In the Pub with: Andy Marsh

The Victorious festival director on the importance of strong line-ups, catering to families, and his favourite festivals It’s

› Full Story

One of a kind: Corporate Entertainment Professionals

Samantha Fellows, director of the Corporate Entertainment Professionals, on the company’s wide-ranging and bespoke offer for organisers If there’s one thing every event organiser wants, it’s for their event to stand out from the crowd. With the industry continuing to grow and diversify at an impressive rate, suppliers are being put under pressure to offer

› Full Story

One of a kind: Access at Dreamland

Access visits Dreamland, the venue offering a ‘plug in and play’ experience for festival organisers It’s easy to forget how much festivals borrow from the traditional amusement park model. At the average green field festival you can hardly move for fairground rides, food stalls and arcades. In this context, it’s not surprising that the newly

› Full Story

All bar none: The bar sector examined

Access talks to four mobile bar providers to find out about the latest developments within the sector From

› Full Story

VadeR awakens: How VR came of age…

“I was blown away. You just have to experience it,” a friend told me after leaving Westfield mall in Shepherds Bush. He was not, however, flabbergasted by the luxury retail experience. He was waxing lyrical about Star Wars: Secrets of The Empire, a ‘hyper reality’ experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID, nestled near the centre’s

› Full Story

France rolls out #Feel campaign

Aimed to ignite UK interest in France via a campaign that invokes the five senses, the France Tourism Development Agency (Atout France) has launched

› Full Story

Distinct new Sodexo brand to serve bookers’ experiential demand

The trend towards bookers demanding the impact of the experiential venue in their meeting and event requirements has

› Full Story

JMT launches new online platform

Event furniture and floorcoverings specialist JMT has launched a new online platform that allows event organisers, venues, stand builders and designers to create their perfect event space; positioning furniture into their event space, selecting the colour and the style of furniture to perfectly match their branded environment. Michelle Amer, sales director for JMT, explained: “We

› Full Story

Crystal Interactive partners with Slido

Full-service event technology company Crystal Interactive has strengthened its partnership with Slido, the live Q&A and polling platform for meetings and events. Together the two companies will provide pre-event advice on meeting design and onsite services to ensure maximum audience engagement. Slido can be accessed on any mobile device and allows event organisers to crowdsource

› Full Story

Industry assembles: The Event Production Awards lowdown

Taking place at a new venue, The Novotel London West on 28 February 2018, the Event Production Awards (EPAs) is a black tie gala dinner with entertainment, dancing and networking. The cream of the event industry will be there, celebrating the talent and innovation on show in our sector over the past year. Information on

› Full Story

Gerrrrronimo!

Dad of seven turned festival director Simon Goldman tells Access why the time is right to launch his family festival Geronimo in the south WORDS: CHANTELLE DIETZ Suppliers List Flooring – Live Trakway Screens – ADI TV Staging – Star Events Hire & Design – Event Buddha Event Production – Ground Control Productions Unsatisfied with

› Full Story

How vital are big name artists to a festival’s success?

The world’s top music acts are fought over by festival organisers, but are they the surest route to a sell-out event? Yaw Owusu, music curator, Liverpool International Music Festival There’s no escaping the fact – festivals need big names to draw in the punters. That need can become quite intense – as we are very

› Full Story

Venue closure prevention bill causes controvery

With 35% of UK music venues closing, parliament has proposed some affirmative action. Is this the final word in safeguarding emerging talent? Clashes between residents and music venues is an age-old issue for venue owners, but a host of high profile celebrities and politicians have backed legislation to ensure these cultural springboards receive protected status.

› Full Story

Truckfest extends tenancy as venue invests £1m

Truckfest, Europe’s largest trucking festival, has extended its tenancy agreement with the East of England Arena and Events Centre, for a further four years. Jason Lunn, general manager of The East of England Arena and Events Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome Truckfest to the venue for another four years. Over the last twelve

› Full Story

PRS launches initiative to make licensing simpler

PPL PRS Ltd, a new joint venture between the UK’s two music licensing societies – PPL and PRS for Music – is designed to make it easier for customers to obtain a single music licence for the playing or performance of music in public. For now, you can still get your public performance music licences from

› Full Story

Glasgow 2018 European Championships appoints ADI as screen supplier

ADI, specialists in event LED, will deliver screen solutions across all competition and non-competition venues during the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Appointed by Glasgow City Council through a competitor tender process, ADI will provide over 900sqm of high resolution LED in both mobile and modular formats to offer an incredible live spectator experience. Nick Robinson,

› Full Story