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Is the product I buy worth the price I pay?

The question on everyone’s mind:

Is the product I buy worth the price I pay?

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Whatever we may be planning to buy, the question of value for money is always uppermost. Often, the answer is clearly “yes”. Because we know what we will get from suppliers we have used for years or from strong, well-known brands.

But uncertainty creeps in if we are offered supposedly equivalent products and services at significantly lower prices – often accompanied by the claim: It’s just as good as “XY”. We probably all know from experience that caution is called for in such cases.

Everyone knows:

Top quality has its price. Because quite simply, it requires more effort than a lower quality standard.

John Ruskin, a 19th-century English social critic once said:

 “There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.

It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

Price versus value

You are justifiably entitled to first-rate performance which fulfils the required purpose and is value for money. We understand this, because this is also what we expect from our suppliers. Starting with impartial, individual advice through to carefully developed and manufactured products and comprehensive, expert support.

To achieve this, we invest continually – for example in our technology and development departments, in production, in first-class materials and highly qualified, dedicated employees. But we also invest a lot of time listening carefully to you and supplying customised solutions to meet your needs. Because for us, the benefit you gain from our service and the confidence you have in us is paramount. As is a fairly calculated price.

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Losberger receives highest MUTA inspection score.

Since 1919, MUTA has been working to improve standards in the temporary structures industry.  Their highly regarded Best Practice Guide is followed by 120 or so members, each member is then inspected against Losberger UK were delighted to be given 91% in their recent on-site inspection at the Royal Brighton Pavilion Ice Rink.

The on-site inspection took place last week at the build of the Royal Brighton Pavilion Ice Rink, where for the last 6 years Losberger have supplied temporary structures, ice rink strengthened sub floor, stairs, landings and ramps. This year we had a crew of 12 men including two site managers.

Losberger were extremely proud when they heard from MUTA that this was the highest score to date this year. “Just so you are aware, this is the highest overall inspection score submitted to date this year so on behalf of the team here congratulations on this achievement” Joe Chalk  – Membership Support Co-ordinator MUTA.

MUTA Inspector plays the role of a “critical friend” to its members – highlighting areas that need improvement and assisting members to make improvements. MUTA’s mission is to raise standards across the industry.  Their Inspectors claim to clamp down on bad or dangerous practices that could bring MUTA and its member’s names into disrepute.

Why Inspect?

MUTA markets its Temporary Structure, Tents & Marquees hiring members as being among the best hirers in the country. MUTA state that they only want the best hirers to join – being those who follow best practice and “do things properly”. The message for end users is that choosing a MUTA member reduces the risk of problems with their event.

All new members have to pass an inspection before they are allowed to join and existing members have inspections each year to ensure they are maintaining standards.

 “It was just a normal day for the crew, we hadn’t prepped the team for the inspection nor did we have the inspection criteria sent to us, so we were delighted to learn that we had received such a high score. We receive many compliments from our clients about our on-site professionalism and attitude of our crew members; we really owe it to them for their hard work and dedication on every event we build.  Haydn Wozencroft, Site manager  Losberger UK

“I am delighted to see that having recently re-joined MUTA we have achieved the highest score out of all inspections this year, well done to all our staff who continue to maintain the highest standards within MUTA”.  Nick Edwards Managing Director Losberger UK “

40,000 m² of Event Structures for Rio 2016

Losberger and the Arena Group erect 40,000 m² of event structures Rio 2016

On behalf of the Olympic Committee, the project consortium constructed one of the largest Olympic clusters in Deodoro,  one of four venue locations for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro .

Losberger event tents are standard fixtures at leading sports events around the world. Together with the Arena Group, Losberger were commissioned to construct 40,000 m² of temporary event structures, for eleven venues at the Deodoro site. The event tents, ranging from 3m to 30m in span, are used to provide accommodation for athletes, coaches and referees, common rooms, canteens, warm-up areas, offices, physiotherapy, technology centres, horse stalls and even serve as security gates for team buses and outside broadcast vehicles, etc.

Losberger Rio 2016

In addition to the 536 tents, the consortium supplied and installed approximately 10,000 seats for the stands in the stadiums where the whitewater, mountain bike and BMX bike events are held.

Within the consortium, Losberger was responsible for full installation, which included air conditioning, electrics, and fittings such as floor covers and doors, etc. As many as 120 technicians and assistants at one time were employed to ensure a smooth handover on schedule.

The Deodoro site, which is situated approximately 40 km north of Rio de Janeiro, has eleven venues and 536 tents. After Barra da Tijuca, this makes it the largest Olympic cluster awarded to a consortium.

In addition to the event sites, Losberger and Arena also provided temporary rooms for sponsors and the Austria House. Facilities also extended to the event units in the German pavilion, where anyone is welcome to celebrate and network. More than 1,000 people took advantage of this opportunity on each of the event days from Thursday to Sunday.

Rio 2016 German Pavilion Losberger

Losberger Event Structure Highlights at the Festival of Speed

 

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Jaguar Land Rover Stand Goodwood

 

Palas – Jaguar Land Rover

 

Losberger 30,5/800 x 40m Palas built around a huge tree was home to the Jaguar Land Rover stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the second year running. Customers and car lovers once again enjoyed the various experience activities and hospitality.

 

 

 

Bentley Stand Goodwood

Bentley Stand Goodwood

 

Kubo – Bentley

Losberger 20,5/400 x 25m Kubo structure with a 2.5m high parapet with bespoke curved walls to both 20m elevations. Elegant glazed railing systems to perimeter and staircases gave a high class finish.

 

 

Mercedes Benz Stand Goodwood

Mercedes Benz Stand Goodwood

 

Arcum – Mercedes-Benz

Losberger 20,5/680 x 25 Emporium Arcum. A mezzanine viewing gallery provided VIP’s & key holders views of the track. Losberger also supplied exterior graphics and specially designed wall brackets to mount a Formula 1 car on the wall.

 

 

TAG Boutique Goodwood

TAG Heuer Boutique Goodwood

 

 

Monopitch – TAG Heuer

Losberger 11,3/340 x 35m uniflex with new Monopitch section creating an eye-catching shop front. The structure was fully branded with high end interiors.

