Technology and new beginnings were the themes of this week. Two magazine features hit the Access site – one about the challenges of launching a new club brand, and one about how startups can break into the burgeoning field of event technology. You can read both at the links below.

But the most significant new beginning came from this week’s biggest news story – that Access publisher Mash Media will be relocating the Event Production Show, Confex and PA Show to London ExCeL from 2020.

EPS will be taking place in its current home, London Olympia, from Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27th next week. We have a huge variety of panels to attend and industry experts to meet, so we’ll hope we’ll see you there.

For those of you who read Access and haven’t met me yet, I’ll be the guy with the shaved head frantically running around the show floor writing up news stories for the websites…come and say hello!

Event Production Show, Confex and PA Show to expand into ExCeL London from 2020


This week’s top features/blogs:

The challenges of launching a new club brand

Watch your airspace: how to stop illicit drones

What does it take to launch an event tech start-up?


There was plenty more tech to be found in the news, too, from roaming AI ‘Selfiebot’s to the continued saturation of cashless technology at festivals. The week’s top stories are below:


Would you book an AI ‘Selfiebot’ for your next event?

Independent Wheels and Fins Festival goes cashless with TicketCo

Disneyland Paris reimagines its events offer

London’s Street Feast appoints new head of content and marketing

In pictures: Access and EventLAB’s panel discussion in Camden Lock

Here comes the poll

The results of last week’s poll are also in…we asked you to tell us who your must-know artists were, and the top ten came back as below:

  1. The Beatles – 52
  2. Elvis Presley – 38
  3. David Bowie – 37
  4. The Rolling Stones – 32
  5. Queen – 32
  6. Michael Jackson – 29
  7. Bob Marley – 25
  8. Jimi Hendrix – 21
  9. Prince – 21
  10. Led Zeppelin – 19