Revolution number 9: Block9 talks Dismaland, Glastonbury and Lana Del Rey

“Dismaland is both crushing and violent, but also amazingly poetic and hilarious all at once,” Block9 co-founder Gideon Berger View image | Following its work on Banksy’s Dismaland, Block9 talks Glastonbury, politics and hoarding cultural relics. Uncompromising, politically engaged and always searching for the next big idea, Block9 has spent the last 10 years

Battersea Evolution opens new Mezzanine level

Battersea Evolution has opened a new, more intimate events space for SMEs and businesses of 500 to 700 employees or less. The new Mezzanine level comes following research that showed 21 per cent of companies surveyed would be interested in booking events at Battersea Evolution if a smaller space was offered on site. The space

Lisa Brown joins The Ticket Factory

The Ticket Factory, part of the NEC Group, has announced the appointment of Lisa Brown as client services director, where she look after the Genting Arena and Barclaycard Arena accounts as well as wider promoter allocations and artist services. Brown was previously senior ticketing manager at AXS, primarily looking after The O2 Arena in London

Shooting Partners Ltd sold in MBO

Anna Valley owner Shooting Partners Ltd has been sold by its founders Phil White and Sue Robinson in a MBO. A team of six of directors and senior managers have bought the company in a strategic management buyout. The business, which owns Anna Valley Ltd as well as Shooting Partners, has been bought by Steve

Restoring Banqueting House’s history

Banqueting House Whitehall is getting a facelift. The central London venue – just a few steps from Downing Street and around the corner from Parliament – is currently hidden from street view by scaffolding and screens. But behind that mask is a flurry of activity, as owners Historic Royal Palaces work to bring new life

Manchester to host final CDM Roadshow

Manchester Central is to host the last Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Roadshow event of the year, on

Hawthorn unveils new brand at PLASA

Creative technical event production company Hawthorn has unveiled its new brand at PLASA 2015, currently taking place at Excel London. With the acquisition of Core Creative, drapes brand Rex Howard and creative technical production business Anagram, top brass at the company decided it was time to amalgamate the brands into one – Hawthorn. Hawthorn is

Blitz|GES enters partnership with Olympia

Blitz|GES, a GES Global Company has secured a new three-year contract with Olympia London, to provide a range

Event Production Awards to return February 2016

The Event Production Awards (EPAs) will return for its fifth outing on 12 February 2016, organiser Mash Media announced today. The awards, which recognise excellence in the outdoor and indoor events industry, will return for the third time to The Lancaster London Hotel.  New categories have also been announced, with Best Culture/Food (non-music) Event, Best

Me, Myself & I: Wayne Hemingway talks events in the modern age

The co-founder of Red or Dead and chair of South Coast Design Forum launched the Vintage Festival in 2010 and his events portfolio has since diversified to include cultural and community focused events including Dreamland, Urban Village Fete and the Classic Car Boot Sale This is an expanded online version of the exclusive interview that

In pictures: Stageco’s work on the Foo Fighters tour

Stageco has revealed its work on the Foo Fighters’ tour, where injured frontman Dave Grohl appeared on a custom built ‘Iron Throne’. Falling from the stage and breaking his leg in front of a 52,000-capacity crowd was not part of Dave Grohl’s script when Foo Fighters played Gothenburg’s Ullevi Stadium in June during their Sonic

Suppliers to be rated on new website

A new online marketplace is hoping to bring the global events industry closer together. Event Club, an online social marketplace for the events industry, has launched and already boasts more than 500 listed events companies from 15 countries and 16 cities around the world. Founded by former Harvey Goldsmith and Wasserman employee Glyn Hooper, Event Club

Ticketscript appoints country director UK and Ireland

Ticketscript, the self-ticketing service company, has appointed Charlie Sefi as country director UK and Ireland to further the business’ success in

Corporations demanding social impact, says Connection Crew

Connection Crew has identified a new trend in companies favouring social enterprise on event tender documents. Despite initially being overlooked by many, social enterprise is now undergoing a sea change in demand, according to Connection Crew director Charlie Dorman. He told Access that big international corporations are now demanding social impact in their supply chains.

BVEP launches industry research initiative

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has announced the launch of its industry ‘research on research’ project,

Blog: Glastonbury reveals £2m good causes spend

Attitude Is Everything founder Suzanne Bull MBE 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