Live at Leeds – Extra Time

exI will admit – I’m going to do a quick plug – sorry! But it’s worth checking it out I promise.

I am a part of the organising team for this year’s Live at Leeds bank holiday Monday event, Extra Time.

It is going to be crazy good and if you’re in the Leeds/Yorkshire area you should definitely come and check it out. Live at Leeds is by far the coolest weekend of the entire year and you’d be mad to miss it!

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The Events Degree

Now this tweet from Kirstie Allsopp did come a while ago and with it came many people in both agreeance and disbelief at her sheer ignorance for the subject. Anyway, I think it’s time I took Allsopp on and fought back for the industry I’m basing my future career around.


I study Events Management at Leeds Beckett, formerly Leeds Metropolitan University. It’s the UK Centre and we’re fortunate to have lecturers with both amazing practical experience and high academia. Everyone is fully aware that it’s a controversial subject on whether or not it’s needed or useful, and it’s definitely up there with what people consider Mickey Mouse.

People think Events Management is all about planning parties. Well, ignorant people do. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In my 2 and a half years studying so far, I have not heard the word ‘party’ used once. In a single lecture, seminar or casual conversation.

We effectively study a Business Management degree – but with an angle that you are running an events business. We learn the fundamentals of UK law, regulations, accounting, business management – and yes, a bit of creativity.

I’m not saying the average person can’t throw a party. Of course they can. You don’t need any qualifications for that. Just like you don’t to plan a wedding. People with absolutely no organisational skills or any understanding of the law do that every single day all by themselves without the help of a professional. But people don’t enter into this degree wanting to be party planners or wedding planners. We want to be conference managers, run international exhibitions, manage festivals, music events, sporting events – The Olympics.

It’s slightly different.

It’s the difference between planning something for 200 people that you probably know quite well, to being responsible for 80,000 strangers in a stadium who have all paid £60 each to both be entertained and safe.

Human error is always going to happen and things beyond our control are always going to happen – therefore inevitably, things that cause crises are always going to happen. However, we’re trained to put everything in place to prevent these occurrences. To prevent the next Hillsborough disaster which took the lives of 96 people, and the Brazil nightclub fire which took the lives of 233.

We learn the rules of capacity and what is a safe number of people to have in one venue. We learn the rules on fireworks and pyrotechnics. We learn many health and safety rules relating to events and venue management, and the laws surrounding them in quite some detail.

We learn these things so that hopefully these dreadful disasters don’t repeat themselves.

We learn these things so that people like Kirstie Allsopp can walk into the National Television Awards and feel comfortable and safe in the knowing that she will come out alive. She feels entertained and everything runs to time.

It’s supposed to feel effortless. It’s supposed to feel calm for the attendees. But without a doubt the entire events team are running round like headless chickens back stage. And the people that have been in the business for twenty years probably have worked their way up into that role, but the assistants on large scale events and the newly emerging talent which are going to take on the entertainment and business world in a matter of a few years, are all educated and trained in that profession.

Yes, it might be Mickey Mouse. But as a teacher once said to me, the company that made Mickey Mouse made a hell of a lot of money.

love lauren x


Day 11: Is there anything you do that helps keep you grounded?

31 Days of BPD



Anything creative. Drawing, writing, painting and any time of design – interior or events mainly. It’s the one thing I can do that takes away my troubles. I don’t think of anything else no matter how many thoughts are running through my mind. I’m incredibly lucky that there is such a thing that does this for me.

I don’t need to listen to any music or have the TV on to distract me, my mind is empty whenever I start. It makes me appreciate everything around me, and feel good about myself for a short amount of time as it’s something that I excel in. It’s the only thing I do that isn’t structured – I’m a person that likes a plan, but with creativity that goes out of the window and I often don’t know what I’m going to do until I do it.

My family, friends and boyfriend also keep me incredibly grounded. They’re all amazing and put up with my rubbish every day. They’re all amazing.

love lauren x



My first blog post – thought it would only be right to tell you a bit about myself.

I’m 22, originally from Felixstowe but studying Events Management in Leeds. I’m a lover of anything creative and think that most things in life could be made that little bit more pretty and innovative. I do consider myself to be an entrepreneur too as developing new ideas and businesses is always at the forefront of my mind.

Pinterest is my absolute bible for inspiration and sparks my imagination for many of the things I do. My mind works at a million miles and hour so pinning and storing photos for later allows me to focus on one project at a time – sometimes; I’m not very good at that.

I’m incredibly impulsive – a little too impulsive if you ask me, and very generous with my money. These traits can be somewhat linked to my Borderline Personality Disorder and Cyclothymia which alongside severe anxiety dominated my teenage years and is something I still struggle with everyday.

I moan a lot and get aggitated incredibly quickly about small details, but I do also pride myself on being able to see the good in everybody and every situation.

I love lighting and anything that hangs from the ceiling – it’s guaranteed to make a space more inviting and complete. I love unicorns – just because, and anything that has a unique beauty. Antique shops are home to some of the best furniture – there’s just something about it that can’t be bought from a well known Swedish flat pack store. Lists should be written for everything, and I will write you one if you haven’t already; being organised isn’t difficult. You’re just not trying.

I hate velvet – it’s the only material I can’t work with. I’m a 90s child and there’s something about velvet that makes me think of a burgandy jumpsuit my mum dressed me in throughout my childhood. I also hate balloons – don’t ask (I’ll come onto that another time) and tall table centrepieces that restrict your view. They may look grand and opulent but practicality is important too. I also can’t stand judgement – allowing people to be who they are, want to be, and can’t help being is crucial; we weren’t all meant to be the same.

So that’s me in a nutshell.

The epitome of a perfectionist. Underlining the boy’s titles who worked next to me in year 8 Geography because he refused to use a ruler. I’m a little bit of a nightmare at times and I just want to make everything look nice.

More to come soon. Watch this space!

love lauren x