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Over the years some iconic music festivals have disappeared for a variety of reasons never to return. Is there any value in these defunct festival brands and is it worth reviving an old festival brand under new ownership. What are the pitfalls and potential benefits of reviving an old festival band.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 2 December 2022

The business environment is in a very different place now compared to 2019 and understanding trends for the coming year is vital. The live events sector was especially hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic but new challenges are coming from rising inflation and wavering economies.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 1 December 2022

Vendors

With an emphasis on sustainability and waste reduction single use plastics are now banned from most music festival sites. Alternative containers are encouraged and include recyclable plastic or paper cups and those made from metal. Glass is an ideal container as it is easily recycled and can be reused so why is glass banned from most festival sites? 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 30 November 2022

Events

Music festival branding is playing an increasingly important role in an organisation's success. Festival branding encompasses numerous aspects from committed loyal staff, great line-ups, exceptional customer service and festival-goer experience. Once these building blocks are in place the festival brand can be enhanced with merchandise.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 29 November 2022

The majority of music festivals embrace good causes and support for social and environmental issues but there are occasions when protesters operate outside of the festival organisation. How can organisers manage protesters who refuse to cooperate and are intent on disrupting an event.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 28 November 2022

Sponsors

Revenue from sponsorship is an essential lifeblood of every music festival. Alcohol brands have traditionally been amongst the biggest financial sponsors of music festivals but there are moves from pressure groups and government bodies to restrict or ban alcohol and other ‘undesirable’ sponsorship from some live events.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 25 November 2022

Events

Music festival organisers need to reach their target audiences to sell tickets for their event and a key element of this is the regular media splash of news regarding line-ups and ticket availability. To get relevant news published in an accurate and timely manner many festival organisers enter into media partnerships.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 24 November 2022

Funding is crucial to the development and growth of any event especially in the arts and music sectors. There are financial grants available for those qualified in most counties with numerous government funded schemes running. What is currently available for organisers of arts and music events.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 23 November 2022

Ticketing

With the prices of music festival tickets getting ever more expensive the use of payment plans to purchase tickets is becoming common practice. The ability to offer some form of credit can be a complex process for festival organisers in the UK where offering such plans is usually regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 22 November 2022

Events

Music festivals taking place in remote locations will need to generate their own electricity to make it possible for the event to operate. The traditional route for providing power has always been the diesel generator but what other options are available for festival organisers keen to make their events more sustainable with a reduction in carbon footprint.  

 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 21 November 2022

Every music festival offers some form of VIP package to festival-goers as part of their ticketing options. VIP packages have been increasing in popularity as festival-goers have more disposable income and seek to escape from wet muddy fields. How can organisers mange this important aspect of the modern-day music festival.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 18 November 2022

Any sizable music festival generates huge amounts of data every year as part of their operational processes. Whilst it’s tempting to delete historical data from previous events and start the new festival season with a clean slate there are key important reasons why previous event data should be archived for future reference. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 16 November 2022

The number of artists, crew, contractors, staff and volunteers working on a music festival site can stretch to the thousands and all these individuals need feeding over the course of the live dates. How can festival organisers manage the on-site catering and issuing of meal tickets to ensure that everyone is sufficiently fed in a timely manner. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 16 November 2022

Managing ticket and pass accreditation for music festivals is a trending topic in 2022. How can festival organisers get to grips with the management of their accreditation processes to ensure that the right people have the correct access to appropriate zones and areas of a music festival site.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 14 November 2022

The music festival industry is responsible for the creation and construction of some of the most impressive stage set designs. For anyone interested in getting into this line of work what are the formal qualification options available and what can they expect from a career in this specialised field. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 14 November 2022

The music festival sector relies on an enormous support industry of companies and experts to make events happen. One of the most specialised and essential roles is that of the rigging professional responsible for the safe installation and use of stage and light rigging used at every music festival.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 11 November 2022

A large music festival can cater for hundreds of thousands of festival-goers making the need for robust evacuation planning essential. It is the responsibility of festival organisers to plan and operate events that are safe for all visitors at all times. What can festival organisers do to ensure the safety of everyone should a site evacuation be required.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 10 November 2022

Many festival organisers are getting busier now as their plans take shape for next year's festival season. A key part of this planning phase is ensuring that sufficient operational talent is in place as festival entities enter the busy months leading up to festival dates. What does the current job market look like for anyone seeking employment with a festival organisation.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 9 November 2022

The biggest contribution to a music festival’s carbon footprint comes from the thousands of festival-goers attending. Festival organisers can do everything in their power to reduce their carbon footprint and waste but making music festivals greener remains difficult. What challenges are there to change festival-goer behaviour to contribute to greener events?

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 8 November 2022

A music festival site can be exposed to inclement weather and temperature extremes. Festival organisers need to ensure their devices used on-site are sufficiently protected from the elements as well as the increased likelihood of receiving knocks and bangs. Are rugged devices a worthwhile investment for festival organisers and what are the benefits.  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 7 November 2022

Sponsors

Commercial sponsorship of music festivals still provides a significant portion of the revenue an event organisation receives. In an increasingly competitive environment providing excellent customer service to potential and existing sponsors can make the difference between closing a deal or not.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 4 November 2022

Events

Organisers of music festivals are facing some of the biggest challenges they have ever faced in operating a successful event in 2023. Extra attention to detail for every facet of organising a festival is required along with a creative approach to planning and logistics to overcome the current challenges.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 3 November 2022

The ‘sustainability’ topic for music festivals is trending and organisers are increasingly having to manage a multitude of facets related to operating their events. A new sustainability ‘circular toolkit’ has been made available online which may help those seeking clarification and help in setting tasks and priorities to achieve their sustainability objectives.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 2 November 2022

Festival-goers are encouraged to contribute towards making music festivals more environmentally friendly and using sustainable toiletries is a big part of this. The waste generated by discarded toiletries that cannot be recycled still presents a challenge to organisers. How can festival-goers make their toiletry choices more sustainable.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 1 November 2022

In the UK the government sponsors public organisations that provide a scientific nature conservation service to protect certain areas. Music festival organisers need to consider any potential Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) when planning their events in remote countryside locations.  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 31 October 2022

Selecting a venue for a music festival can be a complex decision-making process with numerous factors influencing the final decision. Choosing a venue site within a forest can make the festival very appealing but what are the practical steps that organisers need to take in making this possible.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 27 October 2022

Vendors

Festival-goer tastes may be changing when it comes to food purchased from on-site vendors at music festivals. Organic and sustainably sourced foods are increasing in demand and vendors are adapting their menus to reflect this. What are the challenges for vendors offering perishable fresh foods in this changing market. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 26 October 2022

Events

Every year music festivals strive to wow audiences and festival-goers with impressive stage designs and layouts that seemingly always improve on previous years. Who are the army of people and artisans behind the creation of these magical stage designs that take months to produce.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 25 October 2022

With a focus on sustainability more music festival organisers are looking at alternative ways to construct and build their festival sites using reclaimed materials. What are the key considerations in using reclaimed materials and how do organisers get started by incorporating this into their site build plans.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 24 October 2022

Volunteers

It was widely reported in the media this year that many music festivals struggled to recruit sufficient numbers of volunteers for their events. This may be an ongoing trend going into next year's festival season, what can organisers do to ensure they recruit enough volunteers to successfully run their events in 2023.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 23 October 2022
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