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...

Liverpool Sound City

While The Vaccines performed some friendly tunes for friendly people on Liverpool Sound City's main stage, we were watching Swans with the rest of the masochists and strangeheads. Headlining the festival's Baltic Stage -...


Striving for the Perfect Lap: in conversation with John Giddings

On August 30 1970 - the Isle of Wight Festival’s second ever Sunday - a teenage John Giddings witnessed the untimely demise of an event that mirrored the hippie movement, not only in timing...

An Interview With Void Acoustics

Established in 2002, Void Acoustics has traditionally set its sights on conquest of the international installed and live-sound markets, covering the entire spectrum of styles and spaces. In recent years it has moved further...

The Parties, Panels and Post-Apocalypse of Liverpool Sound City

Originally modelled on the template set by South By South West, Liverpool Sound City quickly received the pithy but now reductive moniker ‘Scouse By Scouse West’. It was perhaps accurate on the festival’s inception...

Better Entertainment Weather Around the World

The story is all too common. It begins with an average festival morning; stages are prepped and the crew loads in their equipment. Trucks roll in and out backstage, while food carts, beer stations...

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...

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 Latitude’s Luke Wright

Since 2006, Latitude has been an exemplar of the boutique festival movement. Whereas a myriad of other festivals have hosted all manner of non-musical mediums on their rosters, none have shared the spotlight between...

An Interview With Snoozebox

Traditionally, festivals out in the field have been synonymous with poor sleeping conditions. Many consider it to be a part of the fun, or at the very least a necessary and tolerable level...