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Festival event management: A few quick tips

Myself and a raft of colleagues have been enjoying the blistering sun at this year’s Download festival in Donington.
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As mentioned in the recent Sharkey and George post, it was the first of many festivals we will be attending this year on behalf of Jagermeister and their pair of massive trucks that double up into a viewing platform and bar.

We rubbed shoulders with rock stars and played Guitar Hero until our eyes bulged, sadly though, the vast majority of our time was spent building and breaking the aforementioned trucks.

Now I enjoy this kind of work; it is a refreshing alternative to office work and it reminds of my days on the farm. What’s more, I learnt some valuable lessons about events that will come in very handy over the coming months.

Here is a brief run down:-

1. Always pack more food than you can eat. There is nothing worse than working round the clock, doing physical labour in sweltering temperatures only to find there are no refreshments. You will always find a way of eating them all, so pack too much.

2. Get as much done on the first day as possible. When you have two days to complete your build, something will inevitably rear its ugly head on the second day just when you thought you had finished. You are likely to have more energy on the first day so make sure of the two days, the first gets the most attention.

3. Always wear a hard hat. Its obvious and its the rules but when it gets hot it is very tempting to take them off but trust me its worth the heat, as I learnt to my cost when a bit of rigging fell on my head.

4. Wear steel toe caps. Same as above really.

5. Go through every part of the operation in detail. It is very easy, particularly in hot temperatures, to lose concentration and skip a stage but it is an error that is very hard to undo and it is worth talking to colleagues to ensure all bases have been covered.

There are tons of other lessons but they are to specific to our project so I shalln’t bore you with them.

If you have learnt of any other event lessons to be heeded, please let me know.

Here is a sneak video diary:

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Big Cat gets Little Fish

From a fly on the wall to a fish in a bowl, Sharkey and George, the newest members of the Big Cat family will be reporting to you from their home – the Big Cat boardroom!
fishy 
April has been an exciting month for us; we have settled in our new home, met our new family and even listened in on some top secret meetings!…

This month in the boardroom has been a busy one; the PR and Marketing teams are once again collaborating to finalise the social media strategies for a number of different businesses and governing bodies – obviously we only have a short memory so didn’t catch a lot (especially anything that Kenny said!)

Witness, our favorite rapper, dropped in to see us; he’s working with the West Midlands Police on a charity fun run. Personally I think that it should be a swim-a-thon, Witness wasn’t to keen on the idea, never mind.

We became very excited to overhear that some of the family will be working away from the office this summer. The Big Cat Events team will be working with Jägermeister at lots of cool festivals such as Download, Wakestock and Creamfields – if you see them make sure you say hello! We’d go but the mud is too thick to swim through.

p17-04-09_1455Our uncle Jason from the design studio is putting together a brochure for Wella, we have been lucky enough to see a sneak preview into next season’s new hair trends! Not sure any of those styles will suit us but we might give one a go, just incase some ladies come to visit us soon!

Next month we will be bringing more news from the boardroom….

Sharkey and George x

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