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

Showsec helps keep crime down at V Festival

Showsec worked on V Festival’s 20th birthday celebration this past weekend (22-23 August) at the annual festival in Staffordshire. The crowd management and event security company provided their services at Weston Park for festivalgoers, working in close collaboration with the Staffordshire police to reduce crime at V Fest. “It’s been a hugely successful event for

Festival Republic to trial campsite waste project at Reading

Festival Republic, the Knowledge Transfer Network and Julie’s Bicycle are trialling a campsite waste project at Reading Festival 2015. The project will test festivalgoers’ interest in additional camping services, such as tent cleaning and packing away, designed to add value to tents and camping equipment, encouraging festivalgoers to treat their equipment better and ultimately take

Blog: Aggreko on minimising noise pollution at events

In this exclusive blog, David de Behr, head of events at Aggreko, discusses the steps that can be taken to minimise noise pollution for the events industry  The sporting and entertainment event industries are constantly evolving to meet consumer demands. Each year we expect bigger and better: larger screens in stadia, faster Wi-Fi connections, brighter

Civil Aviation Authority imposes event restrictions

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has placed new restrictions on flying displays following the Shoreham Air Show disaster. The organisation, which is currently reviewing air shows following the crash that occurred on 22 August, has put in place temporary measures for future air shows. The CAA took steps to ensure no further flights were made

PRG joins events industry to back Government apprenticeship scheme

PRG has announced its participation in the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Trailblazer scheme. The Government has promised to deliver

ISES appoints new international president

The International Special Events Society (ISES) has elected Jodi Collen CSEP as its new international president for the 2015/16 year. Collen (pictured) was inaugurated at the international association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Director of event & conference planning at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Collen is a previous president of

Blackout supplies rigging and drapes for Film4 Summer Screen events

Blackout is working with Somerset House to supply rigging and drapes for this year’s Summer Series and Film4 Summer Screen events, July – August 2015. Blackout worked alongside production manager Jon Howes, within a team of contractors, who year-on-year collaborate with the venue’s management and sponsors. The team work to facilitate both events and aid