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The world of the performance artist is far from normal with most falling into the ‘struggling artist’ category. The fact that so few ever make it does not deter artists from pursuing their dreams where strength in endurance and perseverance are key traits. But artists need not face this struggle alone. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 6 July 2020

COVID-19 Updates

We are living in unprecedented times and no other industry has been impacted financially like the events and hospitality industry. Whilst governments around the world have launched various schemes to provide financial assistance where do you go to get this is reality?   

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Andy Robertson - Friday 3 July 2020

Events

Every hotel or performance venue with a facility to host events will have an events team who are there to service your every need when booking a venue for your proposed event. However, realistically what can you expect form this team and can they really help make your event a success? Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 2 July 2020

If you have been following the news recently you probably noticed a resurgence of illegal raves and parties attracting thousands of punters fulfilling the pent-up demand for a live music event vibe. This is not necessarily a good thing for the music events industry for a whole host of reasons. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 1 July 2020

Artists

One of the key roles of an Artist Liaison Manager is to maximise exposure for their booked performance artists to create interest in your event. There may be limitations to what is possible due to the control exerted by some Artist’s Managers but on the whole, they are cooperative and helpful in providing what you may need to promote your event. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 30 June 2020

Ticketing

Most live events have VIP packages along with guests of artists and sponsors so it's vital to manage these people differently from your average ticket paying customer. In most case these ‘special’ guests can be quite demanding so it will pay to be well prepared for this group of event attendees. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 29 June 2020

Events

For an industry that would appear to be decimated by the current COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of all summer festivals in the UK you would think there won't be much left to look forward to in 2021. Few appreciate how important this industry is to the British economy, employment and people's wellbeing. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Friday 26 June 2020

Ticketing

If you are handling personal data your events organisation will have been affected by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation that came into force on 25/05/18. It may sound like this happened a while ago but there are many companies that are currently not complying. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 25 June 2020

Events

The location you select for your event can have a big impact on ease of access by your ticket paying audience. It is vital to always understand the transport infrastructure around your selected venue and should form part of your overall event planning process. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 24 June 2020

When promoting your event, you should be using all the channels available to you including social media, website, email and PR but how do you differentiate your event from the competition? Incorporating high quality video in your marketing arsenal can make a big difference to your ticket sales revenue. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 23 June 2020

The scope of careers available in the events industry is vast with hundreds of different occupations available to suit the interests and skills of most people. Whilst there are generic occupations like marketing, finance and HR that can transfer from other industries some events careers are specific to this sector. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 22 June 2020

As economies start to cautiously open up globally it is increasingly likely that there are going to be some strict new practices that will be enforced for the entire events industry. Quite how this will play out remains to be seen but here are some possible scenarios events organsiers should consider. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Friday 19 June 2020

Ticketing

Having your event ticketing sorted is quite straightforward. You either use a recognised event ticketing agency (probably expensive) or set up your own system. However you get your event ticketing up and running try and be creative to maximise ticket sales revenue. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 18 June 2020

Events

No matter if you are organising small or large events you will have a team to manage and organise. Time invested in training along with having the right processes and procedures in place will help your events run smoothly and more efficiently. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 17 June 2020

Despite your best laid plans if you're an event organiser you should always expect the unexpected. At least you should be planning as far as possible for the unknown and make allowances in your schedules for extra time and resources. As an event organiser you are likely to be the one whose shoulders this falls on. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 16 June 2020

As most events are organised using the same principles it is no different organising a small golf tournament. Perhaps it’s a golf tournament in conjunction with a local charity or a corporate event. These small-scale events are for local amateur players, not professionals playing in well know recognised tournaments. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 15 June 2020

Event organising entities come in many shapes and forms from big corporate event companies to small independent not-for-profit organisers. This is particularly true of the many music festivals that take place in the UK every summer. Irrespective of the organisational structure and purpose it should not detract from the audience's enjoyment. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Friday 12 June 2020

It sounds like a really simple task, select a date for your event and start planning and organising. A lot more thought needs to go into how you select the date, or series for dates to hold your event. Careful selection will help maximise your ticket sales revenue and ensure the event is financially viable. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 11 June 2020

Artists

For any event that books an artist from overseas it is highly likely that they will need a visa to enter the country and perform. An often-overlooked aspect of international traveling artists is making sure they get the right visa in good time to enter the country where your event is taking place. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 10 June 2020

Events

Event organisers always face a challenge when scheduling multiple tasks for different times and dates further complicated by the potential number of people involved. For a large event involving numerous artists this can be a daunting prospect, however there are tools available that can help make your scheduling more efficient. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 9 June 2020

The timing of when you announce your event to the world will depend on many factors. There are key considerations for deciding on a launch date and how this is done could impact your target audience and ticket sales revenue. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 8 June 2020

The key to a successful event is the result of many factors but probably one of the most important is the organising team behind each event. Having a great events team will mitigate any potential issues and get your event running within budget and delivering customer expectations.  

