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Family fest Sunshine expands for its 10th

7 February 2019

ORGANISERS OF Worcestershire’s Sunshine Festival hopes to attract a record 8,000 attendance in its 10th anniversary year, having grown from 400 paying customers when it started in 2010. Headlined by 10cc, Scouting for Girls and Peter Andre, the event this year launches a new 1,000-capacity stage area in partnership with…

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Boomtown launches new district

7 February 2019

FOLLOWING THE year in which Boomtown Fair (cap. 60,000) hosted Gorillaz, the festival will not enter the race for major international artistes, instead drawing on its strengths as a themed event, says organiser Lak Mitchell. Accordingly, it launches a new district Area 404, capable of hosting crowds of 15,000, while…

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Tomorrow comes round again

7 February 2019

THE SUCCESS of the inaugural This is Tomorrow last May, sees the event return to Newcastle on a larger site and a capacity increased from 12,500 to 15,000. The festival moves from Spillers Wharf, which hosted the final instalment of Evolution (cap. 25,000) in 2013, to Exhibition Park, an urban…

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Power eyes future for Feis after first success

7 February 2019

VINCE POWER has announced a second Feis in Liverpool following the popularity of the 10,000 capacity inaugural event last year. The announcement of headliners The Dubliners, The Chieftains and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues represents a recovery in Power’s festival ambitions, which suffered a high-profile setback in 2013, when his…

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Council accused of ‘underhand’ change to Wireless conditions

7 February 2019

ALTHOUGH FESTIVAL Republic (FR), organiser of Wireless (cap. 45,000), has dropped an appeal against new conditions imposed on the event by Haringey Council last October, a group representing residents around London’s Finsbury Park is considering further legal action. Friends of Finsbury Park (FOFP) accuse the council of making a subsequent…

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Cinema’s transformation nearing completion

7 August 2018

THE OWNER of East London’s Village Underground (cap, 400) in Shoreditch, Auro Foxcroft, says his new 1,200-capacity venue, Hackney Arts Centre (HAC) will open in September. Built in 1936, the former art deco-style Savoy Cinema in Dalston, which had been derelict for 40 years, has been refurbished in a £3…

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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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Summing up – Jimmy Doherty, 43, and Nichola Adams, 39

9 July 2018

Jimmy Doherty achieved national attention when a BBC series documented him setting-up a rare-breed pig farm in Suffolk. With Jimmy’s Farm now a successful visitor attraction, Doherty launched his Sausage and Beer festival in 2009, alongside Harvest at Jimmy’s, re-launching as Jimmy’s Festival in 2016 with director Nichola Adams. It…

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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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Summing up – Sarah Nulty, 36

4 June 2018

While not part of the core founding team, Sarah Nulty has worked on Sheffield’s Tramlines from its outset 10 years ago. She became festival director in 2013, steering it from a venue-based event to an exclusively outdoor, ticketed festival now attracting 30,000. It has featured artistes including Toddla T (a…

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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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