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Harbour Festival and Fiesta!

Bristol celebrates itself
Harbourside Festival 2017, Bristol. please credit paulbox©

The 46th Bristol Harbour Festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and depth of the artistic and cultural scene that makes Bristol one of the top places to live in the UK. Each year, we work hard to ensure that the harbour itself is the star of the show. Gracing the skyline this year were the tall ship masts of the Earl of Pembroke, Kaskelot and the Phoenix.

The festival programme provided visitors with an opportunity to explore and enjoy an event site stretching 3 miles, from Underfall Yard into the city centre and up to Castle Park, of dance, storytelling, poetry, circus performance and workshops, boats, nautical capers, music and great food as well as a range of sports to mark Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport.

Despite the inaccurate weather forecast, around 200,000 visitors paid little attention and went ahead with their plans to attend the city’s flagship free family and cultural event.

The Festival came to a stirring end with a finale performance by Bristol Ensemble celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music on the water. The 22-strong orchestra travelled around the Harbour onboard the Tower Belle before finishing the piece with a boat parade and confetti canons at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

All shipshape and Bristol Fashion

Fire, Air, Fiesta!
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017 please credit paulbox© framedogs
Anyone involved in the event industry can’t help but be fascinated by weather forecasts. For balloon pilots and crews, it’s a way of life.
Over the four days of the 39th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, four successful mass ascents took place as well as two magical night glows on Thursday and Saturday. In total 334 balloon flights took to the skies putting on a great show for the hundreds of thousands of visitors.

New shapes and special balloons delighted the crowd over the weekend as Sunday saw an appearance from a brand new special shaped balloon named Busby, a member of the Queen’s guard. Balloon Lindy made its first flight outside of the US and pilots travelled from all round the world to be at the Fiesta from as far away as Hong Kong

The weekend ended on a high with both the morning and evening ascents taking place on Sunday to a packed audience.

Entertainment for all the family, throughout the day, included fairground rides, Happy’s Circus, our new Fiesta Big Wheel, delicious food stalls and bars, balloon tethering, model aircraft displays, experiential activities and a local music stage, showcasing the best local bands and solo performers.
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Truly a unique spectacle – whatever the weather

REM Show Reel

A picture does the work of a thousand words so we have put together a show reel that gives a big picture of what we do , how we do it and why we do it.
Enjoy the fruits of our labours and find out how we can turn your plans into reality .

Autumn Trading Opportunities!

Summer may be coming to an end or it may be starting – who really knows ?

But we do have trading opportunities at Octoberfest a fantastic family festival held in Basingstoke
from 13th-15th October, attracting over 8000 visitors annually.

Octoberfest Catering Application

Octoberfest Exhibitor Application

Or if you fancy something a little more festive , we recommend the seasonal delights of St Albans Christmas Market which will take place from Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December 2017.

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REM Summer Round Up

The story so far

Torbay Airshow
Following the show’s debut in 2016, REM spent the winter exploring innovative solutions to create a sustainable total event package for Torbay Council. With the paperwork signed off, the show was again based over the sea at Paignton and provided some spectacular air displays, including the first display of the season by the Chinook and the 2017 debut of the Red Arrows, who flew on both days. The noisy Typhoon also made its first seaside displays.
In an innovation for 2017, visitors could also get tickets to go aboard HMS Somerset on the Sunday and find out all about a Royal Navy Frigate and how it works.
Huge crowds packed the sea front on both days to give a welcome boost to the local economy.

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Bristol Sounds
Just over the road from the REM office is surely one of the most iconic event sites in the country – the Amphitheatre on Bristol’s Historic Harbourside. We know literally every millimetre of this site and working with Crosstown Concerts on Bristol Sounds series is always a huge pleasure.
Kicking off on Wednesday was Brighton-born DJ and producer Bonobo, followed by Welsh rock giants, Manic Street Preachers, supported by British Sea Power and The Anchoress.
King of UK garage Craig David headlined Friday whilst the final night in the run welcomed Haçienda Classical.

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Liverpool Double Header
You have to admire the ambition of the City of Liverpool, their reputation for putting on great events grows every year. This year they were awarded National Armed Forces Day which was combined with Mersey River Festival to produce a truly memorable weekend.
The International Mersey River Festival is a celebration of Liverpool’s wonderful and historic waterfront in a completely free three day extravaganza of family fun, amazing music and entertainment along the iconic River Mersey.
On Saturday, National Armed Forces Day drew tens of thousands of people flock to the city that has long had an association with all branches of the Armed Forces.
Staring from the City Centre over 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands paraded through the city, saluting the crowds and receiving a huge amount of affection and support in return.
The Earl of Wessex took the salute from a dais on the Liverpool docks, alongside the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary. Understandably, a huge focus on security for this event, all achieved by great teamwork and communication from all concerned.

