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Festival is an annual planning-season supplement of LIVE UK, published in December, January, February and March – when the bulk of festival production deals are concluded – providing news, features, information and events data for the business people behind festivals. From April to September, it becomes a two-page section within LIVE UK.

FESTIVAL NEWS February 2018, Issue 34

Power puts Hop Farm failure behind him
and plans festival return with Feis 

CONTROVERSIAL PROMOTER Vince Power is launching a 15,000-capacity celebration of Irish culture, The Feis, in Liverpool this July, headlined by Van Morrison and the Chieftains.

It will be his first major event since the failure of the company behind the first three Hop Farm Festivals (cap. 50,000) collapsing in early 2013 (see LIVE UK issue 159), with debts of £4.86 million and around 20 artistes owed a total more than £300,000.

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RiZe in memory of departed Vs

FOLLOWING THE demise of the twin V Festivals (cap. 60,000-85,000) last year, first intimated by our sister publication Audience last October, a replacement for the Chelmsford site has been announced. 

Festival Republic (FR), which ran the Vs for majority-owner Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), has announced RiZe will take place at Chelmsford’s Hylands Park from 17-18 August, featuring Liam Gallagher and The Sterophonics. 

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King predicts multiple sell-outs at APE

AS MORE artistes are announced for the 10-day 40,000-capacity All Points East (APE) festival in London’s Victoria Park, promoter Jim King of AEG Presents has revealed his long-term ambitions for the event in greater detail. 

Although APE is mainly aimed at Londoners, he tells Festival, he hopes the event will attract customers from a wider geographical spread.

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Dog House moves to Back of Beyond

ORGANISERS OF new dance music festival Back of Beyond expect to attract 3,000 people this July to its Hertfordshire site, following a series of successful parties and club nights based at The Dog & Whistle (cap. 400) pub in Hertford. 

Co-founder David Kirby says the festival is a natural progression from a series of 300 to 400-capacity events at the pub, with artistes including Kenny Dope and Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay, plus a 1,000-capacity “pop-up” nightclub, The Dog House, at the back of the premises, with Goldie and Jazzy Jeff. 

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Cambridge Folk tunes into 6 Music listeners 

THE ORGANISER of Cambridge Folk Festival (cap. 10,000) aims to widen the appeal of the 54-year-old event, with the intention of securing its next generation of audiences. 

Neil Jones, operations director of Cambridge Live, which runs the event for the City Council, believes headliners Patti Smith and First Aid Kit reach out to listeners of BBC 6 Music, as well as to the BBC Radio 2 listeners, which the event has traditionally appealed to.

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Shake-up and Chic for Wilderness 

THE CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) subsidiary MAMA Festivals, which organises the 30,000-capacity Wilderness, says he’s prepared to “throw the site plan in the air” in a bid to keep the event fresh.

Rory Bett, who stayed with MAMA Festivals when LNE acquired MAMA & Company two years ago, tells Festival the approach is in keeping with the event’s ethos of personal renewal, gourmet food and well-being activities, as well as live music. 

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Speedmachine woos music fans with three-day event

A THREE-night live music festival with camping is to be added to motor sport’s FIA World Rallycross Championship, as it relocates to the Silverstone race track in Northamptonshire in May. 

Speedmachine, organised by IMG for the FIA, will be headlined by Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx and a Ministry of Sound “takeover”.

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Cheese & Grain to host festival 

PROMOTER GRAHAM Deykin is launching the Frome Rhythm & Blues Festival in March at the 850 capacity Cheese & Grain in the Somerset town. 

The Pretty Things and Dr Feelgood headline the two-day event, with tickets at £35.

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