Event director of the Event Production Show, Duncan Siegle, has reported a “strong” first day, with increased visitor footfall and positive exhibitor feedback.
Preliminary numbers indicate that this year’s show is set to be one of the busiest in its history, Siegle noted, with visitors queuing through the day to meet with the 200-plus exhibitors and listen to the seminars, workshops and Access Sessions.
With standing room only on the main stage of the show’s Access Sessions, visitors heard from Michael Eavis on Glastonbury – from choosing the headline acts to staging, security and sustainability. While rumours surrounding the headliners remained unconfirmed, Eavis did tease the packed crowds by saying the line-up of bands is looking “really, really fantastic”.
Later, the panel debate led by Live Nation’s John Probyn also proved insightful with questions from the floor focusing on the future of festivals, H&S, working with local authorities and partnership in practice.
Events professionals were given a powerful endorsement by Martin Green, head of ceremonies at LOCOG, who described the wealth of talent as an “incredibly healthy, richly experienced industry”.
After the close of day one, more than 500 industry professionals attended the Event Production Awards dinner at the Lancaster Hotel where, after networking and a three-course meal, 20 awards were presented by comedian Tom Stade. Winners on the night included David Bellamy of Showforce, who was recognised as Best Employee, while the Access All Areas Editor’s Award was presented to Kim Gavin, artistic director of the Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies.
“Day one of the show both met and exceeded what we hoped to achieve,” said Siegle. “Exhibitor feedback has been extremely positive, with many reporting copious quality enquiries for future business. The show floor had a real ‘buzz’ and we are confident day two will offer the same opportunities and wish everyone a successful show.”
The Event Production Show at Olympia is open until 5pm on Wednesday 6 February.
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