Festival Insights NEWS: The Evolution of the Australian Dance Music Scene

EMC Executive Producer Jane Singo has been involved in the live events industry for almost 25 years, having worked as a dancer, event promoter, manager, and agent before starting work with EMC back in 2012. Initially curating and hosting a delegation from Asia to attend EMC, Jane was given the reins of Conference Programmer before taking over the Executive Producer’s role, and now also sits on the management board of MusicNSW, the Club Music Advisory Group for APRA AMCOS and the Advisory Panel for the Australian Music Vault. Dance music has never been more popular that it is now, wherever you are in the world. But how does mainstream coverage convert into a thriving, longterm scene that is accessible to […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Junction 2 expands to two days for 2019

UK: The award winning dance music festival Junction 2 will return to Boston Manor Park in 2019, expanding to two consecutive days from June 7 -8. The newly added Friday will showcase a more diverse spectrum of sounds, whereas the Saturday will continue to be rooted in techno. In general, Junction 2 will be sticking to its ethos of ‘less is more’. This is reflected in its dedication to extended set times – giving artists free reign to craft more substantial sets. In addition, Junction 2 will keep to its promises of delivering exceptional sound quality, dispensing with the traditional ‘big top’ format, and maintaining a ‘no VIP’ policy. The first artist announcement for Junction 2’s fourth edition is expected […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Eurosonic Noorderslag confirms another 21 acts for 2019

NETHERLANDS: Eurosonic Noorderslag has revealed 21 more acts for its 2019 line-up. The names include: 5K HD, Bülow, Die Wilde Jagd, Haerts, Hilary Woods, Iris Gold, Kompromat, Lafawndah, Nova Materia, Nova Twins, Octavian, Solo Ansamblis, Sons, The Holy, Une Misère, Violetta Zironi, ViVii and Vulpynes. In collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union, ESNS has also booked Girl in Red, Hellwana and Lion to play at the festival, respectively selected by NRK / P3, CR / Radio Wave, and BBC Music. ESNS previously announced 29 up-and-coming European artists for Eurosonic and nine Dutch acts for Noorderslag. The festival, which showcases around 350 acts from all over Europe, takes place in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands, from January 16 – 19. […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: The RAW Foundation reveals programme for the Showman’s Show 2018

UK: The RAW Foundation – co-producers of the AIF’s Drastic on Plastic campaign, in which 60 festivals pledged to eliminate single-use plastic – has released the full programme for its ‘RAW Talks’ on October 18 this year’s Showman’s Show, held at Newbury Showground. The event, which takes place in the Hub Talks tent, offers a unique chance to find out the facts about why plastic is a problem, and what steps events can take to become free of ‘pointless plastic’. In the ‘Steps Toward Pointless Plastic-free Events’ session, festival organisers who have taken steps to eliminate plastic share their experiences alongside experts with an overview of what has and hasn’t worked in the industry this season. The programme also includes […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Event Safety & Security Summit reveals conference agenda for second edition

UK: The conference agenda of the 2nd Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S) has been announced, more than doubling the number of discussion topics and presentations from its inaugural edition last year. The invitation-only event takes place on October 30 at the Congress Centre in Central London, with over 400 delegates expected to attend. The one-day meeting brings together leading international venue, festival, touring, sport and security professionals. Panel sessions include Protecting the Future of Live Events, which examines what initiatives are helping develop an international safety culture, and Learning Transferrable Lessons, which considers operations from the World Cup to state visits by US presidents to learn lessons from each scenario. Other panel topics focus on flexible solutions to in-work […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: DHP Family named as finalists in Live UK awards

UK: DHP Family’s venues, festivals, shows and staff have been named as finalists in this year’s national industry awards organised by Live UK. Rescue Rooms makes the final three of the venues under 800 capacity, having celebrated its 15th birthday last year with BBC 6 Music DJ and champion of independent venues Steve Lamacq returning to play a special set. Opened by DHP Family in 2003 as a place to host cutting edge live music, the venue has been described as a ‘jewel in the crown’ of Nottingham’s live music and is an important destination on the touring circuit for emerging acts. Rescue Rooms General manager, Nick Walters, said: “Really pleased to have been nominated for such a cool award, […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Brighton Music Conference announces dates and venue change

UK: Brighton Music Conference has announced a change in venue for its sixth year. BMC19 will take place at the British Airways i360 beachfront complex from April 24 – 27, following its most successful year to date in 2018. BMC19 will feature various talks, seminars, panels and workshops, as well as a specialised ‘Demo Zone’ for musicians and an exhibition floor for the tech and services industry. Additionally, the Conference will host networking events and club nights over the course of its four days. Conference partners include ACS, Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), Beatport, Berlin, British Airways i360, Defected Records, DJ Growth Lab, Hideout, Hospital Records, MonoKrome Music, Patterns, Rubadub Records & Music Technology, R&S Records, Shogun Audio, Tempest Inn, […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Australia’s Rainbow Serpent bags A Greener Festival Award

Photo credit: James Gillot AUSTRALIA: Rainbow Serpent Festival – a four-day, 17,000 capacity music & arts festival – has won A Greener Festival Award, the first medium-sized Australian festival to do so since 2015. Previously, comparably sized Aussie events such as Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival have earned awards, but it is only Island Vibe Festival, a small reggae event that takes place on North Stradbroke Island, that has won the award more recently when it bagged an award in 2017. To enter the award scheme, led by A Greener Festival, events first complete a self-assessment, which is followed by an onsite independent inspection from one of A Greener Festival’s assessment crew, and post-event data gathering and […]

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

UK: Visit St.Pete/Clearwater partnered with Boardmasters this year as the festival’s first ever destination sponsor. The tourist board promoted its Florida destination at the long standing popular surf and music festival with a unique two-storey activation that boasted daily entertainment from street artists and performers, VR goggles, games, and giveaways – as well as an chance to win a family holiday to St.Pete/Clearwater courtesy of Ocean Holidays. Gemma Pascall, Account Manager of Visit St.Pete/Clearwater, said: “We were looking a dynamic and innovative solution that would enhance our 2018 tourism campaign, allowing us to directly target the family market with a brand that matches our core values. We were pleased with the level of interest from consumers wanting to visit the […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: BBC Music Introducing Live partners with Spotify

UK: BBC Music Introducing Live ‘18 has announced a new a partnership with Spotify. Spotify will host the Discovery Theatre at BBC Music Introducing Live ‘18, which takes place at Tobacco Dock this November. Spotify will be hosting live versions of some of their original podcasts – including Who We Be TALKS_ – Secret Genius and Killing It), as well as artist masterclasses on how to best utilise Spotify as an artist. DJ Semtex, the host of Spotify’s original podcast Who We Be TALKS_, will host a session taking a look at current UK street culture – from the hottest artists through to the newest sneaker releases and youth issues. Who We Be TALKS_ will welcome special guests to talk […]

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