Six Important Recent Developments in Licensing and the Law

Andy Grimsey is a Partner at the licensing law firm, Poppleston Allen, and since 2004 has acted on behalf of major breweries, late night operators, restaurant chains, developers, and large independents – including festivals. Festivals,...

From the Food Vendors’ Perspective

Dave Cooper is an environmental activist, food vendor, and organiser of Kentucky’s Whippoorwill Festival. I operated a food stall at a small music festival in Kentucky a couple of summers ago. My food costs were...


The Evolution of the Australian Dance Music Scene

EMC Executive Producer Jane Singo has been involved in the live events industry for almost 25 years, having worked as a dancer, event promoter, manager, and agent before starting work with EMC back in...

Open Source and Low Tech Disruption in Event Technology

Richard Fletcher is a researcher in festival and events with a particular focus on quantitative methods and audience surveys. He predominately works freelance or in association with De Montfort University, Leicester. You can find...

The Future of Travel in the Festival Industry

Chris Johnson is the co-founder of Energy Revolution, a charity that compensates for carbon emissions incurred through festival travel. He is also a Director of Kambe Events, as well as the co-founder and chair...

Tackling Food Waste When Feeding Crew and Artists

Lou Fitzpatrick has extensive experience in festival and event management. With a passion for technology and problem solving, Lou is always looking for ways to streamline processes to make lives easier for event managers,...

How to Use Your Live Music Data to Turn a Profit

Janneke van Egmond is an editor and marketer at Eventbrite Benelux. With years of experience as an account manager in the event industry she knows what makes organisers tick (and what keeps them awake...

Can the Luxury Festival Truly Exist?

Georgia Black is the owner of Littlegig, a boutique festival just outside Cape Town, South Africa. Here she examines the trend of festivals increasingly trying to appeal to the well-heeled, top end of the...

Responding to People’s Emotional Needs in an Emergency

John Drury is Reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. He has been conducting research on crowd behaviour for 25 years, including such crowd events as the Hajj at Mecca, the Hillsborough...

Recruiting for the Future

Andrew Harrison is Director of the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), a trade body representing contractors and suppliers to the exhibition industry. ESSA is run by its members for the benefit of its...