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Festival Vision:2025 reveals full programme for The Showman’s Show.

<div>Festival Vision:2025 reveals full programme for The Showman’s Show.</div>
The annual Vision:2025 conference will take place at The Showman’s Show on October 17, hoping to increase the momentum of festival industry communities working together to create more sustainable events.

The conference, hosted by industry think-tank Powerful Thinking, welcomes the 70+ festival organisers signed up to the Vision:2025 pledge to cut the environmental impacts of their events, together with key figures from the festival industry who will share their experiences and offer expertise and advice to Vision:2025 members alongside green-minded event suppliers and organisations that can provide networks of support around sustainability.
Paul Reed, CEO of the Association of Independent Festivals, kicks off with a keynote focusing on how collaboration can catalyse widespread behavioural change. Steve Heap, General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers, will host a panel of guests from Greenbelt, Fire in the Mountain, Shambala Festival and Broadwick Live – who will share their experiences of successful environmental initiatives at events this year.

Stereosonic organisers announce new Festivalx

<div>Stereosonic organisers announce new Festivalx</div>
Stereosonic organisers, Hardware and Onelove, have teamed up with Live Nation to create a new dance and hip-hop music festival. The event, FestivalX, will hit four Australasian cities in November and December later this year.
“FestivalX is going to showcase the best local and international talent while bringing fans a new festival experience,” comments Roger Field, CEO of Live Nation Australasia. “It’s going to be huge, and it’s going to be the pre-summer party fans have been waiting for.”

The festival will mark the start of the summer festival season in the southern hemisphere, a slot that up until 2016 was occupied by Stereosonic itself. Now, the team behind the festival are billing their new event as a “reliable, value for money musical experience,” with the hope it will attract 40,000 fans across its four dates.

French government seeks to charge Festivals for Police presence

<div>French government seeks to charge Festivals for Police presence</div>
A controversial new memo has angered festival organisers in France, as it seeks to force festivals to reimburse the French government for any law enforcement needed at events. Under the new proposals, pushed by interior minister Gerard Collomb, festivals would be charged for any law enforcement called in for anything not related to terrorism.

The idea has largely been met with scorn throughout the industry, with organisers saying the proposal would not be financially viable without huge increases in ticket prices to cover the costs. The situation was highlighted by organisers behind France’s Eurockéennes. The new proposals would see the festival’s security bill rise from €30,000 to €254,000, a near 800% increase.

According to the proposal, festivals will not have to pay for police in the instance of a terror-related incident, however anything unrelated to terror will be chargeable. The problem, highlighted by media and organisers alike, is that the distinction between terror and non-terror related incidents is becoming increasingly blurry.


Global launches new Festival safety initiative, Festival Safe

<div>Global launches new Festival safety initiative, Festival Safe</div>
Festival Safe, a new safety guide formulated by festival organisers, other industry professionals and emergency services, has launched in the UK ahead of this summer’s festival season.
The brainchild of Jon Drape – festival director of several high-profile UK events, including Parklife and Festival №6, and group production director of promoter Broadwick Live – Festival Safe (festivalsafe.com) aims to provide both first-time and regular attendees with the knowledge needed to reduce the harms associated with the festival experience.

The Festival Safe website went live today, and features information on every aspect of festivalgoing, including what to know before going, camping, crime, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, mental health and more. “Whether it’s as trivial as reminding festivalgoers to pack their wellies, to explaining key steps in managing a criminal incident, Festival Safe aims to fill the gap between festivalgoers and their lack of festival knowledge and to reduce harm,” reads a statement.