Our event is based completely around what we have seen at other events. I go to around 30-40 music festivals and one day events each year so I am constantly looking at what they do right and wrong to make my own festival the best of everything. I have picked up some great ideas from other festivals and I know others have come to mine to collect ideas as I have seen them go away and announce the same idea I had a year before! I suppose that is a compliment.
My main objective is to see what is wrong, what I would change if it was my event and then use that information to relay back to my team and make sure we do not make the same mistakes. Never a day off in my world!
Fortunately for me, as a radio station manager I get to go to a LOT of festivals as press so I can run around backstage and see what is happening. Everything can look rosey from the front of stage but behind the scenes is usually a different world altogether!