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Festival safety website launched

9 July 2018

A NEW website designed by an experienced production managers aims to inform festival-goers of all ages and experience levels of the challenges facing them at open-air events. Festival Safe, launched by Jon Drape, is a response to what he feels are patterns of customer behaviour at festivals such as Parklife…

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Festivals pleased with PRS tariff reductions

9 July 2018

WHILE FESTIVAL organisers welcome the reduction in the tariff charged by performance royalty collection society PRS for Music (see LIVE UK issue 221), some would now like greater transparency from the body. In its first change since 1988, PRS’s Popular Music Concert Tariff (Tariff LP) for qualifying festivals (QFs) has…

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Festout expansion to reflect buoyant sector

9 July 2018

THE SECOND edition of Festout, the new outdoor tradeshow for festival and event suppliers, will focus on festival safety and crowd management training this September. Held at Sandown Park in Surrey, the event allows companies such as marquees, structure, seating and trackway providers to display their wares outdoors, in the…

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Ticket charges added to aid LIMF funding

9 July 2018

LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL Music Festival (LIMF), organised by the city’s local authority, has introduced a ticket price for the first time in its six-year history. Audiences wishing to see Hacienda Classical, Example and Basement Jaxx at the 40,000-capacity event will be charged £5, approximately one 10th of the price of a…

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Neverworld adds two new stages

9 July 2018

NEVERWORLD, WHICH changed its name from Leefest this year (see Festival issue 33), has added two new music stages as it expects to attract 6,000 visitors to its Hever, Kent, site this August. Set in woodland, the event aims to immerse its audience in experiences, including a treasure hunt and…

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MADE aims to boost festival credentials

4 June 2018

MADE FESTIVAL is moving to an increased capacity site at Birmingham’s Perry Park, adjacent to the city’s athletics facility Alexander Stadium, having sold out its previous 10,000 capacity home in the Rainbow Venues, three years in a row. The relocated event hopes to attract 12,000 people with potential to grow…

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Zero waste festival plans organic growth

4 June 2018

THE STRESS of attending a festival or concert has inspired event organiser and yoga entrepreneur Maudie Johnson to set up her own festival hoping to offer relaxation and healing to attendees. No Planet B aims to attract 3,000 people with its vegan and zero waste ethos plus live music from…

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T postponed indefinitely as TRNSMT expands

4 June 2018

SCOTLAND’S DF Concerts, organiser of T in The Park (cap. 85,000), has expanded its offering for TRNSMT (50,000), as it focuses on city-based events. Launched last year on Glasgow Green TRNSMT stages five nights – up from three – over two consecutive weekends this summer with headliners Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher,…

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Tree powers free phone energy

4 June 2018

HAMPSHIRE-BASED ENERGY company Utilita is expanding its sponsorship of UK festivals this summer following a successful presence at Manchester’s Park Life (cap. 70,000) and Glasgow’s TRNSMT (50,000) last year. It is increasing its “customer activation” at the two events this year and adding Creamfields (50,000), with two more festivals expected…

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No refunds after folk festival cancellation

6 May 2018

ORGANISERS OF Beverley Folk Festival (cap. 2,500) have announced that they cannot refund ticket buyers after cancelling their 35th event this June. Run by a committee of volunteers chaired, LIVE UK understands, by festival director Jim Pybus, the event sold weekend camping tickets for £130, explaining in a statement that…

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Returning Grillstock woos wider age range

5 May 2018

THE FESTIVAL promising “meat, music and mayhem”, Grillstock in Bristol, is expanding in area by about 25 per cent with the use of Hannover Square, adjacent to its established Harbourside site, although capacity remains at 10,000. The event places greater emphasis on music this year, with headliners Black Grape and…

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War declared on plastics

4 May 2018

THREE OF the festival sector’s largest organisations, promoters Broadwick Live (part of Global) and Festival Republic (FR), plus The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), have announced initiatives to reduce plastic use at their events this summer. Sixty-two AIF members, including nine Broadwick events, have signed up to its Drastic on…

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One-day event takes shine to Genting

3 May 2018

A NEW festival aiming to feed the passions of the fanatical gig-goers of the 1990s launches in a combined outdoor and indoor setting at Birmingham’s NEC this September. The one-day Shiiine On expects to attract 10,000 people, with potential to grow to 16,000, using a similar format to Slam Dunk…

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Second Screen shows the way

2 May 2018

  A NEW festival app, Second Screen, is to be adopted by at least five more UK festivals this summer, Neighbourhood Weekender (cap. 25,000) in Warrington, NASS (15,000), Somerset, El Dorado (5,000), Herefordshire, and The Long Road (5,000) and Handmade (1,000), both in Leicestershire. The app promises to replace the…

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Returning Larmer Tree aiming for equality

25 April 2018

AFTER TAKING a year off in 2017, Larmer Tree (cap. 5,000) intends to re-engage its audience by celebrating the centenary of the Suffragettes with a line up including Jake Bugg, First Aid Kit and Public Service Broadcasting. The festival will also open a previously unused part of the Wiltshire site…

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Hampton Court enhances experience with new stage

24 April 2018

A NEW acoustic stage has been added to Hampton Court Palace Festival (cap. 3,000), hosted in the formal gardens of the palace and supported by holiday company Viking River Cruises. The stage will host “rising stars”, attractions such as a sabrage (cutting off the top of a champagne bottle with…

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Splendour reaches 10 by keeping it in the family

24 April 2018

VALUE FOR money and wide family appeal have sustained Nottingham’s Splendour Festival (cap. 25,000), as it prepares for its 10th anniversary event this July, according to Anton Lockwood of organiser DHP Family. Lockwood says the event, headlined by Paloma Faith, Bjorn Again, The Stranglers, Embrace and The Charlatans, appeals to…

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Cool Britannia rewinds to 90s

23 April 2018

TWO YEARS after selling his Impresario festival business to broadcasting giant Global, complete with events including the 80s revival brand Rewind (cap. 40,000, in the south), Boardmasters (50,000) and SW4 (20,000), David Heartfield has launched a new revival event, Cool Britannia, celebrating the music of the 1990s. Heartfield says he…

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Broadwick targets young fans with By The River

22 April 2018

FESTIVAL ORGANISER Broadwick Live is launching a new 15,000-capacity classical music festival at Henley, in partnership with Classic FM, on the back of a “surge” of new younger listeners to the station. By The River will be staged on the banks of the River Thames, headlined by Alfie Boe, Sir…

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Shake-up and Chic for Wilderness

15 March 2018

THE CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) subsidiary MAMA Festivals, which organises the 30,000-capacity Wilderness, says he’s prepared to “throw the site plan in the air” in a bid to keep the event fresh. Rory Bett, who stayed with MAMA Festivals when LNE acquired MAMA & Company two years ago,…

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