A Summer of Festivals

The team have been super busy over the last few weeks with a number of outdoor events over the summer, including Secret Garden Party, Wilderness Festival, and of course, our favourite – Standon Calling.

Libby was invited to be part of the delivery team at Secret Garden Party, earlier this year.  Secret Garden Party is a fantastic festival, driven by the amazing art team, who create some truly incredible art installations and venues around the site.  From the quirky, to the down right bizarre, SGP definitely achieves the ultimate goal of transporting the festival goer into an alternative reality.  Unfortunately this year the festival received the only bit of rainfall in July, so waterproofs and wellies were essential to survive the mud!  We can’t say too much about Libby’s role here, but it was great to work closely with some fantastic teams including the amazing TTK Welfare Team and SB Security Solutions.

SGP Nick Caro
Secret Garden Party. Image taken by Nick Caro, from SGP’s Facebook Page.

After Secret Garden Party, there was a brief pit stop to dry off the mud before the gang headed off to Standon Calling Festival.  EMA Events has been involved with Standon Calling for the last five years, so it was a real pleasure to return to the Standon Lordship for the 10th anniversary celebrations.

Standon Calling has been a long time favourite of the EMA Events team, with several other members of the team onsite as customers!  This year the festival centred around a Goldrush town theme, and the art crew really outdid themselves, constructing a Town Square with a barbers, a bank, a saloon bar and much more.  The centrepiece of the construction had to be the transformation of the iconic late-night venue, The Cowshed, into a church.  We think this was the best Standon Calling yet, which seems to be a feeling shared by the wider team and customers alike, based on the feedback received post event.  We are looking forward to seeing what SC 2016 brings!

Town Square
Standon Calling’s Town Square. Image from festival Facebook page.

Maddie joined the team as the Accessibility Coordinator for the festival, working as part of the Accreditation Team to ensure those with additional accessibility requirements had a fantastic time at the festival.  This role seemed to mainly involve zipping around the site in a buggy as you can see below!

Maddie in Buggy

Lauren also joined the team onsite as a very valuable extra pair of hands to assist with the trader load in and on the entry gates.  Whilst Libby is responsible for the pre-site management of all traders, including the use of the cashless system, once the event goes live, Nigel takes on the onsite delivery of this role, assisted this year by Lydia. We have received some lovely emails from traders post event, you can see excerpts of these on our testimonials page.  Once onsite, Libby assumes the role of Event Controller, being the central point of operations across the site overnight.  Working closely with Pro-Event Medical, Security and Event Solutions and the police to ensure the safe delivery of the festival.

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Image from Standon Calling Gallery

After a quick change of clothes, the team headed off to Wilderness, deep in the Oxfordshire countryside.  Working as part of the Shop and Information team, this was a very varied set of skills required!  From delivering sales of content lead experiences, to cash handling and dealing with all manner of varied questions and equiries, some from some very famous individuals.  Wilderness is a fantastic festival, with a real focus on some great content, from workshops, to talks, debates, experiences and much more.  What other festival offers horse-riding alongside exclusive dinners with first class chefs?

Image of the Saturday Night Spectacular from Wilderness Festival's Facebook page.
Image of the Saturday Night Spectacular from Wilderness Festival’s Facebook page.

We’re now in the process of rounding of our summer events, and looking forward to our Autumn corporate events and Christmas parties.  Thank you Summer 2015 for some great opportunities, working with some a-class teams and being part of some fantastic productions.  Now, time to pack away the camping gear…..