Thousands attend Event Production Show in UK

The first in-person event for the live events industry for more than 14 months, the Event Production Show (EPS) opened 26 May at the UK's Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre.

EPS organisers Mash Media said the event had to be reduced in scale this year to meet Government guidelines, which include a requirement to limit attendance to 1,000 people at any one time. However, more than 2,000 event professionals registered to attend the two-day event, which consists of an exhibition, Access All Areas conference and the Event Production Awards.

The event focuses on the live music, festival and outdoor events industries.

The Access All Areas main stage conference sessions featured input from key industry executives such as Live Nation executive president of international touring Phil Bowdery, AEG Presents CEO of European Festivals Jim King, Boomtown Festival creative producer Mair Morel, Notting Hill Carnival director Mathew Phillip, Black Deer Festival co-founders Debs Shilling and Gill Tee and Nick Morgan CEO of We Are The Fair.

The Event Production Awards featured the Access All Areas Editor’s Award, which will recognise an individual who has worked tirelessly to champion and support the industry over the last year. Nominees include Association of Independent Festivals CEO Paul Reed, Gill Tee, Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn, Parklife co-founder Sacha Lord, Production Service Association GM Andy Lenthall and LIVE CEO Greg Parmley.