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Events

There are a large number of food and drink festivals that take place in the UK every year attracting thousands of visitors and they remain popular for all foodies. In addition to the more generic food and drink festivals there are a number of specialist festivals that focus on just one or two specific food or drink groups.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 6 October 2021

The UK is home to some of the world's most notable music and arts festivals but there is also a vibrant festival scene that celebrates the cultural diversity of Britain's population. These festivals offer an insight into the food, religion and cultural experience from faraway lands and appeals to those who perhaps never get the chance to travel to other countries. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 5 October 2021

Artists

The pressure on performance artists to continue to produce new material and commit to live performances can have a detrimental effect on their mental health. How can artist’s management teams and others in responsible positions manage the mental health of performance artists to ensure a long and healthy career.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 4 October 2021

Events

Before the advent of smart phones and relatively cheap desktop computing most festivals were run by organisers using a mixture of diaries, pen and paper or if they were lucky a Filofax. Armed with these and a landline phone festival organisers spent most of their time scribbling down dates, numbers and associated information. Times have changed and now festival organisers can get access to numerous time saving online tools. 

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 3 October 2021

Music festivals have always been popular and interest in them has been on the rise over recent years. With the coronavirus pandemic causing the cancellation of just about all music festivals interest waned a bit but has certainly picked up in recent months. What does Google Trends indicate the current level of interest. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 30 September 2021

For full time events team staff the festival season can be hectic and stressful. In the lead up to any large-scale music festival the work pressure of logistics deadlines combined with problem solving and long hours can impact on everyone's morale. What steps can festival organisers takes to ensure overall wellbeing of the events team.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 29 September 2021

The draw of attending a mega music festival with hundreds of thousands of festival-goers and experiencing some of the world's best performance acts can be extremely appealing. Judging by the continued appearance of ever bigger music festivals their popularity will surely continue. For festival-goers experiencing festival fatigue there is always the smaller boutique music festival. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 28 September 2021

There may be numerous reasons why a music festival entity would want to raise funds and depending on those reasons certain sources may be closed. What alternative and creative ways can an organiser consider to raise funds for their music festival and retain ownership at the same time. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 27 September 2021

The dance superclub has perhaps been in decline for a number of years but will the coronavirus pandemic push some of the most well-known superclubs over the edge financially? Having expanded rapidly around the world since the mid 90s the superclub format proved popular among EDM party goers but their number has decreased in recent years.       

 

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 26 September 2021

Commonly called ‘Arts Council’ these publicly funded organisations can be found in most counties in the world with the primary objective of developing and investing in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. How do these organisations contribute to the progression of artists and businesses associated with the events and festival sectors.      

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 23 September 2021

The majority of music festivals are well established with some running for decades as successful annual events. There are unfortunately some festivals that ran for a few years before disappearing for good. What are the success factors that keep some music festivals going year after year while others fall by the wayside. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 22 September 2021

As most established sports are controlled by official sporting bodies tied up with multi-million-dollar TV rights deals there is little scope for new entrants to that market. Over the last 30 years some new alternative live sporting events have grown in popularity and created a support industry dedicated to these alternative events. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 21 September 2021

Comic convention genre events are now some of the most visited recurring events globally with huge investments being made by commercial organisations to stage ever larger annual comic conventions. What is the history behind the growing popularity of this genre and what are the logistics challenges facing new entrants to this sector. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 20 September 2021

Literary festivals continue to be popular around the world with a steady flow of interested visitors always keen to attend. Sometimes referred to as book or writer's festivals they focus on celebrating all aspects of literature and writing attracting a solid fanbase irrespective of language, culture, country or nationality.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 19 September 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about a new skill set for music festival organisers, that of the dynamic planner. With restrictions and lockdowns in place throughout the UK over the last eighteen months organisers have had to quickly adapt to reopening dates that are often like tracking moving targets.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 16 September 2021

There is always continuous innovation in society but for music festival-goers in 2021 what are the new crazes hitting the muddy fields? Aside from the great strides in technology being made by festival organisers what other more down to earth innovations are gaining traction among keen festival goers this year.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 15 September 2021

Any live music entertainment can be enhanced by using professional dancers to add a bit of spice and create a visual party atmosphere. What can live event organisers do to get the best fit professional dancers for their events that will enhance the customer experience and lift the overall mood of the show or event. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 14 September 2021

It has been a sad fact over the years that assaults do happen during large-scale music festivals and although the majority are minor incidents some can be more serious. What can festival organisers do to mitigate any violent behaviour and prevent serious assaults on festival-goers and staff for the duration of the event.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 13 September 2021

The rules and regulations surrounding the various licensing and compliance requirements for anyone working in the events and hospitality sector can be complex. Fortunately, there are courses available to get people trained in understanding what the various requirements are and how they can be manged to ensure full compliance.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 12 September 2021

For every music festival or live event, the local community close to a venue can experience both positive and negative impacts of such events. The economic benefits on the local community can be significant but must be offset by acceptance of other impacts like traffic congestion and increased pollution. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 9 September 2021

Large scale music festivals and events will often have a sizeable internal team that mange every aspect of organising their event. Smaller festival and event entities usually rely on outsourcing most organisation functions or employ the services of a one-stop-shop events production company. What are the employment prospects for working in an independent event production company.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 8 September 2021

There is an emergence of common problems being blamed on younger festival-goers but is restricting entry based on ago going to solve this? Whilst most music festivals go ahead without any significant issues several large music festivals in the UK have received bad press recently for a spate of problems. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 7 September 2021

One of the key functions in any music festival is the production office which can take responsibility for managing just about every aspect of running a successful music festival. Larger festivals may have a production team with responsibilities split into logical functions. For smaller events the entire function could be performed by a single person.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 6 September 2021

Ever popular in the late seventies the sounds of funk soul and disco music filled most discotheques of the time and the genre was seen as enemy number one by rock and alternative music fans the world over. The long-forgotten days of the 70’s disco scene and its music is making a comeback of sorts but remastered into a new genre that is more acceptable to modern tastes. 

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 5 September 2021

As music festivals emerged from the coronavirus pandemic there have been plenty of events taking place in the UK during August. Authorities have given the go ahead to many organisers based on the agreement to implement strict COVID-19 entry protocols but how effective have these been?

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 2 September 2021

Large capacity music festivals attracting large numbers of visitors are no different from a small town and therefore are subject to the same policing issues any similar sized community experiences. In granting licences for a music festival to go ahead local authorities always make it conditional on close cooperation with local police forces. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 1 September 2021

For any mega music festival with upwards of 50,000 festival-goers the queuing and overcrowding can be an off-putting experience. As the largest music festivals often take place in remote locations getting in an out will usually be painful experience but for those with enough money there are alternatives to the usual traffic jams simply booking a helicopter ride in to the festival site.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 31 August 2021

Having good press coverage of a music festival can really enhance the event’s reputation and status, equally, bad coverage can cause irreparable damage. How can music festival organisers control the media in attendance at the event and ensure that any news coverage is verified for authenticity.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 30 August 2021

Any large-scale music festival will probably have a number or ‘runners’ but what are their responsibilities and is it a job worth considering for someone with an interest in starting a career working for a music festival. Being a music festival runner can give a great rapid insight into how a music festival operates. 

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 29 August 2021

Ticketing

With advances in technology and a shift in ticket sales to an online environment the physical box office is almost redundant. However, the function of the ‘Box Office’ still plays a crucial role in the financial success of any event and especially for music festivals. What are the key elements of box office management that music festival organisers should focus on?  

 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 26 August 2021
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