Events impact 2.5% of UK GDP, says EVCOM chairman

New EVCOM chairman Steve Garvey said the events industry currently impacts 2.5%* on the GDP of the UK and pledged to quantify that contribution over the coming year. He was speaking at the association’s EVCOMference, which brought delegates together 1-3 July 2015 in Liverpool. David Parrish delivered the keynote on how research and science could

Global Entertainment buys major investment in Broadwick Live

Global Entertainment, the content creation arm of Global, has bought a major stake in festival and brand experience

New studies claim £14bn a year wasted on invalid research

InsightBee, the cloud based knowledge platform, has released a survey looking at the amount of time and money businesses in the UK spend on sourcing unproductive research each year. The study, supported by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), reveals that UK businesses waste an estimate of £14bn a year on ineffective and unproductive research.

Metropolitan Police react to Wireless Festival mass break-in

Following scenes of violence and mass break-in attempts at Wireless Festival this weekend, the Metropolitan Police has issued a statement. Videos on Youtube document the extent of the mayhem in Haringey where a large crowd forcefully gained access to the event, with some clashing with police and Showsec security staff. One video appears to show

Camm & Hooper to open fourth London venue

Events company Camm & Hooper will launch its fourth venue this December, the Victorian Bath House. Erected in

Seenit announces Showman’s Show collaboration

The Showman’s Show will be collaborating with the video app provider Seenit to portray the event when it

Should festivals get more TV coverage?

Coverage is a divisive issue for festival organisers, with some craving the apparent prestige, and some preferring to remain hidden from the mass market. “Whilst Glastonbury is certainly a great event for the BBC to support, it would be nice for them to look at some smaller festivals that offer a totally different experience, but something

DreamHack announces first-ever London event

DreamHack, the computer festival and meeting place for gamers, fans, and eSports enthusiasts, has announced its first London

TRO provides experiential activities at Friday Festival

From Goodwood Festival of Speed to Foodies Festival at Alexander Palace this Friday, TRO is active in immersive brand

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

Serious Stages discusses The Other Stage at Glastonbury

Serious Stages has revealed the challenges it faced designing, manufacturing and installing The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival. Serious Stages has been appearing for four decades at the world’s most famous festival, which ran from 25 – 28 June. “The ever-increasing production expectations of bands combined with Michael and Emily’s desire to give audiences the

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

Arena Group lands Rugby World Cup contract

England 2015 has appointed Arena Group as the official contracted supplier of temporary overlay at Rugby World Cup 2015. The event will take place at more than 50 venues around the UK, 18 September – 31 October 2015. Arena Group will be a turnkey supplier, providing temporary overlay to all 54 venues, including 13 stadium

8th Plate collects ten tonnes of edible food waste from Glastonbury

Food waste project 8th Plate has collected and will redistribute more than 10 tonnes of edible food waste from Glastonbury this year. The project, launched at Glastonbury following a successful trial last year, is an initiative led by FareShare South West, supported by The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) and A Greener Festival; it was established to

V Festival site signs five-year deal to join Lime Venue Portfolio

Stately home Weston Park, on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border, has signed a five-year, £5m contract with Levy Restaurants UK,

How Blenheim Palace’s Great Court gigs came to fruition

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” Winston Churchill. In terms of events at least, Blenheim Palace, Churchill”s birthplace, is a case in point. The summer diary at Blenheim, “the most stunning World Heritage Site in the world,” according to chief executive John Hoy, is busy. It hosts the likes of the Grand