How Lockdown is affecting the events industry

Currently, we are living in strange times. The whole world appears to have genuinely come to a standstill. Sports, politics, and global events have totally been put on hold, and the economic impact of that has been severe - and still not fully realized yet.

 One industry that has suffered hugely under the current global lockdown in the event industry. With social distancing in place and restrictions on gatherings, events such as exhibitions, conferences, and even personal gatherings such as weddings and formal parties have all taken a hit.

 

What Damage Has Been Done?

 The extent of the damage is so bad that it is reported that 60% of suppliers in the UK events industry could collapse entirely within three months if they are not given appropriate financial support in 3 months, according to an online survey carried out by the Events industry forum. Nearly 1500 businesses took part in the study, and even six per cent claimed that they would be unlikely to survive one month.

 This kind of collapse for businesses would result in hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs across the industry. For example, according to a study from Bournemouth university, the outdoor event industry employs nearly 600,000 people. Over a sixth of them are estimated to work in the exhibitions, conferences, and indoor events industry.

 Another issue that the government faces is that most people who work in the outdoor industry are self-employed or freelancers who are dependent on the summer season to provide the bulk of their income. With plenty, if outdoor events such as music festivals, including Glastonbury and Edinburgh festival being cancelled, plenty of people are facing a bleak 12 months ahead before they will see more income, which could be hugely problematic for some people during the winter.

 In the business conference industry, the same trend applies. For example, 74% of all conferences and exhibitions have been either postponed to the last quarter of 2020, with almost all of the rest of them being cancelled.

 Despite the Chancellor recently indicating that event organisers should be eligible for leisure and hospitality grants, according to most of them who have applied, they were just turned down by their local council. In addition to that, only 1% of respondents who use for the given, ent backed scheme for Coronavirus interruption.

 

How has lockdown affected weddings and other parties? 

At this stage in the year, the wedding season would have been getting into full swing if we weren’t amid this pandemic. Instead, many couples now face lengthy postponements, which may be expected to last well into late 2021. Truthfully, no-one knows the answer about when weddings will be running again as usual, nor do we know how weddings will look in a post lockdown world. When restrictions do begin to ease, small ceremonies which involve no more than say five people may be allowed first. Yet at the moment, there has been no comment from this by the government.

 A little bit later, although not specified when (certainly not before 4th July), it is expected that the hospitality industry can begin to reopen again. Whether this means big weddings can finally happen again is unknown, and unlikely, but significant, indoor weddings aren’t looking likely.

 But you might be wondering how exactly the events industry, including weddings, parties and even larger conferences could look after the lockdown period. Here are some ways that our familiar norms may change once we come out the other side.

 

How will events change for the future?

 

The rise of outdoor venues

Of course, we are now aware that the virus doesn’t quite spread as quickly in the outdoors as it does indoors. That is why, after the pandemic, we could see the decline of formal events held indoors. When it comes to weddings, clients may even decide to hire outdoor marquees to accommodate guests on the grounds of venues in order to minimise the risk. Of course, however, there will be huge demand because of this, at the end of the day, there are only so many Saturday afternoon slots available in the summertime for an event.

 

Fewer guests

If having an event outdoors just isn’t feasible, the number of guests who attend a given event will likely cut dramatically, possibly even by half for weddings and other parties. For example, we could be getting used to emphasising the wedding ceremony itself, rather than the dancing and drinking, to minimise the dangers of crowds. At an event where food will be served for example, it is possible that there will be fewer guests at each table, or in the case of a wedding, guests may be seated based on their household.

 

No more destination wedding  

Recently we have seem that 14 day quarantines have been out in place for those who are traveling back to the UK from abroad, meaning that weddings which are held abroad may be put on hold, maybe even until 2022. An alternative perhaps is a wedding within the UK, where the venue is hired for the whole weekend. This means that guests can still enjoy the advantages that a destination wedding offers, but without exposing any guests to the risks of traveling to and from overseas countries.

 

Focus on hygiene

This applies to all sorts of events from business conferences to small formal parties. It may be a new norm for guests to have to wear masks, or any other type of facial covering. We may see a situation where attendees are refused from conferences because they aren’t wearing a masks, or perhaps even seeing masks which are specially made for weddings. Additionally, we should get used to seeing hand sanitisers on tables and around the venues to help people keep their hands clean.

