South Yorkshire surveyors turn their hands to music business

2 August 2012

Music-lovers can now take a 3-D virtual tour of an entire 25 acre festival site before they even set off for the event.

A state-of-the-art, laser-scanned image of the picturesque Shindig Festival ground is available via the website It’s believed to be the first time an image of this quality and detail has been made available to festival-goers – and the innovation is down to the expertise of the event’s organisers.

Jim Garside, of 1st Horizon Surveying and Engineering Ltd, turned event promoter to set up the ‘Shindig Festival’ at Silverwood, near Silkstone this month. The South Yorkshire site is in a woodland clearing owned by Barnsley Scouts.

Jim said: “The 3D image of the site allows people to have virtual stroll around the beautiful green fields before they come on the day and see it all full of hustle and bustle.”

Jim and his team used their surveying know-how and the very latest advanced laser scanning technology to create the digital model in order to help them plan the lay-out of the event.

“We’ve used 3D laser measurement technology to map every inch of the site in detail and this has helped us enormously with tasks such as calculating fencing lengths, car parking design, positioning festival structures such as the 50m outdoor stage and planning access and exit routes. It’s been a really interesting surveying project actually.”

Of course no amount of precision planning can make the sun shine and bad weather has dogged outdoor events this summer. But professional surveyor assesses that the setting is well placed to tolerate any amount of rain if it comes.

“The site is at the top of a hill and we have good access, good temporary hard-standing surfaces for cars and lots of good Scout paths. We are hoping for sunshine, but the Shindig will be going ahead whether people have to come in their wellies or not.”

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event to be held August 10th – 12th.  Over 15 UK bands, local singers and musicians, will play indie, rock, folk and roots.

Jim, and colleague Alex Dobbin, organised a couple of smaller Shindig Festivals eight years ago at the Penistone Showground but since then they have been busy building up the surveying business. They decided the time is right to revive the festival this year due to popular demand and set up 1st Horizon Entertainment Ltd to get the job done.

Alex said: “We plan to make it an annual event and have reserved the site the same weekend for the next five years. We’ve good contacts with local bands and have reached bigger UK bands through those links – we’re very pleased to have already attracted big names like Athlete, The Rifles and Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene.”

Tickets have sold well across the UK with music lovers travelling from Hertfordshire, Essex, Cumbria, Lincolnshire and Lancashire to join local crowds.

The Shindig Festival will be held August 10th –12th when crowds of up to 5,000 people a day will be able to enjoy indie and alternative rock on Friday and Saturday and acoustic, folk & roots on the Sunday. Headline acts are the Rifles on Friday (tickets £20), Athlete on Saturday (tickets £25) and Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene on Sunday (tickets £25). Other performers include Dead Sons, Max Raptor, The Silent Gestures, James Worton, Dave Burland and many more. Entry to all three events costs £55. Further details can be found at .



Photo shows Jim Garside and Alex Dobbin on the Shindig Festival site.

For media enquiries and interviews please contact Jim Garside on 07897 816867 or at

1st Horizon Surveying & Engineering Ltd offers a complete survey, 3D scanning and civil engineering service. The company can provide anything from simple reduced level surveys, detailed laser scans and intelligent 3D modelling.

1st Horizon Entertainments Ltd is an events management company established to organise the Shindig Festival at Silverwood, Silkstone, Barnsley.

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 0776 196 4492 or 01226 766900 or Kate Betts on 07792 764891

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