The European Festival Market Report 2014

EUROPE: Ahead of the European Festival Awards and Eurosonic Nooderslag in Groningen (NL) next week, the former has released the European Festival Market Report for 2014. The data comes courtesy of the 2014 European...

An Interview With Definitive Event Policing

If it weren't for security services, festivals would be the perfect microcosm for demonstrating exactly why Anarchist utopias wouldn't work. Taking thousands of try-hard teenagers away from the panopticon of parental supervision and placing...


An Interview With Pure Groove Sound Systems

Despite the music ostensibly remaining the primary reason most people attend music festivals, there's often a painful lack of attention given to the quality of onsite sound systems. This is especially true for large...

An Interview with Skiddle

Following the widely reported disaster that was last year's Hope & Glory Festival, Skiddle – one of the failed event's two primary ticketing outlets – made the 'unprecedented' decision to refund each and every...

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors: On Lightning Safety Planning

This article was originally published in the spring issue of Protocol Magazine, and was written by Dr. Kevin Kloesel, who chairs the esteemed weather advisory group for the Event Safety Alliance. Lightning kills thousands...

In Conversation with Sarah McBriar of AVA Festival

After six years spent studying and working in Manchester for the likes of Manchester International Festival and The Warehouse Project, Sarah McBriar moved down to London in 2013 to undertake an MA in Creative...

Amsterdam Dance Event Part II

NETHERLANDS: Between throwing morally reprehensible shapes to Nosaj Thing in Melkweg, discovering that Dutch diets consist solely of toasties, loping through the Red Light District stealing eye contact from prostitutes, and winning the ADE...

An Interview with Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of ideas, music and light set in the titular Australian city, and encompasses creative industry forums, a cutting-edge contemporary music programme, and myriad light sculptures and installations. The...

Sónar Barcelona

Sónar's flagship edition returned to Barcelona from June 14 - 17, boasting over 140 musical performances across nine stages in two distinct and idiosyncratic venues. Furthermore, Sonar +D - the component of the festival...

An Interview With Architects of Air

UK: Although it makes up a relatively small portion of the company’s remit, Architects of Air’s presence at festivals provides punters with a reprieve from 360 degrees of bodies and noise. Their ‘luminaria’ are...