U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan dies

Bono has led the tributes to U2’s tour manager Dennis Sheehan, who was found dead yesterday (27 May) morning. Sheehan, 68, worked with U2 for more than 30 years. He is thought to have died of natural causes overnight at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. Sheehan first worked with the Irish band prior

Industry comes together for first CDM Roadshow

More than 120 event professionals were in attendance at the first in a series of CDM roadshows organised by a combined

Star Events wins Chinese Sports Park contract

Star Events has won the contract to design and supply a rigging system to STU Sport Park in

Qatar sponsors have ‘blood on their hands’ if they fail to pressure the 2022 country

Politicians and human rights groups have urged event organisers to rethink plans to hold events in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup. The calls came as international professional congress organiser MCI announced  a joint venture with Qatar-based events and entertainment company Elan Events. Over the past ten years, MCI says it has delivered a number

Me, Myself & I: Dave Pichilingi

Ahead of the eighth edition of Liverpool Sound City – which runs 22-24 May – CEO Dave Pichilingi talked to Access

Innovision manages Chelsea FC victory parade

Following Chelsea FC’s Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup victories, Innovision managed the Club’s victory parade. The celebrations took place on the streets of West London, with more than 70,000 fans out in force to celebrate the team’s achievement on Bank Holiday Monday (25 May). Joining Jose Mourinho’s First Team on the open-top parade

How Novum took British Gymnastics’ production to the next level

When British Gymnastics wanted Olympic levels of production, it bought in Novum AV to fire things up.  Traditionally

Access online exclusive: A brief history of live music in London

View image | gettyimages.com “London goes beyond any boundary or convention. It contains every wish or word ever spoken, every action or gesture ever made, every harsh or noble statement ever expressed. It is illimitable. It is Infinite London.” Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography —– Performance, particularly music, has been a part of London’s street

Fantastic Fireworks, Hawthorns, Lasersound team up for VW Finance event

Fantastic Fireworks, Hawthorns and Lasersound are among the companies that helped put on the opening event for VW Finance’s £25m headquarters. The event, which took place on 25 April, featured fireworks, flames, lasers and lighting for the opening of VW Finance’s new £25 million building in Milton Keynes. The ceremony also included a performance by

PRG to acquire XL Video

PRG chairman & CEO Jeremiah J. Harris and Lucas Covers, the group CEO of XL Video jointly made the announcement yesterday (6 May). The transaction is expected to close before the end of the second quarter subject to customary closing conditions. XL Video, founded in 1995, supplies video services for events including the Olivier Awards

Inaugural Milifest cancelled

Start-up event Milifest has been cancelled due to an ‘insurmountable legal issue’. Organisers announced that they have been forced to cancel the festival, despite healthy ticket sales. The statement, put up yesterday (20 May), read: “It is with deep sadness that we regret to inform everyone that we have been forced to cancel August’s Milifest

Outbreak Festival postponed after threat of further violence

Outbreak Festival, a dance music festival due to be held this weekend at Donington Park, has been postponed

Pop Brixton set to open next month

A new 200-people event space will launch in South London next month. Pop Brixton is a ‘mini-city’ made

EVCOM launches apprenticeship standard event

An event for a new apprenticeship standard for the events industry has been announced, taking place 9 June. The Trailblazers scheme will focus on creating a creative events industry standard to enable alternative routes for young people. It was given the green light by the government in March, and key figures behind the scheme hope