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Volunteer operation will weather Glasto absence

18 March 2018

A COMPANY that provides volunteers to festivals says it can ride out the absence of Glastonbury (cap. 140,000) this summer, having grown by about three events per year since it was founded 10 years ago. Festaff Event Staffing now works with 19 festivals plus the six concerts at the 65,000…

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Food recycling scheme relaunched

18 March 2018

The charity Eighth Plate is relaunching its festival surplus food recycling project this summer alongside the Nationwide Caterers’ Association (NCASS), who believes its members have the goodwill and resources to operate the scheme without a significant injection of new funding. The original scheme was launched in 2015 with food waste…

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Star sets stage for Neighbourhood Weekender

18 March 2018

STAGING SPECIALIST Star Events will supply three stages and support structures to SJM Concerts’ new Neighbourhood Weekender (cap. 25,000) in Victoria Park, Warrington, this May. With a line up including Courteeners, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jake Bugg, Blossoms and The Coral, the main stage comprises a 20 metre model…

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Shambala leads plastics fight

18 March 2018

FESTIVALS WISHING to follow the example of Shambala (cap. 15,000), which says it’s eliminated disposable plastic such as water bottles and cups from its site, can consult a new edition of the Plastic Free Festivals Guide by environmental body Raw Foundation. Shambala co-founder Chris Johnson says the updated guide has…

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Appeal for views on festival safety

18 March 2018

THE HOME Office’s disaster planning body EPC (formerly the Emergency Planning College) is reviewing its advice to events safety advisory groups (SAGs) to find out whether safety priorities have changed since its first guide in 2014. The EPC’s Beverley Griffiths, who heads up the review of the UK Good Practice…

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Audio investment to pay-off, say PSL

14 February 2018

BASINGSTOKE-BASED Performance Sound & Light Ltd, part of PSL Media Group, (PSL) has invested over £100,000 in new audio systems to supply its festival clients in 2018, and expects to work with about 20 events in the coming season. Technical director Adam Hornblow says the company has purchased significant quantities of…

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Carey promises creative approach to festival bars

14 February 2018

THE FORMER general manager of Henley’s Rewind (cap. 40,000), Paul Carey, has launched a new business designed to offer festivals a temporary bar which can be easily customised to suit the theme of an event or sponsor. Bar-Go uses an adapted shipping container to create a bar space, fitted with…

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Qdos pick up top award

14 February 2018

THREE EVENT businesses each won two accolades at The Festival Supplier Awards at The Hurlingham Club, London, while overall Best Supplier Award was won by the site facilities company Qdos Event Hire. Live Trakway won Best Fencing and Best Temporary Roadway, We Are The Fair took best Health & Safety…

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Energy calculator offers catering power savings

14 February 2018

ALL FESTIVAL caterers can now work out the maximum power they need at an event thanks to a new Energy Calculator feature added to an online management system run by the Nationwide Caterers’ Association (NCASS). The system, part of NCASS Connect (see FESTIVAL, issue 25), also gives event organisers and…

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Midas joins Battle for proms

7 January 2018

SUFFOLK-BASED event power providers Midas has won a contract from technical production company Symphotech to provide power to all five of the 9,000-capacity Battle Proms events, staged at Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Hatfield House, Highclere Castle and Ragley Hall. The event sees the 60-piece New English Concert Orchestra play Beethoven’s…

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Numbers boost for supplier awards

7 January 2018

THE FESTIVAL Supplier Awards at London’s Hurlingham Club look likely to attract even more outdoor event professionals, with about 380 already set to attend the 25 January event. Organiser Michelle Tayton believes the awards, hosted by former BBC Radio 1 presenter Edith Bowman and judged by a panel including Lynsey…

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No ifs, no butts for clean-up scheme

7 January 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSOR Iren​ De Pasquale, who works with festival eco-awards body A Greener Festival (AGF), is setting up her own initiative BUTTrFLY, aimed at reducing the number of cigarette butts left at festivals. The scheme promises to be low cost to festivals and involves motivating smokers to collect their waste…

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App to help monitor audience activity

7 January 2018

IMPROVEMENTS TO a platform which allows sponsors to evaluate their presence at a festival could see uptake of the system by festival organisers double in 2018, says Crowd Connected, which has developed the system. Using a mobile phone’s location information to establish a customer’s movements on site, Colocator can also…

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