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Speedmachine woos music fans with three-day 

15 March 2018

A THREE-night live music festival with camping is to be added to motor sport’s FIA World Rallycross Championship, as it relocates to the Silverstone race track in Northamptonshire in May. Speedmachine, organised by IMG for the FIA, will be, headlined by Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx and a Ministry of Sound…

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Cheese & Grain to host festival

15 March 2018

PROMOTER GRAHAM Graham Deykin is launching the Frome Rhythm & Blues Festival in March at the 850 capacity Cheese & Grain in the Somerset town. The Pretty Things and Dr Feelgood headline the two-day event, with tickets at £35. “We are aiming it at music fans aged from 30 to…

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Dog House moves to Back of Beyond

14 March 2018

ORGANISERS OF new dance music festival Back of Beyond expect to attract 3,000 people this July to its Hertfordshire site, following a series of successful parties and club nights based on The Dog & Whistle (cap. 400) pub in Hertford. Co-founder David Kirby says the festival is a natural progression…

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Cambridge Folk tunes into 6 Music listeners

14 March 2018

THE ORGANISER of Cambridge Folk Festival (cap. 10,000) aims to widen the appeal of the 54-year-old event, with the intention of securing its next generation of audiences. Neil Jones, operations director of Cambridge Live, which runs the event for the City Council, believes headliners Patti Smith and First Aid Kit…

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Power puts Hop Farm failure behind him and plans festival return with Feis

13 March 2018

CONTROVERSIAL PROMOTER Vince Power is launching a 15,000-capacity celebration of Irish culture, The Feis, in Liverpool this July, headlined by Van Morrison and the Chieftains. It will be his first major event since the failure of the company behind the first three Hop Farm Festivals (cap. 50,000) collapsing in early…

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RIZe in memory of departed Vs

13 March 2018

FOLLOWING THE demise of the twin V Festivals (cap. 60,000-85,000) last year, first intimated by our sister publication Audience last October, a replacement for the Chelmsford site has been announced.   Festival Republic (FR), which ran the Vs for majority-owner Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), has announced RiZe will take place…

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King predicts multiple sell-outs at APE

13 March 2018

AS MORE artistes are announced for the 10-day 40,000-capacity All Points East (APE) festival in London’s Victoria Park, promoter Jim King of AEG Presents has revealed his long-term ambitions for the event in greater detail. Although APE is mainly aimed at Londoners, he tells Festival, he hopes the event will…

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Community spirit first for Purbeck

12 February 2018

A FOLK festival believes it will sell-out for the first time this year having created a financially sustainable event by booking at least one strong headliner per day. Father and daughter team Paul and Catherine Burke, who organise August’s Purbeck Valley Folk Festival (cap. 4,000), booked Badly Drawn Boy and…

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Blissfields goes camping for a year

12 February 2018

COMPETITION FOR headliners has been a key factor in the decision by the organiser of Blissfields to restyle itself as Blisscamp, with a capacity of 2,200, reduced from last year’s 4,500 attendance. The event, which hosted Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling as emerging artistes, will go back to its…

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Beck eyes growth for Wheels & Fins

12 February 2018

ARTISTE MANAGER and venue booker Richard Beck of Supernova Entertainment hopes to grow the 5,000-capacity live music and extreme sports festival Wheels and Fins to a mid-sized event of over 10,000. This follows his appointment as festival promoter, working alongside brothers David and Daniel Melmoth, who founded it. Beck believes…

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Festival’s accessibility meets the gold standard

12 February 2018

FESTIVAL REPUBLIC, the organisers of the 90,000-capacity Reading Festival, has been awarded Gold status for accessibility under the charter of best practice launched by disabled access charity Attitude is Everything (AIE). The highest award given by AIE, it recognises the event’s long-term commitment to inclusivity and access innovation. Having worked…

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Plant growth boost for Bearded Theory

12 February 2018

DERBYSHIRE’S Bearded Theory festival expects to grow beyond the 10,000 attendance it achieved in 2017, reporting ticket sales to be “miles ahead” of levels this time last year, since the announcement of headliner Robert Plant. Nearly half the tickets, including all early-birds, sold out within two days of going on…

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Mutiny stable as rivals stall

12 February 2018

THE MUTINY Festival in Portsmouth is to remain at 15,000 capacity as organiser Luke Betts aims for moderate growth in the event’s “first stable year” of its five year history. After several relocations plus early competition from Shakedown (cap. 17,000), Wild Life (35,000) and other South Coast events, Mutiny fought…

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Festival-goers influence – Y Not? site restructure

12 February 2018

ORGANISERS OF the 29,000-capacity Y Not? Festival in July have unveiled a new site and say they have learnt from customer feedback following the cancellation of its final day last year due to bad weather. The event was criticised by ticket-holders for being slow to organise a refunds (see LIVE…

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Tramlines extended by stops

12 February 2018

THE NEED to re-introduce extra atmosphere, plus production savings, were factors in the decision to stage Tramlines on a single 40,000-capacity outdoor site this year, according to festival director Sarah Nulty. The previously multi-venue  event moves to the city’s Hillsborough Park this July. “It was harder to make budgets work…

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Global paid £76m to enter festival market

12 February 2018

THE FIRST set of accounts published since radio giant Global purchased a raft of festival businesses in autumn 2016 (see Festival issue 28) shows that Global Media & Entertainment Ltd (GM&E) spent £75.86 million in the year ending 31 March 2017 on festival brands. The majority are owned by new…

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Arcadia celebrates 10th with Olympic one-off

4 January 2018

THE GIANT flame-throwing spider spectacle Arcadia is to celebrate its 10th anniversary in May with a two-day, 20,000-capacity festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, headlined by Leftfield and RAM Records’ artistes. The pyrotechnics, lighting and dance attraction launched at Glastonbury (cap. 140,000) before appearing at Boomtown Fair (60,000)…

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Neverworld takes on the future

4 January 2018

THE DECISION to rebrand Leefest as Neverworld is designed to reduce the focus on its organiser and emphasise the long-term ambition of the event, according to founder Lee Denny. The 5,000-capacity Kent festival could grow to 15,000 and beyond, he tells Festival, and will offer a range of family and…

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Cropredy teams-up with The Ticket Factory for sales boost

4 January 2018

CROPREDY FESTIVAL (cap. 17,000) has chosen to sell tickets through The Ticket Factory (TTF), after closing its in-house box office following the retirement of Mike Jervis, who ran the system. The festival chose TTF, part of the NEC Group which runs Arena Birmingham (15,800) and the city’s Genting Arenas (15,500),…

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Festivals face data overhaul as GDPR deadline looms

3 January 2018

EXPERTS ARE advising festival organisers and suppliers to ensure they comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), due to become law this May, and warn that regulators may seek prosecutions after it comes into force. Although described widely as an evolution of existing statutes rather than a revolution, the regulations…

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