Edinburgh Tattoo updates projection system

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place in August every year, has invested in 12 Panasonic PT-DW17K2 projectors for its iconic large format projections.   Images have been projected onto Edinburgh Castle as part of the event since 2005, when PIGI film projectors were purchased.   The new projectors are being used during the

Industry vision comes to life

On the eve of signing its 50th festival to its charter, Powerful Thinking’s Chris Johnson makes a call to the festival industry for further change.  In November 2015 Powerful Thinking, the UK festival industry think tank for environmental sustainability, published a seminal report: The Show Must Go On. The report was conceived and written as

New space for Science Museum

The Science Museum has announced that a new daytime event space is available at the venue for a

More than 80 cars destroyed in Boomtown fire

Image credit: @Rushmoor02/Twitter On Friday afternoon (12 August) a fire broke out at Boomtown Fair festival, injuring none but destroying more than 80 vehicles. The blaze is thought to have been caused by a discarded lit cigarette, which set grass on fire in the festival car park. At its height, six fire crews were required to

Updated: Crime statistics reveal theft odds at UK festivals

Revellers attending Download are among the least likely festivalgoers to become victims of theft, according to statistics acquired

Blue-i receives 7-figure investment

Video projection and audio-visual specialist Blue-i has received a sizeable equity investment from Enterprise Ventures Growth Fund.  

“More than words and speeches”

In her monthly blog, exclusive to Access All Areas, Attitude is Everything founder and CEO Suzanne Bull MBE (left) says businesses and policymakers need to follow up words with actions. Last week (9 August) saw new culture secretary Karen Bradley (pictured above) make her maiden speech at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall – specifically focussing on the need

EVCOM launches EVCOM Academy Day

The Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM) has launched a new initiative focusing on business development skills for

GES acquires ON Event Services

GES has announced the acquisition of ON Event Services as part of its effort to become a leading partner for live events.

Mancunians get new music event, Off The Record

A new festival will arrive in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this autumn.   Off The Record, organised by From

Eventbrite report: UK festivals driven by super-fans

The new research, which was released today (8 August), also downplays reports of attendee appetite waning, with 88 per cent of respondents saying they would attend at least the same number of festivals in the next 12 months.

Brighton Pride organisers call for ‘unity against all hate crime’

Around 300,000 people are thought to have attended the Pride celebrations in Brighton this weekend (6-7 August), with

Brexit: A momentous decision for UK & EU

Predicting rough seas ahead but nevertheless confident on the UK event industry’s ability to weather the storm, Dave Crump,

Snowbombing launches North American spin-off

“Twenty years ago when we had the idea for Snowbombing it was a very distant dream to one day do it in North America,” said Gareth Cooper, CEO of Broadwick Live, who organises the festival. “Now, with the help of Coors Light, that dream is to become a reality and we are so proud and excited to launch Snowbombing Canada in the superbly stunning Sun Peaks Resort.”

Want proof that festivals are more than music in a muddy field? Look no further than the rise of the jazz festival.

Jay Z. Kendrick Lamar. Kanye West. Beyoncé.

You’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking ‘jazz’ when faced with the above names. But each has played a huge role in the rise of jazz festivals around the UK, Europe and the USA.

From Jay and Bey’s collaboration on The Great Gatsby soundtrack in 2013 to Lamar’s use of scat with more traditional rap themes on 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly, jazz has never been more entwined in modern mainstream music.