 

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Band V DJ (or both?): The Definitive Answer 2020

There are certain things which are essential for a successful wedding. Like the bride, the groom, a venue... and of course, the music. Music is the crucial ingredient for a happy wedding to get everybody onto the dance floor so they can party their socks off.

The music, however, can be tricky to get right. You want to compile a list of songs that are a nice reflection of you and your couple, while ones that your guest will love. OK, so once you have the type of music sorted, you still have to decide on the toughest choice of the all... get a Band, or hire a DJ?

Well, the definitive answer is... it depends. Really, we aren’t here to tell you whether you should hire a DJ or band at your wedding, only you and your partner can make that decision. That’s why, in today’s guide, we are going to inform you of the pros and cons of each option, while making you aware of some other factors you need to take into consideration. Sound good?

 

Band

Let’s start off with the more traditional option. There’s no doubt about it, bands are amazing. There are so many advantages to having a band at your wedding that we really don’t know where to begin. To start, even just watching these guys or girls rocking out with their instruments can be a great way to get the party started and increase the mood in the venue.

In addition to that, it’s hard to argue that a live band doesn’t just sound incredible. You can be almost guaranteed that any heartfelt love ballads are likely to be more emotional and heartfelt when they are played by a live band. Even the guests will enjoy watching the band, as their infectious personalities will frequently lead all members to the dance floor, who doesn’t want that!?

Unfortunately, however, it would be a lie to say that everything is rosy. You have to be 100% sure that the band itself plays your type of music. You may even wish to go as far as hearing them play before you decide to book them. Bands will also require breaks in between sets, so make sure to take this into account when you are making a decision, as it will result in frequent lulls in music. A band will also require a fair amount of space and electricity, so make sure that you are prepared for this as well.

 

DJ

Now comes the recent trend of hiring DJs. Straight off the bat, a DJ will quite literally have an endless supply of songs that are available to them. This is good because it means they can tailor to the mood or even perform some special requests. You may even take the time to ensure that they have a list of your favorite songs before the day itself arrives.

As well as that, DJ’s can take a break without having to pause the music, and some reputable DJ companies will have a stand by DJ, who is prepared to take over should an issue arise. Furthermore, they are often cheaper than bands and take up much less space.

Now on the other hand, hiring a DJ does give you the option to play ‘your songs’, it is still risky, in the fact that it may not evoke the same kind of energy from the crowd as live music. Along the same lines, if the DJ doesn’t have a personality, then they may really kill the vibe and the atmosphere of the venue. To be on the safe side you may wish to speak to people who have hired your DJ for their wedding, just to make sure that s/he is the real deal.

So now that we have gotten the pros and cons of each of them out of the way, it’s time to consider some other factors that you should keep in mind.

 

Do you have a theme in mind?

If you plan to have your wedding themes as the Great Gatsby for example, you may not wish to hire a techno DJ for your reception party. The theme is something that you must take into account when you are planning your wedding. You could find a DJ or band who is familiar with the music that surrounds your chosen theme. How closely you want the theme of your wedding to match the music may be the deciding factor between whether you opt for a band or a DJ.

 

Will you make your own playlist?

A lot of couples nowadays avoid this, and sometimes it can actually cost them! Maybe for those who don’t have a huge budget or who have similar tastes in music, this could be the best option for you. Keep in mind that you will have to select a playlist that is able to run for more than four hours potentially, and you should consider how the afternoon will flow, in addition to special songs that you’ll wish to play throughout your special night.

 

What about costs? Can I have both?

Almost always, a band is the most expensive option. This is because of the sheer amount of equipment which is involved in a band set up. You should evaluate your budget as an indication of whether you should opt for a band or hire a DJ. If you are really keen to have a band play at your wedding but aren’t able to afford a band for the full duration of the day, you may wish to have a band play for your ceremony and for cocktails, yet hire a DJ for the reception party.

 

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Trez Live Mix : House/Chart Dance 2019-20

Another amazing installment in the live mix series on the Trez Entertainment page, Start your VE Day party off with this selection of tunes to get the whole family going. Give the Mix a listen below!

