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2023 Podcast Series

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Enjoy audible versions of The Main Stage sessions from Event Production Show 2023.  Simply press play on the sessions you want to listen to.


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Is the industry doing enough to support female talent working on and off stage, while driving an increase in female audience members.

Cat Kevern, Independent Events Professional & Chair - NOWIE

John Rostron, CEO - AIF

Jordan Guard, Founder & Managing Director - Women’s Sports Alliance

Lucky Thompson, Senior Director, Events and Operations - AEG Presents

Sarah Slater, VP Music & Festivals - Ticketmaster


main stage supply chain challenges


A UK-wide festival that involved a programme of live events in 107 UK locations, Unboxed engaged an audience of 18 million across the four nations. This session explores what and who was involved in the project, the challenges overcome and effort to provide value-for-money from the Government’s £120m project.


Christopher Barrett, Content Director - Access All Areas

Jennifer Crook, Director of Collective Art - Dreamachine

John Wassell, Creative Producer & Co-Founder - Walk the Plank

Patrick O'Mahony, Founder & Creative Director - NEWSUBSTANCE

Phil Batty, Executive Director - Unboxed

From gamification and the Metaverse to the blending of digital and physical interactivity at real-world events, we examine what lies ahead for live event production.


Chris MacMeikan, Director - Continental Drifts

Graham MacVoy, Managing Director - Wake The Tiger

Joe Gallop, Reporter - Access All Areas

Natasha Mortimer, Co-Creator / Creative and Managing Director - Imagineerium


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How can the live events industry collectively work better to cope with broad challenges around geopolitics, economics and customer confidence while ensuring the Government more fully recognises and reflects its huge contribution to the economy and the public’s wellbeing?


Christopher Barrett, Content Director - Access All Areas

Helen Marriage, Artistic Director/CEO - Artichoke

Jon Collins, CEO - LIVE

Judy Bec, Operations Director - Boomtown

Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser - Greater Manchester


Representatives from the Association of Festival Organisers, Events Industry Forum and the Local Authority Event Organiser Group explore updates to the Purple Guide and address the latest licensing issues.


Alison Drummond - LAEOG – Local Authority Event Organisers Group

Craig Mathie, Managing Partner - Project 30

Gary Grant, Barrister - Francis Taylor Building

Jim Winship, Secretary/Director - The Events Industry Forum

Steve Heap, General Secretary - AFO



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Mass participation events are a uniquely powerful way of supporting physical and mental good health while raising huge amounts of money for charity. Is enough being done to support this vitally important sector and how is it evolving?


Lindsay Impett, Event Director and Consultant - Freelance

Matt Brooke, Managing Director - Europe - Spartan & Tough Mudder

Rob Walley, Managing Director - Controlled Events

Tupo Mwaijumba, Strategic Project Manager - Major Events International

Victoria Brookes, Senior Security Integration Manager - Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

National Government representatives and key event professionals reveal the huge amount of work that went into making the expansive Operation London Bridge, the funeral plan for Queen Elizabeth II, run smoothly and demonstrate to the world the expertise and professionalism of the UK event industry.


Christopher Barrett, Content Director - Access All Areas

Debbie Knellar, Commission Director - Arcadis

Geoff Fawkes, National Business Development Director - New Markets - Sunbelt Rentals UK Ltd

Katherine Eaton, Special Projects - Westminster City Council

Sophie Scowen, Major Ceremonials Manager - Greater London Authority

Steve Reynolds, Co-CEO - LS Events



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A panel of experts explore the immediate initiatives, solutions and practices available to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of events.


Abena Fairweather, CEO - Legacy Marketplace

Graham Brown, Steering Group - Vision: 2025

Rebecca Whitman, Sustainability Manager, Green Space Dark Skies - Walk the Plank

Rob Scully, Head of Operations - ZAP Concepts

Sam Booth, Sustainability Director - AEG Europe

This panel of promoters, tech and marketing professionals explores how the event industry can work better to engage with and excite a new generation of fans.


Alexandra Ampofo, Live Music Promoter - Metropolis Music

Chris Jammer, Co Founder, Head of Brand Partnerships - S&C Productions

Jack Walsh, Former Head of Marketing - Festival Republic, Broadwick Live & Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Joe Gallop, Reporter - Access All Areas

Sian Bennett, Strategy Director - Mustard Media




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