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Posted in: Featured Festivals Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on November 7, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

Courtesy of Electric Forest

Madison House Presents, the team behind world-class music festival Electric Forest, is dedicated to “never do the same show twice.” Their fans know it too, walking away from the last festival day already talking about returning for the next magical year. Madison House Presents plans all year, working on refining, improving, and devising innovative new experiences for tens of thousands of attendees. It is their biggest event and sold out three years in a row. We caught up with Kayleigh…

Posted in: Featured Festivals Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on October 30, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

CaperCon convention attendees wait to meet actor Scott McNeil

You’ll find superheroes, villains, and anime characters at CaperCon. Or at least fans dressed up as their favorite characters from various games and shows! During the three-day convention in 2018, CaperCon brought together nearly 1,000 people while organized completely by volunteers. This annual pop culture event in Cape Breton is like a smaller, local version of ComiCon, the enormous multi-genre entertainment convention. Fans play games, attend panels, meet guest stars from shows, dress up as favorite characters and showcase artistic tributes…

Posted in: What's App? News from the app and the office on September 24, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

Darren and Morgan, founders of Marcato

It all started 10 years ago with two musicians who were traveling and playing at festivals, then sharing ideas about the music industry on the tour van. Both musicians at heart with years of experience in the music industry, they also had business savvy and technical skills. And a dream to fix the music industry. The ideas Darren Gallop and Morgan Currie shared while riding tour vans between gigs would ultimately become Marcato. What started with thoughts about better ways…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on August 29, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

Music festival in Australia. Photo by danny howe on Unsplash

Festivals are booming in Australia. During the six years Marcato has been in the music festival scene in Australia, we’ve seen an explosion of growth. More awesome festivals, artists, and fans. In the last year, Australia boasted 10 of the Top 100 grossing concerts in the world. Among those ten were two mega festivals: Byron Bay Bluesfest and CMC Rocks Queensland. Now we’re excited to announce our account executive Mark Sparrow will be in Australia this November as a delegate…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on January 8, 2018 by Ashley MacDonald

We talk to a lot of festival organizers on a weekly basis. Many of them are in search for a better solution than the generic systems they’re using, like spreadsheets or word documents. But one of the common questions we get asked: “Is your software solution only used by music festivals?” And our answer is always of course not! We’ve been working in the festival & live events space for a decade now. Over those 10 years, we’ve had the…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers Uncategorized What's App? News from the app and the office on October 12, 2017 by Natasha Hillier

Our support team has been supporting festivals and live events for a combined 20 years and we’ve helped over 1500 events successfully use and benefit from our product. With these statistics come an expertise that is unmatched by any other support team in the event management software industry. Basically, what we are trying to say is: we know what we are doing and we want to help you feel the same way when it comes to festival management software. The…

Posted in: Short Weeklys on September 15, 2017 by Ashley MacDonald

We’re actively expanding into Europe over the coming months. In addition to making our festival & live event management software more widely available, we’ll also be traveling across Europe this fall. Our amazingly awesome Account Executive, Mark Sparrow will be making stops at several festivals and conferences throughout the continent. Here’s the rundown of where he’s going to be: Reeperbahn Festival; September 20-23, 2017 (Hamburg, Germany) *Including a corporate speaking session on Thursday, September 21st at 2pm International Festival Forum;…

Posted in: Featured Festivals on November 1, 2013 by Natasha Hillier

I’m sitting at the bar in Sydney’s Cape Breton Fudge Company, sipping a delicious dark roast caramel coffee and soaking up the anticipation for next week’s 2013 Nova Scotia Music Week.  The CB Fudge Co. is one of the eight amazing venues Sydney has offered up for us to enjoy some fantastic music listening experiences. Serge Samson, Event Manager with Music Nova Scotia, explains, “When NSWM comes to town, we try to tap into the hosting city’s already vibrant, music-loving…

Posted in: Featured Festivals on November 3, 2011 by Natasha Hillier

It’s that time of year again, Nova Scotia music lovers! Every year around the first weekend of November, Nova Scotia’s music community descends on one incredibly well prepared Nova Scotia town to mix, mingle, perform, learn, and make business happen at Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week which this year is powered by Marcato Festival. In addition to providing Music Nova Scotia’s staff with an industry focused platform to communicate and collaborate while planning the Festival and conference, all the…

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