed on the multinational’s website as part of its growing stable of festivals. 

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Bestival benefits from closeness to Camp sibling 

THE CHANGE of dates for Bestival from early September to the first weekend in August will appeal to an entirely new group of people including teachers and parents with children at school, founder Rob da Bank tells Festival.

The Dorset event whose capacity has settled at 35,000, relocated to its new site, Lulworth Estate, last year following 16 years on the Isle of Wight, where attendances peaked at 55,000. 

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Revived Cornbury aims for 21 years 

THE FOUNDER  and organiser of Oxfordshire’s 15,000-capacity Cornbury Festival, Hugh Phillimore, tells Festival that his decision to hold the event again in 2018, despite announcing this year would be the last, was due to overwhelming support from festival regulars.

He says he took practical steps to wind down the festival early this summer including closing its London office and dropping a curtain saying ‘That’s All Folks’ at the end of the event.

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Tee wins backing for Americana festival

GILL TEE, MD of event production business Entertee Events, is to launch her own festival.

Black Deer, which aims to attract up to 10,000 fans of Americana music to Eridge Park in Kent is set for the fourth weekend in June and, Tee believes, meets an increasing demand for American country music among both young and older audiences.

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Slam Dunk goes greenfield 
as ska/punk party expands 

THREE-SITE festival Slam Dunk has expanded to 20,000 per location for 2018, from this summer’s 15,000 at its Leeds and Birmingham sites and 10,000 at the University of Hertfordshire (UH, which will move to the Hatfield House Estate).

At the same time, organiser Ben Ray is expanding this year’s one-off concert by The Specials, held alongside Slam Dunk Birmingham, to a three-site, 5,000 capacity vintage ska and punk event, featuring The Beat, The Buzzcocks, The Selecter and Stiff Little Fingers. 

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Magical crowdfunding response

A NEW 1,000 capacity festival near Haywards Heath in West Sussex has raised £30,050 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. 

Magical Festival, set for next August, will feature a line-up that includes Ibibio Sound Machine, The Petebox and The Correspondents and offers ‘daytime lifestyle activities’ under the banner Be the Best You.

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Successful Nocturne could 
be rolled out, says Romano

NOCTURNE LIVE, the series of June concerts at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, could be promoted at other historic sites says co-organiser Ciro Romano, who has announced that Gary Barlow will headline one of four nights at the 9,300-capacity event. 

Launched four years ago because Romano believed the UNESCO World Heritage Site would prove a popular setting, the event has attracted sell-out or near capacity audiences for artistes including Ennio Morricone and Elton John, plus three-act bills such as Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum and Corinne Bailey Rae.

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Elrow Town enjoys population explosion

A CLUB and dance party founded in Barcelona with events in Ibiza and London is to expand its two-day August festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London, to 20,000 capacity, after a successful first year this summer.  

Starting with a capacity of 15,000, Elrow Town builds on a brand created by Barcelona club owning father-and-son team Juan Arnau Snr and Jnr, whose British division is run by Rag Satguru and Freddie Norris. 

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Larmer Tree prepares for return

AFTER TAKING this year off, Wiltshire’s 4,000-capacity Larmer Tree Festival is gearing up for a return with two new appointments.

Sarah Dennehy joins as creative director, having previously worked for Hay Festivals (which attracts around 250,000 visitors to its 10-day literature festival) and Brecon Jazz Festival (est. 26,000), as well as programming Perth Festival in Australia. 

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