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Roskilde’s golden line-up

DENMARK      
October 11, 2019

THE 85,000-capacity Roskilde festival has announced the first headliners to mark its 50th edition. Located in the town of Roskilde, west of the capital Copenhagen, the 27 June and 4 July, will feature Taylor Swift, Mura Masa and Whitney. The not-for-profit event, which focuses on music, arts and activism, has…

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Creamfields boosts safety measures

UNITED KINGDOM
October 11, 2019

ORGANISERS OF Creamfields (cap. 70,000) has invested £2 million ($2.45m) into improving the site’s facilities and security for what they describe as a better customer experience. Proposed improvements for the festival include 24-hour security patrols, CCTV in the car park, increased visibility of welfare staff and incentives to recycle. The…

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Triple threat for NYE

AUSTRALIA
October 11, 2019

THE ORGANISERS of Victoria’s Beyond The Valley (cap. 16,000) and Perth’s Origin Fields (15,000) festivals have teamed-up to launch a new one-day dance event in Brisbane. Wildlands will take place on 28 December in Brisbane showgrounds, and will feature artistes such as Tyler, The Creator, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Skepta…

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Bluesfest boost to local economy

AUSTRALIA
September 12, 2019

BYRON BAY’S 25,000-capacity Bluesfest brought more than A$83 million (US$57m) to the New South Wales economy this year, a new report reveals. The economic impact study, commissioned by the event’s owner Bluesfest Group, has found that spending by the organisers alone in the Byron Shire area was approximately A$2.6m (US$1.7m),…

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Changes planned for Sziget 2020

HUNGARY
September 12, 2019

THE 90,000-capacity Sziget festival is planning changes for next year’s event, including making some tickets more affordable. The seven-day event takes place in August on an island located in the Danube river and has been running since 1993. The site layout for the 5–11 August festival is also being changed…

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Selwyn Sands expects third sell-out

NEW ZEALAND
September 12, 2019

PROMOTER DAVID Parlane of 3 Coins Gentleman Events says he expects another sell-out year for his 10,000-capacity festival Selwyn Sands. The one-day event, which takes place annually near Christchurch, was launched in 2017 and has sold-out for the past two years. This year’s edition featured Little River Band, former Noiseworks…

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Lowlands trials cashless

August 19, 2019

NETHERLANDS A cashless payment system will be tested at this year’s 65,000-capacity Lowlands festival, which organisers intend to roll-out throughout the event next year. Lowlands festival director Eric van Eerdenburg says the new cashless system was developed by CM.com and does not rely on RFID technology or internet connectivity. The…

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Sustainability top of the bill for Sziget

August 19, 2019

HUNGARY       The 95,000-capacity Sziget Festival has launched the Green Sziget sustainability programme, designed to minimise the event’s environmental impact. Now in its 27th year,  the seven-day event takes place on Obuda Island (sziget is Hungarian for island) in the Budapest stretch of the river Danube during August….

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Another 5,000 boost for Reading

August 19, 2019

UNITED KINGDOM Rveading Festival has sold-out in advance despite its capacity having been increased by 5,000 to 105,000 this year. It is the second consecutive year that the event, organised by Festival Republic, has had its capacity increased by 5,000. The festival will take place from 23–25 August, simultaneously with…

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Monkey business cross-channel

FRANCE
July 11, 2019

BOUTIQUE FESTIVAL Pete The Monkey in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is expanding to 5,000-capacity, after rapidly selling-out each year since its foundation in 2012, according to organisers. Created by brothers Rob and Louis Dumas and joined by business partners Pauline Couten and Victor Hall, the event has grown through its determinedly non-corporate approach,…

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Boomtown: ‘respect the land’

UNITED KINGDOM
July 11, 2019

THE 60,000-capacity Boomtown in southern England has added a new district this year, Area 404, as the event expands to 14 sectors, each with its own fancy dress theme, encouraging role play among the festival-goers.  The festival, now in its 11th year, has swelled from a small boutique event, toattracting…

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International fans ‘love of Italy’ helps Kappa

ITALY
June 12, 2019

THE NUMBER of British festival-goers buying tickets to Turin’s Kappa Futur Festival (cap. 25,000) has doubled compared to last year, and the event is on target to hit around 40 per cent international attendees, say organisers. This builds on the 35 per cent foreign visitors attracted to the four-stage electronic…

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‘Best Heartland yet’

DENMARK
June 12, 2019

FOUR YEARS developing a strong reputation, and a larger budget, has resulted in the strongest line-up to date at the 22,000-capacity Heartland festival, says director Ulrik Ørum-Petersen. Headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins, Solange, Die Antwoord, The Raconteurs and The Good, the Bad & the Queen, the event takes place in…

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Secret Solstice keeps party going

ICELAND
June 7, 2019

SECRET SOLSTICE festival-goers will be able to party for longer at the 15,000-capacity event’s new after-hours programme. Once the mainstage closes at 11.45pm, ticket-holders will have access to Ragnarock (cap. 1,000), held at Reykjavik’s Hard Rock Café, which  organisers transform into a two-floor space with a line-up of DJs running…

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Sziget showcases global cultures

May 1, 2019

MUSICIANS, DANCERS and artists from around the world will showcase their local culture at a new area being launched at this year’s Sziget festival (cap. 95,000). Called Global Village, the line-up includes musicians from the Roma community, an Indian travelling circus and Puerto Candelaria from Colombia. It’s part of a…

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Flood report forces festival to move

SPAIN
May 1, 2019

The revival of the Doctor Music Festival after a break 19 years has faced a setback, with the risk of flooding forcing a site change. The 50,000-capacity event was due to be held in the Escalarre Vall d’Àneu valley in the Pyrenees on 11-14 July. But a Catalan Water Agency…

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Sziget showcases global cultures

April 1, 2019

MUSICIANS, DANCERS and artists from around the world will showcase their local culture at a new area being launched at this year’s Sziget festival (cap. 95,000). Called Global Village, the line-up includes musicians from the Roma community, an Indian travelling circus and Puerto Candelaria from Colombia. It’s part of a…

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Carbon: how low can Flow go?

February 22, 2019

FINLAND      Although attendance grew by 3,000 people a day to 84,000 in 2018, Flow Festival, near Helskinki, says it managed to reduce the volume of waste it produces by 21 per cent, while all waste was used either for energy production or reused. The event, headlined by Cardi…

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Unum aims to launch new Albanian scene

February 22, 2019

ALBANIA                A new house and techno festival launches at the beach site of Rana e Hedhun, Shengjin, on the Adriatic coast, this May, with the aim of stimulating a new contemporary music scene in the region. Unum has a capacity of 20,000 but co-organiser…

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Øya advises Oslo on sustainable events

February 22, 2019

NORWAY                The 15,000-capacity Øya Festival, has been invited to join the advisory board for the city of Oslo as it becomes European Green Capital this year. The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ award by festival environmental…

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