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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 August, it becomes a two-page section within LIVE UK.

ISSUE 211, August 2017

Adverse weather cuts Y Not short 

HAPPY MONDAYS, Two Door Cinema Club and Maximo Park were among the artistes forced to cancel their appearances when four-day Derbyshire festival Y Not (cap. 25,000) cancelled its final day due to adverse weather and excessive mud on site.  

As Live UK went to press organisers Count of 10 - part of radio and entertainment conglomerate Global - confirmed those attending would receive a 50 per cent refund on their ticket. 

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BBC plans biggest weekend

A one-off four day festival organised by the BBC, The Biggest Weekend, will be staged at events in all four of the UK’s nations over a single weekend next May and expects to attract 175,000 people in total. 

The event replaces the annual Big Weekend in 2018, staged at different locations each year and whose capacity is about 40,000, although the broadcaster would not release the individual sites or capacities of the Biggest Weekend.

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Cambridge twins with US fest

THE OPERATIONS director of Cambridge Live, Neil Jones, says that twinning international festivals could build artistic networks between independent events to counterbalance those of global promoters. 

Jones made the comments on the announcement of a twinning arrangement between Cambridge Folk Festival (cap. 10,000), which he runs, and the USA’s Newport Folk Festival (30,000), in which the two “oldest and most prestigious folk festivals in the world” start a new artistic relationship.

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Rival trade shows square
up for autumn showcases  

FESTIVAL ORGANISERS have a choice of outdoor trade shows to source their festival production needs this autumn as new event, The Festival & Outdoor Events Show (Festout), launches at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey, this September.  

The event takes place just three weeks before the 33-year-old Showman’s Show in Berkshire, once the only UK trade event where outdoor event organisers could see outdoor facilities such as marquees, seating stands and pavilions set up.

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Congress takes on Pseudoscience  

THE ASSOCIATION of Independent Festivals (AIF) holds its Festival Congress at the Millennium Centre (cap. 2,500), Cardiff, for the fourth year running this October, with speakers including John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, who talks about the industry’s “red lines” on Brexit plus authors Zoe Cormier and Dr Julia Jones. 

The congress is expected to attract 400 delegates from member events including Bestival (cap. 35,000), Boomtown Fair (60,000), Kendal Calling (25,000) and Shambala (15,000).

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The annual 88-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.
 
 
 
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