Insider Insights

Insider Insights

How Can Big Festivals Better Serve Small Bands?

John Bownas is Editor-in-Chief at VirtualFestivals.com and has been a lead contributor to the site since it started in 1999. During that time he also helped establish the foundation of the UK Festival Awards....

North America May Have Found Its Own Ibiza

Julian Prince is a DJ / producer and hospitality industry professional from Montreal. He's one of the co-founders of SXM Festival, which will take place on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin from March...


A Better Way to Provide Festival Essentials

Jodie Boyd is the Founder of Pic ‘n’ Mix Festival Kit. Spurred by a passion for music combined with experience working within the industry, she launched Pic ‘n’ Mix Festival Kit earlier this year...

The Important Features of Festival Security

Mark Peck is the Managing Director at Stage Event Security, a specialist SIA-accredited security firm in Ipswich that delivers a range of services throughout the Suffolk region, including security for festivals, venues, and events.  Festivals...

Four Security Tips for Your Events This Summer

Katie Torrance is the E-commerce Manager at First Fence, a frontrunner in the UK fencing and security supplies industry. Every year over 7,000 major outdoor events are held in the UK, with over 85...

The Future of Event Tech

Shane Mansfield has worked in online marketing for the last 10 years, with seven of those being in events related industries. He has worked in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business environments with a focus on...

The Next Generation in Festival Venues

Danny Savage has a wide and diverse background in venue management, bookings and as a DJ. His Leeds-based company, Igloo Disco, is reputed for supplying high-quality temporary structures for parties, events and festivals nationwide....

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Green

Marie Sabot is Director & co-founder of We Love Green festival and Associate Director of We Love Art. Since 2011, with We Love Greeen she has proven that a major event can work in...

Introducing the Ballot Bin for Festivals

Holly Smith works at Hubbub, a charity that takes a fresh approach to communicating environmental issues, focusing on people’s passions such as fashion, food, homes and neighbourhoods. It avoids doom, gloom and lecturing about...

Behind the Scenes with the Meat and Fish Free Shambala

Chris Johnson is co-founder of Shambala Festival, a Director of Kambe Events, and has managed over 50 festivals over nearly two decades. He co-founded and chairs Powerful Thinking, the UK festival industry forum on...