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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 May to August, it becomes a four-page section within LIVE UK.
FESTIVAL NEWS March 2017, issue 31
TRNSMT fills T slot as DF plans for town and country
PLANS TO launch a metropolitan festival in Glasgow were “accelerated” once promoter DF Concerts decided to abandon its T In The Park (cap. 85,000) event this year.
The 50,000-capacity, three-day TRNSMT will be staged on Glasgow Green on the second weekend in July – T’s traditional dates – with a bill featuring Radiohead, Biffy Clyro and Kasabian.
Event pits community against Community
IT LOOKS like promoter Festival Republic (FR) will be up against fresh opposition with its new festival Community in the same London park as its 45,000-capacity Wireless.
The Friends of Finsbury Park (FOFP), a 400-strong group of local residents, has met the announcement with dismay. It is already fighting to curtail Wireless, with a Court of Appeal hearing set for the autumn and wants event capacity limited to 10,000.
Standon grows 70 per cent
with Broadwick support
STANDON CALLING is to expand its site capacity by 7,000 to 17,000, following its acquisition by Global Group subsidiary Broadwick Live, and is already 80 per cent ahead on ticket sales, compared to this time last year, according to event founder Alex Trenchard.
The festival announced a reformed Orbital and Clean Bandit will headline the main stage, while a theme – Tales of the Enchanted Valley – will target young adults and family groups.
Flashpoint update for Flashback organiser
PROMOTER NEIL Butkeraitis is to refocus his Flashback festival brand, having relaunched the retro events last year, following in the wake of the 2014 failure of two other festivals he promoted, at Kent’s The Hop Farm and in Chelmsford.
His UK Events & Festivals company will stage the 10,000-capacity Flashpoint at Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire, and the similar-sized Flashback at Thoresby Estate, Nottinghamshire.
FolkEast aims for a comfortable capacity
COMING UP to its fifth year, FolkEast is hoping to draw 5,000 visitors this August, having grown to 3,000 last year.
According to founders John and Becky Marshall-Potter, the festival – held at Glemham Hall in Suffolk – was born out of their desire to create a good value event they would both feel comfortable attending.
Green light for second Downs
event after Massive success
THE COMMITTEE which manages the Downs, a large open space in affluent North Bristol, has agreed in principle to a second event taking place there on 2 September, following the success of last year’s 30,000-capacity concert headlined by Massive Attack.
The event, co-promoted by Crosstown Concerts and Team Love – organiser of Love Saves the Day (LSTD, cap. 20,000) was the site’s first major commercial concert since the Society of Merchant Venturers, which sits on the Downs Committee with Bristol City Council, dropped its historic opposition to such events.
Museum backdrop for Hope and Glory
LIVE MUSIC combined with Victorian-themed attractions like a decadent carnival and a Darwin’s Little Darlings kids’ area, are key elements of a new two-day festival in St John’s Gardens, Liverpool.
The 12,500-capacity event, Hope & Glory, is the long-held ambition of promoter Lee O’Hanlon of TinyCow.
Sun boosts Kendal Calling sell-out
KENDAL CALLING organiser Andy Smith believes the 25,000-capacity festival’s record early sell-out by February is down to a combination of the line-up and last year’s sunny weather, the first the event has had for three years.
Headliners include Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson performing the band’s Pet Sounds album.
Exclusive contracts ‘hinders new talent’
ALTERNATIVE ROCK festival ArcTanGent is increasing its capacity from 5,000 to 7,500 following 45 per cent growth last year, according to festival organiser James Scarlett, who also runs 2000trees (cap. 10,000).
He describes the event as a niche festival with loyal fans and a high return rate, which means non-music parts of the site empty out during band performances and so stage areas must have ample capacity to accommodate large crowds.