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Events

There are thousands of music festivals to choose from every year in just about every location covering a wide variety of music genres. For the adventurous music festival-goer who wants to try something a little different there are an appealing range of festivals that take place on islands around the world.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 7 February 2023

In 2022 there was a flurry of activity in the streamed music sector with new product launches from both Spotify and Apple. These leading players in the music streaming business have a new competing App called Instafest that is growing in popularity and allows users to curate their own dream music festival line-up.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 6 February 2023

With a focus on sustainability and a reduction in the carbon footprint of music festivals some organisers are trying different initiatives to make their events carbon neutral. What options are currently available for festival organisers keen to make their events greener and reduce their carbon emissions.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 3 February 2023

Technology has enabled the creation of websites that are increasingly user friendly and interactive. The music festival website is a key platform for organisers to communicate to a wide-ranging audience interested in a particular festival. This invariable means the collection of personal data and therefore it is a legal requirement that the website contain a privacy policy.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 2 February 2023

The Safe Spaces Now is becoming a familiar fixture on music festival sites throughout the UK but there are still only about 100 events that have taken up this campaign. What should festival organisers be doing to embrace this initiative and help keep women and those from marginalised groups safe during a musical festival.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 1 February 2023

Vendors

Selling vendor pitch spaces at music festivals is a vital element of the revenue that festival organisers receive. What is happening with pitch space costs at music festivals in 2023 and what options are open to festival organisers to sell all available pitch spaces and for vendors to achieve a reasonable return on their investment in a pitch space.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 31 January 2023

Events

Any large-scale UK music festival will probably be subject to multiple site inspections at various times during the planning and build phase as well as during the event itself. When being assessed for the event licence application a proposed festival site may require inspections and visits from emergency services and health and safety inspectors.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 30 January 2023

The use of narcotics and attending music festivals have forever been synonymous with each other. This presents festival organisers with challenges in managing festival-goer safety and they must strike a balance between security and control of illegal substances coming on-site against the provision of support and medical facilities to handle any health issues.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 27 January 2023

There are numerous music festivals that are family and child friendly where children of all ages are welcome. Attending a music festival with children can present challenges for parents and guardians but if the festival organisers provide sufficient facilities and child focused activities they should be kept occupied and enjoy the event as much as the adults. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 26 January 2023

Having good up-to-date information about every aspect of a festival is essential for the smooth operation of the event. Providing information about the festival that is easily accessible will make festival-goers feel comfortable about their attendance safe in the knowledge that every eventuality has been catered for.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 25 January 2023

The coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on live events had a dramatic effect on the finances and survival of numerous festival organisations and this had a knock-on impact on suppliers to the industry too. Many suppliers now feel nervous about receiving payment from festival organisers and the result has been an increase in the size of deposits requested.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 24 January 2023

The majority of music festivals in the UK are for the over 18s because of the wide availability of alcohol and the additional requirements needed for providing safety for children. Many organisers operate the Challenge 25 scheme to prevent underage festival-goers entering the site but how can this policy be implemented. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 23 January 2023

Despite the non-stop flow of news about a gloomy economic outlook for the UK demand to attend a music festival in 2023 seems as buoyant as ever. It’s still a competitive landscape and festival organisers should be maximising their publicity by collaborating with relevant parties to increase their chances of achieving planned ticket sales volumes.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 20 January 2023

Music festival organisers are putting great emphasis on their sustainability polices and reduction of an event’s carbon footprint. Encouraging festival-goers to use transport with a low carbon footprint has been popular and some organisers offer free parking for visitors using EVs and PHEVs but why might his increase the event’s overall carbon footprint?

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 19 January 2023

In most countries the economic pressure on inflation and rising prices has been brutal over the last 12 months. Prices for just about everything have risen and especially transport costs which is a concern for festival-goers who are already facing more expensive festival ticket prices. What is the easiest and cheapest way to get a festival this year.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 18 January 2023

For any music festival organisation that locates an event in an area that has a cultural centre or is has popular tourist attractions there are opportunities to partner with government funded entities. Both parties will gain benefits from the relationship and will have a synergistic impact on the potential success of any proposed festival.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 17 January 2023

Many multiple day music festivals now have dedicated chill-out zones which are increasingly popular with festival-goers. A chill-out zone gives visitors a chance to take a break from the music performances that can sometimes go on for up to 12 hours a day. What should organisers consider when planning a chill-out zone for their music festival.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 16 January 2023

Every country operates different rules and regulations for managing noise levels from music festivals. Any event licensing permission granted by local authorities will usually include provisions for noise levels and hours of operation. If any of these are breached it will likely lead to difficulties in obtaining the necessary event licence the following year.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 13 January 2023

Many music festivals made a return in 2022 after a 3-year break enforced on them by the coronavirus restrictions. In 2023 there are even more events returning after the forced closure but what steps can festival organisers take to get their events successfully up and running again this year after almost 4 years. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 12 January 2023

Artists

Every music festival whether they are big or small needs to book a relevant line-up of artists. The organisers will have a budget for artist’s fees but they want to minimise that spend whilst artists want to maximise their revenue. This can lead to an impasse in negotiations but these can be overcome by considering other aspects related to the artist’s attendance at the event.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 11 January 2023

Music can transcend any language barriers as understanding the language used in lyrics is not essential to enjoying songs. This makes it possible to book artists from around the world to performs in their chosen language. What steps can festival organisers take to ensure that language barriers are not an issue when scheduling and booking artists form overseas. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 10 January 2023

Events

Any music festival can be incredibly complex to organise and schedule every production element. Although some organisers still do these tasks manually this can take too much time and is prone to errors. Using a computerised system to schedule festival production is now standard but dedicated event management software tools are also becoming popular.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 9 January 2023

It can take a considerable amount of time to plan a music festival but this can vary depending on the size and complexity of the event. There is no set standard about how long a festival takes to plan but anyone contemplating organising a festival in 2023 is probably already well into their planning phase.  

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Andy Robertson - Friday 6 January 2023

A testimonial is an endorsement statement from a satisfied customer and is a great tool that can be used by music festival organisations to boost the reputation of a particular event. How can organisers obtain customer testimonials and how can they be managed to the benefit of a music festival.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 5 January 2023

What staff managing a music festival wear during the live dates of an event is an extension of the event’s brand and its perception to all on-site visitors. Whether it’s full-time permanent staff or volunteers organisers should produce guidelines and dress codes for everyone working on site.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 4 January 2023

Every music festival incorporates an element of design in the branding presentation and is a key element of the organisation's public persona. Who are the people behind some of the most dazzling and creative images often associated with music festivals and how can organisers harness these creative individuals to build their own distinctive brand.  

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 3 January 2023

Anyone attending a music festival is expecting to be entertained from the moment they arrive until they leave the site. With many festivals taking place over 3 or 4 days it can be challenging to provide non-stop activities for festival-goers. How can organisers ensure their event is scheduled to ensure a continuous flow of activities.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 30 December 2022

After any music festival it is essential to conduct a review of the event particularly the operational and logistical aspects. A comprehensive review of event’s operations will help in understanding what went well and what can be improved for future festivals. What are the key aspects to consider when conducting the post event review.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 29 December 2022

Event marketing has evolved over the years and this is set to continue into 2023 and festival organisers should embrace changes and developments that increase their marketing spend effectiveness. What aspects of the marketing mix are shifting and what should organisers focus on over the coming years.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 28 December 2022

Artists

Everyone is currently experiencing rising costs and this applies to performance artist and musicians as well as music festival organisers. What are the implications for organisers looking to book their artist line-up for events taking place in 2023 and what are the primary considerations.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 27 December 2022
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