 

 

Gurney Pavilion Goodwood

Gurney Pavilion Goodwood

 

 

 

15,000 m² of Event Structures

It was Losberger’s 18th year at the Festival of Speed, building over 15,000 m² of temporary event structures. Despite the worst weather experienced in 18 years, all structures were finished to our usual high standard and well within schedule.

 

How Brexit Could Affect The Events Industry

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On the 23rd July, citizens of the UK had the opportunity to vote whether to stay within the European Union, or to leave.

It was a hugely close vote, with 51.9% voting to leave the EU

With months of build up before the final vote and result, politicians and online resources have stated how leaving the European Union could be costly for our economy, education system and overall well-being of our society.

Others have claimed that leaving the EU will be better in the long run for the UK, allowing us to call the shots, by making our own rules and decisions.

Here at Losberger, we've spent many years providing modular buildings and event tents for the industry, and although we have our own views on the referendum result, we wanted to find out more about what other events professionals have to say.

Will leaving the EU be beneficial or detrimental for the events industry? Let's see what the experts had to say...


Adam Parry
Event Industry News

“Personally I would have preferred to stay IN, better the devil you know. However that being said I’m am positive about the opportunities that being independent could offer the events industry.

One thing is for certain, over the next couple of years during the transition there will be an impact, highs and lows. My initial thoughts are that the first two things to be impacted will be travel costs and staffing costs for events.“


Jordan Schwartz
Pathable

"In the short run, there will be some benefits for the UK events industry as a result of the Brexit vote: the weak pound makes planning an international event in the UK more affordable for those travelling in. Longer-term, of course, the projected recession both in the UK and potentially spreading outward will hurt events, as corporations and travellers will have to more careful about their spending.

But more importantly, the Brexit vote marks a move to isolationism and insularity. This is fundamentally at odds with the spirit of the event industry, which has, at its core, a desire to create relationships and build bonds, not to break them."


Claire Gapper
Brand Brewery

“With a new political landscape ahead of us there is still a tremendous amount of questions unanswered. For a business, especially in our industry, the ability to know the risks is key, therefore we are sailing unchartered waters currently without a captain.

Brexit will have an impact on how our clients and we work - whether in a good or bad way, only time can tell. For the immediate future we have to lead by example for our staff and clients - showing strength and a level head to deal with whatever happens over the coming days, months and years.”


William Thomson
Gallus Events

“The result has come as a shock. I had expected a close result but ultimately I assumed the UK would vote to remain to be part of the EU. I had some instant feedback only a few hours after the decision

One of my clients was considering running an event in London however after the result, they have decided to run the event in Barcelona. This is the first tangible impact of the decision that I can report. I of course can not speak for the industry as a whole but this clearly demonstrates that the decision will impact our sector as it will every other.

Looking to the midterm I can see a Government removing many of the regulations that support low paid workers in the UK. Our industry is run by hundreds of thousands of low paid workers and I can see their position worsening.

This will negatively impact the quality of events in the UK. For example, poorer off and less happy venue staff are not what any event planner wants.”


Kevin Van der Straeten
EventPlannerTV

“Living in Antwerp, very close to the European capital, I followed the news regarding the Brexit very closely. As entrepreneur I’m pro European Union and the advantages it brings for businesses in general and the event industry in particular.

I’m not really happy to see the UK leave, but I have a deep respect for democracy and the decision to choose for the exit scenario. I had the opportunity to speak with a few corporate planners on the continent over the last few days. Most of them agreed on the fact that the Brexit will influence (read: limit) there spend on the UK event market.

Many of them are thinking out loud on moving certain meetings, conventions and other events out of London to other European cities like Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam.

We are still in a very early stage, but it’s my opinion that the Brexit will lead to losses for the UK event industry. If they are as big as the first emotional reactions are, I doubt. But there will be. Especially London based venues should be aware of this and might benefit from campaigns targeted at the continent.”


Liz Brookes
Grapevine Event Management

"The vote to Leave the EU was certainly a shock for most of us in the event industry. However, this is not the first time that the sector has been shaken by events and uncertainty.

The recent recession placed an enormous strain on event providers. But the strength of the industry in the UK is its robust nature and ability to bounce back and move forward, bigger and better than before.

It is important that the industry does not take a back seat to wait and see what will transpire over the next two years, as our ‘divorce’ from the EU is finalised. Rather, we need to remind ourselves of what we do so well and focus on communicating all that makes the UK event industry the envy of the world.

With the focus very much on the UK right now, this is an opportunity to strengthen our relationships with national and international partners, showcase the great and the good of the UK events industry and drive home the message the Britain is very much open for business."


Kirk Thomas
Event Huddle

“The people have spoken and the United Kingdom will leave the political union that is the EU, a momentous occasion in our history for sure.

Already we are hearing the industry rally behind a flag of unity and creative excellence, calling on better training, wages and working conditions for our youth & workers; to not rely on EU expats for cheap labour (putting profits above people).

We now need to ensure that Britain & indeed its events industry outside the EU uses its freedom to welcome people to work, study and do business here from around the World.”


Adrian Segar
Conferences that Work

“As an ex-Brit, I'm sad that Britain has decided to not to stay in the EU. A small example of the ramifications: I am planning an event in England that's organized by colleagues in the Netherlands.

The disruption created by Brexit will, I believe, make our work significantly more difficult. Everyone in the events industry is aware of the complexity of organizing international events, and Brexit will only increase the challenges.”


Michael Doane
Cadmium CD

"My grandmother always told me, "things will work out." It's good advice and allows you to keep a clear perspective. Even in dire times, things tend to work out.

A panel at PCMA's Education Conference in St. Louis this week asked the question: Does Brexit spell the end of globalization? There are hundreds of thousands of EU citizens living in Britain -- 100,000 of them working in hospitality. There are thousands more UK citizens working and living in the EU.

What will happen to them now? How will economies worldwide respond? How will the events and hospitality industries be affected?

I don't know and no one can know. Until now, most countries have been moving away from nationalism and toward globalization. This is an unprecedented move.