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Dreaming Spires
If your only opinion of Oxford has been gained from watching Inspector Morse, then Cowley Road Carnival is about as far from that as you can imagine
Carnival is a one day event, held on closed roads and is a celebration of music, dance, food, entertainment and fun for all the family. It distils into one location everything that is unique about Oxford.
Over 45,000 people attended the street festival with the carnival procession being the star of the show with nearly 1000 school children involved. Sometimes chaotic, noisy, vibrant, always fun – exactly what you want from a celebration of a diverse community.

Woking – be sure to wear flowers in your hair
Woking Park was bathed in love and good vibes for this year’s Party in the Park making the event even bigger and better.
With flower power nostalgia and tap dancing performances to face painting and arts and crafts, there was plenty for all of the family to enjoy.
Highlights of this year’s Rockin’ All Over the Park were the swinging 1960s and psychedelic 70s themed parties, in honour of the late Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, and Woking’s The Jam.
Party goers could also enjoy live jazz music, dance workshops, cultural performances and browse arts and crafts stores in the sun. There were also plenty of activities for the little ones to enjoy too, from storytelling about growing up in the 1960s and 70s to crafts and circus skill workshops.

Queen Elizabeth
The UK’s new £3bn aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth entered Portsmouth Harbour for the first time in the early following extensive preparations at the naval base.
The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in Fife, where it was built, in June.
Thousands of spectators who gathered on the shoreline to watch the ship’s arrival saw flypasts of Royal Navy helicopters, the first featuring a Sea King, two MK2 Merlins and two MK3 Merlins which were then joined by two Hawk jets.
A flotilla of craft followed the aircraft carrier as she sailed into the Solent before heading into Portsmouth, where, at its narrowest point, there was less than 66ft (20m) clearance on each side.
Preparations for the arrival of the future flagship of the fleet, and its 700 crew, saw more than 20,000 items ranging from a human skull to sea mines dredged up from Portsmouth Harbour. Which makes our event management brief seem pretty straightforward.

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Trading at REM events 2017!

Bristol Harbour Festival Saturday

During the course of 2017, over million people with an appetite to drink, eat and shop will be visiting REM managed events. If you would like to put your product, service or catering offer in front of this lucrative market, this is what you need to do:

Torbay Airshow 3rd and 4th June – the second year of this South Coast aerial spectacular which attracts over 150,000 visitors. Applications will be opening shortly for this event

Bristol Harbour Festival 21st, 22nd, 23rd July – the largest free cultural event in the South West and the highlight of Bristol’s event calendar. Welcoming over 250, 000 visitors to the historic harbourside. Details and application forms are here:

Apply to Trade at Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th July – the second largest hot air balloon event in the world and one of the biggest outdoor events in Europe. High spending family crowds over 4 days. Application forms are here:

Apply to Trade at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

REM awarded Harbour Festival Contract!

REM win Bristol Harbour Festival Contract!

The contract for delivering the hugely successful Bristol Harbour Festival for the next four years has been awarded to local firm Richmond Events Management REM).

The festival is the city’s flagship summer festival and a major showcase of local talent and Bristol’s maritime heritage. The 2016 45th anniversary event was the biggest yet and began in spectacular style with English rock band Echo & the Bunnymen headlining the opening concert at Bristol Amphitheatre.

Bristol Harbour Festival has been running since 1971 and is a major highlight of the city’s events calendar. The festival, which attracts about 250,000 people to the city over the course of a weekend, has grown into one of the largest festivals in the South West, attracting up to 500 ships of all sizes to the city every year.

Stretching form Underfall Yard, along the Harbourside and over to Castle Park, the festival combines music, art, dance, food, drink, sights and sounds to entertain visitors and residents alike.

REM were chosen after an open and transparent tendering process involving two other companies and have experience of running the festival having managed the event since 2013.

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, said: “Bristol’s world class calendar of events is one of the features that the city is renowned for across Europe. The Harbour Festival is the flagship event in this calendar so choosing who is going to bring it alive over the next four years was a big decision. REM’s local knowledge and experience in running the festival were big factors as were many of their ideas on how we can ensure an inclusive and diverse showcase of the city’s heritage. I look forward to working with Mike and his team in helping the festival flourish over the coming four years.”

Mike Richmond, Managing Director at Richmond Events Management Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have won this contract and continue our association with the Bristol Harbour Festival. We’ve learnt a lot over the past three years about what this festival means to the people of Bristol and the role it plays in showcasing the city’s cultural and maritime heritage. I and my team are determined that the festival will continue to grow and be a festival for all of Bristol’s communities.”

