Doesn’t starting your very own music festival sound like a great idea? It’s something that thousands of people would love to do. It might not ever get as big as V Festival or Coachella, but you can still start up an amazing, popular festival like many people before you. It’s not impossible – so here are some essential tips to guide you along the way:
Why Do You Want to Start Your Own Festival?
Think about the reason you’d like to run your own music festival. Maybe you want to promote and celebrate the kind of music that you love, or raise funds for a food cause. Or maybe you’re in a band yourself, and this way you know you’re definitely going to get booked (Wayne’s World style!).
Find the Perfect Location
Now you need to find the perfect location for your festival. All places are different; it could be on a farm in a small visit, on a campsite, in a huge field, on a beach – wherever is suitable and available! You might be restricted in some places or have to adhere to some rules, so make sure you’re aware of these.
Name Your Festival
Think of a catchy name for your festival. One syllable is usually best, or you could name them after yourself (although this is a little presumptuous). Glastonbury is named after a town 10 miles away from the actual location – use your imagination!
Apply for a License
About now it’s time to apply for a music license, if you intend to serve alcohol – which is more than likely. You’ll need to do this with plenty of time to spare or else you could end up having to postpone your festival until you get one. If you plan on only having 500 people attend you can send a Temporary Events Notice, or for more people you’ll need to send in the full application. This will include a lot of form filling in.
How Will You Overcome Issues?
The council will want to know how you plan on dealing with issues that are sure to arise, like traffic, crowd control, and health and safety. You can’t afford to cut corners on things like this, as it’s your responsibility to make sure the people attending your events are safe.
It’ll also be your job to do risk assessments – not ideal, but they must be done. You’ll need to print your posters, tickets, and other festival related things too.
Public liability insurance is vital for a music festival. Try to implement eco friendly measures at your event and you may even get a discount!
Having toilets at your festival is essential, but toilets that are pleasant will make your festival stand out from the crowd. Haloos specialise in luxury bathroom and toilets for VIP events, so get in touch if you want your festival goers to do their business in style.
These are the most important things you’ll need at your festival. However, that’s not all – you’ll also need to arrange appropriate stewards, security, bins, fencing, a stage, marquees, and take the time to book the bands and DJ’s. Starting up your own festival is hard work, but it’s possible – good luck!