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Andy Robertson - Friday 5 June 2020

Almost all live events have restrictions on unauthorised photography and filming of performances. Certainly, as an event organiser you will have contracts in place that specify your obligation to prevent unauthorised photography and filming but make sure you balance this with your audience engagement. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 4 June 2020

Ticketing

At almost all live events there will be a combination of walk in customers that decide at the last minute to attend your event plus pre-paid ticket holders. Are you geared up to process large numbers of door ticket sales and scan pre-paid registrations? What technology can you use to ensure rapid and accurate processing to prevent long queues? 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 3 June 2020

Events

Most countries have been in some form of lockdown since the end of March 2020 and as a result almost all events for the foreseeable future have either been postponed or cancelled. Aside from the financial pressures of cancelling events try and look for the opportunities and positive steps you can make as an event organiser to plan for the future 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 2 June 2020

It doesn’t really matter if your event is a music festival, comedy show or business conference managing travel and accommodation for artists and speakers is one of the biggest challenges in event organisation. Careful planning is key to avoiding the many pitfalls that may beset you in managing these aspects of your event.  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 1 June 2020

Any coverage in the press about your event should form part of your marketing plan. No matter how large or small your event is, getting coverage from key influencers is vital in promoting your event to your target audience. For event organisers on a tight budget it is possible to do this at little or no cost. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Friday 29 May 2020

Ticketing

An often-overlooked aspect of any event is the pricing for both your ticket paying audience and your vendors and sponsors. The prices you charge should be a combination of financial analysis, marketing, research and economics. Get the balance right and you can maximise profit whilst giving perceived value too. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 28 May 2020

Events

No matter how you do your accounting it makes sense to simplify your accounting processes to streamline how everything is recorded specific to the events industry. The way accounting is done can vary from pen and paper to sophisticated accounting software but how can you make sure it works well with specific events requirements?   

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 27 May 2020

The impact of the current pandemic has had a dramatic effect on global business and economies but particularly badly hit is the events industry. Not only are there strict government guidelines to follow for events involving the gathering of people, but as an event organiser you have a social responsibility to your customers to consider too. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 26 May 2020

With so many factors to manage in any event working closely with all parties involved is crucial to success. Communication and collaboration between event staff, artists, vendors, sponsors, venues and third-party contractors is vital to staying in control and ensuring everyone is fully informed.  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 25 May 2020

Key to successful event planning is building and maintaining accurate schedules for a multitude of factors. The schedules you put together must be dynamic enough to allow for constant changes and modifications to ensure everything happens as and when it should. What steps can you take to ensure your scheduling stays on track? 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 22 May 2020

The world of the business conference and exhibition is a whole industry in itself within the wider events sector. Although organising any type of event will generally follow the same key principles there are some significant differences in organising and running a business focussed event.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 21 May 2020

You have to start somewhere but it's important to remember that no matter how small or large an event is the panning and organising have broadly the same principles. The only differences are the scale and size that relates to venues, number of customers, vendors, sponsors and the number of staff involved.  

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 20 May 2020

There are so many elements that make up any event it makes sense to have a contingency plan for any unforeseen problems. Aside from the current issues being caused by the Covid-19 pandemic you should always have a disaster recovery plan in place and ensure that everyone involved is aware of its contents.  

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 19 May 2020

You have a great idea for an event and have chanced an enthusiastic venue owner or built a close relationship with an artist or two. Although most events are organised and run by big corporations there are still a large number of independently run and funded events. Even with no funds of your own it may be possible to get your event funded with a little creativity.  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 18 May 2020

Vendors

Part of any event planning will include getting vendors to your event as this is a key source of revenue for you. Vendors are also providing a service that is seen as essential by your customers as part of the whole event experience. Choose your vendors wisely for a trouble-free event and satisfied customers.   

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Andy Robertson - Friday 15 May 2020

Artists

You have negotiated with artists and their managers or agents and they agree to perform at your event for an agreed sum. Once you get agreement in principle from all parties involved you should nail everything in place with a signed contract or agreement. Having a contract in place with all parties will let you concentrate on other aspects of your event.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 14 May 2020

Events

If you are an event organiser you should always be aware of the latest trends to keep your customers satisfied and loyal. Even if you run a successful recurring event do not rest on your laurels and do your research and be prepared to meet changing customer expectations for your future events.  

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 13 May 2020

Ticketing

An often-neglected aspect of managing your event is the collection of ticket sales revenue. Perhaps it’s a subject considered too complex with too much choice to think about so it often gets ignored. Selecting the right payment method can save you a fortune in fees and charges and provide additional service that will enhance customer satisfaction.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 12 May 2020

Events

Most of the same event management principles apply in putting on a successful comedy event as a music event but there are a few differences to consider. With a music event you just book your artists, venue and date and go from there whereas a comedy event will be smaller, more intimate and probably more frequent.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 11 May 2020

With so many elements to manage in putting a successful event together don’t get tripped up by inadvertently breaking the law or allowing illegal activities. Obviously applicable laws vary from country to country so make sure you are familiar with your legal obligations as organiser of your event in a specific location.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 8 May 2020

Engaging with your event customers can boost your ticket sales revenue and produce a loyal following for future events. Your most effective sales tool can be your existing customer base so treat them well and make them feel special. Include customer engagement as part of your event marketing plans to generate ticket sales.   

