Insider Insights

Insider Insights

Lake of Stars: The Shining Light of Malawi’s Festival Scene

Tom Branston has been producing events since 1995 with Oasis’ What’s the Story tour party. With myriad roles at UK festivals since (Big Chill, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Green Man, BST Hyde Park, Blissfields et...

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...


How to Build an Effective Ambassador Program

Liam Negus-Fancey is the co-founder of Vervem, the world’s leading peer-to-peer sales software for live entertainment events. Verve enables event organisers to turn their most influential fans into ambassadors who promote and sell tickets...

AR Will Revolutionise Festivals

Jimmy Woodard is a Business Development Manager at 360 Designs, a leading virtual reality company with expertise in live production and advanced custom cameras. He also has a partnership in place with an award-winning...

Increase Your ROI with a Chatbot, Not an App

Todd Terrazas has been building bots since 1999 and is the Co-Founder & CEO of Brainitch, a conversational software company focusing exclusively on the live entertainment and sports industries. Todd and his team have...

One Love – how reggae can unite a festival audience

Kris Collins is the Alternate Music Director for Stradisphere music festival, responsible for sourcing talent, booking new artists, and providing a platform for developing musicians. His past includes working for touring bands in promotional...

How Creative Production Companies are Transforming Festivals

Nathaniel Hanna is the Managing Director of Stax Creations. After studying Visual Communication at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, he took his expertise into the third dimension in 2014 by founding Stax...

Why Safeguarding Independent Venues is So Crucial

Tom Sutton-Roberts is the general manager at the multi award-winning independent venue Troxy, right in the heart of East London. Tom has always worked in the live music industry – from sound engineering to...

The Last Great Event

The following is an extract from Ray Foulk’s memoir The Last Great Event, which tells the story of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival – featuring stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and...

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...