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Events

Obtaining the right water supplies for any music festival can present logistical issues particularly when considering the type of water, its source and the quantity required. Getting this wrong can lead to a multitude of issues for festival organisers, what are the key factors to consider when organising water supplies? 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 17 June 2021

Use of technology at music festivals has been rising over the years but its use will accelerate in post coronavirus times. Technology can help make festivals more efficient and logistics easier to manage. Tech can also enhance the festival-goer experience and help compliance with COVID-19 related protocols.  

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 16 June 2021

Motor shows and other transport related shows, events and festivals continue to grow in popularity around the world. Once live events return expect car related shows to continue their growth spurned on by an increase in more specialised sectors catering for a diverse range of interests from the paying public. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 15 June 2021

For festival–goers interested in books there are many great titles to choose from so anyone unable to attend a festival in person can at least read about it. Equally many books provide an insight in the music festival world even for those that have never attended a festival but have a keen interest to know more.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 14 June 2021

In an effort to differentiate the music festival experience from the competition many organisers have added extra attractions to their events in order to spice things up a bit. What is involved in getting these additional attractions organised and what is currently proving popular.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 13 June 2021

Croatia is located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe on the Adriatic Sea and is well known for its great summer weather and continues to be a popular tourist destination. The number of summer visitors has spawned a thriving music festival season for the small European country with a wide choice for festival-goers to choose from.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 10 June 2021

Artists

One of the biggest headaches in organising any music festival is the management of performance artists along with stage management and show production. It takes time and with so many logistical factors hinging on good artist management is it worth considering outsourcing this to a reputable third party?

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 9 June 2021

Events

As the music festival industry took a big financial hit during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic with most events cancelled and full-time staff laid off. The industry is slowly trying to come back but the employment landscape has changed for those either working for, or keen to start a career in, the music festival sector.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 8 June 2021

Music festivals by their nature are usually located on remote sites or fields with little or no infrastructure. With multi-day tickets costing upwards of £200 it is very tempting for people to attempt access to a festival site and is still a common occurrence at most music festivals. What steps do organisers take to secure their festival site?  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 7 June 2021

Artists

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Any large-scale music festival will always require some significant logistical planning and one of the most complex tasks is the backstage hospitality planning. With so many artists and support crews to manage squeezed into tight timescales careful management is essential. What are the typical aspects to consider in planning the backstage hospitality?

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 6 June 2021

Events

Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and is well known for its beaches and warmer Algarve climate. Similarly to its neighbour Spain, Portugal is becoming a popular destination for music festival-goers and has secured some great summer music festivals that are worth checking out.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 3 June 2021

With research on the music festival sector predicting substantial growth in the popularity of music festivals over the next ten years is now a good time to invest in a music festival. Anything related to entertainment and live events has had a history of high risk but with that comes potential high rewards. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 2 June 2021

This topic will get raised with increasing importance as music festivals start opening up again and will continue to be one of the biggest challenges for music festival organisers. Despite the global lockdown of live events since early 2020 the interest and media attention regarding environmental sustainability has increased rapidly.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 1 June 2021

The whole global live events sector has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic but as some sense of normality is seen returning on the horizon what will music festivals look like in the coming years?  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 31 May 2021

It's been a tough two years for staff and volunteers involved in the festival sector. With ongoing uncertainly, it is becoming more important to keep staff and volunteers motivated in their roles and boost their mental health too. What steps can festival organisers take to motivate their full-time staff and any volunteers in waiting.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 30 May 2021

Spain is a fabulous holiday destination for millions of tourists every year with its variety of climates, landscapes and islands with most heading to the Mediterranean beaches in the south. Steeped in history Spain has a plethora of cultural festivals as well as some popular growing music festivals.  

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 26 May 2021

Successful music festivals can sometimes be limited in the way they expand their business because of the physical site location or other factors that limit dates. If a music festival has a strong brand and built a solid reputation and following it may be time to consider expanding that brand to new editions of the music festival. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 25 May 2021

The variety of music festivals available to attend around the world is huge with most countries having a wide selection for festival-goers to choose from. Traditionally the most popular music festivals follow a set format of mixed genre artists performing on stages set up in remote fields spread over three or four days.  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 24 May 2021

Artists

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge detrimental effect on professional musicians around the world. Some have survived with live streaming performances perhaps combined with the creation of new material but now there are opportunities for artists to get back to performing live at music festivals again.  

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 23 May 2021

Events

How a music festival is presented to its target audience can have a significant impact on the financial success of that event. What steps should music festival organisers take to make their event more professional in every way to enhance their business efficiency and overall brand persona.        

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 20 May 2021

France is not really known as a music festival destination but there are some noteworthy festivals taking place each year. France is one of Europe's largest countries and a very popular destination for tourists particularly the Côte d'Azur in the southern warm Mediterranean climate which attracts hordes of visitors each year. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 19 May 2021

As music festivals tentatively emerge from the coronavirus pandemic announcing dates for late summer 2021 it is vital for festival organisers to create a risk assessment prior to their festival dates. This assessment is going to be a key part of the planning process and will act as part of the contingency plan for COVID-19 related issues.          

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 18 May 2021

Vendors

For any bar or catering establishment that wants to try their hand at providing food and beverages to festival-goers the first step is to secure a suitable vendor pitch. The allocated pitch is often just a vacant space with a provision for the supply of water and electricity. The pop-up bar or catering facility is usually the easiest way to occupy any allocated vendor pitch space.   

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Andy Robertson - Monday 17 May 2021

Events

It can be difficult for people to get a permanent job working for a major music festival but there are not-for-profit organisations in the UK that do their best to give young people experience and increase their chances of securing their desired job. 

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 16 May 2021

Volunteers

It goes without saying that if new stricter protocols are required for live events that this will impact on the resources needed to manage them. Music festival organisers should be planning now to increase the number of volunteers they recruit and train rather than leaving it until the last minute. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 13 May 2021

Events

Belgium is a relatively small country but has to be included in any music festival destination guide because it hosts one of Europe's largest and most well-known music festivals: Tomorrowland. An EDM festival held in Boom, Flanders, it stretches over two weekends and attracts well over 400,000 visitors each year. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 12 May 2021

There are numerous reasons why festival-goers may want to bring their dog to a music festival with the main motivation being that their pet is part of the family. Bringing a pet dog to a music festival because the owners cannot find suitable kennels or care is probably not the best reason to bring a dog. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 11 May 2021

There is a perception that festival-goers are just a bunch of youngsters fresh out of school or university. The under 25’s probably make up the bulk of the music festival attendee community but what are the real demographics for the UK’s most popular music festivals and at what age do people give up? 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 10 May 2021

The merchandise favourite has always been the T-shirt and for decades has its roots as a rock band souvenir. Whilst the artist themed T-shirt is still the most popular piece of merchandise sold music festival branded apparel is becoming more sought after and festival organisers should be maximising this revenue stream. 

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 9 May 2021

The media coverage in recent months has seen a constant flow of depressing coverage about numerous well known large music festivals getting cancelled. They blame the coronavirus pandemic and problems associated with obtaining cancellation insurance with a lack of government action to underwrite such schemes. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 6 May 2021
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