Festival Insights NEWS: Boardmasters partners with Visit St. Pete / Clearwater

Photo credit: Top Left: Clearwater Beach; Top Right: Callum Morse (Boardmasters Festival) UK: This summer will see marketing agency BrandKiss partner Visit St.Pete / Clearwater with the long standing and popular surf and music festival Boardmasters. St.Pete / Clearwater boasts 35 miles of award winning white-sand beaches, showcasing an abundance of arts and cultural attractions. […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Responding to People’s Emotional Needs in an Emergency

John Drury is Reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. He has been conducting research on crowd behaviour for 25 years, including such crowd events as the Hajj at Mecca, the Hillsborough disaster, the 2011 English riots, and the July 7 London bombings. He has provided consultancy and training to a number of […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Recruiting for the Future | Festival Insights

Andrew Harrison is Director of the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), a trade body representing contractors and suppliers to the exhibition industry. ESSA is run by its members for the benefit of its members through an elected council of representatives, specialist working groups and a full time secretariat, which it shares with the Association […]

Festival Insights NEWS: An Interview with Secret Solstice

Photo credit: SOLOVOV Iceland’s Secret Solstice hosted its fifth anniversary edition from June 21 – 24 during 72 hours of constant daylight. Featuring performances by Slayer, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and Stormzy, the festival made a number of interesting additions to this year’s proceedings and maintained its staunch commitment to sustainability. Insights spoke with […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Audio Farm Festival returns in August

UK: Audio Farm Festival will return from August 30 – September 3, keeping to its nomadic ethos by moving to a new site at Shropshire’s Hopton Court. The not-for-profit festival will feature renowned DJs and artists across five stages, as well as drumming collectives, circus performers and fire dancers. All proceeds from the event will […]

Festival Insights NEWS: The Ark becomes first cruise festival to accept cryptocurrency

THE SEA: The Ark Festival Cruise is now granting prospective attendees the ability to secure tickets to its second edition by using Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum, in addition to all the expected conventional methods. This makes Ark the first cruise music festival to accept cryptocurrencies as a method of payment, a feat it has achieved […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Arena Events Group acquires Events Solution

UK: Arena Events Group has expanded its product portfolio in the UK with the acquisition of Events Solution. The company’s equipment range covers pedestrian, front of stage and Metropolitan Police barriers, gantries and fencing. This product offer closely complements Arena’s Mass Participation division and has synergies with its structures, seating and scaffolding capabilities. Arena UK […]

Festival Insights NEWS: The Ticket Factory introduces new commercial team

UK: The Ticket Factory has launched a new commercial team, tasked with creating more sales opportunities and driving profitability throughout the business. The news comes as Chris Pile, previously Consumer Sales and Marketing Director for the ticketing company, is appointed as Commercial Director. Pile will be joined by Nick Fenton in the new role of […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Elrow and Eventbrite announce new partnership

WORLDWIDE: Eventbrite and elrow have signed a multi-year ticketing partnership. The agreement will see Eventbrite handle the ticketing needs of the more than 100 shows and festivals under the elrow brand, which attract over 2.4 million attendees around the globe each year. Founded in 2010, elrow is an award-winning experiential event concept and party series […]

Festival Insights NEWS: Production Park pledges £20,000 to fund university places

UK: Production Park, a unique cluster of live event based companies in Wakefield, has announced that it will fund university places at its industry leading training centre, Backstage Academy, making an initial pledge of £20,000 per academic year. The Backstage Academy Bursary Fund will provide a fully funded three-year place on one of the Academy’s […]