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Summing Up – Kerry Marks, 40

24 July 2019

Kerry Marks’ dream of establishing an all-inclusive music and family event has been hard-earned. Launching Meraki Festival in 2017, the St Albans event attracted 4,500 people in the first year, and with line-ups including Tony Hadley, Bonnie Tyler, 10cc and All Saints, grew to 7,500 last year. This year features…

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King crowned head of new AEG festivals division

24 July 2019

GLOBAL PROMOTER AEG Presents has launched a new European Festivals arm to grow its presence in the festival market, appointing Jim King as CEO of the division. King, previously the company’s executive vice-president of live music, oversees events such as British Summer Time (65,000) in London’s Hyde Park, headlined this…

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Pre-order system ‘will cut festival queues’

24 July 2019

LONDON-BASED EVENTS payment and point-of-sale business Lolly has joined forces with digital ordering app developer Preoday to build a system which it says will allow traders to make real-time offers to customers and reduce queues at festivals. By using the system, its clients – event caterers and concessions who work…

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Global keeps Rewind with Broadwick Live as operator

24 July 2019

DESPITE REPORTS that radio conglomerate Global had fully divested its festival assets this year (see LIVE UK Issue 233), it appears that the ‘80s-themed Rewind brand remains under the company’s ownership, The three events – Rewind South (cap. 40,000) in Henley, Rewind Scotland (30,00) in Perth and Rewind North (20,000)…

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Growth of glamping drives new structures

24 July 2019

THE GLAMPING Show, expects to attract about 200 festival organisers out of its overall attendance of 3,500. According to organiser Swan Events, festivals are an important part of the sector with Glastonbury (cap. 147,500) Cornbury (14,000) and Larmer Tree (5,000) among those using glamping to provide VIP and family facilities…

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Electric Fields cancels after moving site indoors

25 June 2019

The COMPANY behind 5,000-capacity Electric Fields, Rocksevents Ltd, has gone into liquidation following the departure of key backers last year and a failed attempt to relocate the festival. The event moved from Drumlanrig Castle near Dumfries to 2,500-capacity event space SWG3 in Glasgow.  Rocksevents was run by the festival’s co-founders…

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Organisers told to crack down harder of N20 abuse

25 June 2019

THE TRADE body representing the manufacturers of bottled gas has called on festival organisers to crack down on the illegal use of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) – also known as laughing gas – by preventing the substance from getting onsite.  The appeal by the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) particularly highlights…

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Diesel’s negative impact at festivals cited by two reports

25 June 2019

TWO SEPARATE festival sustainability initiatives have revealed the extent of diesel pollution at festivals and appealed for funding for resources to help the industry make 50 per cent carbon emission cuts by 2025. The first report, issued by environment sustainability businesses Hope Solutions and Zap Concepts, reveals that the UK…

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Summing Up – Mathew Podd

20 May 2019

Sound engineer Mathew Podd launched Happy Days in 2011 with ex-police officer and bar operator Chris Holding, and session guitarist Eddie Cox. What they saw as a “no-brainer” became a baptism of fire, before the event began to attract more than 6,000 people per year, featuring artistes ranging from Tony…

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Harding steps down as UKCMA chair

20 May 2019

THE MD of Showsec, Mark Harding, is standing down as chairperson of the UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) after 10 years in the position, to be replaced by Eric Stuart, director of crowd management and training company Gentian Events.  Meanwhile, Steve Blake of Storm4Events will join Tony Ball of Show…

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Jägermeister Bauhaus

20 May 2019

DRINKS COMPANY Mast-Jaegermeister UK has continued its partnership with All Points East (cap. 40,000), re-designing its JägerHaus venue at the event.  Jägermeister UK head of events Samantha Green says the venue, which has its own artiste line-up, attracted 60,000 attendances over the 10 days of the festival last year, as…

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PET project re-uses plastic waste

20 May 2019

FOLLOWING DEMAND for greater sustainability from festivals, including last year’s Drastic on Plastic campaign by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), ID&C has launched a new wristband made from recycled plastic bottles.  In addition, it has devised a new locking mechanism for the band made primarily of bamboo, reducing the…

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MPs call for investigation into festival competition concerns

20 May 2019

A REPORT by parliament’s Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) Committee into Live Music has called for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate competition in the festival sector.  This follows evidence it heard from the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which pointed out that Live Nation Entertainment controls…

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Back to the future with four new fests

12 March 2019

THE TEAM behind 80s festival brand Let’s Rock is launching four new events this summer, in Liverpool, Belfast, Wales and Essex, bringing the total number of locations to 12. They join UK Live-promoted Let’s Rock festivals  in Norwich, Sunderland, Leeds, Exeter, Southampton, Shrewsbury, Scotland and Cookham in Berkshire. All site…

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Sponsors help to keep Cornbury ‘club class’

12 March 2019

AS THE partnership between Cornbury Festival (cap. 14,000) and high street coffee chain Caffe Nero reaches its 10th anniversary, organiser Hugh Phillimore believes this and other sponsorships have enhanced the appeal of his event. With over 500 coffee outlets in the UK, Caffe Nero uses the festival as a staff…

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Arcadia pulls out of London

12 March 2019

THE PROPOSED follow-up to last year’s 10th anniversary Arcadia festival in London‘s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, has been cancelled Arcadia had been working with promoter LWE Events on the 20,000-capacity festival but decided it was too risky to continue. Also, the team behind the giant flame-throwing spider is preparing to…

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Council considers options after £460,000 Godiva overspend

12 March 2019

FREE COUNCIL-run Godiva Festival overspent its budget by £460,000 last year, according to a financial report by Coventry City Council (CCC). The festival had a budget of £150,000 for its 20th anniversary year, but costs reached £610,000, an overspend of more than 300 per cent. An estimated crowd of 88,000…

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Common People companies collapse in wake of Bestival

13 February 2019

Combined debts exceed £6 million CREDITORS SAY they will insist on much tighter financial conditions with festival clients in the future, following the collapse of the 30,000-capacity Common People festivals in Southampton and Oxford. The two limited companies running the events folded last month, with combined debts of £811,368. This…

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Residents consider legal action over licence

13 February 2019

ALTHOUGH FESTIVAL Republic (FR), organiser of the 45,000-capacity Wireless festival, has dropped an appeal against new conditions imposed on the festival by Haringey Council (see issue 37), a group representing residents of London’s Finsbury Park is considering further legal action. Campaigners have accused the council of am “underhand” change in…

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Festicket aims for triple-digit growth

7 February 2019

LONDON-BASED Festicket expects to deliver annual growth of 50 to 100 per cent after the injection of a further £8.2 million into the company by investors, according to CEO Zack Sabban. Festicket, whose “content and discovery” business model allows customers to source tickets and festival experiences, as well as travel…

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