Access All Areas December 2021 - Page 3




08 Bigger Picture
London ’ s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year with a series of events across its existing venue portfolio and the opening of the bespoke ABBA Arena .
50 In The Spotlight
Since graduating with a law degree , The Playmaker Group executive manager Yaw Owusu ’ s career has taken in artist management , curating huge events such the Liverpool International Music Festival , podcasts , promoting and creating live shows and tackling racism in the music industry .



19 Arenas for change
The UK is already able to boast some of the busiest and best arena venues in the world . Access explores what impact a raft of new major venue openings will have on the sector , and how it is meeting challenges across security and sustainability .
26 Cover feature
On the back of the highest grossing tour of all time , there are few people better placed than Ed Sheeran to send a surge of optimism through the live music industry . Access talks to the team behind the star singer-songwriter ’ s huge 2022 stadium tour .


35 Social Impact
The economic impact of the live events industry has never been more clearly communicated than since the pandemic began , with industry bodies having lobbied the Government hard for support , but perhaps less obvious is the sector ’ s remarkably positive social impact .
41 Security
Access explores how security and crew shortages will likely impact the events industry in what is predicted to be an extremely busy 2022 .
46 Safety
In response to the concerning trend of drink spiking at events , there are calls for the industry to work collectively to combat harassment and ensure women ’ s safety at festivals .