Investigation into ‘fake security’ at UK festivals

A security firm is under investigation for allegedly supplying cloned badges to unlicensed stewards at UK festivals. The firm LS Armour Security Ltd, based in South Wales, is currently under investigation by The Security Industry Authority (SIA) following a check, the BBC reports. In a statement, an SIA spokesman said: “This type of unlawful conduct

Introducing Festout

The Festival and Outdoor Events Show organisers give you an insight to their debut event this autumn The Festival and Outdoor Events Show is the brand new show launching by the organisers of the Event Production Show and the publishers of Access All Areas. Taking place at Sandown Park in Surrey on 27–28 September, the event

30 million people attend live events in 2016

More than 30 million people attended live music events in 2016 according to UK Music. In 2016, audience of live events has risen by 12 per cent, increasing the number of people to 30.9m. The figures were released by UK Music, the organisation that annually compiles the report. Wish You Were Here 2017 shows the increases and declines in the industry as

Beside the seaside

In a city fully celebrating the weird and wonderful, the great escape shows Access exactly what it has to offer for music After arriving in her hometown of Brighton, only to be greeted by the pouring of the rain alongside the coast and the sentimental scent of fish, chips and seaweed, this Access reporter was filled

Visitor registration to the Festival and Outdoor Events Show is now underway

With just twelve weeks until the Festival and Outdoor Events Show opens its doors, visitor registration is now open. The Festival and Outdoor Events Show is a brand new event, brought to you by Mash Media – the organisers of the Event Production Show and the publisher of Access All Areas. Taking place at Sandown

Historical Royal Palaces announces record year for events

The Historic Royal Palaces events team has announced record achievements in its latest financial year. The events department for

The Fair announces record year

With five new additions to the production team, two new starters in the Health & Safety division in the last 6

Arena Group to List on London Stock Exchange

Arena Group, the international turnkey event design and delivery business has announced it will be listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange. The company is raising a total of approximately £60m from UK and international institutional investors and listing will help fund the future growth plans of the business. Arena Group provides managed solutions from concept


Access speaks to the CEO of Freedomes Adam Lyczakowski on the company’s forward thinking of temporary structures Tell us a little more about Freedomes We provide event domes, exclusive and unique structures that create an incredible sense of space. Our dome tents offer a particularly ingenious solution for live events due to their elegant yet modern

Tickets please

Access speaks to five ticketing companies on the influence of tech and the issues in the secondary market Behind the excitement of purchasing a ticket for an event or a festival, ticketing companies are advising and leading the industry. Without the secure sales of music and live event tickets or the support from ticketing associations combating

Glastonbury accused of exploiting zero hour contract workers

Glastonbury Festival has been accused of firing 600 zero hour contract workers from Europe, two days into the job. The organisers were said to have employed 700 people to collect litter at the festival for two weeks but most had their contracts cut short and were left stranded in Somerset two weekends ago (21–26 June). The

Drug testing scheme awaiting final approval

The drug testing scheme set to launch at UK festivals this year, led by Reading and Leeds Festival organiser Melvin Benn, is currently waiting on the Home Office to issue a special licence before the plans can go ahead. The test runs for the scheme took place last year at Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling. Benn is

EventFlash: WRG taken over by Huntsworth

Brought to you by LiveBuzz, EventFlash is the only weekly video news round up specifically for the events industry. In this week’s bulletin: WRG acquired by communications giant Huntsworth   Swedish festival Bravalla cancelled after spate of sexual offences, Mumford & Sons refuse to return Upper Sense Events appoints Julie Harris as CEO Hotel manager

Fyre Festival organiser arrested in New York and charged with fraud

Billy McFarland, who co-founded the Fyre Festival event on the island of Exuma in The Bahamas with rapper Ja Rule, has been arrested and charged with fraud. The organisers are also being sued for $100m. The luxury festival, scheduled for 28–30 April and 5–7 May, had been billed as a “cultural moment created from a blend

Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid head to London Roundhouse

Tommy Hilfiger will arrive in London with Gigi Hadid on 19 September to stage his TOMMYNOW runway event

Taking down the touts

With the topic of secondary ticketing at an all-time high in the industry, two ticket sales companies give Access an inside view Reshad Hossenally MANAGING DIRECTOR, TICKET ARENA & EVENT GENIUS “Fans are only going to become increasingly savvy about which companies offer certain resale platforms” THE outcry about the inflated prices and fees charged