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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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