The European Festival Awards and Eurosonic Noorderslag 2015

NETHERLANDS: Groningen's De Oosterpoort hosted two prestigious, simultaneous industry events from January 13 - 17: The European Festival Awards and Eurosonic Noorderslag. The former celebrated the achievements of many of the European festival circuit’s...

In Conversation with Marcel Mingers of Extrema Outdoor

Marcel Mingers started promoting both indoor and outdoor house events around The Netherlands in 1992, shortly after being 'infected' by the genre's ascendancy in Belgium. In 1996 he took the leap into festival promotion...


Kanye West Confirmed to Headline Glastonbury; White People Get Mad on Facebook

Glastonbury has upset thousands of middle-aged, middle-class Britons with the announcement that Kanye West will headline its Pyramid Stage on Saturday June 27. Desperate to make their displeasure and ignorance known, many 'fans' of...

Bluedot

One of the coolest German words that we lack a direct equivalent for is Gesamtkunstwerk, roughly defined as a 'universal work of art'. Distinct from a masterpiece, it instead denotes a piece of work...

An Interview with Roundhouse Rising

Roundhouse Rising Festival comprises panel talks, workshops, live performances and more, enabling young musicians to arm themselves with the knowledge, connections and platform necessary to begin a career in the music industry. Supplementing the...

Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016

The 30th anniversary of the European emerging talent festival Eurosonic Noorderslag occurred from January 13 – 16 in Groningen, The Netherlands. It stayed true to its ethos of stimulating the circulation of European music...

British Summer Time Hyde Park

Two rather negative epiphanies dawned on me whilst walking the perimeter of BST Hyde Park. The first was that I’d definitely picked the wrong time to start eating right, what with the litany of...

Liverpool Sound City

Festival Insights returned to Liverpool Sound City this year for its newly rebranded Sound City+ conference, which featured TED-style talks, panel sessions, an independent record label fair, and one-to-one chats with agents, managers and...

Parklife

Based on concerns expressed by local councillors and residents in the aftermath of 2014’s festival, Parklife conducted a thorough self-assessment of its community impact policies over the past year. Jon Drape, Parklife’s Event Director and...

An Interview With Lytham Festival’s Peter Taylor

Birthed as a one-night event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, The Festival Previously Known as Lytham Proms has this year expanded into a seven-day series of festivities, including...