Q Magazine Teams Up With WAM!NET, Graphic Facilities And St Ives
Press release from the issuing company
July 10, 2003 – Q Magazine recently teamed up with communications provider WAMNET, prepress house Graphic Facilities, and print firm St Ives to produce a daily free newspaper on-site at Glastonbury Festival (27th – 29th June).
Glastonbury is the largest green field music and performing arts festival in the world and this year 150,000 people visited it to enjoy some of the 347 bands performing across 12 stages over 900 acres.
The 64-page broadsheet Q Glastonbury Times was created from two 6x15ft Portakabins fitted out with the latest production equipment and a 12-strong team of journalists and production staff. Technical logistics are looked after by Jonathan Moore of Graphic Facilities, with responsibility for putting the production system together and its smooth operation.
This is the 5th year that Q Magazine (published by Emap Performance), supported by Jonathan Moore, has produced the Q Glastonbury Times, but this time they doubled the team not only to handle production of the free daily, but also the official Glastonbury Festival Review magazine, and continuous updates for www.Q4music.com
Each cabin, packed with Apple Macs, cables, digital cameras and people, was linked to the outside world via twin ISDN lines equipped with WAM!NET ISDN Transmission Manager and WAM!NET-supplied Internet connection. The WAM!NET workflow enabled them to transmit PDF page files direct to the St Ives plant in Caerphilly, securely and without interruption, for the overnight production of 50,000 copies ready for distribution at the Festival every morning. St Ives also printed the Glastonbury Festival Review which goes on sale nationwide today.
"When you're in the field – literally – you are on your own and you have to be very confident everything will go according to plan," says Moore "The equipment was set up on Tuesday, tested on Wednesday and ready for the first day of production on Thursday." Dependable communications to the print site and the web site are a critical component. "It's all very well producing the material, but if you can't get it to its destination for printing or broadcast in time then it would be a nightmare," adds Moore. "With WAM!NET we can be confident that we have dependable and secure communications, plus back-up if we should need it. The final page transmission deadline was at midnight when St Ives went into overdrive to print and deliver the newspaper back on-site early the next morning. It can get pretty manic producing the daily, but when we make the transmission to the print site over WAM!NET we can relax as we know the data is in good hands."
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