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REM guide Tour of Britain through Bristol Stage

REM assisted Tour of Britain organisers in managing the 15.3km circuit, which took in some of Bristol’s most iconic sites for Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain, Sept 10th, 2016.

The Tour of Britain is the UK’s leading road cycling event, with 21 teams comprised of 121 world class riders, including six of Team GB’s Olympian cyclists, competing across ten gruelling stages. This year’s tour was won by Dimension Data rider, Steve Cummings, the second Briton to have won the event since its rebrand in 2004, after Sir Bradley Wiggins rode to victory in 2013.

Saturday’s penultimate Bristol stage was split into two parts, both started from the Bristol Downs, around a 15.3 kilometre circuit which took in iconic Bristol sites, and saw the riders cycle across Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Each lap included the 9%, 600-metre climb of Bridge Valley Road, once during the time trial in the morning and on each of the six laps of the circuit race in the afternoon.

REM started work in April on the project, consulting many stakeholders about closing down a significant part of the cities road network, particularly in close liaison with Bristol City Council’s highways manager Duncan Venison. REM’s project director Ben Hardy explains the key factors to enable road closures on an unprecedented scale:

“Closing a road loop circuit on this scale within a city has only ever been done in London and Liverpool, so we had to create our own traffic and event management blueprints from scratch to achieve these complex closures. The race circuit took in some significant roads, such as The Portway, which carries approximately 40% of Bristol Airport traffic, and we blocked roads passing six of Bristol’s major tourist attractions. On a more personal level, I have been in touch with six brides concerned about access to their weddings and we were aware of a few expectant mothers who may need prioritised travel facilities.”

Mick Bennett, Race Director, Tour of Britain commented: “In 33 years of tours I have not seen a better organised stage, it has been a true pleasure coming to Bristol and working with the local team.”

Bristol attracted thousands of cycling fans from across the country, so to ensure the routes were safely enclosed for the riders to speed through, and that facilities for spectators’ welfare and enjoyment were in place, REM brought in:

  • 191 Bristol event personnel (in addition to the tours own event team)
  • 100 two way radios, operating across 16 channels
  • 1,700 red and white cones
  • 1,000 ‘No Waiting’ cones
  • 250 road signs
  • 300 pieces of heavy duty (MASS) road barrier
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Half term report

Soundclash: 30 April – 1 May

Previously held in a field next to Eastleigh Football Club’s stadium, Soundclash relocated to Somerley House near Ringwood to develop the festival’s potential and enhance the customer experience. REM were contracted to offer guidance through the licensing process as well as site and production management.

With 10,000 people, 4 stages , 50 Djs, a funfair , VIP tent , lasers and LED screens , it was a full on weekend but a successful first run out with a new client .

Mersey River Festival: 3 – 5 June 2016.

The River Mersey is not just any river, it’s the beating heart of a truly special city that has been at the forefront of innovation for three centuries. Liverpool’s evolution has developed around the Mersey which opened as a gateway to the world in 1715 and positioned the city as a major player in the UK and beyond.

The River Festival is a celebration of this glorious waterfront with a three day extravaganza of family fun, amazing music and entertainment alongside the iconic river. The 2016 version really made waves with an incredible musical line up gracing three stages, a host of creative workshops and entertainment for the whole family. As in previous years, REM were able to draw on years of expertise, built up from working on lots of waterside events to provide site management.

Lashings: 3 June

Lashings All-Stars take their team of cricket legends up and down the country every year, bringing top-notch cricket, entertainment and fundraising opportunities to dozens of community clubs.

Their Bristol ground of choice is Downend Cricket Club and REM are delighted to organise and manage the event on behalf of the club.

This year’s stellar squad included the likes of Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Courtney Walsh, Herschelle Gibbs, Devon Malcolm, Saqlain Mushtaq and Owais Shah to name but a few.

Lovely setting, great food and drink, excellent company cricket played with huge skill and a great sense of fun – it really is a great day out.

Sky Ride: 19 June

Sky Rides are big, fun events taking over a town or city centre so thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route. They’re a great day out for families, with loads to do both on and off a bike. This year the Bristol version attracted nearly 5000 entrants who rode a 14 kilometre course taking in some of the city’s best views. As always, traffic management is a big challenge with this event but working with a well-established team always get the best results.

Woking Party in The Park: 9 July

REM made a return visit to provide site and production management for the town’s biggest and best outdoor party. An estimated 20,000 visitors came to celebrate the 150th birthday of the Borough’s beloved author, H.G. Wells.

