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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 August, it becomes a two-page section within LIVE UK.
ISSUE 207, April 2017
Global's Victorious stake
THE ORGANISER of Victorious Festival, James Ralls, has confirmed that the media group Global has bought a “large shareholding” in the Portsmouth event headlined by Stereophonics, Rita Ora, Olly Murs and Elbow.
He declined to say the exact size of the shareholding or how much the company paid for it but confirmed the existing team would continue to run the event.
Boomtown holds it steady as costs rise
IN SPITE of his belief that Boomtown is selling out faster than last year, organiser Lak Mitchell will not expand the festival beyond its current 48,000 audience capacity this August.
The event, which achieved a license for 60,000, including 12,000 festival workers and artistes in 2016, will install a theatrical “communications structure”, the Bang Hai Tower, in its 18,000 capacity main stage area as part of the festival’s “Behind The Mask” storyline, which also sees performances by The Specials, Alabama 3, Cypress Hill and Frank Turner.
Build-up starts for Festival on the Wall
A NEW festival in Tynedale, Northumberland, expects to attract 25,000 live music fans in its first year with headliners including The Pet Shop Boys and The Libertines.
Michael King of new events company Apollo Entertainment tells Festival it has a 50,000 capacity license for Festival on The Wall, indicating what he hopes is its scope for growth.
Final SGP but hints of more to come
ALTHOUGH FRED Fellowes, the founder of the 20,000-capacity Secret Garden Party (SGP) has told fans that this year’s event will be the last in its current form, his statement on the festival’s website suggests there are plans for a successor.
In the message he says, “This summer will host the last Secret Garden Party as we know it . . . this is opening it up for new forms in the future . . . so watch this space for the phoenix rising from the ashes ...”
Splendour considers growth to meet demand
THE 21,000-CAPACITY Splendour Festival in Nottingham is looking for ways to expand on its existing site as the July event looks like selling out, according to George Akins, managing director of promoter DHP Family.
Staged at the city’s Wollaton Park, the five stage event is hoping to increase attendance either by moving infrastructure or decamping to a different location within the park.