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A Better Year

Steve Heap reflects on 2021 and instils confidence for 2022. For the last two years the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), just like the rest of the industry, has been suffering blow after blow. Should […]

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Back to Business?

Tom Hall asks the industry what event planning looks like as we return to the ‘old normal’. Whether initiated as a distraction from his political scandals, or because of the growing scientific consensus on Omnicron’s […]

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Reinsurance Scheme Gaps

Adele Redmond looks at the details behind the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme. Industry leaders welcomed long-awaited details of the governments Live Events Reinsurance Scheme launched in September as providing “an opportunity to rebuild”, but warned […]

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Grow your Audience

Christian Hill, from branding and digital agency Project Simply, shares advice on increasing your festival’s audience using innovative marketing techniques. We know your marketing budgets are stretched, and with the increasingly competitive nature of the […]

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Tackling Travel

ecolibrium’s communications manager Bethan Riach details the charity’s new Travel Carbon Calculator app. ecolibrium is a charity that helps event organisers, audiences, artists and suppliers tackle the impacts of travel at events. Since 2015 it […]

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Be Specific on Safety

Select the right event safety consultant, with advice from Steve Allen . Immanuel Kant once said “Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play”. Events, as we all know, differ […]

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Covid Test Event Findings

The Event Industry Forum’s Jim Winship summarises the Events Research Programme report published on 25 June. The government has published the report for Phase 1 of the Events Research Programme (ERP) which set out to […]

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Level Up Your Glamping

Tom Critchley from Caboose & Co. shares his expertise on designing the perfect event glamping zones. Having spent the last 18 months in national lockdown there will be a public clamouring to fill diaries with […]


Testing the Safety Net

How science and society came together in Liverpool for the Events Research Programme.  This blog piece was originally published by The University of Liverpool. The 28 April to 2 May represented a momentous five days […]

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Covid and Temporary Structures

MUTA’s Joe Chalk discusses how Covid-19 has affected the temporary structure industry. MUTA is the UK’s only trade association dedicated to marquees, tents and temporary structures. With the majority of members serving the events industry, […]

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What Towersey Did…

In 2020, the 57 year old Towersey Festival raised over £46,000 to keep itself afloat while maintaining audience engagement and income for artists. Now it’s planning how best to tackle the unknowns of 2021. Back […]

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Breaking Bread Impact Study

How a pop-up tipi village in Bristol provided work for 100 hospitality and event industry workers during the summer of Covid. A recent impact report undertaken by the team behind pioneering Bristol tipi village, Breaking […]