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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

The emerging popularity of the esports sector has seen bigger and more elaborate in-person events for fans and players. With festival-goers being a captive audience of potential gamers expect to see an increased presence of esports on music festival sites in the coming years which will benefit festival organisers, visitors and esports promoters.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 7 July 2022

This year has been a huge challenge for the music festival sector with multiple factors impacting on organisers. Every week there seems to be news of yet another festival cancellation, can festival organisers outsource some services to help mitigate challenges and avoid future cancellations?

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 6 July 2022

Sponsors

An essential part of any music festival organisation is obtaining sponsorship and there are increasingly different ways to capture part of this revenue. The stage is usually the centrepiece of any music festival and so provides the best opportunity for potential sponsors to get their brand in front of the festival audience.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 5 July 2022

Artists

The last 7 decades have seen some significant protest songs and music that defined eras and made statements about issues relevant at the time. They were particularly common in the 60s, 70s and 80s but seem to have dwindled over the last thirty years. Is this decline due to improvements in the world or is something else going on?

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Andy Robertson - Monday 4 July 2022

Events

The majority of music festival organisers are striving to embrace technology and provide reliable connectivity and ever sophisticated online experiences to attract more visitors and ticket buyers. Conversely the multi-day music festival can be an opportunity to unplug form all technology and get immersed in an experience far removed from the day-to-day humdrum. 

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 3 July 2022

Almost all festival-goers like to take pictures and video to capture their experience of the music festival they attend. There are numerous considerations when deciding how to do this and often involves a compromise due to various factors. What do festival-goers need to consider in deciding how to take to capture their experiences.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 30 June 2022

Artists

All performance artists and musicians relish the opportunity to play live and the music festival has long been a lucrative source of revenue. For well-known popular artists there are increasingly more opportunities to earn substantial sums by performing at private events. How is this little-known sector developing and what are the implications for artists getting involved.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 29 June 2022

Events

Music festival organisers invest considerable time and money in promoting their events before and during the live dates. The public relations work should not just finish once the event is over but must continue post-event too. What are the key PR considerations that organisers need to be aware of post-event. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 28 June 2022

Organisers of music festivals have been active in recent years pledging their commitment to creating events that embrace the principles or DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). However, the reality may be very different from published policies so what should organisers be doing to tackle this gap between statements and reality?

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Andy Robertson - Monday 27 June 2022

Irrespective of the size of a music festival and the number of visitors in attendance medical emergencies do happen and organisers should have the ability to respond appropriately. What preparations can festival organisers put in place to handle medical emergencies that may occur on a festival site during the event.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 26 June 2022

All music festivals experience a host of organisational challenges on the dates the event takes place. Efficient communication and collaboration between festival staff, volunteers, artists and support services is vital on these days. What can organisers do to ensure that communication and collaboration efficiency is maximised during event dates.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 23 June 2022

Sponsors

Although external sponsors are a vital part of music festival revenue streams there are times when a strategic partnership may be a more attractive option. Sponsors pay to access the festival audience through marketing and on-site presence but a strategic partner can offer something to the festival organisation that adds value and potentially save them money.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 22 June 2022

Events

When a music festival has multiple stages and hundreds of artists with performances spread over 3 days how can organisers manage the event scheduling to ensure everything happens when it should. The implications of poor scheduling can lead to adverse customer satisfaction and bad publicity so it’s vital that organisers master scheduling.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 21 June 2022

Artists

There are numerous smaller niche music festivals that take place in Europe and the United State every year that have been organised by record labels. Why are record labels running their own festivals and how can they turn this into a good revenue stream for their business for future survival.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 20 June 2022

Events

The annual staff corporate event has been around a long time but in recent years organisations have been making these events more and more like a festival experience. Companies see these events as key to motivating staff as well as strengthening their brand internally but how can they make them enjoyable for staff attending too.

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Andy Robertson - Sunday 19 June 2022
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