What I do know is that the vote has been cast and Britain has decided to claim independence from the EU. What lies ahead is uncertain but I'm in the camp that thinks if we take my grandmother's advice, we'll be just fine.

Things will work out. They always do."


Michael Heipel
Click Consult

“I am shocked by the result of the UK referendum. Having grown up in Western Germany, I could experience the steps of the European unification first-hand. Over centuries, Europe spent most of the time in conflicts, culminating in the horrors of the 20th century.

The EU was forged by emotional people that wanted to overcome this. You can say Europe was built on emotion. As an event planner, you feel part of an international community. We event profs have a lot in common, no matter if you’re from Asia, UK, Germany, Spain, USA. We think alike. Seeing Europe drift apart makes my heart bleed.

The process of European unification and the resulting peace in Europe is one of the biggest achievements of our time. The freedom to work wherever you like, freedom to travel without restrictions fuels the entire economy, but in particular the MICE sector.

I can only hope that this will not result in more "independence" movements, because nationalism makes me sick. Sad day for Europe…”


Mass Participation Events: How Social Media Has Profited

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Mass Participation Events have grown dramatically in the last 10 years, raising millions of pounds each year for a number of charities and organisations.

Is this a surprise? We don't think so.

As you know, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are created for us to be expressive and share with one another, and raising money for great causes couldn't be more effective via these platforms.

In this article we'll be focusing on the power of social media and how it has transformed mass participation events.

To start, lets take a look at some statistics...


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According to the last report by Massive, 2014 was the year that changed mass participation events forever.

 As you can see above, the top 25 events collectively raised £154 million, partly due to the creativity and viral nature of the digital social events, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge, No Makeup Selfie and Movember.

But the three fastest growing events were Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day (235% growth), Macmillan's Go Sober October (79% growth) and Breast Cancer Care's Pink Ribbon Walks (79% growth).

Another important question being, which digital social event is the most profitable?

All is revealed below...


movember statistics

For those living in the stone age (don't be offended), The Movember Foundation created a concept to raise millions of pounds for research and awareness for a number of men's health issues, most notably prostate cancer.

As you can see from the above visual, the statistics speak for themselves really.

Since 2003, over 4.5 million men and women have supported the Movember Foundation, raising an astonishing £11 million in 2014, which makes it the most profitable digital social mass participation event.

If you want to read more about the foundation and its work so far, we'd recommend taking a look at there annual reports.


no makeup selfie statistics

Another campaign that took off due to it's viral nature was the #nomakeupselfie.

Several brave woman around the world took to the social stage and uploaded no makeup selfies to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

As the statistics show above, £2 million pounds was raised in the first week of the campaign going viral, and this figure tripled to £6 million only 6 days later.

The overall figure raised is believed to be around £8 million, according to The Guardian.

Big social names in this campaign were Twitter and Instagram, with around 85,000 conversations and status' involving the No Makeup Selfie, and 59,000 Instagram users posted selfies in the first 24 hours, just think how many must have uploaded during the campaign!


ice bucket challenge statistics

Remember those videos of celebrities, friends, family and just about anybody soaking themselves with freezing buckets of ice cold water?

Of course you do.

​Well, the Motor Neurone Disease Association received a very generous £2.7 million pounds thanks to all the brave people willing to get involved and nominate there friends.

Many other charities and organisations got involved in the challenge and encouraged there supporters to do the same. Macmillan Cancer Support raised £3 million to go towards research also.

Let's take a look at some more statistics you may find rather interesting...

mass participation events statistics

From the statistics above, you can see just how valuable social media has been in contributing to the sheer growth of mass participation events and making them ever more popular and profitable.

As you can see within the graph above, £19.3 million was generated from digital social events alone and although digital has pushed these events forward, traditional events such as the Race for Life and World's Biggest Coffee Morning have raised over £75 million between them in 2014, and these figures are expected to even greater once they're released.

To summarise, mass participation has evolved in a way that nobody expected and will continue to spread the message, raise awareness and most importantly, raise funds for research and those who need it most.

Everybody, keep up the great work!

The Best Non Music UK Festivals – Fun for Everyone

Festivals are for music, right? Well, not necessarily.

UK festivals are known for being the best because of the way they mix bands, genres, bourgeoisie and rebels (not a reference to Madonna).

However, we thought we’d give a different view of UK festivals. Specifically, we shall round up those that are not centred on music but on many other interesting things.

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Frankly, non-music UK festivals have become so rare that it’s very difficult to actually find pictures of one.


However, in order to do this, we realized we needed a set of rules. How much do we have to drift away from music? What is a non-music festival? Certainly, even the most tuneless gathering must have some music somewhere in the background. So we made up these criteria for our entries:

• The focus of the festival must be not musical

• The festival is permitted to have music, either live or otherwise

• The festival must be based in the UK

• The festival can be international, i.e. it can be a touring festival

These festivals are generally planned with the help of event profs that arrange all the event tents or modular constructions.

These festivals are designed to entertain all sorts of crowds, from large audiences to small ones. No matter the turnout, they have everything under control.

Now that we’ve cleared out all the general info, it’s time to look first at the typical categories of English festivals that take place across the kingdom.

After that, we will be listing our picks for the top 11 best non-music UK festivals, so stay tuned!


Food Festivals

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Food truck festivals are just a small example of the types of food fests. A delicious one at that.

Food Festivals aren’t simple gatherings of people who like to eat. Were it so, every restaurant seating more than 100 people could be considered a food festival.

Food festivals are a delight of the modern world, yet they haven’t always been so modern. You may know that these fairs, where people gather to eat, drink, and be merry, have been around for centuries, if not thousands of years.

The basic principle of a UK food festival is the same as probably all around the world. People from that particular area in which the festival is set come together in one of the town’s largest public gathering places.

There, they present their local delicacies, family recipes, and variants of traditional products for the delight of hungry visitors from all corners of the kingdom.

Local food festivals today don’t just stick to the concept of the all-you-can-eat extravaganza, they often encompass music, dance, and a great variety of homemade brandies.

