The Challenges and Rewards of a Remote Festival Site

Caroline Maclennan is the director of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, one of the most renowned Celtic festivals in Europe. Maclennan remains its only full-time employee, with the event being run largely by volunteers. She...

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....


VIP is Antithetical to Dance Music Culture

Ed Priest is the Events Promo Assistant for Hospitality in the Park, a one-day 'DNB BBQ' festival in London's Finsbury Park whose next edition is set for September 23. Hospitality has cemented itself as...

Five Benefits of Onsite Training and Support

Frazer Grant is the CEO of EDCO Event Diligence. Grant and his team have been working with event professionals and their teams for over 10 years, providing professional support and engaging training across the...

Fatal Mistakes and How Best to Avoid Them

Steve Kearney is one of the live event industry’s leading Chartered Safety and Health Practitioners. Starting his career as a roadie for The Clash, he worked on subsequent rock tours, becoming increasingly interested and...

The Bearded Theory Festival School – Education Without Walls

Since its first edition 10 years ago, Sally Booth has held various roles with Bearded Theory Festival – from site manager to artist liaison and PR. As a qualified lecturer, Booth currently spearheads Bearded...

Making the Most of Special Effects

Shaun Barnett is the owner and Managing Director of Quantum Special Effects, one of the UK's leading special effects companies. With over 60 years combined experience, Shaun and his team design, build and supply...

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...

Sayonara, SGP: How Secret Garden Party Created the Modern Boutique Festival

David Hillier is a freelance writer and journalist, and can be found in The Guardian, Vice, The New European and Wonderland. He specialises in music, festivals and night culture, and was named 2016 festival...

The Importance of Great Backstage Catering

Mary Shelley-Smith is the Global Operations Director of Eat to the Beat – an artist, production, and crew catering business specialising in backstage catering services for the music, entertainment, film, and TV industries. Part...