Camden Crawl

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: The Final Straight

Lisa Paulon | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

One of the quirks of a festival manager's lot is that the workload is so intense, and your schedule so busy, that the least real thing about your job can be the actual festival. As many times as you do this, and as many years as you find the event itself jumping out at you far sooner than you had expected, the big day always surprises you.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Looking Back

Lisa Paulon | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

Many of the acts who have featured on our bills have gone on to big things: when Mogwai played the 1996 Crawl, they weren't the post-rock darlings they later became; in 2007, Adele wasn't even dreaming of the success of 21; likewise, 2008's Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons are now mainstream acts in their own right.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Surviving Stress

Lisa Paulon | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

We're entering the final furlong at Crawl HQ - the Crawl begins on 4 May. This means every job is now completed at a frenzied sprint, and this is without factoring in what's shaping up to be an equally exciting - and therefore equally demanding - festival over in Dublin.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Competition and Cancellation

Lisa Paulon | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

Music festivals are everywhere these days - it feels like there's one everywhere you turn. This fact now seems to extend even to the pages of the Observer on a Sunday morning.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Time Management

Lisa Paulon | Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

If I've been doing my job right, the one message that would have come out of this series of blogs so far would be loud and clear: if you're running a festival, expect to work hard.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Logistics and Collaboration

Lisa Paulon | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

This blog risks giving the impression that the festival manager is responsible for everything, co-ordinating every detail and straining every sinew. While this is exactly what festival management sometimes feels like, in truth running an event like this is more about collaboration, delegation and compromise.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Marketing

Lisa Paulon | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

A great line-up is all very well, but ultimately your festival is only as good as the crowd it attracts: if you have fantastic bands but only four people to watch them, you don't have a festival.

A Camden Crawlers Guide to Festival Management: The Line-Up

Lisa Paulon | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

This week was what it's all about: bands, DJs, solo artists and more bands. Running a music festival can sometimes seem about everything except music - the form-filling, the meetings, the co-ordination, people management, marketing, budgets, promotions and millions of emails. Ultimately, though, the hard work you put into these things is aimed at creating the best festival line-up and punter experience.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Going International

Lisa Paulon | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

When I first started toying with the idea of exporting the Camden Crawl model to like-minded communities, the Irish capital wasn't the obvious first step that it should have been. I spent two years going round the houses - looking at Paris, Manchester, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Madrid, before winding up in Dublin last summer.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Week 2

Lisa Paulon | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

It might seem like running a festival by committee is like taking up herding cats as a hobby, but in some ways it makes things much easier. Our committee is made up of grizzled veterans of the grassroots music scene, and they know what they like - so the element of democracy this approach brings can also cause a few headaches.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Week 1

Lisa Paulon | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

I'm approaching 20 years of involvement in the Camden Crawl, the metropolitan music and arts festival in London I helped set up in the mid-Nineties... The environment of live music has changed beyond recognition since those days.