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The Great Escape Evaluation and Economic Impact Assessment

As part of its 10th anniversary, The Great Escape, Europe’s largest new music festival, asked the hub to carry out an impact study that would help inform the event’s artist development and programming strategy in the future. Our brief was twofold; firstly to review the impact of the festival in relation to artist development, professional […]Read More

Glastonbury enables breakthrough in mobile games at festivals

Increased connectivity at festivals like Glastonbury means Joining the Dots winner Paul Archer is one step closer to launching his live music gaming app. Read More

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From Now On Festival packed with fans of indie, electronic and experimental music

A sell-out celebration of the "edgy Welsh-language music scene" translates well into the mainstream - with thrashing harp, ethereal electro pop and a little help from LA's Lucky Dragons. Read More

andy smith

How to run an award-winning festival

Record labels signing fewer bands, a closed shop operated by bigger promoters - and a lot of deer. Just some of the issues faced by Kendal Calling festival promotor Andy Smith who tells Karen Pirie how he and others like him are getting through it.Read More

Georgia Ruth

Three days jam packed full of music a Womex review

From 24th to 27th October the hub team were at Womex, here is Matthew Linley's blog diary of the gigs the team saw.Read More

Get your aural 5-a-day!

For one weekend each year the Digbeth arches in Birmingham vibrate with strange, wonderful sounds as the Custard Factory becomes the focal point for one of the UK’s most distinctive and respected music festivals…Supersonic Festival. A dynamic and constantly challenging experimental multi disciplinary arts festival, Supersonic identifies the otherwise indescribable connections between contemporary music, art, […]Read More

We’re interrogating happiness!

Here at hub towers, it’s all about happiness right now. That’s because we’ve just started work on programming this year’s Interrogate! festival at Dartington, which will take place 12-14 October. This year, the focus of this unique little festival – which has one foot in Dartington’s arts programme and the other in its social justice […]Read More

Serious fun for the open minded – the INTERROGATE! festival is born!

Performance, debate, comedy, film, art, workshops and ideas. That’s what’s on the cards at INTERROGATE!, the UK’s first festival of social justice, that the hub is programming on behalf of Dartington. Brand new and unique in the UK, INTERROGATE! will take place between 23 and 25 September, taking a fresh approach to looking at income […]Read More

We’re busy setting up HOME in Dartington!

With just 24 hours to go till the ribbon is cut (not really!) on the 2011 HOME festival, we’re busy getting ready for the off. We’ve been working with the Arts at Dartington team on HOME for over six months now and are really excited it’s nearly here. Producer Matthew Linley is already on site, […]Read More

Life after the cuts – roundtable discussions at Association of Festival Organisers’ conference

Last week, I headed to the Association of Festival Organisers’ conference, charged with facilitating a roundtable discussion on life after the cuts. Conference organiser and AFO chief, Steve Heap’s, brief was clear. “You’re not here to pretend it’s all going to be fine…We want you to give delegates some pointers on how to manage the changes […]Read More