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JUNE | WELCOME Colophon EDITOR Tom Hall CONTRIBUTORS Martin Fullard JUNIOR NEWS REPORTER Stuart Wood SALES DIRECTOR SENIOR DESIGNER James Linin Sean Wyatt-Livesley PRODUCTION MANAGER PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Elizabeth Nixon Lana-Mae Taylor SUBSCRIPTIONS EXECUTIVE PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Matthew Williams Duncan Siegle PUBLISHED BY MASH MEDIA GROUP Second Floor, Applemarket House, 17 Union Street, Kingston Upon Thames KT1 1RR. Tel: +44 (0)20 8481 11 22 SUBSCRIPTION: Free to qualified readers within UK, Non-qualified readers within UK - £50, Readers in Europe/Eire - £70, Worldwide - £105. SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES: Tel: 020 8481 11 28. Address: Access All Areas, Second Floor, Applemarket House, 17 Union Street, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1RR. The opinions expressed by contributors to this publication are not always a reflection of the opinions or the policy of the publishers. Information on services or products contained within editorial sections does not imply recommendation by Access All Areas. No part of this publication can be reproduced in any form without written authority of Mash Media. Subscribe on www.accessaa.co.uk I t’s a big month for England’s grassy fields: Four of our football teams deftly navigated their home turfs to gift us two all-English European finals. Meanwhile, Glastonbury Festival is set to return to its Somerset green space after a two-year absence. The instincts behind our footballers’ successes are not so far removed from those that have propelled Michael Eavis CBE to greatness. When I met the farmer-turned-festival-founder at Worthy Farm, I imagined our conversation would veer towards the wider, macro issues surrounding festivals. However, his mind was laser-focused on the smaller details of his working life – from the engine specification of his green power generator, to the minutiae of his local bureaucratic structure. It takes a creative person to start a great organisation, but a meticulous one to keep it under control. Eavis, like any great football player, is of a rare breed that balances both these traits. As Deborah Armstrong, founder of Glastonbury’s Shangri-La, aptly points out in her column this month, Eavis’s disposition for picking what will be successful is underpinned by an instinct for balancing ‘order’ and ‘chaos’. To achieve success in the festival world means curating experiences that allow an individual the freedom to bring their own imagination into an activity. Meanwhile, in the sporting world, to achieve success, one must resist the tendency to either ‘panic’ or ‘choke’. Author Malcolm Gladwell draws an interesting distinction between these two states of mind: “Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little. Choking is about loss of instinct. Panic is reversion to instinct. They may look the same, but they are worlds apart.” Creating the world’s most successful events – or reaching the final of one – requires unbeatable instincts as well as skill. The events industry uniquely unites such incredibly diverse talents from a variety of fields. Tom Hall, Editor Keep up to date by visiting: accessaa.co.uk @access_aa @access_aa 05