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Festivals and concerts

Outdoor festivals and concerts are notoriously susceptible to adverse weather which can lead to health and safety problems and in extreme cases, cancellations. We work with Festival and Concert organisers to inform planning, support operational decisions and minimise financial loss in the event of extreme weather.

To discuss your requirements and to speak with one of our team, email us at leisure@metoffice.gov.uk or call 0370 900 0100.

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5 top operational weather challenges for festivals & concerts:

  • Rainfall either prolonged or extreme leading up to and during an event, can cause ground saturation putting attendees in danger of slips and falls and cause access issues on site.
  • Lightning can cause issues when working in or near to tall metal structures, such as staging, increasing the risk of a lightning strike.
  • Wind can affect the set up of equipment and staging. If it is deemed too severe, this may lead to downtime and delays.
  • Sunshine can be detrimental to attendees as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause health issues such as sunstroke.
  • High temperatures can cause heat exhaustion for festival and concert goers over a long period of time.

The Met Office offers a range of services to festival and concert organisers to mitigate the risk of weather across all stages of event planning. Discover our services that can help to combat weather challenges below:

VisualEyes™ for Leisure Event Management

VisualEyes™ is our easy to use weather alert system for event organisers and health and safety teams.

Please visit our VisualEyes™ for Leisure Events webpage for more information

Forecast Services

Location-specific Threshold Forecasts

Threshold forecasts highlight when you should pay most attention to the weather. You select the parameters and the thresholds that affect you. These forecasts can go out many days ahead and guidance can also give you recommendations to what to do when the significant weather hits your location.

Examples of the variables available include: temperatures, visibility, probability of rain (amongst others).

Wind at Height Forecast

Wind at height forecasts are specifically produced for working at height and give a five day forecast of wind speed and direction at your specified operating height at your given location.

•You set the wind height 
•You set the wind warning threshold

Understanding the wind forecast enables you to plan work with confidence and ensure safe working conditions by identifying windows in the weather.

Worried about more than just wind? Rain, lightning as well as wind at height forecasts are inbuilt into VisualEyes™.

Talk to a Forecaster

Our telephone consultnacy service is designed for when you need to speak to an expert immediately, our forecasters are on hand 24/7, to give you additional reassurance and guidance.

Ask for any weather information or forecast for any land area in the UK (international locations also available).

  • Direct telephone access to a weather forecaster 24 hours a day
  • Perfect for critical decision making

Weather Sensitivity Analysis

Our Weather Analytics team can help you to analyse the relationship between the weather and event performance, offering valuable insight into resource planning and event demand.

We can help you to answer important questions such as:

  • ‘How many people will attend the event in certain weather conditions?’
  • ‘What resources will be needed to serve the event audience?’

Such analysis can be produced in stages to test data before a deeper investigation – ultimately the level of granularity and investigation is tailored to your requirements.

Downtime summaries

Downtime summaries can be used to resolve contractual and other disputes in the event of a festival or concert cancellation.

Downtime summary reports can be produced from a choice of more than 3,600 locations across the UK to provide detailed information of weather conditions over a period of time. This can be compared with the Long Term Averages and 1-in-10 year values identifying weather conditions that fall outside of the normal parameters and could not have been planned for.

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