A Guide To Hosting A Festival For Your Corporate Summer Party
As the summer creeps closer and closer, as does the festival season! A season that sees people of all ages from all over the world leave their hometown in a search for the hottest events of the year. With festival giants such as Coachella taking over the States, Glastonbury dominating England and Hide Out attracting thousands to Croatia the business for great music, amazing food, good vibes and world class entertainment held all in one handy location is most certainly booming.
With A Lister celebrities such as Kim Kardashian throwing a mini festival for her one year old daughter, hosting your own festival is definitely on trend and it’s spreading to the corporate sphere. In 1999 Innocent smoothies was born after selling their smoothies at a music festival, fast forward 16 years and the brand launched their very own ‘un-plugged festival’ which hosted live music, talks, a wood fired spa and a banquet hall all for free! A campaign launched as part of a planned on going brand message to promote the natural and abandon the distractions of everyday - the festival was completely disconnected from wifi, 3G and 4G. A hugely successful festival that returned again in 2016, this festival not only drove core brand messages but enhanced the brands status.
Hosting a festival for your delegates as your company’s summer party provides plenty of opportunity for team bonding, brand promotion, and team rewards. It’s a great way to provide your delegates with a unique experience and it’s also not as logistically impossible as you might think.
So how can you host your own festival?
First things first, you need a tent! The staple icon of festivals, whether it’s for camping or hosting live music and a dance floor, the moment you incorporate a giant tent into the mix, your event starts to feel and look like a festival. With a number of different shaped tents that come in a variety of sizes, our brilliant tent suppliers can transform your occasion into an all singing all dancing festival!
Live bands are a must at any festival with headliners often being the main selling point to draw in the crowds in their hundreds and thousands. This year’s Coachella festival saw headliners such as Lady Gaga, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar take to the main stage to party late into the night with their adoring fans and festival goers. With a huge roster of exceptional bands and performers we can provide top class entertainment from all over the world so that wherever your festival is, you are guaranteed the perfect entertainment choice for your event. Whether you desire a high end cover band to perform all of your favourite songs or a tribute act to make you feel as if you are at Glastonbury watching Katy Perry in person, we have the perfect act for you!
Festivals are all about having a variety of different line ups, from pop princesses such as Taylor Swift to heavy metal bands like Metallica, the diversity of performers are what keeps people coming back year after year. If you really want to make your corporate festival feel like Coachella and Glastonbury then booking one of our brilliant tribute acts will make your guests feel as if they are in the crowd watching their most beloved superstars.
Katy Perry – The singer and songwriter who stole the nation’s hearts, this vibrant performer guarantees entertainment every time she steps foot on stage. With quirky costumes, brightly coloured wigs and a powerhouse voice to back it all up, this year’s Glastonbury headliner could also be at your festival…well sort of. Our charming tribute to Katy Perry act embodies everything about the hit singer as she dons all of her most famous costumes from her California Girls costume to her animalistic Roar costume and more, this tribute act will make every attendee feel like they are in the front row of Glastonbury.
ACDC – So you’ve got your pop sensation, now you need a band on the other end of the spectrum to accommodate your heavy metal attendees’ preferences. With this ACDC tribute band you’ll feel like the real deal just stepped onto the stage as they embody each band member from their style to their mannerisms and sound! Performing hit tracks such as Highway to Hell, Back in Black, You Snook Me All Night Long and many more hit ACDC tracks, this heavy metal tribute act will have all our your guests stomping their feet and bobbing their heads! If you’re based in the UK, check out this article where we list the UK’s best tribute bands: http://www.scarlettentertainment.com/ideas-blog/the-ultimate-list-britain-s-best-tribute-bands
Can’t decide on which tribute act to hire? Why not choose a party band that can perform a wide range of all of your favourite songs!
Dance the night away with our top UK cover band Get Funked as they perform authentic music from the biggest recording artists in the business. With performances that have been showcased all around the world our artists and musicians have performed and recorded alongside hit artists such as Adele, Rita Ora, Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, Jessie J and many more. Providing a headliner appeal, Get Funked will have your guests dancing way into the night.
