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
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.
StubHub, an eBay company and the world’s largest ticket marketplace, has teamed up with Eurosport – the number one destination for sports fans in Europe – to become the company’s online ticketing partner. The partnership means fans visiting Eurosport’s flagship online destination - eurosport.com - will be able to directly purchase tickets via StubHub to some of the world’s biggest sport and entertainment events.
Conferences & Meetings
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Exhibition & Trade Shows
Multinational event organiser and venue manager Easyfairs has published its 2016-17 Activity Report and, in the process, announced a rebranding. Henceforth, all of the group’s activities will come under the umbrella brand Easyfairs. Previously the group was known as Artexis Easyfairs, with the venue side of the business (in Belgium and Sweden) branded Artexis and events in all countries branded Easyfairs.
Event Technology & Future
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.
Want to know what gadgets and gizmos the latest tech innovators are working on #EventProfs? CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) is the show to watch. The global tech show lands in Las Vegas every January and is a hotbed of innovation, cutting-edge new products and weird and wonderful devices.
Festival & Outdoor
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.
The Kent Event Centre and Kent County Show Team have been awarded the Emergency Planning and Partnership Award for 2017 from the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The award recognises excellence in event planning and partnership with the NHS to avoid hospital admissions from events held at the Kent Showground.
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