Following a quiet planning phase Bestival 2008 provided new challenges for Assistant Director,Julian Bentley, as he managed the safe running of Bestival with a rather wet build and an even wetter event and break.

Extreme wet weather ensured that our event contingency plans were very much tried and tested as joint operations between the organisers, Loud Sound, MRL Safety, APL site managers, other agencies and the emergency services put in place additional infrastructure for customers whose tents became waterlogged due to the weather.


After four years of glorious sunshine the heavens opened on Bestival 2008, but still the crowds had fun! Key features of service provided:

  • Safety management.
  • Medical management.
  • Event Control management.
  • Event safety documentation.

Medical services were kept busy as just getting to patients was sometimes a challenge! However the medical staff managed to keep smiling and provided an excellent service throughout. MRL had advised Loud Sound about the right level of cover required and used different teams of medical providers, who by now are now used to working together at this annual event.

MRL director, Judy Jackson, provided the Event Control (or ELT) management steer.

Judy said “our main problems in event control were, not surprisingly, caused by the weather. However, as this is Bestival’s fifth year we were working with people who we already had good working relationships with, which helps enormously in a case such as this.

Just opening each morning was an event in itself with site crews laying down stone, scrapping away mud and bringing in additional terraplas to maintain the integrity of the event and deal with the high footfall and rain from the previous day.”

Still the majority of the festival was able to continue with great effort from all onsite and customers stayed in high spirits.


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