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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 January 2018, Issue 33

Finsbury Friends fightback after Wireless appeal win 

IN A decision with likely implications for all UK festivals and local authorities, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Haringey Council and organisers Festival Republic, in their legal battle with residents group Friends of Finsbury Park (FOFP).

FOFP challenged the High Court decision that the London Borough of Haringey had the right to allow Wireless (cap. 45,000) and other large events to take place in the North London park.

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Gorillaz loose at Boomtown 

TICKETS TO the 60,000-capacity Boomtown Fair were over 50 per cent sold by the first week in December, a month after they went on sale, according to the event’s creative director Lak Mitchell. 

The sales surge came despite a higher ticket price as the festival announced Gorillaz were to be a headliner, perhaps the highest profile artiste in the event’s 10-year history. 

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Fans embrace Instagram as Download adapts to change

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL (cap. 85,000) is making increasing use of Instagram in its social media marketing, according to organiser Andy Copping, who says its followers on the photo-sharing platform have grown by 50 per cent in the last two years, rivaling Facebook as its main online presence.  

The festival was among the first to embrace the digital age, allowing extensive public discussion of the event and suggested improvements, and Copping believes that has played a part in its longevity.

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Artistes top the bill at Lakefest  

ORGANISERS OF the seven-year-old Lakefest are concentrating on booking higher profile headliners this year, rather than relying on the ethos of the event to sell tickets. 

Staged at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, site of the now defunct Big Chill (cap. 35,000), the August festival is licensed for 15,000, but expects to attract 9,000 visitors with artistes including Reverend and the Makers, Toploader and Marc Almond. 

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Festivals face data overhaul as GDPR deadline looms 

EXPERTS ARE advising festival organisers and suppliers to ensure they comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), due to become law this May, and warn that regulators may seek prosecutions after it comes into force.  

Although described widely as an evolution of existing statutes rather than a revolution, the regulations require organisers to ensure customers give active consent to store their data, tighten conditions around sharing data with third parties and place stricter security constraints on data storage including data breach reporting. 

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Latitude wins Best Major accolade 

LATITUDE FESTIVAL (cap. 35,000) was named winner of the Best Major Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, held in November.

Winners are chosen by a combination of public vote and specialists working in the sector.  

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 Cropredy teams-up with The 
Ticket Factory for sales boost 

CROPREDY FESTIVAL (cap. 17,000) has chosen to sell tickets through The Ticket Factory (TTF), after closing its in-house box office following the retirement of Mike Jervis, who ran the system. 

The festival chose TTF, part of the NEC Group which runs Arena Birmingham (15,800) and the city’s Genting Arenas (15,500), because its database of three million customers included many within the festival’s key catchment areas, according to festival director Gareth Williams.

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Neverworld takes on the future

THE DECISION to rebrand Leefest as Neverworld is designed to reduce the focus on its organiser and emphasise the long-term ambition of the event, according to founder Lee Denny. 

The 5,000-capacity Kent festival could grow to 15,000 and beyond, he tells Festival, and will offer a range of family and more experimental entertainment in three Peter Pan-style areas, The Lost Boys, The Mermaids and The Pirates.

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Arcadia celebrates 10th with Olympic one-off 

THE GIANT flame-throwing spider spectacle Arcadia is to celebrate its 10th anniversary in May with a two-day, 20,000-capacity festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, headlined by Leftfield and RAM Records’ artistes. 

The pyrotechnics, lighting and dance attraction launched at Glastonbury (cap. 140,000) before appearing at Boomtown Fair (60,000) and touring shows in Bristol and elsewhere. 

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