The Festival Awards UK Conference is the only event which brings the contemporary music festival industry together for a day of debate, networking and information-sharing.
Incisive panel discussions will present the latest thinking and business insight as well as the chance to review the year’s achievements and challenges.
Following the success of last year’s sold-out conference, there will be further focus on the most important issues in the industry, plus extended and expanded networking opportunities.
There will also be an exclusive presentation of the results of the Festival Census – the most comprehensive survey of British festival-goers’ habits ever undertaken. Engaging with over 150,000 people, combined with analysis of previous years’ findings, it will identify trends and provide vital business intelligence.
Taking place at the HMV Forum in London, it also features chances to network with peers from all levels and sectors of the business through coffee breaks and a drinks reception.
Held on the same day as the Festival Awards UK, the conference has seen explosive growth to 500 delegates last year, and achieved coverage in publications from The independent and the BBC to Audience, IQ, Live UK, Music Week, Pollstar and TPi.
Among panellists last year were: John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival), John Probyn (Live Nation), Colin Rodger (T in the Park), James Barton (Creamfields), Professor G Keith Still (Bucks New University Centre for Crowd Management and Security) Jon Drape (Ear To The Ground), Fiona Stewart (Green Man Festival), Stuart Galbraith (Kilimanjaro Live), Jeff Craft (X-Ray Touring), Geoff Meall (The Agency Group), Gary Turner (MAMA Festivals), Neil Pengelly (Festival Republic).
The 2011 Festival Awards UK Conference will feature:
- Six essential panel sessions with top panellists and chairs
- Dedicated networking and exhibition lobby
- Drinks reception
- Delegates’ bag
- Exclusive copy of the UK Festival Report – the most comprehensive, up-to-date and insightful analysis of the UK festival marketplace
Previous attendees include:
Festival promoters and organisers: Michael and Emily Eavis (Glastonbury Festival ), Melvin Benn (Festival Republic), John Giddings (Solo), Dennis Desmond (MCD), Stuart Galbraith (Kilimanjaro Live), John Probyn and Andy Copping (Live Nation), Geoff Ellis (DF Concerts), Rob da Bank (Bestival), James Barton (Creamfields), James Algate (Global Gathering), Joe Gibbs and Jim King (Rock Ness) as well as senior representatives from AEG Live, Metropolis, SJM Concerts, MAMA Group, Lovebox, Camden Crawl , The Great Escape, Eat Your Own Ears (Field Day and Underage), Wakestock, Beach Break Live, Beautiful Days, Belladrum Tar tan Heart, Wickerman, Bloodstock, Bloom, Cambridge Folk Festival , Cornbury, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree Festival, Glade, Guilfest, Kendal Calling, Limetree, Exit (Serbia), Roskilde (Denmark), Open Air St. Gallen (Switzerland), Gurtenfestival (Switzer land) …and hundreds more!
Live music-focused media: BBC, MTV, ITV, Virgin Media, Absolute Radio, Xfm, NME Radio, The Sun, The
Daily Star , The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Express, Sky News, NME, Clash Magazine, Music Week,
Pollstar, Audience, Live UK, IQ, Drowned In Sound, Yahoo Music, YouGoFurther, The Big Issue, Virtual
Festivals.com and many more…
Brands and marketing companies: National Express, Bacardi , Coca Cola, Orange, O2, Gaymers, Brothers
Cider , Carling, Diageo, Rizla, Big Fish, Get Involved, Size12Shoe, OMD, Mediacom, Carat, RPM, Cake,
Graphico, and many more…