The Loop introduces new training course: ‘Responding to Drug Use in The Night Time Economy’

The Loop has introduced a new one day training programme for clubs, bars and festivals aimed at equipping venues and events with a deeper knowledge of the risks associated with recreational drugs use. The course will cover related legal issues and ways of reducing drug related harms faced by people who use drugs in the

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In the Pub with: Andy Marsh

The Victorious festival director on the importance of strong line-ups, catering to families, and his favourite festivals It’s crazy to think that, with 79,000 people attending our festival, it is now ranked as one of the country’s largest. We’re talked about in the same breath as Bestival and Glastonbury. The festival industry is still very

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One of a kind: Corporate Entertainment Professionals

Samantha Fellows, director of the Corporate Entertainment Professionals, on the company’s wide-ranging and bespoke offer for organisers If there’s one thing every event organiser wants, it’s for their event to stand out from the crowd. With the industry continuing to grow and diversify at an impressive rate, suppliers are being put under pressure to offer

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Temporary structures: Harder, better, faster, stronger

The business of staging outdoor events flourished in 2017, and temporary structure companies are bucking the trend. Neptunus,

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One of a kind: Access at Dreamland

Access visits Dreamland, the venue offering a ‘plug in and play’ experience for festival organisers It’s easy to forget how much festivals borrow from the traditional amusement park model. At the average green field festival you can hardly move for fairground rides, food stalls and arcades. In this context, it’s not surprising that the newly

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All bar none: The bar sector examined

Access talks to four mobile bar providers to find out about the latest developments within the sector From

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Re-imagining secondary ticketing: How can resale work for organisers and audiences?

Access editor Tom Hall is set to host Re-imagining secondary ticketing: How can resale work for organisers and audiences? at the Event Production Show. The session takes place 15:15pm – 16:00pm – Thursday 1st March – The Main Stage and will look at how online ticket touting is under serious fire from politicians and regulators.

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VadeR awakens: How VR came of age…

“I was blown away. You just have to experience it,” a friend told me after leaving Westfield mall in Shepherds Bush. He was not, however, flabbergasted by the luxury retail experience. He was waxing lyrical about Star Wars: Secrets of The Empire, a ‘hyper reality’ experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID, nestled near the centre’s

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France rolls out #Feel campaign

Aimed to ignite UK interest in France via a campaign that invokes the five senses, the France Tourism Development Agency (Atout France) has launched

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Distinct new Sodexo brand to serve bookers’ experiential demand

The trend towards bookers demanding the impact of the experiential venue in their meeting and event requirements has

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JMT launches new online platform

Event furniture and floorcoverings specialist JMT has launched a new online platform that allows event organisers, venues, stand builders and designers to create their perfect event space; positioning furniture into their event space, selecting the colour and the style of furniture to perfectly match their branded environment. Michelle Amer, sales director for JMT, explained: “We

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Crystal Interactive partners with Slido

Full-service event technology company Crystal Interactive has strengthened its partnership with Slido, the live Q&A and polling platform for meetings and events. Together the two companies will provide pre-event advice on meeting design and onsite services to ensure maximum audience engagement. Slido can be accessed on any mobile device and allows event organisers to crowdsource

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Industry assembles: The Event Production Awards lowdown

Taking place at a new venue, The Novotel London West on 28 February 2018, the Event Production Awards (EPAs) is a black tie gala dinner with entertainment, dancing and networking. The cream of the event industry will be there, celebrating the talent and innovation on show in our sector over the past year. Information on

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Gerrrrronimo!

Dad of seven turned festival director Simon Goldman tells Access why the time is right to launch his family festival Geronimo in the south WORDS: CHANTELLE DIETZ Suppliers List Flooring – Live Trakway Screens – ADI TV Staging – Star Events Hire & Design – Event Buddha Event Production – Ground Control Productions Unsatisfied with

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How vital are big name artists to a festival’s success?

The world’s top music acts are fought over by festival organisers, but are they the surest route to a sell-out event? Yaw Owusu, music curator, Liverpool International Music Festival There’s no escaping the fact – festivals need big names to draw in the punters. That need can become quite intense – as we are very

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Venue closure prevention bill causes controvery

With 35% of UK music venues closing, parliament has proposed some affirmative action. Is this the final word in safeguarding emerging talent? Clashes between residents and music venues is an age-old issue for venue owners, but a host of high profile celebrities and politicians have backed legislation to ensure these cultural springboards receive protected status.

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