The 10 Biggest Music Festivals in the World

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Exit is an award winning festival, held in Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. The festival was founded in 2000 in the University park as a student movement, fighting for democracy and freedom in Serbia and the Balkans. After the democratic changes happened in Serbia, Exit moved to the Petrovaradin fortress in 2001. Exit has won the ‘Best Overseas Festival’ award at the UK Festival Awards in 2007, ‘Best Major Festival Award’ in 2013 and was ranked one of the 10 best major festivals at European Festival Awards 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and one of the 10 Best Overseas Festival at UK Festival Awards 2013. Exit has an attendance of 200,000, over 300 acts perform there and 8 stages.


Paleo is an annual rock festival, it started in a small way in 1976, back then known as the Nyon Folk Festival and originally only had 2 stages. Paleo is mainly run by volunteers and limited fund, however still manages to attract thousands. They also like to expose up and coming artists and genres, and showcase a specific region every year in their “Village du Monde.” 2013, for example, saw food and music from the Indian Ocean region.


Despite the existence of dozens of other electronic music festivals, Ultra is the one that sold out of early bird tickets in four minutes, and advance tickets in twenty for their 2014 session. It was a one-day festival from 1999 to 2006, a two-day festival from 2007 to 2010, and was a three-day festival in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, a record 155,000 people per day attended the festival. In 2013, for the first time in festival history, UMF took place across two consecutive weekends. Over 300 acts perform over 7 stages.


The Sziget festival is the result of a time of political unrest. In the absence of summer youth camps after a change in government in the early ’90s, Hungarian youth needed a new summer outlet, which led to the beginning of the Sziget Festival. Up to 175 acts perform every year, there are 5 main stages but 15 in total. Around 385,000 people attend Sziget.


Przystanek Woodstock sticks to the genre of Rock, despite only having 3 stages 80 acts perform and around 550,000 people attend. The festival has a running theme of “Love, Friendship, and Music.” Entry is free and in fact Przystanek Woodstock is held by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity as a thank you to its volunteers.


Rock in Rios very first show, got 1.5 million festival-goers to Rio de Janeiro for the biggest acts of 1985 like Queen, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden. Even more huge headliners have performed such as Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen. The latest one held in Rio had an attendance of 700,000, Editions of the festival are also held in Lisbon and Madrid.


Coachella actually began as an effort to cater to the alternative and indie music scene, it has had huge names in both the line up and audience. Coachella has secured itself as one of the most well known festivals in the world, thanks to stunts like the hologram of Tupac. Around 190 acts perform over 6 stages and a crowd attendance of 675,000 sells out pretty consistently.


Summerfest was named the World’s Largest Festival by the Guinness Book of World Records, the festival lasts for 11 days, is made up of 11 stages with performances from over 800 bands. It attracts between 800,000 – 1 million people each year. The list of headliners over the years has some huge names such as, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston.


The line-up is mostly made up of African artists. Otherwise, a small selection of huge international names plays every year: in the past, Rabat has been visited by Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, and other greats, and in 2013 the festival was headlined by Rihanna. Mawazine keeps beating it’s attendance record having broken the million mark for many years now. The latest attendance was 2.5 million, with 90 acts performing for them across 7 stages.


Donauinselfest easily takes the crown for the biggest festival in the world on all counts, despite only lasting 3 days. For 30 years now, millions have gathered on a 6.5 kilometer stretch of the Danube Island in Vienna to hear the biggest names in Austrian music. A huge 3.2 million attended in 2013, to see over 2,000 acts across 21 stages.

Cato Music launches ‘roadie academy’, new office to open in LA

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Tour production company Cato Music has launched a school for aspiring roadies and announced the opening of its first US office in Los Angeles.

Based in Wandsworth, the Cato Academy will provide courses in tour management, production management and training for backline technicians.

Five free scholarships per year will be awarded to those who can’t afford the course fees. The course was written five years ago and has been so far run out of a music school in Guildford.


Headed up by Cato managing director Glen Rowe (pictured), the exec wants to encourage more females to get involved. Course content is based on his experience of working in the industry.

“I think women are naturally good at calming bands down. There’s less ego, less testosterone. We’re also hoping to train the next generation of freight agents and we don’t know many female freight agents,” he explained.

“This is an industry course. It’s work-experience-based and supported by industry sponsors, giving students a way to get the best services from our partners.

“It’s taught by the kind of people I love to be around. We are not teachers, we are road crew and proud of it. I want to give something back, and shape the next generation of hero roadies.”

Sponsors are MM Band Services, Shure Distribution, Sound Moves UK, KB Events, William Morris entertainment and Appointment Group.

In July, the company’s LA office will open. A new music event Cato Festival has also been announced, it will celebrate new music and take place in Wandsworth within the next two years branded as the St George’s Day Fete.

Cato Music work with the likes of Muse, Queen, Rhianna, Mumford & Sons, Take That, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Bastille, Haim and many more through tour management, tour production and their private rehearsal space.

