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We have a winner!

30 May
Back in April, we launched  a competition to give one lucky festival the chance to win £2000 worth of event wristbands. (see story here)
I’m very pleased to say, we’ve announced our winner. Drum roll please…

Cockermouth Rock Festival – well done!

CockRock Festival
Not only is this one of the most exciting small festivals we’ve ever had the pleasure to speak to, it also has the best name for a festival ever. ‘CockRock’ – yes, that’s really what it’s known as.

Taking place in the Lake District between the 20-22 July, the 5000 capacity event stood-out amongst 42 other festivals, impressing us with its dedication to charity, support for its local music scene and devotion to the experience of its fans.

I spoke with CockRock festival chairman, Clint Stamper who was delighted to hear they had won, “We’re really chuffed to receive the recognition for CockRock and this kind of financial contribution is worth its weight in gold!”.

Originally a barbecue fund-raiser, the first event attracted a couple of local bands who offered to play for free and within hours, over 400 people showed up and helped create what its fans now call CockRock!

Seven years on and the festival has raised an incredible £44k for the Cumbrian Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance services.

The not-for-profit and self-penned ‘recyclable festival’ builds most of its equipment, storing and loaning it out to other events throughout the year.

“We’re definitely a thrifty festival. Our ‘DIY’ approach means we can develop other areas of the festival like the line-up and toilets!” said Clint.

The festival faced cancellation in 2010 when storms flattened the site on the eve of opening. But hundreds of fans showed up, offering to re-build their beloved CockRock following a plea on a local radio station.

As well as being able to reward CockRock with this amazing prize, it has been a fantastic competition to run. There are so many small festivals out there doing great things for their community and we feel honoured to hear all about them.

Our Grass Roots Festival Competition will be back in 2013 without doubt, but until then check out the CockRock website and keep an eye on this blog for a feature we’ll be doing on site at CockRock this summer.

Bye for now.
ID&C
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UK Festival Industry treated to RFID tipple at Awards

20 Dec

The UK’s festival industry elite witnessed the speed and ease of cashless vending via RFID wristbands at the annual UK Festival Awards on 15th November in London.

Held, for the first time, at the Round House, the Festival Awards enjoyed its most successful year to date with almost 1000 guests gathering from all corners of the UK to celebrate the very best in festival line-ups, experience, and even toilets!

Amongst the usual debauchery of an end-of-season awards party was a Festival Awards-first, which gave each guests the chance to use RFID wristbands and make a cashless transaction to receive a free drink. The wristbands, provided by event access control specialists ID&C, were exchanged for tickets upon arrival, each pre-loaded with a complimentary drink voucher, courtesy of RFID systems specialists, Intellitix.

ID&C’s Craig Bennett said “The UK Festival Awards provided the perfect environment for people to witness the speed and ease of cashless payments using RFID wristbands. RFID has been a popular topic across the UK event industry this year and it was great to see the technology in action at such a fantastic event.”

RFID wristbands at Festival Awards

RFID wristbands at Festival Awards

The infrastructure behind the cashless transactions was provided by RFID technology experts, Intellitix

ID&C were also proud to sponsor the Best Grass Roots Festival Award and would like to congratulate the team at Y-Not Festival for their triumph.
Well done guys!

Y-Not Festival win Grass Roots Award

Y-Not Festival win Grass Roots Award

Other award winners included Glastonbury (Best Major Festival) Creamfields (Best Dance Event) and Sonisphere (Best Lineup). Those lucky enough to take to the stage were greeted by fruitful hosts, the Cuban Brothers, who proved to be a massive hit with the audience.

To discover more on RFID applications for events, visit our RFID website.

ID&C Support Festival Industry From the Ground Up

7 Nov

As the festival scene’s most recognised security wristband supplier, we’re showing our support for the industry’s indie-kids by sponsoring The Grass Roots Festival gong at the UK Festival Awards next week.

The annual Awards, which attract the who’s who of the festival industry, have seen Glastonbury, T in the Park, Mumford & Sons and Biffy Clyro pick up the coveted prizes in recent years. Organisers are expecting over 600 guests to the show, which moves this year, to London’s impressive Round House.

We took the decision to sponsor the Award following our work with LeeFest back in the summer. LeeFest, who previously won the Grass Roots Festival award in 2009, were recipients of a professional accreditation pack supplied by us.

Lee Denny at LeeFest had these kind words to say:
“’ID&C’s accreditation package was a dream come true – not only did it make the event safer and more secure, it made it more beautiful too. The products they provided brought together our crew, artists and dedicated fans in a way that I never thought a festival wristband could!”

LeeFest Wristband & Lanyard

The LeeFest Wristbands & Lanyards

Here at ID&C, we made a conscious effort to give something back to the industry’s inspiring newcomers, who we believe are a key ingredient to the growth of the festival business. LeeFest stood out for us because of their focus to offer the best possible experience for their fans.

As AIF (Association of Independent Festivals) members, we value the effort made by the festival freshmen who strive to bring amazing experiences to music lovers. Soon we’ll be launching a competition, giving one UK festival the chance to win the same package enjoyed by the team at LeeFest, so keep your eyes peeled!

The Grass Roots Festival Award winner will also receive a £1,500 bursary towards disability access training from Attitude is Everything, a prize kindly provided by Festival Republic.

We’re also showcasing our RFID wristbands at the UK Festival Conference which takes place at the HMV Forum before the Awards ceremony on November 15th.

All the best,
Craig