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Zoom Lockdown Party 2020

Just because we are all socially distanced, doesn’t mean we can’t come to enjoy each other’s company. Staying inside all the time can be tough, but there are most certainly tools and platforms that we can use to make it easier—introducing: The Lockdown Party.

Being confined to your home all the time doesn’t necessarily mean that you HAVE to binge your favourite Netflix series for the hundredth time ever pay Saturday night, (although it is fun -we aren’t judging). Over the last month or so, platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty, Google Hangouts have become highly popular, by allowing people to enjoy video call chats with their family, friends and loved ones.

At a time when it is easy to feel isolated, these virtual hangout platforms can do the world of good for helping us feel less lonely.

So, how can you throw a wildly fun Zoom party for your family and friends this weekend? This guide will offer you everything that you need to know, from what platform to use, to the very best ideas and themes to make your Lockdown Party the one to be remembered.

 

What is the best Video Chat Service to Use?

 

Zoom

Zoom has grown immensely over the last number of weeks, thanks to the outbreak. This convenient service allows users to have video calls with friends and family members for up to 40 minutes with the free version, (or you can have one-to-one calls with anyone for unlimited amounts of time). With the paid version, which currently stands at just £11.99 per month, you can have calls with up to 100 people for as long as you like. It is highly convenient to set up, and since the outbreak of the virus, it has proven to be the most popular platform to connect via video calls.

 

Houseparty

Often referred to as a slightly more “hip” version of Zoom, HouseParty is also all the rage right now. It’s a video call platform which allows you to socialise with up to 8 of your friends at one time. What’s so great about Houseparty is that when you sign up, you can automatically connect it to your Facebook or Snapchat account. This means that you can see which friends you already have on the app. As soon as they connect their accounts to other social platforms, you can invite them to your party, and let the fun begin!

 

FaceTime

Okay, we think that FaceTime gets the award for the most straightforward platform to use, and that is why we have included it here in our list. It’s the perfect platform to make a quick call and check in on your loved one(s). This makes it particularly useful for checking in on your elderly parents or grandparents while they are stuck inside. It’s undoubtedly designed for social fun rather than business or professional matters. Some of the fun features, like creating Live Photo’s from the call or changing your face to an Animoji. The only downside that we can think of for this platform is that it requires an Apple Device, of course.

 

So now. You've got your guest list ready, you’ve picked the best platform, and now you need some kind of theme or party idea for your big night in.

Just in case you can’t think of any ideas, here are some of the best themes and concepts for your Zoom party this weekend.

 

  1. Game Night

There are endless possibilities when it comes to a game night for your Lockdown party. Some of the most popular choices include a virtual round of the infamous ‘Cards against Humanity’, or the evergreen classic, Charades. You could even go as far as making it a weekly thing, by nominating one guest every week to choose what game is going to be played.

 

  1. Fancy Dress

Who says that being in lockdown can't call for a little bit of creative fun! Having a fancy dress or an elegant dinner party is an excellent chance for you to try out (and show off) some of the outfits that you have been holding in your wardrobe for a while. And besides, isn’t it nice to get a change from living in hoodies and leggings for months at a time?

 

  1. Pyjama Party

Now to the opposite end of the dressing spectrum. Open up your wardrobe, find the comfiest pair of pyjamas that you can see, crack open a bottle of wine and get ready for some laughter and fun. You could even decide to make it even cosier by adding in some extra blankets and pillows for yourself.

 

  1. Karaoke sing-along

The classic party activity. You can take the karaoke version of you and your friends’ favourite song and let the fun begin. Apps such as Houseparty even have their karaoke features to make it even easier for you. But if you’re using one of the other platforms, you can simply find almost any song of your choice on YouTube.

 

  1. Movie Night

Of course, we couldn’t write about a Lockdown party without including this option. The classic night-in. With Netflix Party, you and all of your friends can easily chat and watch the movie at the same time. Want to make it even more fun? If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also get everyone to dress up as their favourite character, for some movie-themed fancy dress fun.

 

  1. Cooking or Cocktail parties

If your social group has a passion for cooking, you can all follow cooking videos online to see how your dishes all turn out. Or even if just one of you are proficient, you could all host a mini cooking lesson, where you can learn new recipes forever. Or if that’s not quite your thing, you could keep it simple and stick to a cocktail making party. Both of which guarantee a great night-in.

 

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