James Bissett introduces a bigger and better Event Production Show, taking place on 25-26 February at a new venue – Excel London.
The 2020 edition of The Event Production Show will take place on 25–26 February at a new venue, ExCeL London. The show will be much bigger than in previous years, welcoming a huge range of exhibiting partners showcasing the latest in new ideas and solutions as well as the established and foundational suppliers from across the industry.
The biggest addition to the show will be the Festival Live feature, which will transform ExCeL from an exhibition hall into a live festival, offering all the elements you would expect to see at one of the many festivals around the country. Central will be the Presentation Stage with music acts provided by Marble Music combined with panel presentations exploring all aspects of running a festival. Surrounding this will be a variety of bars, temporary structures, rides, concessions and an array of exciting opportunities to consider when planning your next outdoor event.
Portfolio director Mike Sherrard said: “The most difficult thing when choosing suppliers is seeing, testing, using, and experiencing them as if they were at your event. There are always questions that need answering: what does it look like? How does it work? How does it sound? Does it fit? And most importantly, does it meet your event’s needs? These questions can now all be answered at Festival Live.
The show will feature five theatres of educational content covering the full scope of event production. The centrepiece of the educational programme, the Main Stage, will offer keynote presentations by experts from all sectors of the industry. SaFEST is back, providing crucial health and safety advice, and the Major Events International Theatre hosted by MEI will offer insights into technological innovation and sustainable solutions that mitigate risk, minimise cost and maximise fan engagement.
LAEOG will be hosting a dedicated theatre on the first day, presenting case studies specifically for local authorities, and The Brand Theatre will return covering the corporate experience of running events, both from a client’s perspective and from an agency view.
The Event Production Show is co-located with International Confex, allowing visitors to benefit from both shows. Confex’s theme for 2020 is centred around immersive events, inviting attendees not just to visit but to get stuck in and really take part. With the topics of Speak, Meet, Debate, Network, Enjoy and Learn, there are opportunities for every #eventprof to immerse themselves in the myriad of activities on the showfloor, in the theatres and on the social hubs.
OAB’s Top Picks
iCatching Events – Stand CO4E
Specialists in themed events and prop hire at all scales, iCatching Events’ team of trained professionals have delivered countless events throughout the UK incorporating popular themes such as Gatsby, Hollywood, Willy Wonka, Secret Agent and Las Vegas. Other themes include Hawaii, Caribbean, Baywatch, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Narnia. They are also able to deliver Christmas themes, from traditional to arctic to winter wonderland.
Other services include the production of conferences, gala dinners, award ceremonies and fun days. iCatching Events has a fully licensed mobile bar, giant games and structures including inflatable party igloos! www.icatchingevents.co.uk
Event Genius by Festiticket – Stand F30E
A complete events management and ticketing platform, Event Genius allows event organisers to streamline and simplify their ticketing and event management. This multi award-winning provider of event technology joined forces with Festicket in 2019 – the world’s largest platform for music festival experiences – to create the most complete end-to-end platform for organisers and fans alike.
The partnership brings together technology and expertise including ticketing, marketing, data insights and analytics, access control, POS and cashless payment services, fan engagement tools and more to plug a gap in the live entertainment market. www.eventgenius.co.uk
FestivalChairs – Stand D07E
The FestivalChair is the ultimate sturdy and recyclable cardboard stool. Ideal for special events, conferences, festivals or as a promotional gift, they are lightweight, easy to assemble and can be printed for limitless branding opportunities. And after use it simply folds away flat for the next time. Chairs holds up to 440 pounds (200kg) with ease and are 100 per cent FSC certified and 100 per cent recyclable.
Patented in Europe and the USA, FestivalChair has secured a prominent place in the world of international events and was awarded the American prize for Best Marketing Tool by the International American Event Association. www.festivalchairs.com
Green Goblet – Stand F38E
The average festival cup is used for less than 20 minutes but, under the mantra of ‘Refill Not Landfill,’ Green Goblet produces cups that can be washed and reused hundreds of times. Bespoke designs can be created to accompany generic festival cups, which are distributed and reused at festivals, stadiums and events all over the UK.
At the Black Deer Festival last year, 28,000 pint cups and 14,000 half pints were used over the three days, preventing nearly 400kg of disposable waste going to landfill. All Green Goblet reusables were used on a £1 levy system. www.green-goblet.com
RentaHedge – Stand F02E
Providing a wide range of fully living hedging, trees and topiary of all sizes for indoor and outdoor events, RentaHedge’s completely mobile, living installations provide attractive barriers and zoning. As seen at the Isle of Wight Festival, BT London Live and the Royal County of Berkshire Show, RentaHedge’s environmentally friendly temporary hedge boundary solutions are also perfect for screening, creating VIP areas, directing people along walkways and as a natural looking backdrop or real life maze! Hedges can be delivered nationwide and throughout mainland Europe. www.rentahedge.com