Festival Fever: Four brand activation for UK’s biggest festival year

festival brand activation

The UK festival scene is well and truly back. Festival organisers reported record growth in 2022, returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Mintel reported that 21% of UK consumers visited a music festival in the 12 months leading up to March 2022. Included in that were over 49% of all 16 – 24-year-olds. YouGov claim that half of all festival-goers (53%) are open to getting involved in brand experiences at festivals.

With COVID concerns firmly behind us and the surprise addition of the Eurovision Song Contest into music fans’ calendars, 2023 is set to be the UK’s biggest year for festivals ever. All of this is good news for brands looking to create memorable experiences with a captive festival audience.

Festival brand activations that make an impact

However, festivals are incredibly congested places for brands, with brands not only competing against each other but also the headline acts that are truly the main event. It’s becoming increasingly harder for brands to stand out in this environment but from our vast experience, we understand the key ingredients that make your festival brand activations shine brighter.

We know how to create experiences that lead to story-sharing and memory-making festival moments, which create campaign reach and increased brand love well beyond the boundaries of the campsite.

Download our guide to plan your festival experiences

Our Festival Fever: Four tips to help brands stand out in the UK’s biggest festival year guide contains key elements to bear in mind whilst planning your festival activity. You can request to download using the form below to read more about the following:

  1. Be clear in your message. What’s the one thing you want to convey to festival attendees?
  2. Consider your location wisely. Make sure the context is right for your brand where to show up on site
  3. Enhance the festival experience. Consider need-states and add value through useful experiences
  4. Create a destination. Make festival-goers feel that your activation is a landmark in its own right

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