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Keep up to date with the latest event industry news in light of COVID-19 and the everchanging rules and regulations. 

It is feared the rail strikes called by Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) will have a major impact on the live events industry during one the key weeks of the year.
One Out festival is set to return to the 86-acre Apps Court Farm in Walton on Thames, Surrey, with a capacity increase of 3,000 and two new stages, following its launch edition last year.
London’s KOKO have announced the line-up for their new KOKO Electronic series of events.
Music fans headed to this year’s Glastonbury Festival may have to reconsider their travel plans as national rail strikes were confirmed for three days in late June.
Team Love, the promoter of Love Saves The Day (LSTD) festival in Bristol, has pledged to invest more in sheltered areas after a large number of people left halfway through the event’s second day due to torrential rain.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) said its Live Events Reinsurance Scheme, which has been widely criticised by the outdoor events industry, has provided more than £100m worth of cover.
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has appointed Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Advisor for Greater Manchester and co-founder of Parklife festival and The Warehouse Project, as chair of its Board of Directors.
Glastonbury (cap. 147,000) organiser Emily Eavis said the sale of single-use plastic will be banned at this year’s event, while set designers Block9 has announced a sustainable partnership at the festival with Notting Hill Carnival.
A study of headliners at the UK’s 50 most popular festivals, as identified by YouGov, has found that only 13% (26) of the 200 headline acts at the events are all-female bands or solo acts.
Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival has apologised for “problems” amid a number of complaints from attendees about large queues for bars, lack of access to water despite high temperatures, and overcrowded stages.
Spread across six days this summer, each day has a line-up curated by a different artist
Indie Lable Market: London has shared dates for its summer event – view the full line-up details below.
Ecolibrium has issued a Sustainable Travel Guide for Artists & the Music Industry in response to research showing that audience travel accounts for around 80% of a typical greenfield event’s overall carbon emissions.
DHP Family’s charity music festival Beat the Streets raised £76,000 this year to provide housing and specialist support to rough sleepers in and around Nottingham.
Riverside Festival has announced the full line-up for RF By Night, a continued night-time programme after the festival finishes each day.
Isle of Wight Festival, Boomtown, Parklife, Boardmasters, Reading & Leeds, End of the Road and Standon Calling are among 105 UK festivals to have signed up to the Association of Independent Festival’s Safer Spaces campaign.
On the back of Europe’s first major K-pop festival, which saw more than 70,000 attend Frankfurt’s Kpop.Flex (pictured) last weekend, the event is to be rolled out at London’s The O2 arena from 22 – 24 September.
The Worthy Farm festival, which this year will be held from June 22-26, has confirmed a host of on-site line-ups recently
Covid infections continue to decrease in the UK with around one in 45 or just over two in every 100 people thought to be infected.
Hospital Covid admissions in Wales have dropped to their lowest levels for nine months.
Brighton’s multi-venue music showcase festival and conference The Great Escape (TGE), which commences today, is to feature a new BBC 1Xtra stage.
Three intimate summer shows have been announced ahead of this year’s All Points East festival, with Kenny Beats, Self Esteem, Sherelle and more on the line-up.
Glastonbury has announced the latest line-up for its 2022 festival, with the bill for The Glade area being confirmed today (May 11).
This latest addition to the growing Worthy Farm bill for this year’s festival, which is held from June 22-26, follows on from recent line-up announcements
Parklife has announced a last minute ticket re-sale after extra tickets were made available via an anti-tout scheme and failed payment plans.
Glastonbury has revealed the latest line-up for its 2022 festival, with the bill for The Common being shared this morning (May 6).
Back in March, it was announced that the former Verve frontman would make a headline appearance at the festival at Crystal Palace Bowl on Saturday, August 6.
Music fans care more about climate than general public, according to a new study from the University of Glasgow.
Help Musicians have launched a new digital mental health platform to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.
Poet Michael Rosen is due to make one of his first public appearances since contracting coronavirus.
Covid infections are down considerably in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics, with around one in 33 people thought to be infected.
Yard Act, Billy Nomates and Billy Bragg are among the leading names on the line-up of Glastonbury‘s Left Field for 2022.
Glastonbury has announced the line-up for its Shangri-La area at this year’s festival, with the likes of Bob Vylan, Brass Against and Nova Twins set to perform.
Twickenham Stadium (cap. 82,000) is to host a day of entertainment this month, headlined by Craig David, in the buildup to the rugby Gallagher Premiership fixture between Harlequins and Gloucester.
Live Nation, Ticketmaster, SJM, AEG and AXS are among the key live event industry organisations working with Billie Eilish to present a multi-day event series at The O2, focused on addressing the climate crisis.
The Great British Beer Festival, organised by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is to return to Olympia London this Summer following a two-year hiatus, just in time to celebrate its 45th anniversary.
East Sussex’s long-running Brainchild Festival has announced its cancellation this year due to a number of post-pandemic factors threatening the event’s 2022 edition.
A host of new live outdoor events are to launch in the UK this Summer, including electronic music and family-friendly festivals, to add to an already crowded market.
This year, Arcadia is bringing its iconic 50-ton fire-breathing spider stage back to Glastonbury.
North-east festival House of Barefoot - the first boutique event in the region - has added Sasha to its line-up.
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which set up the vaccine hub at Oxford's Kassam Stadium last year, is marking the milestone by giving staff members pin badges.
New Zealand has reopened its borders to more international visitors after a pandemic lockout of more than two years.
Prayers at the city's Small Heath Park, which began at 09:30 BST, followed the theme of gratitude.
Download Festival Japan has revealed the first wave of artists for its 2022 line-up, led by Dream Theater and Bullet For My Valentine.
The final names have been confirmed for the 2022 edition of TRNSMT Festival with Years & Years joining the bill as special guests – get tickets here.
Massive Attack (pictured) and The Smile are to headline experimental live shows this summer as part of a new ACT 1.5 sustainability project.
A shortage of crew, and continued pressure on production staff to work extended hours was one of the key concerns discussed at the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM) as the events industry prepares for one of the busiest seasons on record.
Eventa, has launched Festiva, an “ultimate family festival experience”, that will arrive in Great Harwood, East Lancashire on August 13 and 14, 2022.
Family and friends of TV presenter Caroline Flack have revealed details of Flackstock – a one-day festival to celebrate Caroline’s life with comedy, dance, and musical acts this summer.
Harry Styles has been announced as the final headliner for Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022.

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