The Cashless System: Friend or Foe?

Having frequented many bars and festivals themselves, brothers Jonathan and Julian Gomma set up Beetle Juice in 2012 along with their best friend Harry Sloan to create a unique and truly mobile pop-up bar...

Harnessing the Power of Data

Toby Dier has been the Access Control Manager for ticketscript since its UK inception in 2010. Having previously spent time in San Francisco working in event management, and also with MAMA Group as a...


A More Personal Approach to Security

Nick Lucy is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Showsec. In this article he focuses on what makes John Hadland one of the great characters of the festival scene, and how we can all...

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...

Sociable Distancing at the Tatton Park Pop Up Festival

While many were seeing socially distanced events as an alternative during Covid restrictions, Saving Grace Events’ Rebecca Hartley saw it as an opportunity to bring ideas for a new type of...

Enabling Truly Accessible Festivals

Callum Hogg is Safeguarding and Accessibility Manager at Wild Rumpus, which produces the multi-award winning Just So Festival and leads the Northern Festivals Network. He also works with festivals, events and venues as All...

On Virtual Reality and Festivals

Jona Koekelcoren is Community & Customer Success Manager at BeatSwitch. Aside from this role he also dedicates his time to coaching artists, co-organising festivals and club shows, and was also assistant label manager at...

The Challenges and Rewards of a Remote Festival Site

Caroline Maclennan is the director of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, one of the most renowned Celtic festivals in Europe. Maclennan remains its only full-time employee, with the event being run largely by volunteers. She...

Working in Harmony with Nature

Vicki Taylor is PR Manager for Wild Rumpus, and works across Just So Festival, Timber Festival and Hinterlands Rural Film Festival. Alongside producing large-scale events, Wild Rumpus works with performers and producers to shape...

AFO Conference ‘Back To Our Best’

Trade associations, defined as groups of individuals and companies with a common interest, really came to the fore over the past two years. While you get on with the things that directly...