Wi-Fi an overlooked deal breaker, says industry

The event industry is still overlooking Wi-Fi, which is make or break for many suppliers The need to capture and report on live attendee data will soon be a must at every event, according to Shocklogic marketing and communications manager Johnny D Martinez. “The biggest challenges our clients face on a regular basis are Wi-Fi

NOEA extends awards deadline

The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards 2015 has extended its deadline until 18 September. It is free

IMG’s PWR buy motivated by winter boom

IMG has spoken exclusively to Access about its recent acquisition of Winter Wonderland production company PWR Events Sports, events, fashion and media company IMG acquired PWR Events in July, taking ownership of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which is produced for The Royal Parks, and the Hampton Court Palace Festival, produced for Historic Royal Palaces. IMG Arts &

Blog: Glastonbury’s £2m good causes spend

Attitude Is Everything founder Suzanne Bull says Glastonbury’s charitable efforts should be applauded, but other events can still do their bit. Glastonbury is amongst a handful of corporate donors that support the work of Attitude is Everything and in 2014, it became the first camping festival to be awarded the Gold standard of our Charter

Arena Seating transforms stadium for EuroHockey Championships

Arena Seating transformed Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with grandstand seating, media studios, platforms for broadcast cameras or photographers and viewing access platforms for the Unibet EuroHockey Championships, 21-30 August. Arena Seating’s project director Terry Smith returned to East London to continue building Arena Group’s 2012 Olympic Games legacy

Mash Media launches new exhibition for PAs

Mash Media Group is to launch The PA Show, a new exhibition solely dedicated to PAs, EAs, executive secretaries and other senior office professionals. Taking place 2-3 March 2016 at Olympia London, The PA Show will feature a comprehensive educational programme, hands-on experiences, innovations and office products. The new show is co-located with International Confex

Blitz|GES announces five-year deal with ExCeL

Supplier of audio-visual equipment and services, Blitz|GES, has announced a new five-year deal with Excel London (pictured), as

Curating Latitude: Creative director Tania Harrison speaks

Following Latitude’s 10th outing, Access talks to creative director Tania Harrison (left) about the festival’s evolution, keeping the audience on its toes and the benefit of taking risks. How did Latitude’s eclectic vibe evolve? We had a plan starting out, and it was very different. People were quite negative about bringing theatre into a field,

Sustainable festival trailblazers

Access this month launches its first Sustainability Special Report supplement in association with Kambe Events. Here, we round up some of our favourite festivals that are pioneering green initiatives Innocent Unplugged Festival Beverage company Innocent has hosted the first Innocent Unplugged festival, which was held in May just outside of London. Wi-Fi and 4G were banned

Fantastic Fireworks wins British Fireworks Championship

Fantastic Fireworks won the British Fireworks Championship in Plymouth, beating five other leading British teams with a display watched by an audience of more than 100,000 who lined the city’s cliffs and promenades. The company, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, bagged its second title win on 18 August, adding to the one

Insomnia moves to the NEC following ‘incredible’ growth

The Insomnia Gaming Festival has announced a move to the Birmingham NEC following ‘incredible’ growth. A statement from the event read: “It is with a huge amount of excitement that we can today announce that with the support of GAME the Insomnia Gaming Festival will be moving to the NEC Birmingham for our upcoming Winter event, Insomnia56.”

In pictures: Mysteryland’s Weekender Edition

Mysteryland, the longest running electronic music festival in the world, celebrated its 2015 edition last weekend (29-30 August). The festival’s first ever weekender edition, which took place in Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands, drew a record 90,000 visitors, coming from 60 different countries. More than 400 artists performed across the festival’s 21 stages, ranging from up and

Mojo Barriers supplies 1,300+ metres of barriers to V Fest

This year saw the 14th anniversary of Mojo Barriers’ continued work at both V Festival sites. The festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, took place last weekend (22-23 August). As one of Mojo Barriers’ largest annual events, V Festival organisers entrusted them with supplying over 700m of stage barrier to ensure crowd safety

Ticketscript, Skiddle and The Ticket Factory talk ticketing technology

Rob Williams (director of technology and innovation, The Ticket Factory), Jason Thomas (CCO, Ticketscript) and Ben Sebborn (owner, Skiddle) talk to Access, in a frank discussion about the pros and cons of new technology How is new technology changing the ticketing industry? Rob Williams: Ironically, it might actually remove physical tickets – or at least