Others more near metropolitan areas put on a posh disguise, where famous chefs of the region present their foods for food critics and curious amateurs alike.

Adventure Festivals

Adventure fests are very difficult to describe since most of them are very, very different from one another.

The best thing we can do is give a general overview of what kind of activities typically go on at these types of shows.

Usually taking place in a rural area, adventure fests pit man against nature in the wildest of combinations.

Featuring an incredible variety of activities, festival-goers are typically blown away by the amount of things that they can do in a relatively short amount of time.

These include, but are far from limited to, forest hikes, archery, sword fighting, zip wire trails, survival training, and even horse riding.

Of course, that’s far from all that goes on at these adventure fests. We’ll be talking about a lot of these in the next part of our guide to UK festivals.

Adventure fairs are also very good vacation destinations for families that wish to strengthen their bonds and annoy their teenage children.

So if you’re into that, jump to the top below and check out some awesome activities.

Racing Festivals

Racing festivals hold a dubious status. It’s pretty complicated to differentiate between actual professional events and true racing festivals.

So I guess we’ll just have to rely on what the adverts say. Racing festivals prove to be incredible attractions for motoring enthusiasts everywhere.

They often include many big names in the history of motoring sports competing against each other either in friendly competition or in an actually ranked race.

Racing festivals typically form around a famous track and last for several days in which non-stop on-track action is underway.

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Gaming Festivals

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Gaming festivals are the odd ones out here. Yet, they can be far cooler than other, more traditional fests.

Gaming festivals are a new addition to the world of festivals. However, they've quickly risen to fame as they often hold numerous competitions sponsored by big gaming corporations.

These competitions offer gamers a chance to socialize with members of the same community while competing with them at the same time.

It’s complicated to rank and rate gaming festivals. Most are focused on either a single game, on multiple games of the same genre or on games from a single developer. Naturally, the player base for each type of game is drastically different.

So much so that there are long-standing feuds between players of opposed genres such as first person multiplayer games and role-playing games. That’s why gaming festivals typically target a set community of video game enthusiasts.


UK Festivals (with some music)

The Good Life Experience

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The Good Life Experience promises visitors will be leaving the festivals with the innate wish of coming back each year.

Here are a few of the highlights of the Good Life Experience festival:

• A splendid location. Set in a stunningly beautiful forest near Chester, the festival awes countless tourists each year with its incredible location – the perfect retreat from the hectic city.

• Amazing music and books. The line-up for the music shows is amazing every year. The books that are launched here are equally interesting.

• Food and drinks. This festival doubles as a food and drink festival. Not many UK festivals combine multiple types of fests into a single one. 

• Workshops and crafting lessons. You can learn all sorts of crafts from here – try your luck at some knitting or pumpkin carving.

NASS Festival

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This festival near Bristol brings together skating and BMX enthusiasts from around the world.

They come together in a common understanding of this exciting, adrenaline-filled sport.

Here, they can witness the miracle happen: professional skaters from around the world come to roll in the international competition held each year.

Yet, that’s not even the highlight of the whole show.

The Federation of International BMX Freestyle has handpicked the NASS festival to be part of their BMX World Championships.

If skating festivals are your thing, this one should definitely be at the very top of your list of where to go next!

Manchester International Festival

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Now the contrast between the previous entry on our list and this one is pretty stark, we’ll admit.

However, we can’t go through this list of the top UK festivals without mentioning the Manchester International Festival.

As it says on their website, this festival was created back in 2007 by artists for artists.

Basically, they bring new artistic projects to the eyes of the public.

These projects can be anything from ballet pieces to music acts, to theatre plays, and to anything in between.

The best feature of this festival is that it’s a touring festival.

Not only do they go all around the UK to show their masterpiece performances, but they also tour the world.

As you may know, not every theatre group chooses or is able to go around the world and perform their shows.

They’ve been to New York, to Paris, to Italy, to Abu Dhabi, to Germany, and many other places around the world.

Still, you really have to see them in order to believe their masterful performances.

Base Camp Festival

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We’re back to the realm of the forest and of adventure festivals in the UK. Base Camp Festival, set in the beautiful Peak District, is a lovely escape destination where one can get in tune with nature and explore the wild side of life.

Like with all adventure fests we’ve talked about, you can engage in group or individual activities of the strangest types.

The only issue with activities at this festival is that you need to pay for some of them. While there are a lot of free things you can partake in, the paid services are often the most fun.

Therefore, if you’re planning on going to the Base Camp festival, be sure to have some extra cash in your pockets. Still, it is well worth it as the people who will be training you in the respective activities (such as mountain biking) are true professionals who know what they’re doing.

Here are some of the highlights of Base Camp:

• Both day and night activities. If you like staying up late in the middle of the forest, there’ll be plenty to do.

• The people who go there. All the people who attend this special festival are of the same sort as you: quirky, fun, and adventurous.

• They have experience. Seeing as they are the first ever festival to feature this concept, they probably know a lot of things that others who are just starting do not.

Eroica Britannia

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Forget all about the festivals we’ve mentioned up to now.

Sure you can have a lot of fun going to each and every one, but none of them even come close to the winner of the 2015 title for the best non-music festival in the UK: the Eroica Britannia.

Think that’s a fancy name?

Wait until you hear the fancy stuff they've got going inside the festival!Basically, Eroica Britannia started out as a cycling event.

Now? It’s much, much more than that. It has become a lifestyle event. It’s the perfect combination of hanging out in an incredible setting, cycling, showing up for a few brilliant music acts, and all the while having a perfectly British, perfectly posh weekend away from the city.

The fair has it all: companies advertising their products, tea breweries trying to appeal to the more high-brow population, and especially athletes of all ages pitted against each other in friendly competition.

A lot more incredible acts await you once you step through the entrance. Who said UK music festivals have all the fun?

Innocent Unplugged Festival

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The name says it all. Innocence is blissfully wandering the forests without a care in the world. How do you make that experience all the more amazing?

Turn off your phones. Log out of Facebook. Let the only twitter you hear be that of nightingales up above along the treetops. If you think you can make it that far, the Innocent Un-Plugged Festival is the best thing in the world.

