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Events

The After Party concept has been around ever since organised events took place. In more recent times they have developed into more sophisticated and organised events in their own right. What are music festival organisers doing to maximise opportunities from running an official after party event.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 18 August 2022

Artists

Every music festival organiser invests heavily in curating the right line-up for their events but there are always compromises. The size of the event, its brand and reputation along with finances available will dictate which performance artists can be booked and the fees that can be negotiated.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 17 August 2022

Events

There are plenty of examples in the history of music festivals where festival-goers have been injured or worse. What can festival organisers do to mitigate any potential problems, reduce risk, and ensure that all on-site visitors enjoy their experience and remain safe for the duration of the event.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 16 August 2022

The brand image of a music festival can support its perception by the wider world but it can be a fine balance between good and bad. Perception can influence numerous factors that may ultimately impact on the future financial success of a festival entity. What are some of the basics that organisers should get to grips with to push and protect their brand.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 15 August 2022

Vendors

An essential part of any music festival is the ability to feed festival-goers and other visitors to the festival site. This can be achieved in numerous ways and will depend on the size of the event, the venue location and how long the festival has been running. What are the key variations and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 14 August 2022

Events

Survival for music festival entities has been a theme for the last few years and whilst hundreds may have gone forever others seem to go from strength to strength. What are the strategies that successful festival organisers are employing to ensure survival in 2022 and in the coming years.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 11 August 2022

Initiatives to highlight climate change and implement sustainability in the music industry are not new. The music festival sector is often criticised as being one of the biggest contributors to landfill waste and overall carbon emissions and organisers are attempting to combat this as a priority and there are new initiatives to help them.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 10 August 2022

Artists

Musicians and performance artists are increasingly living in a world that blurs their passion for music and the need to earn a living. For those unable to commit to a full-time musical career the collective provides an ideal outlet to pursue their passion in a flexible and stimulating environment.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 9 August 2022

In a changing world where the distribution and consumption of music has shifted is it still possible for musicians to earn a living. The music festival is becoming increasingly important to performance artists and musicians if they are to stand any chance of earning an income in the future.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 8 August 2022

Events

The link to any external audience for music festival organisers are the announcements and press releases they make about their event. Poor writing and badly timed announcements can have a detrimental effect on the festival’s brand and reputation and confuse the intended audience.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 7 August 2022

In an increasingly diverse world, the incidence of abuse and related anti-social behaviour unfortunately still exists. Festival and event organisers are producing and publishing codes of conduct to communicate to all visitors what is and isn't acceptable behaviour along with any resulting action.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 4 August 2022

It’s a tough time for music festivals and festival-goers alike as economic pressures squeeze disposable incomes. Some organisations are promoting concession initiatives in conjunction with performance artists and music festival entities to raise awareness and achieve a more inclusive audience.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 3 August 2022

The current economic environment is causing numerous music festivals to cancel their events during the current festival season citing rising costs and poor ticket sales. What are the biggest costs of running a music festival and can any element realistically be eliminated or expenditure reduced.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 2 August 2022

The music festival sector is relying more and more on advances in technology to drive efficiency, reduce costs and provide a competitive edge. The increasing reliance on technology is increasing opportunities for a variety of IT focussed roles within the wider music festival industry.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 1 August 2022

Artists

As part of the advancing process for artist DJs booked to perform at a music festival the technical rider specifies the equipment required by each DJ. How can artist liaison staff manage rider requests from DJs and what implications can this have on a music festival’s equipment set-up.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 31 July 2022

Events

Larger music festivals with hundreds of artists performing on multiple stages is probably the ultimate challenge for stage managers and technical crews tasked with managing artist changeovers. What factors are involved in getting fast and seamless artist changeovers performed to give a good experience for festival-goers.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 28 July 2022

Artists

Fans of musicians and artists are the lifeblood of any performing artist and most will make time to connect with their fanbase through organised meet and greet events. How can festival organisers plan and mange VIP meet and greets for their performing artists amid what is usually a very hectic environment.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 27 July 2022

Events

With the hustle and bustle of stage management at a busy music festival communication between key staff is essential. Using walkie talkies are potentially risky and without electronic devices communication can be problematic. The preferred solution is to use an intercom system specifically designed for this purpose.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 26 July 2022

The sustainability policies of many festival organisations have a focus on waste management, reducing single use plastics and using alternative power sources. The use of audio and lighting equipment rarely gets a mention but there are various environmental impact factors to consider when festival organisers are selecting equipment for their event.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 25 July 2022

Any music festival organisation looking for something a bit different from the usual farmers field for their festival location could consider trying one of Britain's historic buildings. Using such a venue can add to the attraction and help the festival gain improved brand awareness with its association to the site.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 24 July 2022

Ticketing

Most music festivals have become ticketless in recent years requiring robust technology solutions to control event entrance. There are a wide variety of suppliers and options available for festival organisers, what are the key basics anyone new to managing this technology needs to know.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 21 July 2022

Events

The 2-year shut down of the entire music festival sector has made it challenging for festival organisers to survive. As the pandemic came to an end and the festival season got going it's clear that numerous external factors are now influencing ticket sales and the potential profitability of music festival organisations.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 20 July 2022

A key element of any festival's sustainability policies is environmentally friendly recycling of waste generated on-site. There are numerous options available for festival organisers to reduce on-site waste and push festival-goers into a recycling mindset. What are the practical steps that organisers can take to implement on-site recycling of waste.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 19 July 2022

Policing use of cannabis at a music festival is increasingly becoming a challenge for organisers. Many countries are going through fundamental changes in their legal systems allowing cannabis use but the interpretation by authorities can be significantly different so how do festival organisers navigate this complex environment.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 18 July 2022

The price charged to attend music festivals will rise in coming years due to inflationary pressure on the costs of running these events. This makes it vital that festival organisers place more emphasis on providing great customer service to all festival-goers and ticket buyers to increases their satisfaction and loyalty.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 17 July 2022

Volunteers

Recruiting and training hundreds of volunteers for music festivals can be challenging in so many ways for festival organisers. In an increasingly competitive environment for experienced volunteers can organisers leverage their accommodation options to attract the best volunteers available.  

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 14 July 2022

Events

Every music festival organiser invests time and effort in meticulous planning of their event to ensure that everything happens when it should. Putting in place additional contingency plans to avoid any unpredictable occurrences is recommended but can this also be applied to potential supply chain disruptions.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 13 July 2022

Most music festivals in the UK have some provision for festival-goers wishing to bring their children for a family experience. There are a number of music festivals that are family focussed and promoted as family friendly but what about infant children under about 2 years of age, what are the challenges faced by organisers and choices available for festival-goers.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 12 July 2022

The music festival sector may be going through a state of transition and organising entities are going to have to evolve their events to prosper in the future. What is impacting on the success or failure of the current music festival scene and what can organisers do to manage their events in the future.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 11 July 2022

It was only recently that a large-scale music festival promoter had their licence application refused leading to cancellation of the event. The rules and regulations laid down by government and implement by local councils are complex and sometimes vague. What can organisers do to ensure a successful licence application.  

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 10 July 2022
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