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...

Festivals Desperately Need a Content-Driven Approach to Drug Safety

Ross Gardiner is a Scottish journalist and editor based in Los Angeles. He is the founder of Black Circle Media — a content agency specialising in festival culture, as well as the acting global...


The Secret to Cutting Queues at Festivals

Nick Hucker is CEO of Preoday, a role he has fulfilled for over a year after initially joining the company as Head of Business Development in September 2017. Prior to joining Preoday, Nick was...

Food Fear

Mark Laurie is the Director of NCASS and has been with the business for six years. On a day-to-day basis he advises caterers, event organisers and street food traders on all areas of running...

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Green

Marie Sabot is Director & co-founder of We Love Green festival and Associate Director of We Love Art. Since 2011, with We Love Greeen she has proven that a major event can work in...

The UK Government Needs to Step Up Its Fight Against Touts

Stuart Cain is the Managing Director of The Ticket Factory, one of the UK’s leading national ticketing agents, selling around 2.5m tickets a year for a range of comedy events, concerts, sporting events, exhibitions,...

The Future of Event Tech

Shane Mansfield has worked in online marketing for the last 10 years, with seven of those being in events related industries. He has worked in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business environments with a focus on...

Event Marketing: Why Promotional Materials Matter

Justin Isles is the Director of The Events Structure, a specialist company in the provision of structures to support events, roadshows and pop-up retail. The sun has finally found its way to the UK and...

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...

The Role of a Ticketing Agency in Banishing Festival Queues

Simon Carpenter has been business development manager at Gigantic since October 2015, with almost 10 years' experience in the ticketing sector. His job includes discovering new business, events and promoters to work with across...