5 More great music venues across Europe

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Le Bataclan, Paris

The Bataclan is a “salle de spectacle” at 50 boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. It was built in 1864 by the architect Charles Duval. Its name refers to Ba-Ta-Clan, an operetta by Offenbach. The Bataclan is known today for a very eclectic programme of events, including rock and pop concerts, “spectacles”, stand-up comedy, discos and cafe-theatre.


Babylon, Istanbul

Babylon is a multi-purpose performance center that offers a rich programme with different viewpoints over decades with an intercultural aspect to music lovers. Bringing together sounds from all over the world is an aim for Babylon and from the beginning Babylon has been hosting both local and foreign musicians and bands.


Roundhouse, London

The Roundhouse was built in 1846 as a turntable engine shed (or roundhouse) for the London and Birmingham Railway, and was known as the Great Circular Engine House, or the Luggage Engine House. This large circular structure has hosted various promotions, such as the launch of the underground paper International Times in 1966, The Doors’ only UK appearance in 1968, and the Greasy Truckers Party in 1972.


Melkweg, Amsterdam

The Melkweg (English translation: “Milky Way”) is a popular music venue and cultural center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located on the Lijnbaansgracht, near the Leidseplein, a prime nightlife center of Amsterdam. It is housed in a former dairy and is divided into a number of spaces of varying sizes.


Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg

Situated in St Pauli – the notorious red light area to the north of Hamburg – this converted World War 2 bunker makes for a uniquely European venue and is famed as the spot where The Beatles ‘rite of passage’ gigs occurred.

Check out our brand new Mini Bus!

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Here’s a sneak peak of our brand new Mini Bus!

The new Mercedes Sprinter is the first and only mini bus in its class to offer the smooth running characteristics and ride comfort of a first class passenger car. We’ve fully upgraded the interior, kept room at the back for storage and added privacy glass.







5 Great music venues across Europe

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The O2 Academy Brixton, UK.

The O2 Academy Brixton is no stranger to big-name performers, so it makes sense that it is one of London’s most famed music venues. The Academy was once a cinema and theater in the 1920s, but since its re-opening in 1983 it has functioned primarily as a concert space.


La Riviera, Spain.

La Riviera, founded in 1964, is one of Madrid’s most popular clubs. Situated on the banks of the Manzanares River, the venue is known for showcasing some of the greatest musical talent. Events at La Riviera range from music concerts and dance nights to live DJ sessions and large-scale festivals.


Columbia Halle, Berlin.

While Berlin is crowded with nightclubs and music venues, Columbia Halle stands out from the rest. With ultra-modern designs and second-story balconies to hide away in, this venue brings out thousands of fans for Berlin events and concerts ranging from Gotye to Snoop Dogg.


Paradiso, Amsterdam.

One of the best places to catch concerts in Amsterdam is at a beautiful 19th-century church that’s been converted into a massive venue and nightclub. Paradiso attracts some of the biggest pop, rock and electronic artists in the world.


Sinister Noise Club.

Open since 2006, this underground club showcases emerging local and international bands. On the minuscule basement stage, you’ll see everything from live DJ sets, rock and indie to folk and alternative.

Mobile Wifi on your tour bus a must have!

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Fleettec Mobile Wifi

Our equipment uses a minimum of two external antennas per internet service plus at least two antennas for the Wi-Fi service. As signal strength is directly related to internet speed it is important that good signal strength is available both to the bus or coach and then Wi-Fi to the passengers. Now to really impress and have the fastest Wi-Fi for your bus and coaches we make use of LTE network technology which has far greater speed than conventional 3G or 4G services.

There are now several service providers offering ‘Mobile Wifi’ devices with their respective data plans. At MM Band Services we use Fleettec Wireless and all of our buses are fitted with their devices.

When travelling, many people rely on the fact that that their hotel or destination will have wifi. There are certain chains that do offer wifi access for free but they’re definitely in the minority. The majority of hotels still charge for access.

At MM Band Services we think ‘Mobile Wifi’ devices are a great idea. They are perfect for providing you with wireless internet access whether you are in the Uk or traveling across Europe and beyond.

A sneak peak of our new Tour Bus

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Our new band tour bus is almost ready, here’s a sneak peak.

The Van Hool TX27 Astromega’s is one of the finest coaches available, which is the main reason for us choosing them. The interior space is second to none which allows our team of expert tradesmen to build our superb high quality nightliners.






To view our other busses please click here.

Band Tour Bus Vehicle Wraps / Advertising

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Our vehicles aren’t just a method of getting from A to B in luxury; they’re also an advertising opportunity. From simple logos and contact details, to bright and colourful full vehicle wraps. Trust us to help promote your band as much as we can.

So what is a vehicle wrap?

By applying large panels of vinyl to our vehicles we create a complete, eye-catching design which effectively ‘wraps’ it – known as a vehicle wrap. The process allows you to use full colour imagery to produce a design that is appropriate for your band. Every mile we drive you’ll be getting attention from the public.

• Partial or full vehicle wrap services
• Eye-catching design options
• Quick and easy way to increase your brand’s presence

If you’d like to speak to us about vehicle wraps just give us a call on 01964 563464.