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Food Trends

29th February 2020

Make sure to plan the right food offering at your next event with a trend report from Mark Laurie. It’s been a decade of change for the food industry. Just 10 years ago, hashtags such […]

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Getting the Plan on Paper

29th February 2020

Planning, ignore it at your peril says Carl A H Martin. Several years ago I was asked to be involved in a question and answer session at a festival association meeting. The question of planning […]

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Guest Comment: Mark Laurie

28th January 2020

NCASS director Mark Laurie explains how the ‘experience economy’ has put food centre stage at outdoor events. The past five years has seen music festivals grow and diversify enormously. One of the reasons for this […]

Shambala Festival 2019
Advice

Festival Diets

28th January 2020

Discussing dietary changes at events, Kate Burgess presents a case study from Shambala on ditching dairy. The new year is a time of resolutions. For many it offers a clean slate, a date on which […]

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The Value of Outdoor Events

28th January 2020

Dr Caroline Jackson reveals the findings of a joint report on the impact of outdoor events by Bournemouth University and the Events Industry Forum. The Value of Outdoor Events report was published at the end […]

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A Fair Price

14th January 2020

Advice from the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) on charging a fair price for traders. Catering concessions are an essential part of a successful event both in terms of feeding and watering your punters, but also […]

Freedom Friday at Shambala festival
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Raising the Bar

14th January 2020

Put people and planet over profit in your bar offering, says Kambe Events’ Kate Burgess. Kambe Events’ flagship festival Shambala holds many accolades for its innovations around sustainability. Shambala was the first festival to be […]

Cashless Festival technology using wristbands
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Going Cashless

14th January 2020

Event Genius’ Lauren Lytle on the benefits of cashless technology at festivals. The cashless movement for events has developed rapidly alongside the wider move towards a cashless society. As contactless cards and mobile wallets have […]

Leftover single use tents after summer festival
Advice

Campsite Waste

11th November 2019

Teresa Moore on a perennial festival problem – single use tents. Back in 2018, we were confronted with the aftermath of festival camping when image after image of campsite waste, mainly tents, appeared in the […]

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Minimising Weather Risk

11th November 2019

How to reduce insurance cost in a changing climate with advice from Integro’s associate director Gary Brooks. They do say you that you can’t eliminate risk. In terms of financial risk, in some circumstances, that’s […]

Crowd at Shambala Festival 2019
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Charity Partnerships

11th November 2019

Kambe Events’ Kate Burgess on creating events with heart though charitable collaborations. As an organisation, setting out core principles that animate and guide your decisions can lend everything you do a sense of integrity and […]

Advice

Guest List Culture

27th May 2019

The Masked Ball’s event director Kelvin Batt shares the financials of his 12 year old festival and explains why ‘freebies’ could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. I’ve run The Masked Ball for […]