Fever Pitch 2018

Fever Pitch was a brand new two-day festival held in Galway Airport on the June Bank Holiday weekend this year. It was over one year in the planning and making, as this was the first time the Airport had been used for an event. 

We get approached by people looking to run festivals regularly. More often than not it doesn't actually happen.

When Patrick and Finbar contacted us about wanting to do a new two-day music festival for Galway, we knew immediately that they were serious and would follow through, with or without us. 

From the first meeting back in early Summer 2017, we knew we'd all work well together.

We spent over a year putting Fever Pitch 2018 together and we are very proud to have delivered an extremely well-received new festival to Galway, especially in a very challenging venue. Galway Airport had not been used for a festival before and, as such, we'd to learn the site, its pros, cons, and particular nuances in order to deliver the festival for 5,000 people. 

The Challenge

Planning and managing a new two-day music festival in Galway Airport, a site never before used for this purpose, for approximately 5,000 people, on a bank holiday weekend in June.

Our Solution

We spent a year working on the Festival, all the time liaising with 2 Local Authorities, all the relevant statutory agencies, local residents & stakeholders and more, while creating multiple iterations of the site design and plan for the Festival.

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The Result

Around 5,000 people attended the Festival, which, for its first year, was a great turnout. We planned it and delivered it to plan, with no issues, resulting in both extremely happy clients and group of statutory and local stakeholders.

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We spent a year working on the Festival, all the time liaising with 2 Local Authorities, all the relevant statutory agencies, local residents & stakeholders and more, while creating multiple iterations of the site design and plan for the Festival.

What we did

We worked extremely closely with the clients over the course of a full year. We spent a lot of time on site in the Airport to inform our planning and discussions with key stakeholders. 

We effectively liaised with 2 Local Authorities, as the Airport is jointly owned by both and managed by one. We worked hard to design out a range of challenges particular to the Airport site, while putting management procedures in place to ensure the success of the event.

It was received positively by all parties, which is great. Our clients believed Galway had space for and deserved a new music festival and they took it on to deliver that. These events are not cheap to deliver and it represented a big risk for them. We worked closely with them to minimise those risks the whole way through. 

We provided:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Crowd Consultancy
  • Production Coordination
  • Safe Capacity Calculations
  • Event Management Planning
  • Emergency Procedures development
  • Site Design
  • Traffic Management Planning
  • Supplier Sourcing & Negotiation
  • Statutory Liaison
  • Event Controller
  • Safety Officer

Around 5,000 people attended the Festival, which, for its first year, was a great turnout. We planned it and delivered it to plan, with no issues, resulting in both extremely happy clients and group of statutory and local stakeholders.

What we did

We spent a full year planning the Festival. There was a significant amount of on-site meetings in order to make effective decisions, particularly in relation to site-design. 

Assessing the appropriate site size and design was a major undertaking for a variety of reasons. Emergency access was another key factor that required serious thought too. 

As usual, those on our Team that planned the event and worked with the client the whole way through filled the key roles of Event Controller, Safety Officer and Site Manager for the actual Festival. 

Having attended events planned and managed by Safe Events, they were the obvious choice for us for Fever Pitch.

We wanted an experienced industry partner to help deliver the Festival and we felt from the first meeting that the Team in Safe Events would be just that. They guided us through the whole process. It wasn't always straightforward, for a variety of reasons, but the end result was superb.

We look forward to working with them again in the future. 

Patrick Drayne
Director
PFD Promotions Ltd.