An interview with BoomTown; Festivals Edinburgh, Eventbrite and more

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FOREWORD
 

This week’s Insights includes a preview of the imminent BoomTown, two reports courtesy of Festivals Edinburgh and Eventbrite, plus stories on a new Manchester based emerging talent event, a collaborative ticketing platform from The Ticket Factory and TeamRock, a communications activation from Viber, and more.

We revealed this week that the host of the UK Festival Awards 2016 will be the esteemed radio presenter and music journalist Mary Anne Hobbs. If you’re a festival organiser or supplier and haven’t yet entered the UK Festival Awards, you can do so here. Click here to purchase tickets for the Awards & Conference at the early bird rate.

As always we have an updated ETEP chart and stories from around the World Wide Web at the bottom.

Also, be keeping an eye out for our impending Festival 250 project, which will be released in five weekly episodes starting soon. The publication comprises our listings of the world’s most successful festivals in the world, determined by commercial metrics sourced and analysed by renowned data consultancy CGA Strategy.


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BoomTown will host the eighth edition of its wildly idiosyncratic festival this weekend in Hampshire, with an increased capacity of 60,000 and featuring nine fully themed and diverse districts, over 80 street venues, all manner of immersive arts programming, and more renowned acts than you can count on seven hands.

Insights spoke with Lak Mitchell – Creative Director & Co-Founder of BoomTown – about how they’re raising the bar on production again this year, the festival’s approach to welfare, and more.

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The YES Group – Promoting Health, Safety and Good Practice at Festivals and Events

 
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Since 2006, the YES Group has organised over 20 Health, Safety and Crowd Management seminars for festival and event staff across Europe in cooperation with a range of global experts and companies. The seminars all focus on the development of professionalisation and the unification of operations at festivals and events to enable all of those involved in the industry to provide and promote safer events. The YES Group also contributes to the European Festivals Conference and the European Festival Awards.

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Mary Anne Hobbs to host UK Festival Awards 2016

UK: The UK Festival Awards – set to take place at The Roundhouse in London on November 28 – has revealed that the host of its 13th edition will be international DJ, radio presenter and music journalist, Mary Anne Hobbs.

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Eventbrite publishes research revealing significance of festival ‘Super Fans’

UK: Eventbrite – the world’s largest event technology platform that powers two million events around the globe each year – has released new research revealing a UK music festival market driven by ‘Super Fans’.

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Festivals Edinburgh publishes report detailing impact of Edinburgh’s festivals

UK: Independent research published in late July confirms the huge contribution that Edinburgh’s festivals make to the quality of life, international reputation and economic vitality of Edinburgh and Scotland at large.

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Rock am Ring’s Marek & Andre Lieberberg confirmed for IFF Keynote

UK: The International Festival Forum (IFF) has announced that the German impresario Marek Lieberberg and his son Andre will be the joint subjects at this year’s IFF Keynote.

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DHP Family’s ticketing service relaunches with new brand

UK: One of the UK’s leading ticketing platforms for independent live music, clubs, tours and festivals is relaunching on August 15 with a new brand and an improved customer focused service offer.

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From the Fields and Sound City launch new emerging talent event

UK: Three of the UK’s premier independent music festivals – Kendal Calling, Sound City and Bluedot – have teamed up with fellow music lovers Louder Than War in launching a brand new emerging multi-venue music event and conference in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the heart of what has been ranked as the best city in the UK for live music.

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Void Acoustics to unveil the new Arcline 8 at BoomTown

UK: Void Acoustics will debut the all-new Arcline 8 line array at the 2016 BoomTown Fair. The festival rose up from its humble beginnings in 2009 to become one of the UK’s wildest and most inspiring independent festivals. It is now a sprawling creative metropolis and home to every species of artist.

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The Ticket Factory joins forces with TeamRock for new selling platform

UK: National ticketing agent The Ticket Factory has announced a new partnership with rock and metal powerhouse TeamRock. The exclusive partnership deal will give The Ticket Factory unrivalled access to rock, metal and prog fans along with huge selling clout for tickets to rock and metal concerts and live events.

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JBL helps Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival overcome the elements

USA: Palmetto Soundworks recently deployed JBL VTX Series line arrays to provide live sound at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. Located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the three-day festival was inundated with some extremely adverse weather conditions, including high winds and driving rain.

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Sziget and Viber team up for real-time communications service

HUNGARY: Sziget Festival and Viber – one of the leading global messaging apps with more than 754 million unique users worldwide and over 2.7 million in Hungary alone – are collaborating on a unique initiative at this year’s event. The Sziget community will be invited to subscribe to a unique, exclusive and entirely free service: Personal Viber Festival Messages, sent in real time to their Viber phones during the festival.

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d&b audiotechnik announces extra seminars for September 2016 in London and Dublin

UK / IRELAND: d&B has announced that it will host two more of its renowned electroacoustics seminars in London and Dublin this September. The events will take place on Wednesday 7 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and on Wednesday 14 at The Leeson Lounge in Dublin.

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Mysteryland releases vinyl sampler with Dave Clarke

NETHERLANDS: In collaboration with Dave Clarke Presents, Mysteryland has released an exclusive vinyl sampler featuring artists from its 2016 line-up.

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FROM AROUND THE WEB
 

Drugged out fan attacks Eprom during Shambhala set (via EDM Chicago)

Measles Outbreak Hits English Music Festivals (via Pitchfork)

Musicians’ Union backs Owen Smith in Labour leadership race (via CMU)

Flight of the Conchords, Mac DeMarco, “Weird Al,” More to Play Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme (via Pitchfork)

Burning Man organisers purchase more land near festival site (via Mixmag)

Nous Productions to join Live Nation (via IQ)

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