Brand & Corporate
On Friday 12th January 2018, Battersea Evolution welcomed the return of ‘Hospitality Rocks’, a post-Christmas party like no other! Created exclusively by Smart Group for those working within the hospitality and events industry over the busy festive period, the ice-cool Après-Ski party in the heart of Battersea Park, London, gave these hard-working people the opportunity to celebrate their own Christmas party in style.
Concert & Touring
Creative England has invested £250,000 into the development of Production Park, as part of an ambitious project to expand its offer. The facility, in Wakefield, is already a go-to location for the build and design of many high-profile music tours. It also has a keen focus on education. Created to train the next generation of live industry professionals, Backstage Academy currently delivers degree level education to students in Live Events Production, Live Visual Design & Production and Stage Management and is looking to expand its range of degree courses over the next couple of years.
The music industry is hailing a major victory after ministers vowed to change planning rules in England to protect venues from complaints about noise. Stars including Sir Paul McCartney warned venues forced to pay for soundproofing neighbouring properties could be driven out of business.
Conferences & Meetings
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Exhibition & Trade Shows
The team behind City Summer House and London Summer House, Awesome Events, are proud to announce the first of its kind pop up beach concept in The Shoreditch area for over 10 years. Featuring, pop up food stalls, craft beer, music, festival feel, VIP beach huts, garden and beach games, palm trees, container beach bars and of course sand…so come and kick off your shoes!
Event Technology & Future
EventHub Co., Ltd., an event technology startup based in Tokyo, announced today that it is officially launching its event networking solution “EventHub”. “EventHub” is the first event technology solution dedicated to event networking in Japan. With a mission to “connect people at events”, EventHub allows event attendees to browse through who is around, send meeting requests, and easily schedule meetings once there is a match. The service is available on the web and as an iOS / Android app and currently comes in Japanese and English.
Anna Valley, the leading provider of AV rental services and fixed installations to the event, retail, corporate and entertainment sectors has acquired live event specialists, Matrix UK Solutions. The purchase follows a long professional relationship and will strengthen Anna Valley’s position in the AV rental market with the addition of Matrix’s experienced staff and client base.
Event technology collaborative, The Event Tech Tribe is kicking off the New Year with an announcement that their family of best-in-craft event tech suppliers has grown. Venue booking software, Meetingselect is to become the seventh member of the Tribe, which has seen a huge surge in popularity over the past 12 months as a result of their unique approach to the event technology ecosystem, recently being named one of the Top 10 Meetings Innovations of the Year.
Festival & Outdoor
Tickets are now available to purchase for The Event Club party, the first opportunity of the season for the entire events industry to come together and collaborate under one roof. The Event Club, a newly formed collaboration of key event industry professionals, made up of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), The Showman’s Show, Jules and Feather, Saville Audio Visual, Fantastic Fireworks, Plaster PR, Event Industry News, Event Technology Awards, Stand Out magazine and Event Buyers Live is bringing you what is being dubbed as “the networking party of the year”.
Merefest, which was launched in 2013 as a free festival, has become a popular annual fixture. It brought a host of outdoor activities and live bands to Ellesmere’s Mere and Cremorne Gardens. But the festival lost funding from the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme last year, and ticket revenues at the 2017 event failed to raise enough money to carry on.
SK Events, the company behind Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, Liverpool Spring Festival and Manchester Eats, has launched an initiative to keep its events free from any plastics that may be harmful to the environment. As part of the initiative, all restaurants, cafes, bars and producers across the three festivals are being encouraged to sign a pledge to only serve food and drink in containers that are biodegradable. Traders are also being urged not to use single-use plastic straws in drinks.
Last week, Manchester Central beat off competition from a number of UK venues to be crowned ‘most innovative and tech-friendly venue’ at the Event...
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