At day, you can wander around with your friends, playing games, and engaging in the countless adventures available to the public.

At night, you can attend the show: see bands, comedy plays, comedians, and all sorts of entertainers doing their thing up on a basic wooden stage in front of traditional long dinner tables with haystacks in place of chairs.

After that, you can go watch the stars and fall asleep with your friends or your significant other by your side.

The festival is held annually around the end of May in the Kent Downs Area near Darent Valley.


Non Music UK Festivals

Somewhere at the beginning of this guide we’ve mentioned that there are very few UK festivals that feature absolutely no music. Well, now it’s time for us to talk about these UK festivals. Don’t worry, we’ve saved the best for last!

Salou Fest

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Who cares about reputation? Saloufest (or Salou Fest) is a UK-based festival that promises you a complete experience.

It generally starts somewhere in the UK. For most of those attending Salou Fest, it probably also ends somewhere in the UK.

However, for something advertised as “the tour to end all tours”, you know you’ll be in for more than you bargained for.

It’s been described by countless students as the quintessential experience for your student life.

To put it simply: you get 5 days to party, party, and party some more. Yet, this party isn’t just about dancing, listening to music, and drinking.

It also involves a lot of activities to make your hangover all the more painful. Things like a one-day escape to Barcelona and back.

How about a boat trip? Or maybe you’d prefer to participate in a few friendly competitions.

You can do all of these things and more if you just sign up for Salou Fest.

Insomnia Gaming Festival

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If you were not aware, gamers like to spend their nights playing games. That’s all nice, but how about doing the same only with countless other gamers in the same festival?

To some, it may sound like a dream. Others may not really see the point of it. All we know is that it’s a really nice festival complete with all the things gamers have come to expect from these types of things.

Started 14 years ago and still running at the NEC in Birmingham, the festival features the following:

• A BYOC system. One of the first festivals ever where you can bring your own computer. This allows for a better feel of the game and smaller ticket prices. Alternatively, gamers can also bring just their controllers.

• LAN Gaming. Of course you will have a room full of people competing against each other. However, this isn’t just a LAN party.

• Exhibition Hall. This is where you will see all the big announcements about all the new arrivals on the gaming market.

• Esports tournaments. This is probably the main reason why so many people actually go to these events: the prospect of becoming an acknowledged master and earning some money in the process.

Goodwood Festival

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It’s time for the one and only road and racing festival on our list. In that sense, Goodwood is really special.

However, it should be the awesome people that attend it and that take part in the competition that really make it special. For motorsport enthusiasts everywhere, there really isn’t a better festival.

The best part is: the only music you’ll hear at this festival is given by the thundering burst of the throttle and the heart-stopping wails of the exhaust pipes.

Do you like being around those types of cars? If so, this is the place for you.

Out of all the UK festivals 2016 you need to have marked on your calendar, this one takes the crown, the trophy, and the champagne.

The Festival of Speed takes place annually between June 23 and June 26 and features some of the meanest racers to ever rev their engines upon the clear tarmac of victory.

Taste of London Festival

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We’re not partial to food festivals at all. Really now. However, the Taste of London takes the cherry on top of the cake that is this article.

Every year, between June 15 and June 19, people from all over the world and from all over London gather in the humble Regent’s Park in the British capital to taste some of the best dishes in the world.

Over 40 restaurants and countless word-class chefs participate in a battle of the dishes that simply melts your taste away. All the smells enchant and draw you closer to the ultimate dish of whatever.

There simply is not better non-music festival in the UK. If you love eating and cooking, you’ll feel right at home. If you also love tasting traditional and exotic foods alike, be sure that you’ll find your heart’s desires here.

It seems that we have reached the end of our guide to the best non music UK festivals. Which one are you planning to visit? Let us know where you go and what wondrous adventures of the senses you encounter there!

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Sustainability of event structures

The Heat is on!

Proud to be the first company in the tent industry to actively demonstrate the sustainability of its event structures. Independent thermal and sound insulation experts conducted various thermal value experiments on Losberger event structures around the globe, simulating 16 different event scenarios.

Progressive climate change poses increasing challenges to the event’s industry. Sustainable events have been a hot topic for many years, event oraganisers already know the environmental benefits of a meat free menu, online check-ins, and recycling; but what about temporary venues themselves? And how can “sustainability” in temporary event structures be officially calculated and demonstrated?

As Power can represent up to 70%  of an event’s ‘core’ carbon footprint (core excludes audience travel and transport) Losberger wanted to know; how big is the influence of different structures on the heating and cooling energy requirements at different types of events at different locations around the world.

The Losberger Kubo was chosen as the temporary event structure to be examined. To put it through its paces engineers from an impartial company Aachen; professionals for sound and thermal insulation, were approached to carry out the extensive testing.   

The Structure

Losberger Kubo, 10.5 / 400 x 10m using an insulated design variant with insulated glass, roofs and walls – Compared to a non-insulated design variant with standard glass and cassette walls.

The simulation

The first study involved two Kubos featuring 6 different assembly variations and was carried out by taking into account the external heat loads,  internal elements and the planned building services. Various locations were chosen around the world to account for various climate conditions. At the same time, different types of event scenarios were re-created; from festivals and parties to conferences and exhibitions. A total of 16 variants were considered in detail by the experts.

Thermal and energy measurements were carried out for 7 days in detail to determine how the various materials used impacted on energy demand. Data-loggers recorded temperatures and humidity in 1-minute increments. The loggers were hung at ankle, neck height seated and neck height standing. Thermal imaging was used to clearly show heat loss, retention and cold bridges.

The following parameters were measured and evaluated:

  • Temperature in the structure at four different heights (0.1 m, 1.1 m, 1.7 m and 3 m)
  • External Temperatures
  • Simultaneous thermo graphic images, to verify the outer shell.

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The result

The heating and cooling energy requirements in the insulated Kubo showed a significant difference from the non-insulated model featuring standard walls and glass. A guaranteed saving of at least 20 percent was demonstrated in the practical test. As predicted results were influenced significantly by the external temperature and event type.

