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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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Summing up – James Brennan, 34

1 May 2018

After embarking on his promoting life at school and becoming production manager for Secret Garden Party, James Brennan founded Suffolk’s Red Rooster Festival as a showcase for rhythm and blues artistes. He expects audiences to exceed 5,000 in this its fifth year, with artistes including Alabama 3, Los Chicos and…

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Summing Up – Daniel Cuffe, 31

26 April 2018

Founded in 2009 by partners Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor as a one-night, 5,000 capacity proms, Lytham Festival has grown to a five-day, 15,000 event with headliners including Status Quo, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Emeli Sandé. The duo launched Greenwich Music Time (cap. 7,500) in 2014, book Scarborough’s…

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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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Summing Up – Luke Betts, 31

19 March 2018

Interviews with festival founders Having been involved in commercial party organising and promotion as a student, Luke Betts founded Mutiny Festival in 2014 and has established it as a 15,000-capacity fixture on Portsmouth’s live music scene, featuring artistes including 50 Cent and Pete Tong. This year’s bill features Craig David…

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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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Far more than just the ticket

17 March 2018

Ticketing for festivals is an ever-shifting landscape which requires increasingly sophisticated systems to satisfy both the needs of event organisers and the expectations of festival-goers. Then add the competition between events and ticketing suppliers, not to mention the arrival of GDPR in May.  Mike Gartside reports    The range of…

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A lot of areas to cover

16 March 2018

Events getting bigger and more sophisticated, productions featuring increasingly high-tech equipment, the potential of extreme weather conditions and sadly the threat of terrorism make it all the more essential for festival organisers to connect with an insurance expert early in the planning process.  Tom Pakinkis reports Not all festivals boast…

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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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