Stretching across three fields there was something to excite and delight all ages. The Time Zone offered an immersive experience for those wishing to explore the world of H.G. Wells at a gentle pace. Blasting off from the Morrisons Main Stage, Star Wars tribute act, Sci-Fi Band, had partygoers singing along to hit covers from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to AC/DC’s Back in Black. Younger explorers enjoyed finding a whole galaxy of amusement in the Children’s Zone.

The journey to the final frontier concluded with a free outdoor screening of the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga – The Force Awakens.

Cowley Road Carnival: 10 July

Cowley RoadAll The World’s a Stage, according to the Bard, and all the men and women merely players.

Wise words indeed, and an appropriate theme, in this the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, for Oxfordshire’s biggest public event of the year – Cowley Road Carnival.

This freewheeling extravaganza, which takes place on Sunday, will see 45,000 dancers, musicians, DJs, revellers and free-spirited people to take to Oxford’s most vibrant road for a celebration of life in this most multi-cultural of communities. It’s like an event espresso, short and intense but having been involved for several years to manage the pre-production phases, build and carnival day, the local knowledge and relationships we have built up pay dividends.

Bristol Harbour Festival: 15 – 17 July

Bristol Harbour Festival celebrated its 45th anniversary on 15-17 July with a weekend packed full of music, entertainment and activities around the city’s historic harbourside. This is the 4th year that REM have been principal contractor to Bristol City Council although we have been involved in a multitude of roles for nearly twenty years.

Bristol Harbour FestivalWith over four miles of activities, showcasing the talent and skills of the city, the festival does really produce an incredible variety of cultural entertainment. The big challenge is to build a festival, keep 250,000 visitors entertained whilst allowing the city to operate without too much disruption.

The festival and REM has a long standing commitment to waste recycling, amongst many other ISO 20121 standards that we maintain. As in previous years, we managed to increase our recycling rates and divert 100% of rubbish away from landfill.

Liverpool International Music Festival: 22 – 24 July

Liverpool has a long and rich musical heritage. From Merseybeat to the famous Cavern Club, to Billy Fury and undoubtedly the most successful export, The Beatles. The city’s heart certainly beats to a tune.

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) has become the voice of the global music city, shining a spotlight on its musical pedigree both past and future.

Consisting of Commissions, Academy and the grand finale, Summer Jam, LIMF takes place in several iconic Liverpool venues, attracting tens of thousands of music lovers, making it a must-visit summer destination. Our measured approach to site and production management ensured that all the drama stayed exactly where it was planned to be.

In the end, more than 120,000 music and culture lovers descended on this incredible city for what many consider to be the best LIMF ever.

Bournemouth Summer Stage: 21 July – 6 August

Everyone likes a trip to the seaside and having worked in Bournemouth on several events, we were delighted to be awarded the contract to produce and manage the Bournemouth Pier Approach open-air stage.

It’s undoubtedly an ambitious project with 17 days of entertainment with a minimum of 25 performances. The line-up includes cover bands, tribute acts and original music, across a variety of genres.

World Yoga Festival: 29-31 July

The wise traditions of the East describe the world as made up of five elements Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. In their subtle form (imperceptible to senses), they are collectively responsible for our Mind and our Prana (Life forces) and in their physical form, they are responsible for all matter in the universe including our bodies.

The World Yoga Festival celebrates the wholeness of the Universe (both seen and unseen) by symbolising the four elements as contained in space. It’s the first year of this festival and the beautiful location of Beale Park was chosen as the idea location.

REM Wins Liverpool Music Contracts

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Richmond Event Management (REM) has been appointed to supply event and production management services to Culture Liverpool following announcement of the city’s elevation to  Unesco City of Music status. 

 Culture Liverpool is set to announce a series of events throughout 2016 to mark the globally recognised honour, with REM entrusted to deliver the live events programme. REM managing director Mike Richmond commented:

“We are delighted to be extending our long and successful relationship with Culture Liverpool and be a part of the incredible music scene that continues to permeate this fantastic city. This was a very competitive tender process spanning skills from creativity to production logistics to health and safety. It is also recognises the depth of experience we have gained on events such as Liverpool International Music Festival, 3 Queens and T175”

Liverpool has been declared a City of Music by UNESCO and joins a select number of cities across the globe who foster international relations through cultural programmes.  The city was previously awarded ‘World Heritage Site’ status in 2004.

The City of Music status has been awarded in recognition of  music’s place at the heart of Liverpool’s contemporary culture, education and the economy; from the live music scene to tourism, music management courses and digital businesses. It was also given to the city based on its commitment to having a clearly defined music, education and skills strategy for young people so that Liverpool can continue to produce world class talent.