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Festivals Should Spend Less on PR and More on Original Content

Black Circle Media is an LA-based creative agency founded by British journalists Ross Gardiner and Jemayel Khawaja. Their clients include Electric Zoo, Oasis Festival, We Are FSTVL, Looptopia, and Red Bull, and their writing...

The Future is Now: How Blockchain is Already Transforming the Music Industry

Jason Robert is the co-founder and CEO of HelloSugoi. In June 2017, he launched the world's first blockchain-based event ticketing platform. He is also the co-founder of the popular 'Real World Blockchain' Meetup. As...


Harnessing Technology to Find and Keep Sponsors

Marino Fresch is the Marketing Director of UK & Ireland at primary ticketing agent Eventbrite. He is an experienced online marketer and e-commerce professional with over 15 years' experience defining marketing and web strategies,...

From Club Night to Festival

Fred Letts founded Percolate in 2012 with a group of his best friends. He ran the club nights on the side of his advertising job until 2014, when he left to pursue a career...

Inspiring a More Responsible Audience

*This article is part of Insider Insights' Sustainable Summer series, in which we dedicate half of our monthly output to guidance on decreasing the environmental impact of festivals. Nick Chambers is the co-founder and booker...

Keep Music Centre Stage at Your Festival

As Head of Public Operations at music licensing company PPL, Sarah Mitchell has significant expertise in customer service operations. She has over 19 years’ experience heading up customer service and operational divisions across global...

Arguing for the Danger – reintroducing risk to the pro festival

Tim Wilson is a Director of VAULT Festival, whose 2017 event runs from January 25 – March 5 and features almost 200 performances. Visit the official website for full programme information and tickets. Groupthink is...

The Role of a Ticketing Agency in Banishing Festival Queues

Simon Carpenter has been business development manager at Gigantic since October 2015, with almost 10 years' experience in the ticketing sector. His job includes discovering new business, events and promoters to work with across...

Why Are So Few Disabled Musicians Playing at Festivals?

Paul Hawkins is the Festival Project Manager for Attitude is Everything, a charity that works with audiences, artists and the live events industry to improve access to live music for deaf and disabled customers....

My Call to Action on Plastics for Festivals and Events

Melinda Watson is the founder of the RAW Foundation, a sustainability charity focused primarily on education. She is also a designer, teacher, speaker and consultant on sustainability, consumerism and waste. The plastic pollution crisis...