30 Sep 2015

With just five weeks until this year’s Festival Congress we have revealed the final lineup of speakers including Secret Garden Party, Block9, Walk The Plank, On Blackheath and Crate Brewery.

Entry includes access to the evening celebration, street food feast and Festival Congress Awards- all nominees announced 12th October!

5th and 6th November in Cardiff, a limited number of tickets remaining from

Hotel and transport deals available from


“The inaugural Festival Congress in Cardiff was a fascinating two-day festival focused conference with some excellent panels, workshops, presentations and keynotes.” Ben Challis, General Counsel, Glastonbury Festival.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Huw Stephens (Radio One /Sŵn Festival) keynote Robert Richards (Glastonbury) Rob da Bank (Bestival / Camp Bestival / Common People) Dave Pichilingi (Liverpool Sound City) Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party) Stephen Gallagher and Gideon Berger (Block9) Zac Fox (Kilimanjaro Live) Rob Silver (Lovebox) John Wassell (Walk the Plank) Professor Tim O’Brien (Jodrell Bank Observatory) Liz Hobday (Environment Agency) Terry Felgate (On Blackheath) Dave Steele (Isle of Wight Festival) Kat Kennedy (Big Life Management) Katja Hermes (Sound Diplomacy) Sid Sharma (Shambala) Esme Collins (The Big Issue) James Kellow (Crate Brewery) Darren Hemmings (Motive Unknown) Andy Saunders (Velocity Communications) Sarah Nulty (Tramlines) Andy Inglis (5000 Management) + many more! See


‘Talking Heads’ sessions: 15 minute quick-fire talks, topics range from how advertising has evolved to the parallels between the craft beer and independent festival industries, police negotiations, where UK festivals can improve, PR, engaging Government in festival development and ‘Hello Moon’: A remix of sounds from space.

Festival Frontiers: Reflections on the 2015 season and looking towards new models and the future festival landscape.

Paradise City: The rise of inner city, multi-venue festivals and the value of these events on local economies and infrastructure.

Creating The New World Order: How visual arts & décor, installations, workshops and creative programming give festival audiences new experiences and the festival an identity and longevity

Balancing Act: Unique quick-fire insights from festival organisers on balancing deadlines, competition, hype and artistic merit and how to curate the perfect festival.

Keep Them Coming Back: What festivals can learn from the wider industry including agents, managers and tour managers.

Workshops: Including digital marketing for festivals, ‘CDM 101’ and ‘Information is Everything’, focusing on improving accessibility at festivals.