An uncovered  floor proved acted as a „constructional cold bridge“. However, with carpet and/or floor heating, there are increased savings to be made.

Losberger is always conscious of the conflict between what is technically feasible, sustainability and cost effectiveness. The calculation and recordings produced serve to modernise future materials used in tent construction.
In the field test insulated and non-insulated Kubo variants were compared.

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Data loggers recorded  temperature and humidity every minute.

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Event Technology: Will This Define Success in 2016?

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Event Technology is developing and defining the way we plan and create events in brand new ways.

Many event professionals are still catching up with the new trends in the industry and aren't implementing these new tools.

But several others have taken to the idea...

Many event professionals, businesses and individuals have been adapting to these new technologies and using them to ​there advantage, producing events that simply WOW people.

But what we all want to find out is, will technology define the success of events in 2016?


In our detailed visual, you'll discover tons of information and useful data including:

 - Insightful Event Technology Statistics.

 - Mobile Applications, Smartphones and Internet Usage.

 - The Benefits of Live Streaming.

 - Social Media & Event Marketing.

 - Evolving Event Technology

 - EVEN MORE Event Technology Data!


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Mobile Apps for event professionals and attendees?

That's right, a number of innovative event mobile apps have popped up in recent years, some have been more successful than others, and the ones that have been utilised have shown there worth, as well as the potential they have.

So far, event apps serve as excellent tools for networking with others at your event or if you're an attendee.

One of our favourite event apps would have to be Intros.

Intros is simple, easy to use and makes event networking simple, intelligent and efficient, and with the backing of profound events industry investors, 2016 could be the year that this app and other similar apps blossom (such as Charlie App and Webeam).

Did you know, 44% of attendees use mobile event apps?

Find out more below:


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Live Streaming Events, a further route to market?

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In the past few years, you may have stumbled across a number of promotions for online live streaming activities.

Whether it be for an awards ceremony, an obscure sporting event or a global music event, companies and event professionals all around the world are jumping on the live streaming band wagon, and it's easy to see why.

The benefits to live streaming are endless, and these includes:


- Reaching a larger audience (which means more exposure to your event, brand, sponsors, viewing figures).

- Developing a sense of urgency (naturally, more people will want to view your "live exclusive" content).

- Create Social Uproar (those streaming your live exclusive will want to shout about it, or tweet....).

- New revenue opportunities (implementing an access charge for your live stream).

- Stand out from the competition (have the competitive edge over others in your industry, no matter how niche!)


If that isn't enough to convince you, take a look at this impressive Kinura case study which explains how they executed the live streaming of a global "One Young World" event.


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Will Social Media dominate event marketing?

Not only are social media sites continuing to take over our personal lives, but they continue to excel and open up new opportunities in the professional field also.

Event professionals are using the likes of Twitter and LinkedIn to increase awareness about their events, and this has proven to have had a positive outcome, as 88% of professionals use social media for this exact reason.

Having said that, a number of event organisers are still missing a trick or two.

Take a look at the figures below, you may be rather surprised...


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The Future for Event Technology is EXCITING!

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A number of exciting technology continues to surprise us and keep us on our toes.

Can technology do the same for events?

The simple answer is yes.

Below we've selected our top four forms of technology which we think will continue to grow and become major players in the events market in 2016.

Although some may seem obvious, others may be more insightful than you think...


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How to Plan the Ultimate Outdoor Party

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Planning a party is a huge but fun undertaking and it forces you to get your creative juices flowing and come up with innovative decorations, themes, refreshments and activities to keep your guests entertained.

But everybody knows that there are parties and then there is “the party”, that one event that was so amazing people are going to compare it to every other party they go to from that moment on.

Want your party to be “the one” that everyone is referring to? Then plan an outdoor party that they will never forget.


Perks of an Outdoor Party


It’s nice to have all your friends over for dinner and games but it’s not exactly Coachella. Some of the best parties take place outdoors simply because of the endless possibilities that organizers have when they choose to plan an event outside. Firstly, outdoor parties don’t suffer from many of the restrictions that indoor parties do and the theme, organization, space and seating are not dictated by the venue’s limitations.

While many indoor locations come with certain rules and regulations, planning a party outside means that you choose what does and doesn’t work for you. Then there’s also the matter of the “wow factor” which can easily be achieved outside by simply choosing a stunning location and creating your own theme and decorum based on what’s already available to you.

If you’re only planning a barbecue in your backyard for five of your closest friends you don’t have to worry much about organization but if we’re talking about the ultimate outdoor party, that one event nobody will be able to forget, you’ll have to consider a few factors that can make or break your evening. Plan ahead, get your ideas and key elements organized and you’re bound to pull it off.


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Ultimate outdoor party: Ingredients list

There are a few must-haves when you’re planning a party outdoors since the location itself probably isn’t going to provide you with everything you need. As long as you make sure that you cater to all of the needs your guests might have you should have no problem in organizing a great event so just make sure you take all the possibilities into account when drafting your to-do list and check the boxes.

The truth is you’re planning a party outside so you will need to cover your basics before you start picking out the napkins and balloons. You will need to think about ensuring sufficient seating arrangements, creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere and setting up a covered area in case of bad weather. Once you have these essential elements taken care of, you can focus on the rest of the details such as decorations, refreshments, music and activities.


Party tents: If not there, where to party?

Perhaps the best way to be sure that all of your primary needs are covered is to set up a party tent on location and organize the event around it. Party tents come in many shapes and sizes and help you cover all of your basics in one go as they provide shelter from bad weather, warmth for the evening when it gets chillier and enough space for ample and comfortable seating.

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The main reason why it makes sense to consider party tent rental for an outdoor event is that it will enable you to get the best of both worlds when it comes to your special occasion: the stunning surroundings, versatility and freedom of an outdoor location and the convenience, comforts and benefits of an indoor venue.

You can opt for a simpler design to guard against bad weather and offer you shade during the day or set up a more intricate tent to ensure heating, seating and designated areas for certain features your event might include, like a buffet or dance floor.

