Wilderness Festival

Wilderness Festival is a four-day boutique festival that exhibits music, food, wellbeing and the arts within the idyllic surroundings of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. The event has hosted leading musical artists including Jamie XX, Rudimental, Bicep, Eats Everything and Nic Fanciuli.

Newman Event Services were proud to support the event at short notice, demonstrating our ability to quickly respond to client needs as and when required. The festival is attended by circa 15,000-20,000 spectators.

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Brief

Newman Event Services were not originally scheduled to support the team at Wilderness Festival.

Just before lunchtime on a Friday afternoon, our Managing Director, Dean Newman, received a call from a member of the senior management team at the event.

There had been a communication mix-up with another supplier, who thought they would be starting at a later date and hadn’t turned up. As a result, they really needed emergency staff to step in to help that weekend.

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The Event: Wilderness Festival

We managed to get staff to the event within two hours – including Dean himself – to help out while we identified further employee availability over the weekend.

Subsequently, we were able to supply a further six professionals each day, as well we already had commitments at another festival. Initially, this was only meant to be for three to four days but, such was the level of service our staff provided, they ended up remaining on-site for over a week.

The scope of their work encompassed helping man the production and main site entrances, directing people to covid-check lanes and accreditation pods, as well as looking after the main house on the estate. Having had no preparation time, we had to quickly deploy a welfare team to ensure our staff were supported with water, food and other supplies.

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Post-Event Feedback

Working on-site on the first day, Dean Newman was present to oversee the team and ensure everyone knew event protocols as well as their roles and responsibilities. He met the Festival Director who thanked him for bringing in staff at such short notice. Further support throughout the festival and during the event break was also discussed, leading to Newman Event Services providing further event security expertise for another week.

As a result of our rapid, proactive deployment, we’ve since had further conversations with the client about assisting them at other events in different locations. We look forward to working with the team again in future.

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