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What to expect

Festival Republic CEO and Wembley Stadium Chairman Melvin Benn at the 2011 Conference

The Festival Awards Conference, established in 2008, is the only event which brings the leaders of 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. Click here to see last year’s programme.

Following the success of last year’s sold-out conference, there will be further focus on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the industry, plus extended and expanded networking opportunities.

There will also be an exclusive presentation of the latest Festival Market Report – 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.

John Giddings, John Probyn and James Barton share their experiences at the 2010 Conference

Taking place at The Roundhouse in London, it also features chances to network with peers from all levels and sectors of the business through coffee breaks, lunch and a drinks reception.

Held on the same day and in the same venue as the UK Festival Awards, the conference continues to undergo explosive year-on-year growth, and last year achieved coverage in publications from The independent and the BBC to Audience, IQ, Live UK, Music Week, Pollstar and TPi.

Previous panelists have included: Melvin Benn (Festival Republic), John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival), John Probyn (Live Nation), Colin Rodger (T in the Park), James Barton (Creamfields), Patrick Walker (Google), Renaud Visage (Eventbrite), 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).

Stuart Galbraith and Fiona Stewart debate the market

The UK Festival Conference typically features:

  • Essential panel sessions with top speakers and chairs
  • Presentations of exclusive market research findings
  • 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…