Create a fun and engaging atmosphere at your corporate summer festival with roaming characters, stilt walkers and cirque acts! The perfect dynamic to add between your live music and food vans, walkabout entertainment is highly interactive and adds an exciting element to any outdoor occasion.
With a wide range of roving stilt walkers to choose from whatever the theme of your festival, we can supply top class stilt walkers to roam around your event, interacting with everyone and posing for photos. Our Colour Stilt Walkers brighten up every occasion and will even complement your colourful festival flags as they stroll around your event interacting with all of your guests and adding to the overall impact of your festival.
Hire a face painter to help your guests achieve the festival look! Bringing out the inner child in every festival goer and your delegates our glitter face painting booth brings a bucket load of sparkle and sass to every occasion and will have your guests shinning late into the night!
Bring out your guests’ competitive sides with our interactive fairground games, hosted by our beautiful pink ladies! With vintage fun fare games such as hoopla, coconut shy, high striker, arm wrestling and more, our glamorous girls are on hand to ensure that your guests are having an incredible time. A great opportunity to let your guests and delegates relax and let loose, our interactive games will provide endless fun at your festival themed summer party.
No festival is complete without fairground rides! No matter how old you are, fairground rides do not come with an age limit and will excite even the most serious of adults…even if they don’t admit it! With a ferris wheel that is 60ft tall and seats 148 people this full scale fairground ride is the perfect entertainment option for a corporate festival hosted at a venue with bags of space! Choose from a giant ferris wheel, vintage merry go round, bouncy castles, surf simulators, mechanical bulls, bumper cars, human football, wall climbing and popcorn and candy floss machines for your big summer festival!
Festival Food Ideas
With your entertainment and tribute acts on lock, it’s now time to make sure that your guests have plenty of food and drink throughout the entire event! As with any festival, having a wide variety of food and beverages on offer is essential. Choose from our mobile fish and chip catering van, vintage pizza wagon and mobile hot dog tricycle for the very best of mobile event catering with locally sourced traditional British food that can be customised with a tailored message, company branding or logo! A great way to emphasise your brand or company at your corporate festival.
Pop Up Bars
At your corporate festival you’ll need bars and lots of them! A nice break away from the madness inside the live music tents our pop up bars can be customised with your company branding and can serve the drinks of your choice! Whether you desire a luxury champagne bar, Pimms, beers or cocktails, our pop up bars can cater for all tastes! In addition to our pop up bars why not hire our vintage coach bar to add to the decor of your festival as well as serve your guests delicious beverages!
Mobile Food and Drink Tricycles
In addition to having your stationary bars and food trucks, our boutique tricycles also boast an exciting dynamic that is guaranteed to draw your guests in! With a huge variety in what tricycles you can hire at your festival you can choose from a Gin Tricycle, Pimms Tricycle, Ice Cream Tricycle, Mobile Donut Tricycle, Candy Floss Tricycle, Hot Dog Tricycle and more! A great addition to feature around your festival to keep your guests fed and watered throughout the entire occasion.
You’re almost there! With the tent, the entertainment and food and drink stalls all sorted now it’s just a case of decorating your festival! Bunting will always stand you in good stead at a festival, use it wherever and whenever you can to brighten the event. In addition you can also use bunting to feature your brands colours, to really set off your corporate festival and make it your companies biggest event to date!
Flags, flags and yet more flags!
As you may have seen at all of the major festivals, flags tend to be a statement décor piece! With vibrant colours and symbols splashed across them, they create a fantastic photo opportunity and instantly add life to your outside venue!
Have you got your tickets?
With your very own festival tent, world class live music and delicious drinks and food stations, your corporate festival is ready to go! A unique and fun event that boasts the perfect corporate incentive as well as a high end brand event that you can open up to your clients and delegates.
Hosting your own corporate festival will most certainly boost your company to the top of the entertainment sphere as you provide a unique event that is the envy of all of your competitors!
Most of the acts and event suppliers mentioned in this article are UK based however, we can supply entertainment options from all over the globe to make your corporate summer festival the ultimate event of the year!
To enquire about hosting your own festival or for more festival ideas for your corporate event, please contact our Entertainment Specialists on +44 1626 572072.