Depending on the number of guests attending there are different sizes of party tents that you can choose from:

• you can assemble smaller tents where activities can be organized or food can be served , or

• you can choose a larger, main tent for your guests to gather and socialize in

If you want to plan an outdoor event but are afraid that it might not be formal enough, there are several high quality models that suppliers assemble on-site and feature cassette walls and glass elements, modern frames and flooring that will actually recreate the full experience of an indoor venue customized to fit your needs.

What is the obvious advantage to this type of tent? You still enjoy all the great features of the outdoor location of your choosing but also provide guests with an option for an indoor event once the activities outside have ended.

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It may seem that it’s an extra cost but if you put it into perspective it’s well worth the investment. You can put endless hours of work into planning the greatest outdoor party and still have the evening ruined by external elements that you couldn’t have possibly prevented.

The truth is that not only does a party tent save you a lot of work because it ensures that your basics are covered, it’s also the only way to guarantee that, no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw at you, the party you’ve worked so hard on goes according to plan.


Choosing an unforgettable location

One of the best arguments for having an outdoor party is that you get to choose a stunning location that will leave your guests in awe of the natural beauty surrounding them. So don’t just choose the first patch of grass you find, put a bit of effort into researching some great places that will completely change the way your party looks and feels.

An outdoor venue can set the tone for the event and often inspire or at the very least compliment the theme that the organizer has in mind. You can start by looking for a place that will accommodate the number of guests you are expecting and that will fit your needs in terms of accessibility, space and activity options.

Make a list of what your requirements are and then look for venues that fit the criteria you have established. For instance if you’re expecting children to attend you might need a space where you can set up child-friendly activities.

Moreover, you need to make sure that it is safely enclosed and guarded so that none of your younger guests accidentally fall into a lily pond or get lost on trails. If you’re planning a more romantic setting, however, you can look into a lovely garden or a riverside glade instead. A beach-themed party will always work best on an actual beach.

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The location that you end up choosing will more than likely inspire you to create decorations and activities that enhance and take advantage of its natural beauty. Make sure that the place where you plan to have the party can cater to your essential requirements and then plan the rest of the details according to its features.

The beauty of an outdoor location is that it adds natural beauty and great scenery to your event but it also allows you to create your own vision of the perfect surroundings for your ideal party by working with what you have at your disposal and building on that. It’s basically a beautiful, almost blank canvas that you can work with to bring your ideas to life so take advantage of the versatility it offers and find elements that you can incorporate in the venue to connect it to your chosen party theme.

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Consider the weather

As it happens with any outdoor activity, the weather will play a big part in how things unfold during your party. It goes without saying that you should check the weather forecast in advance when you’re planning an event outside but the problem with Mother Nature is that the only thing predictable about her is how unpredictable she can be.

So try to make some extra preparations just in case the weather does change for the worse, otherwise you risk your party being ruined by anything from strong winds to rainfall, storms and even unbearable heat and scorching sun at the other end of the spectrum.

The first thing you need to consider is having a back-up plan for the actual venue. If you’re only having a small party in your back yard, make sure that your living room is well equipped to accommodate the number of guests attending in case the weather turns.

However if the party is at a different location rather than at your own home, have a safety net for bad weather just in case. Either book an alternative indoor location nearby or set up an event tent in the first place. I prefer having an outdoor party tent just because it takes a lot of the pressure off when planning anything outside and it ensures that no matter what the weather conditions actually are on the day of the event it can still take place with minimal setbacks.

I’ve mentioned before that you can find event tent rental services that can customize a tent for your budget and needs so you can make it as sophisticated and complex or as minimalistic as you choose, just look into setting one up just in case and make the most of it whether it rains or not since, in the end, it’s a great addition to the party regardless of the weather.

The other issue with planning any sort of outdoor event is that if your local meteorologist ends up being wrong about the weather, the fun activities that you’ve planned may become impossible to carry out and enjoy. So try to prepare some activities that can also take place indoors just in case you have to move the fun there.

Packing some versatile games for the kids with you is a great safety measure since they’re the first to get bored when it’s rainy and the last to be shy about letting you know exactly how they feel about it. So consider some child-friendly activities that can take place indoors if you’re expecting children to attend your party and designate an area for them from the very beginning.

Make sure that you have a covered space large enough to accommodate the number of guests you’re expecting and ideally see that it’s big enough to allow for some movement and interaction, even dancing if possible, so that you don’t have to crowd everybody under a tarp like sardines if it starts pouring.

The important thing to remember is that if you take the proper precautions there’s no reason why bad weather should ruin your party so don’t let bad forecasts discourage you, just plan accordingly and let your guests know that your shindig is happening no matter what nature throws at you.


Party Tent Decorations

Now that you’ve made sure that all your essential elements are set up it’s time for the real fun to begin and to start thinking about your decorations. Decorations can make or break an outdoor party, so ensure that you’ve done your research and know exactly what guests are going to attend. Then, tailor the decorations to their expectations. How exactly can you start working on your lovely decorations? You first choose the theme.

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Choose a unique party theme

The theme you decide to go with will set the tone for your party and help immerse the guests in the atmosphere you want to create. Having an outdoor setting will immensely contribute to building the space according to this theme, so don’t hesitate to work with your surroundings rather than against them.

For instance if you’re having a garden party and want a setting that is relaxed but also elegant you can put together a tea party.

If you’re trying to achieve something that is both fresh and colourful but also lots of fun you can try a 60’s or 70’s inspired setting for your event, just watch a few episodes of Mad Men and you won’t be able to stop yourself from coming up with ideas for decorations, cocktails and songs.

If you’re having a bigger party, choose a theme that will make everyone feel at home despite it being in a massive gathering. The possibilities range from the county fair to a neighbourhood potluck or even, if your guests are young and want to spend the night dancing, a college party or a rave. If you need something more intimate, a dinner-style party, midsummer night’s dream inspired setting or a family-friendly fiesta might be the way to go.

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After you’ve chosen your outdoor party idea and theme it gets a lot easier to bring your event to life.

Think of the decorations that will help you materialize your vision and get creative with anything from ribbons and balloons to table centrepieces and flower arrangements.

