At the end of September, Sandown Park was the place to be for anyone interested in the outdoor event industry.
September saw the doors open for the inaugural Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout). The new event was created by team at Mash Media, who also run the Event Production Show in March and publish event industry magazine Access All Areas. Taking place at Sandown Park in Surrey, attendees included event organisers from high profile festivals, events, and brands travelling from around the UK.
Industry insights were delivered via seminars and panel discussions from two stages. Topics covering the necessary practicalities of organising events, as well as innovations to inspire organisers to excel within the outdoor events industry of the future.
Event director, Duncan Siegle, commented, “We launched the exhibition on the back of many successful years with the Event Production Show, to give our audiences a show at the end of the season. The indoor and outdoor space at Sandown Park allowed our exhibitors to really show off and there were some tremendous structures on site for our visitors to enjoy. We didn’t know exactly what to expect in year one but were delighted with the feedback from exhibitors on the quality of people they met and detailed conversations they had.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many exhibitors, sponsors and partners who invested their time and money to support the launch of this exciting new exhibition. Thanks in particular
goes to Nick Morgan from The Fair, the team at GL events UK, NOEA, The Ticket Factory, the many other speakers and contributors and, of course, our venue – Sandown Park and The Jockey Club.”
Festout will return next year to Sandown Park on 26-27 September. www.festivalandoutdoorshow.co.uk
OAB’s Top Picks
Titan the Robot
Is it really just a man in an incredibly advanced robot suit? It’s hard to believe as Titan the Robot manoeuvres himself around the crowd both entertaining and terrifying onlookers. The production is seamless and he comes complete with a ‘man in black’ and docking station for a quick recharge. Do check out the videos of him in action – he has to be seen to be believed. www.titantherobot.com
MMedia Group’s Dystopian Wonderland
Festout organisers commissioned experiential marketing and event production company MMG to create a bar with the theme of Dystopian Wonderland. The team came up trumps with a stretch tent venue dressed for Alice and her pals, complete with LED screens cycling through eerie woodland scenes, ‘drink me’ cocktails and a ticking clock. www.mmediagroup.co.uk
Create Structures’ Unidome
A versatile pod for glamping or events, the Unidome is a timber framed structure inspired by nomadic tribes. Totally customisable, its sections can be interchanged for natural timber, coloured or clear panels, windows or gull wing doors. Panels can also be printed. Anyone for stargazing? www.createstructures.co.uk
These ‘sustainable’ event toilets use a composting system to break down waste, removing urine into sealed units for a low odour solution! The waste can ultimately be returned to the soil as a renewable fertiliser. As well as their low impact operation, they have a traditional shepherds hut design so blend in well at events located in rural areas. www.compoostsolutions.co.uk
These beautiful, stretch tent marquee structures make a real impression and are a great alternative to a standard marquee. Available to hire in a range of styles and sizes along with all the add ons you need to run an event in a temporary structure. www.tentstyle.couk
Portable Floor Maker (PFM) showcased its Barlok portable bar system which, as the name suggests, utilises a locking mechanism to join multiple units together for quick and easy set up/break down. The bar also features an LED, DMX controllable frontage. PFM also manufactures the new portable Multilok indoor/outdoor dance floor. www.portablefloormaker.co.uk