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Volunteers

Music festivals rely heavily on volunteers to have a smoothly run event contributing to good customer service and satisfaction of festival-goers. Not all volunteers have good intentions, and a certain number can go rogue during a festival causing a multitude of issues. How can festival organisers mitigate the impact of the rogue volunteer. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 25 June 2024

Events

Music festivals continue to have a poor reputation when it comes to the environmental footprint left after any sizable event. Despite initiatives like ‘Leave No Trace’ the challenges for festival organisers in cleaning up after an event remain. What steps can organisers take to minimise damage and leave a festival site relatively undamaged. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 24 June 2024

Ticketing

With many music festivals being cancelled this year the key issue often highlighted by ticket buyers is the length of time taken for refunds to be made. There are numerous factors that can influence how a refund is processed with different organisations involved and understanding these can help reduce anxiety for anyone waiting for their refund.  Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 19 June 2024

Events

Sometimes referred to as an A&R Scout these individuals can have a major influence on the career of any up-and-coming performance artist. The A&R Talent Scout’s role is multifaceted, combining artistic insight with business acumen to discover and develop the next generation of musical talent. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 18 June 2024

These competition style events have been around for decades in various guises but are they still relevant in the modern era as a good way to break into the music industry? Competitions can be found in most countries and formats are broadly similar with differences in scale and size but are they worth considering for an up-and-coming artist. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 17 June 2024

For festival-goers attending a multi-day event in a remote farmer’s field they are faced with a choice of staying clean or embracing the dirt usually associated with festival sites. This choice may come down to experience and the style of festival along with ticket types purchased. What are the advantages and disadvantages of going down either route? Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 12 June 2024

Festival-goers regularly complain about congestion and chaos when arriving, parking and leaving music festival sites. Although sheer volumes of attendees are often the main cause of this there are steps that organisers can take to mitigate congestion. How should festival organisers go about managing their on-site traffic. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 11 June 2024

Any sizable music festival site that is built on an empty field can resemble a busy construction site during the build-up phase. This heavy equipment can present numerous dangers to anyone on site at the same time and therefore requires meticulous planning by organisers to ensure the relevant safety protocols are always followed. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 10 June 2024

Experienced festival operational workers regularly leave the industry for a variety of reasons, however, the passion they have for festival work often brings them back to the sector at a later date. Whether it's an absence of one or five years what actions should organisers and those considering returning to the industry take to ensure a smooth transition back to festival operations. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 5 June 2024

Many music festivals take place in little more than a farmer's field usually a wide-open featureless space. Even with the construction of stages and other temporary structures the site can still look a little sterile and bland. It is possible to enhance the festival site’s appearance by the smart addition of flora installations.  Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 4 June 2024

Assessing the success of any music festival is so much more than just the financial performance and attendance numbers. Organisers need to assess a plethora of factors to accurately determine if the events they run have been successful or not. What are these factors that contribute to a holistic approach in determining success.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 3 June 2024

It has been a tough year for music festival organisers who have been faced with rising costs and lower than expected ticket sales. This has culminated in a significant number of festival cancellations in 2024. Is it time for organisers to consider a change to a more manageable biennial timetable. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 29 May 2024

Music festivals are generally very inclusive and festival-goers usually come from a diverse group of people. Whilst most attendees travel with friends there are also a significant number who are going to a festival on their own. What are the pros and cons of going to a music festival solo or in a group.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 28 May 2024

Technological advancement in holographic projections mean that live music can now be performed by musicians and artists who may not be physically present at a venue. This has many implications for the presentation of live music now and in the future. What is currently happening in the development of this new technology and what does it mean for fans. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 27 May 2024

Festival organisers have always published lists of banned items that cannot be brought onto a music festival site. New rules, legislation and public opinion are driving additions to these banned item lists around the world. What changes do festival-goers need to be aware of prior to packing their festival backpacks this year. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 22 May 2024

Music festival organisers invest much time, effort and money in preparing for their music festivals with planning often starting over a year in advance. What site activities are critical in the final month prior to the event dates that organisers need to focus on to ensure all their planning comes to fruition. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 21 May 2024

Volunteers

Music festival organisers rely on volunteers to help run their events, they can number in the hundreds depending on the size of the festival. A dedicated volunteer training day may be the best and most cost-efficient way to get hundreds of volunteers briefed and trained prior to the event taking place. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 20 May 2024

Events

In the current economic climate of rising costs and challenging ticket sales music festival organisers need to employ every strategy they can to reduce costs and maximise returns. Marketing budgets are usually the first expense to be cut but there are numerous strategies organisers can employ to promote their event and generate ticket sales at zero cost. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 15 May 2024

There is an expectation from festival-goers that clean drinking water will be provided on music festival sites. The consequences of having contaminated drinking water can be far reaching affecting people's health as well as the event’s reputation and potential legal issues. Regular laboratory testing of drinking water supplies may help to prevent any potential problems. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 14 May 2024

Vendors

Historically the prices charged for food and drink at music festivals is perceived to be incredibly high and it dominates the complaints festival-goers regularly make. What factors are involved in setting food and drink prices for music festivals and are they fair especially given the current economic climate of rising costs. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 13 May 2024

Events

Announcements for artist line-ups at summer music festivals usually start at the end of December and typically run through to May. Anyone not familiar with music festivals may find many of these announcements obscure and seriously lacking in essential information. What can festival organisers do to improve how they present their line-up announcements. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 8 May 2024

For touring artists and musicians in the 70s and 80s the university and college circuit used to feature heavily in touring schedules. With greater access to venues and an increase in the number of music festivals are these types of venues still relevant today for artists putting their touring schedules together. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 7 May 2024

Trends in music genres are constantly changing and music festival organisers need to carefully manage their curation process to include the best trending artists in their line-ups. Diverse genre fusions have been rising in popularity over the last few years and are becoming increasingly popular with live music audiences. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Monday 6 May 2024

Artists

Managing performance artists, bands and musicians can be a complex business and probably has more challenges than many other professions. What aspects of artist management make this work tricky to navigate and create a successful career for the performance artists and musicians they manage.  Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 1 May 2024

Events

Landing a job with a music festival organiser is a dream job for many especially as openings for new staff can be scarce. The festival sector is a dynamic work environment that often demands long unsocial hours and relatively low pay, but the rewards often outweigh this. What do those new to the industry need to know as they start their new career in this business. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Tuesday 30 April 2024

Music festivals very rarely run completely smoothly, and organisers can often cite numerous issues and problems they have encountered in running their festival. What are the most common blunders made by organisers that seem or occur again and again in the music festival sector and how can they be avoided.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 29 April 2024

Music festivals can have numerous stages or one single stage and there are a variety of reasons why organisers may opt for one or the other. This may be driven by budgetary constraints, physical venue size and types of music genres on offer but which format is best for festival-goer experience and the artists preforming at the event.  Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Wednesday 24 April 2024

Music festival organisers strive to create customer loyalty for thier events, and the creation of a membership club can contribute greatly towards this as well as increasing fan engagement. How can festival organisers go about creating a membership club for festival-goers if they have not done this before and have no experience of setting up a scheme.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 23 April 2024

Growing a successful music festival brand by expanding into new markets can be a risky venture with failure not uncommon. One possible route to help reduce risk is to consider a licensed franchise arrangement with a third party who takes on the operational and logistics tasks but with the support of a known festival brand.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 22 April 2024

A successful music festival brand often considers expanding thier business overseas and having both an Amercian and European based festival is not unusual. For organisers considering such a move it is vital to fully understand the key differences between operating a music festival in each territory. Read More ->

Andy Robertson - Thursday 18 April 2024
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