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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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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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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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