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 7 May 2020

There are so many factors in deciding on the perfect venue for your event and prime consideration will be a venue that matches your capacity requirements followed by location and the availability of facilities. Choose wisely and you can find the venue that matches your event style and is attractive to your potential audience.  Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 6 May 2020

With such a competitive environment for events it’s really important to differentiate your event from the plethora of other events out there. From small venue events to ambitious music festivals it is super important that you stand out from the rest if you are going to maximise you ticket sales. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 5 May 2020

Artists

For any event to work you need to secure the best talent you can afford, irrespective of it being a music, comedy or other performance related event. Assuming you are in business to make a profit, you will need to figure out the metrics that make it work by considering anticipated audience numbers and the ticket prices you will charge.  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 4 May 2020

Events

Any event is an opportunity to generate additional revenue with merchandise sales. Not to be confused with artist merchandise, they will organise their own distribution channels, this is a chance to promote and brand your event and it works for any size event. 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 1 May 2020

Ticketing

Currently most event ticket sales are made online and fulfilled with an electronic QR or bar code that the customer shows for scanning on entrance to the event. It’s a far cry from just ten years ago when paper tickets were still commonplace. What are the next trends to watch for in this rapidly moving technology for ticket sales?  

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 30 April 2020

Events

Very rarely do you see any event that does not have some form of sponsor support. This is particularly crucial for non-profit festivals but equally having sponsors can help you cover the cost of running just about any event too. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 29 April 2020

Ticketing

It is not unusual to see VIP packages available at most events and festivals. Aside from bringing in additional revenue to event organisers providing VIP deals has become part and parcel of the customer experience when going through the event ticket buying process 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 28 April 2020

Events

Many events and particularly music festivals have always relied on an army of volunteers to run successfully. Recruiting volunteers to help run your event will reduce your costs whilst providing a unique experience for volunteers themselves. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 27 April 2020

Running an event may entail numerous licensing factors depending on the nature of your event. Major considerations will be the audience size, type of venue and even the time of day or night. Are your artists licensed for their performance and will you be selling alcohol? 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 24 April 2020

Ticketing

You planned your event with venue dates and artists confirmed. The really important part now is generating ticket sales with some great marketing but don’t forget that one of the most crucial aspects of generating ticket sales is to enable the payment process. 
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Andy Robertson - Thursday 23 April 2020

Events

Complying with Health and Safety requirements for your event may seem like a daunting task but most of it is common sense and with good planning you should have no problems satisfying all Health and Safety requirements Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 22 April 2020

In this time of uncertainty, it pays to have all your bases covered and having your event insured has become vital in light of the number of cancellations taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 21 April 2020

Your event planning has been impeccable and the first day of your event arrives but this is not time to sit back and rest on your laurels. Make sure you are prepared for any eventuality and expect the unexpected. What exactly can you do to mitigate potential disasters? 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 20 April 2020

Depending on the size of your event you undoubtedly will have a team of people helping you out. From your full time events staff to volunteers you could be managing a variety of staff with varying degrees of experience and skills. You can negate any problems by careful planning to make sure everyone knows what they need to do and when and where they need to be.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 17 April 2020

It’s a competitive world out there particularly in the events business. Whether you are running a music festival, comedy show, arts show or business conference the same basic marketing principles apply. Get on top of your event marketing to maximise ticket sales and attendance.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 16 April 2020

As more and more live events get re-scheduled for later in the year or cancelled altogether hoping to return in 2021 there is a movement towards online events. All is not lost and it’s really important to stay engaged with your customers and target audience during this difficult time.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 15 April 2020

Running a successful regular event is only possible if you continue to make improvements to enhance the customer experience. A successful event will also help attract top talent and higher audience attendance in the future, the best way to make continual improvement is by getting feedback on every event.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 10 April 2020

Vendors

For any event you should consider vendor suppliers as an additional profit centre that contributes to your overall revenue stream. You are also providing an essential service to customers attending your event from alcohol sales to the provision of food and catering.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 10 April 2020

Artists

Controlling a multitude of artists at a festival spanning several days may seem like a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, the devil is in the detail. Here are some considerations for managing artists to ensure a successful event. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 9 April 2020

Events

There are so many things ready to trip you up when running an event. Each is an integral part of your planning process and with so many moving parts it pays to have a dynamic outlook and be prepared to make rapid changes as necessary. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 9 April 2020

Ticketing

Draw people in to your event with a specific popular artist or focus on something that has a popular following even if it is niche. If it’s an annual event you probably already have a winning format that you know will draw a crowd. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 9 April 2020

Getting paid and making a profit for your event is one of your top considerations. If you can’t get paid fast and turn a profit what are you doing this for? As always cash flow is king, generate early pre-event sales revenue to contribute towards the overall event expenses. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 9 April 2020

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