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When the show can't go on: Extreme weather puts a damper on music festivals
When the show can't go on: Extreme weather puts a damper on music festivals
There's a lot to worry about when you're running a music festival. Stagnant ticket sales. The poor Canadian dollar. Stiff competition. But festival organizers can also face the unexpected challenge of extreme weather.
Disney Dollars to be discontinued at Disneyland, Walt Disney World
Disney Dollars to be discontinued at Disneyland, Walt Disney World
Disney Dollars, a popular souvenir item and an in-house currency at Disney parks, will no longer be sold. A Disneyland statement confirmed the once popular currency, which could only be used at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, would be terminated effe...
Don't worry. Rio Games have problems, but so have other Olympics
Don't worry. Rio Games have problems, but so have other Olympics
The reporters crowding around Mario Andrada all wanted to know the same thing: Are the 2016 Summer Olympics headed for disaster?
Officials keep watchful eye as guns-in-parks bill allows guns at Riverbend
Officials keep watchful eye as guns-in-parks bill allows guns at Riverbend
Coolers. Video recorders. Outside food and beverages. There's a sizable list of items the organizers of Riverbend have strictly forbidden guests from bringing through the entrance gates.
Disney faces PR crisis, risk of legal action after gator attack
Disney faces PR crisis, risk of legal action after gator attack
June was supposed to have been a triumphant month for Walt Disney Co theme parks, with the flashy opening of a long-planned resort in Shanghai and a new Florida attraction based on its wildly popular animated movie "Frozen."
Enforcement of state law could hinder festivals
Enforcement of state law could hinder festivals
The big buzz in the South Carolina beer scene over the weekend was an article published by The Post and Courier detailing how the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's alcohol unit has recently begun enforcing a 20-year-old state law that prohibits...
Snapchat scores unique deal with NBC to showcase Olympics
Snapchat scores unique deal with NBC to showcase Olympics
The Olympics are coming to Snapchat. The app scored a deal with Comcast Corp.'s NBC to show highlights from the 2016 Summer Games, the first time the U.S. network has agreed to share video of the sporting contest. Snapchat Inc. will set up a dedicated ...
Pride events to balance security and resilience
Pride events to balance security and resilience
A day after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, organizers of upcoming Pride Month events across the country were working with their partners in local law enforcement to increase security and ensure the safety of those people expected t...
Grand marshals on parade: How a practical job became an honor
Grand marshals on parade: How a practical job became an honor
Here's an interesting help wanted ad: The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is seeking seven grand marshals. As the saying goes, everybody loves a parade, perhaps none more than the person who is honored with the title grand marshal. But what does the title ...
How to launch a music festival
How to launch a music festival
A lot of people come to me for advice about where to start, without having even gone to a real festival, so the first step, would be to actually attend one. "For a study in event management in the music space head to Burning Man, Coachella and Tommorro...
How Britain's biggest music festival could tip the Brexit vote
How Britain's biggest music festival could tip the Brexit vote
Glastonbury Festival, the gigantic five-day music festival that takes place on Worthy Farm 135 miles southwest of London, is a sort of rite of summer for British teens and twenty-somethings. They make the pilgrimage to the bucolic setting every June fo...
Is it right to use public parks for commercial events?
Is it right to use public parks for commercial events?
During the summer, London is abuzz with large-scale cultural and sporting events - many of which are held in public parks. This season, Formula E motor races will be held in Battersea Park, while music festivals will take over Victoria Park, Finsbury P...
Eagles of Death Metal France concerts cancelled over singer's 'Muslim conspiracy' remarks
Eagles of Death Metal France concerts cancelled over singer's 'Muslim conspiracy' remarks
Two scheduled August performances in France by the Eagles of Death Metal have been cancelled by festival organizers after Jesse Hughes, the lead vocalist of the band, made comments about a Muslim "conspiracy." Eagles of Death Metal was performing durin...
In hopes of deterring violence at J'ouvert Festival, officials turn up the lights
In hopes of deterring violence at J'ouvert Festival, officials turn up the lights
Participants in the predawn street festival that precedes the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn will notice a striking change this year: light. Lots of it.
Sexual assault reports cast shadow over summer concerts
Sexual assault reports cast shadow over summer concerts
Attending summer concerts has become as much of seasonal tradition as backyard barbecues and lazy afternoons at the beach, but the persistent threat of sexual violence has supplied a dangerous undercurrent to what should be a innocuous atmosphere.
'No gun' signs at Marble Fallas, Texas, MayFest lead to staff training on state law
'No gun' signs at Marble Fallas, Texas, MayFest lead to staff training on state law
The "illegal" posting of gun prohibition signs at the recent MayFest has prompted Marble Falls leaders and chamber of commerce officials to adopt written policy and/or train staff about the state law on behalf of gun license holders, officials say.
Wollongong street art festival spreads colour across city and beyond
Wollongong street art festival spreads colour across city and beyond
Another part of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, has been bathed in colour as the Wonderwalls street art festival expands into new areas of the city, with plans to grow further.
