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UK Festival Conference announces 2010 panellists

Thursday November 18th, British Music Experience at The O2, London 

The industry’s leading figures have been confirmed to appear on the diverse collection of sessions set to take place during this year’s event. Now in it’s third year and taking place at the in London, on has quickly established itself as the must-attend event for the UK and global festival industry.

Conference seminars

‘Making your festival profitable’  – in association with Music Week

Panellists: 

Christopher Barrett – Features Editor, Music Week

Andy Smith – Kendal Calling, Director

Alex Brooke – Peppermint Events & Bars, Director

 Fiona Stewart – Green Man Festival

Jim Mawdsley – CEO, Generator

Running a festival is a fun – but risky – business, especially with so much competition in the market and difficult economic conditions. From policing expenses and infrastructure to all the little “extras” that give events their uniqueness, what options are there for cutting costs without compromising quality, and what non-traditional revenue streams can be accessed? This panel of experts will show you how.

 

Best Practice for Leveraging Branded Activity at Music Festivals without selling out’ – with Brand Republic

Panellists:

Rich Sutcliffe – Editor, Brand Republic

Ray Smith – CEO, Be At TV

Chris McCormick – Managing Director, Size12Shoe

Dave Chase – Head of Music Partnerships, Brandamp

Richard Dickinson – Partner, Arnold & Porter

Chris Thornhill – Brand Manager – Carlsberg Tuborg

Walking the fine line of festival brand activity is fraught with disaster. Too much intrusion and you’ll leave the wrong lasting impression, too little and your reward might be found in heaven and not on the bottom line. Brand Republic explores the right and wrong approaches to branded activity at music festivals, celebrating the good and highlighting the pitfalls to be avoided.

 

‘Non-ticketed events should be banned…discuss’  – in association with TPi

Panellists:

Mark Cunningham – TPi Magazine, Editor-In-Chief

Simon Battersby – Showsec, Event Security Manager

Mark Hamilton, FdA MA – G4S Events, MD & Global Product Development / Bucks New University, Head of Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies

Professor G. Keith Still PhD BSc FIMA – Bucks New University Centre for Crowd Management and Security

Jon Drape – Ear To The Ground, Live Director

Andy Cotton – TAO Productions, Event Organiser, Production Manager & Cabinet Office Lecturer

 The Love Parade disaster was a tragic example of the dangers presented by non-ticketed music events, but there is also evidence that, if managed properly with the correct crowd control measures, these events can operate safely. Key figures in crowd management will debate the viability of banning non-ticketed events and discuss the pivotalrelationship between crowd control measures and the enjoyment of the festival-goer.

 

‘The Crime Busters’  – in association with LIVE UK 

Although festivals have exemplary crime rates, compared with communities of the same size, large crowds of young people enjoying themselves are still seen as easy prey for organised crime gangs. In a follow-up to last year’s panel, LIVE UK will be reviewing the effects of this season’s anti-crime initiatives, discussing new ideas and looking at the threats festival organisers still need to be aware of..

 

Battle of the Bands’ – in association with Audience 

 While tens of thousands of aspiring wannabes worldwide are constantly locked in battles for prizes and profile, there’s a maelstrom of conflicts taking place at the top of the business, as festivals fight for the best artists and agents struggle to secure prime positions and fees. Acts mean audiences; with fans even prepared to move between countries to see their favourite artists. This panel examines this relatively new dynamic.

 

‘Dispatches from the Field’ – in association with IQ

 Panellists:

 Allan McGowan – Associate Editor, IQ Magazine

John Giddings – Founder, Solo Agency/Isle of Wight Festival

John Probyn – Chief Operating Officer, Live Nation

James Barton – Co-founder, Cream

 Part of the joy of festivals is their unpredictability. From hurricanes and heatwaves, to riots and revelry, we all have a festival tale or two, but this panel of industry experts have them in abundance. IQ Magazine will be welcoming an allstar cast to the stage to swap festival tales from the frontline, as they share some of their highs, lows and most unusual moments from the field.

 

Tickets for the Festival Awards UK Conference & Awards 2010 have now gone on sale via the exclusive ticketing platform HMV Tickets and are available in the following price structures. Delegates wishing to attend the Conference and/or Award events can combine ticket packages to suit their needs:

More at www.festivalconference.com, while tickets can be purchased directly from HMV Tickets by visiting www.hmvtickets.com/festivalawards/events/1311 

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