Pick out the china, cutlery and glasses you are going to use according to your theme. If the occasion is more formal, you might want to use matching china and reusable forks and knifes but if the party is more relaxed and the theme you’ve chosen doesn’t really call for much more than some cardboard plates and plastic cutlery try to make those things fun and integrate them into the decorum.

You can try painting the ends of your spoons, forks and knifes to coordinate them with the decorations and tablecloth or create some personalized cups and drinking glasses for your guests, they will appreciate the effort.

Put together some floral decorations to adorn the venue since they make everything seem fresh and vibrant and use some colourful centrepieces and ornaments to really make the tables pop. Think about the activities you want to organize and incorporate them into the setting by designing the things you need for them in the same colour scheme the rest of your venue has.

Try to also personalize the furniture and make it feel like it really belongs in the decorum.

You can either choose tables and chairs that are in tune with your theme from the very beginning or use pillows, tablecloths and covers to bring the furniture, the party tent and the decorations together. Take advantage of the tent’s walls, ceiling, height and shape and hang chandeliers and garlands to complete the theme that you are going for.

Just remember, it’s your party so anything you love can work as long as you keep an open mind and try out many options and materials to create the decorations: anything from coloured paper and balloons to candles and flowers can contribute to a beautiful decorum as long as you know how to incorporate it into your design.

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Outdoor Party Lighting

Considering that most parties extend into the evening hours you’ll have to make some arrangements in terms of the lighting since you don’t want your guests stumbling in the dark and tripping over the furniture. But outdoor party lights can bring a lot more to a party than just clearer vision for the guests: they can really change the atmosphere and make the venue look considerably more beautiful.

So try to make the most of your lights and come up with creative ways to incorporate them into your decorations. Use the tent’s ceiling to create the feeling of volume and space by hanging strings of LED lights on it and let them drape down the walls for more brightness.

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But don’t stop there, incorporate these cheerful lights into the decorations by placing them into bottles or attaching jars to the strings and filling the respective jars with a few lights, it will make the venue feel warmer and more cosy.

Paper globes and Chinese lanterns will also brighten up the place and they come in all sorts of sizes and colours so feel free to adorn your location with those as well. If Chinese lanterns or paper decorations are not working for your particular theme adapt to it and use actual lanterns, wither electrical or with candles in them and place them in the darker corners of the tent and the venue to make it feel more lively.

Tiki torches are also a great option since they are easy to set up anywhere and are rather inexpensive. You can use them for anything to decorating the venue to marking the trails leading from one area to another or the exits and entries to certain places.

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Try to think both big and small when it comes to the lighting at your party and create some smaller lighting sources that you can place anywhere.

This way you can bring some additional light to the tables and to the other areas you need to highlight. You can use LED lights and incorporate them into your theme in creative ways (like putting them in small recipients that fit your vision) or just light candles and design some simple candle stands that will contribute to the decorum.


Food, drinks and music

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Once you’ve established the theme and created the ideal setting for your party you can focus on adding the finishing touches that are bound to impress your guests. Try to have some fun with the food and drinks that you are going to serve for everyone and make them enjoyable and accessible since you don’t want to spend your entire evening running from one guest to another and serving them.

Seeing as the party is outdoors, the best way to approach the food is to make sure it is portioned and ready to pick up and put on a plate in a second. You won’t have the time or the means for laborious preparations once the party starts so have everything set up and ready to be taken out and served before the guests arrive.

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If you want to have a barbecue try to keep things organized as much as possible and set a predetermined time for the cooking to take place so that you don’t have to keep the grill running all day for late-comers.

Set aside an hour or two to have fun with barbecuing and have some tapas and appetizers out for the rest of the day, as well as sweets. You can also set up a “Do it yourself” hamburger or hotdog station if you plan on serving these foods since it’s a lot easier for people to just put whatever they want on their sandwiches from an assortment of toppings you’ve provided.

If your party doesn’t revolve around barbecuing meat right then and there, arrange some nice appetizers that people can enjoy on the spot and portion them previously so that everybody gets the same amount.

Think of bite-sized snacks and crostini that can be left on the buffet throughout the event so that your guests can enjoy a quick bite to eat at any time. The same idea works for cakes and sweets, cupcakes are always a popular choice but you can also put out fruit cups or even a DIY ice-cream station if you want your guests to have a bit more fun and variety when it comes to their desserts.

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When it comes to drinks you can have a lot of fun with both creating cocktails and serving them. Set up a personalized drink station for sodas and beers and supply your guests with margarita or sangria pitchers if you want a relaxed menu. Be sure to add decorated cups and straws to the stand so that people can make their own personalized drinks.

If you want to impress with some home-made cocktails try to serve them in a unique way that compliments your theme. Have fun with creating new recipients and presentations and use anything from coloured jars to cocktail glasses that have been decorated with edible arrangements since the sky is the limit.

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What’s a party without some great music to shape the atmosphere? Try to estimate how long your party will last and plan accordingly by putting together a playlist that is long enough to last throughout the occasion.

Think of the mood you are trying to set and choose songs that compliment it but try not to give into your personal tastes too much and fill it with tracks that you love but that might not fit the general theme of the evening.

It’s usually best to pick upbeat songs so that your guests feel a positive energy surrounding them but in the end it’s up to you what you decide works best for the event. Try to keep the volume in check and not have your merry tunes blast out of the speakers so loud that the guests have to shout in order to speak to one another.

Find a happy medium between hearing it clearly and not overwhelming the event with it. It might also be worth setting up several smaller speakers rather than one or two bigger ones since the sound will be well dispersed throughout the location as opposed to coming from a couple of very loud sources only.

Try not to point your speakers directly at the guests’ heads and set them up at different angles so that the sound covers the venue but is not directed at the listeners directly. Remember that the music should be an important contributor to your party but that it should, in the end, compliment the fun activities and conversations that people are having and not overpower them.


Bringing it all together

If you’ve gone through all of these steps you should now have the key elements that you need in order to throw the ultimate outdoor party and give your guests and experience they will never forget.

All that’s left for you to do is to go out and start putting it all together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match elements that you love and create an event that is completely your own. Pick a time, date, place and theme and start building the perfect party for you.

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