New social network Festibl. connects music festival fans

IF you love Kylie but your partner’s into Kanye, a clever new social network for music festival fans called Festibl. has been created by Danielle Young from Blyth.

It aims to encourage and enable music fans to go to the festivals that they want to attend, without having to rely on their immediate friends – whose priorities or musical tastes might be very different.

She has teamed up with business partner and fellow Northumbria University graduate Sam Clegg, 27, and the pair strongly believe that there is a gap in the market for a festival social network.

Danielle (pictured above) said: “With more than 700 festivals in the UK alone, the market is increasingly saturated and only the big players actually sell out early and reach their full capacity.

“Festibl. will provide a unique platform for festival organisers to connect with a highly targeted and receptive audience, who are actively seeking to go to more music festivals, ultimately increasing ticket sales.”

A keen festival fan with a background in design and marketing, Danielle, 27, played an integral role in the creation of this year’s Lindisfarne Festival, in North Northumberland, which landed nominations for three UK Festival Awards in its inaugural year.

Sam added: “For millions of people, music festivals represent the highlight of the year. But so many people miss out because they have nobody to go with. If someone wants to go to a festival but their friends aren’t up for it, the likelihood is that they won’t go. This means that they miss out on the fun and festivals miss out on ticket sales.

“By matching people based on their music tastes and the festivals they want to attend, Festibl. enables likeminded people to meet and share amazing festival experiences that they are currently missing out on.”

They took part in a new course called SPARKTANK, which nurtured 11 budding entrepreneurs who want their business ideas to become a reality.

Sponsored by Newcastle Business School, at Northumbria, and Gateshead Council, the free business start-up accelerator has proven popular with people who have just graduated and are keen to make it in the business world.

Based at Baltimore House, in Gateshead’s Baltic Business Quarter, the pilot programme has been designed to support, develop and test business ideas.

As well as providing graduates with mentors and specialist input from already seasoned entrepreneurs, the first seven applicants were given grants of £1,000 by Gateshead Council towards living costs while on the programme.

The ten-week programme has seen the entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to invited guests from the business world at weekly ‘pizza and pitch’ evenings. They have practised a wide range of pitches from the one-minute overview to a full pitch to investors.

SPARTTANK Director and Enterprise Fellow at Newcastle Business School, Michael Fowle, believes accelerator projects like SPARKTANK can benefit economic regeneration in the future.

He said: “Our entrepreneurs come to us with drive and ideas. We supply office space, a little bit of structure and relentless pressure to engage with customers. We also introduce them to dynamic local business people who have experience, skills and inspiring stories to share.

Lucy Winskell, OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business & Engagement at Northumbria) added: “Encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurship is a fundamental part of the Northumbria experience. It is an approach that continues to bring considerable success and opportunity.”