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Festival and Event History

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Festival and Event History

Hotbox Events would like to wish all of our staff and volunteers a very Happy New Year!

All at Hotbox are looking forward to the festivals of 2013 and working with all of our staff and volunteers again and of course welcoming lots of new faces to our festivals.

We're planning on opening the 2013 festival application on Monday the 4th March. We'll let you know via our news, twitter, facebook and our newsletter as soon as you can apply to work with us at 2013's festivals!

In the meantime, if you fancy a bit of light reading head over to the PAAM Event Management Software Blog. PAAM's first post of 2013 is all about the history of music festivals. A great read if you're interested in how and where all this festival stuff started!

Whilst Reading Festival may have originated from the National Jazz and Blues Festival in 1961, the history of music festivals like much of our modern day arts culture, can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece around the 6th Century BC. It also sounds like the modern day music festival is a rather more civilised affair than those held in Athens centuries ago.

1999 saw the birth of Leeds Festival, the northern sister of Reading Festival. Leeds was originally located at Temple Newsham and later moved to Bramham Park in 2003, where it has resided ever since. 2003 was also the year that Hotbox Events first became involved with festival stewarding at Leeds Festival, we had just 6 volunteers that year!

Compared to those two, Latitude Festival is practically a baby in the festival world. Starting up at Henham Park in 2006, since then Latitude has continued to offer a diverse range of acts spanning all artistic genres and making sure there was something for all ages.



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