Music for all: It's time to get serious about ending sexual violence at festivals
Music for all: It's time to get serious about ending sexual violence at festivals
Music festivals are a classic part of Chicago summers, but recent reports of groping and sexual assault at Swedish music festival, Bravalla, have cast a dark cloud over upcoming fests. It's time for festival organizers, musicians, and music fans to pri...
San Francisco pride amps up security after Orlando, Florida, shooting
San Francisco pride amps up security after Orlando, Florida, shooting
San Francisco city leaders stood on the steps of the emergency management department and vowed that the city's annual LGBT Pride festival taking place this weekend would not only be safe but one of the "most celebratory" in its 46-year history. The re...
W.H.O. dismisses call to move Olympics over Zika virus in Brazil
W.H.O. dismisses call to move Olympics over Zika virus in Brazil
The World Health Organization said recently that there was no public health justification for postponing or canceling the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil.
Brazil arrests group plotting 'acts of terrorism' before Olympics
Brazil arrests group plotting 'acts of terrorism' before Olympics
Brazil arrested 10 people on suspicion of belonging to a group supporting Islamic State (IS) and preparing acts of terrorism during next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes said.
Egypt launches first Afro-Chinese Arts Festival to promote tourism
Egypt launches first Afro-Chinese Arts Festival to promote tourism
Egypt launched its first Afro-Chinese Arts & Folklore Festival in a bid to draw tourists back to the North-African country.
From broadcasting to tickets: How the Olympics make money in 10 charts
From broadcasting to tickets: How the Olympics make money in 10 charts
The Olympics' large scope comes with hefty costs. Using data from the Oxford University Said Business School, the team at PointAfter, a sports data visualization site powered by Graphiq, was able to compare cost and revenue metrics for Rio 2016 to prev...
Dollywood adds calming room to help kids with sensory overloads
Dollywood adds calming room to help kids with sensory overloads
Families of children with autism now have a place to go at Dollywood for a quiet, relaxing environment if they experience sensory overload.
How technology is giving more life to festivals
How technology is giving more life to festivals
Technologies which bring festival-goers closer to the action during and after events are set to be a game-changer. Virtual reality in particular gives brands and acts the ability to forge meaningful connections with attendees. A 360-degree video and bi...
Facebook to flag more events for users
Facebook to flag more events for users
Looking for something to do Fourth of July Weekend? Facebook may have an answer for you.
BBB: Beware of festival-related scams
BBB: Beware of festival-related scams
Summer is on the way and so are more festival scams. The Better Business Bureau says would-be festival goers are being tempted to buy tickets which are either fake or for a bogus event.
The country's best drone racers will take to the skies of the Gold Coast in August for the Austra...
The country's best drone racers will take to the skies of the Gold Coast in August for the Austra...
Had you asked them 18 months ago this motley band of middle-aged Gold Coast men might have said their sporting careers were long over.
Next new thing for travelers: Sign up for TSA's PreCheck at music festival
Next new thing for travelers: Sign up for TSA's PreCheck at music festival
If you haven't signed up for PreCheck, the government's pre-screening program aimed at shortening your wait at airport security, there's a novel new place and time to do it: a music festival.
French festival pays price as security burden increases
French festival pays price as security burden increases
The much-celebrated Festival of Music in France is paying the price as football takes over and the security burden becomes ever greater.
Rotterdam incredible scaffold staircase is unlike anything we've ever seen
Rotterdam incredible scaffold staircase is unlike anything we've ever seen
We never thought taking the stairs could be an unforgettable experience, but Rotterdam just changed our minds.
Women report assaults at German music festival
Women report assaults at German music festival
At least 26 women who attended a four-day music festival in the western German town of Darmstadt this past weekend have reported that they were groped or sexually harassed, a police spokesman said recently.
These 10 US cities have more live summer events than the rest
These 10 US cities have more live summer events than the rest
If you love listening to music under the stars, picnicking at Shakespeare in the Park or snacking on Cracker Jack at baseball games, summer is the season for you. And if live events are your favorite, you might want to plan a trip to Las Vegas.
Injured at Glastonbury? 3 little words will help medics find you
Injured at Glastonbury? 3 little words will help medics find you
The Glastonbury festival magics up a small, temporary city in rural Somerset, England — a city with its own health service, staffed largely by NHS professionals. Until last year, they had no precise way to locate people in emergencies, instead re...
Here's how the UK's Brexit from the European Union could affect the music and film industries
Here's how the UK's Brexit from the European Union could affect the music and film industries
To the surprise of many, the United Kingdom's population voted to approve a referendum to leave the European Union late last night. (Maybe we all shouldn’t be so sure about the impossibility of a Trump presidency, hm?) The vote was tight, with ju...
'Credible threat' that ISIS will target the Rio Olympics: Brazil's anti-terror chief says numerou...
'Credible threat' that ISIS will target the Rio Olympics: Brazil's anti-terror chief says numerou...
Brazil's anti-terror chief has admitted there is a "credible threat" that ISIS will target the Rio Olympics and that numerous measures are being taken to prevent an attack.
Festival season brings economic benefits and logistical challenges
Festival season brings economic benefits and logistical challenges
Powell River, British Columbia, Canada's annual summer festival season begins Monday, June 13, with Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) and ends in September with the Sunshine Music Festival.