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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.