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Desert Island Events
The Event Industry's Creative Podcast. Host Narmeen Kamran talks to event professionals and icons about their dream event, no holds barred.
Apr 14, 2021
La Dolce Vita with Nathan Angus
Ready to be swept of your feet? Which Italian lake are we heading to? All that and so much more in this wonderful episode with Nathan Angs from Wildfore Agency.
Apr 9, 2021
A Family Festival with Lucy Werner
Welcome back to season three of Desert Island Events and we have a bumper episode to kick off this season! We are joined by Lucy Werner, PR expert and best selling author of Hype Yourself who shares her dream event. Lucy talks to Narmeen about her dream festival combining the amazing local food in Hackney, fitness and a deep dive into hypno driving, race tracks and failing driving tests. Sponsored by Event Site Design
Mar 29, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #012 Women's Equality Summit with Laura Horwell
For the final episode of the first season of The Newcomers Stage, we speak to Laura Horwell, recent graduate from the University of Chester. Laura takes us to Barcelona for her take on a Women's Equality Summit for women in the events industry. Prepare for a three day empowering summit in the sun!
Mar 22, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #011 Australian Outback Festival with Brenda McMullan
Joining Narmeen on the island today is Brenda McMullan, Events Management Student at Liverpool John Moores University. This week Brenda takes us through a Coachella-esque festival set in the Australian Outback.
Mar 17, 2021
#024 Out of This World 50th Birthday with Jenna O'Grady
In the final episode of season two we hear from Jenna O'Grady, international events professional, for a super fuelled episode. The event? 50th Birthday Party. The venue? Space. That's right, we are finally leaving the planet and going out of this world for an event! What a way to wrap up season two!
Mar 15, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #010 Wave Rave with Daniel Manners
This week we're bringing you another Scottish event as we're staying in Scotland but heading to the beach this time! Student Daniel Manners shares with us his sustainable ocean friendly beach rave!
Mar 10, 2021
#023 Brixton Lagoon: A Bartender's New Years Day with Fabiano Latham
In the penultimate episode of this season we talk to Rekya Vodka Brand Ambassador and founder of Reyka Runners, Fabs Latham. Set in Brixton, Fabs creates the perfect party for bartenders - expect music, luges and puffin waiters!
Mar 8, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #009 Renaissance Highland Ball with Mackenzie Kerr
Going back to those Bridgerton and Scottish vibes, Mackenzie Kerr takes us through her dream event. Expect amazing music, dancing and a twist with the food!
Mar 3, 2021
#022 Around The World Cocktail Masterclass with Rhian Berry
Taking us on an Around the World Cocktail Masterclass this week as her dream event is Rhian Berry. Rhian is the Marketing Manager at EventMind and more importantly, host Narmeen's best friend in the industry!
Mar 1, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #008 Sleepover of Dreams with Claire Pattison
Joining Narmeen on the island today, Claire Pattison, final year events student at Canterbury Christ Church University who shares with us the 'Sleepover of Dreams'. Expect haute-couture mixed with festival food at an intimate music festival.
Feb 24, 2021
#021 Garden Power Luncheon with Dionne Bishop
We're back in Canada this week with Dionne Bishop, another incredible event professional. Dionne takes us to an empowering high stakes luncheon set in a beautiful garden.
Feb 22, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #007 Events Network Retreat with Rose Griffiths
This week on the island Rose Griffiths gives us a taste of Switzerland! encompassing networking, career development as well as some exciting activities, it is the perfect getaway for all event professionals and students.
Feb 17, 2021
#020 The Zen Experience with Keisha Pinto
This week we are back in Canada with the wonderful KEisha Pinto talking us through her dream event... The Zen Experience.
Feb 15, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #006 The Para-Ability Festival with Jemma Barton
Accessibility is such an important topic within the events space. Jemma Barton, student and graduate of the Event Academy sits down with Narmeen to talk about her dream event; the Para-Ability Festival.
Feb 10, 2021
#019 Global Change Summit Series with Claire Smith
VP of Vancouver Convention Centre, Claire Smith, joins Narmeen this week for her dream event. Focussing on the greater good and what we can build upon together, Claire starts the series off at her own home of Vancouver.
Feb 8, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #005 A Mexican Volunteers Retreat with Clemy Crowther
This week Clemy Crowther joins host Narmeen to talk us through her dream event. Whisking us away to Mexico, this is an exciting reunion and retreat for all of Clemy's volunteer colleagues over the years.
Feb 3, 2021
#018 Women's Empowerment Festival with Abbie Hart
Are you ready for the absolute glitter bomb of an episode? Abbie Hart, founder of the Female Hospitality Network joins us this episode to share with us her dream. Expect glitter, empowerment and becoming our best self.
Feb 1, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #004 New York Rooftop Party with Kirsten Newlands
This week our very own marketing intern and event graduate, Kirsten Newlands sits down with Narmeen on the show. What can you expect from this episode? Well a whole lot of glammer from a New York Rooftop!
Jan 27, 2021
#017 Destination 10th Weddings Anniversary with Jonny Fulton
Narmeen's new friend from Clubhouse, Jonny Fulton, director at Fox Wylie agency joins us this week. Where would you host your 10th wedding anniversary? Find out more about what Jonny would love to see at his dream event.
Jan 25, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #003 Gatsby & Drag Immersive Party with Erika Riekki
Carrying on with the popular historical theme, this week Narmeen talks to recent graduate Erika Riekki about her dream event. You can expect The Great Gatsby, Drag and... Harry Styles?
Jan 20, 2021
#016 Chicago Olympics Opening Ceremony with Nicole Roames
This week we are delighted to have Nicole Roames, Senior Meeting Planner and First Vice President of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, National Capital Chapter, joining us. Nicola is mixing things up with not only putting her twist on an existing event, but bring some sport here to the island!
Jan 18, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #002 A Murder Mystery Masquerade with Harry Hamilton
This seasons hottest show, Bridgerton is now here in event form. Event student, Harry Hamilton, is here to bring your Bridgerton dreams to life with his own dream event, a Murder Mystery Masquerade.
Jan 13, 2021
#015 Fyre Festival Done Right with Keneisha Williams
We have all heard about Fyre Festival; the industry's biggest tradgedy. But what if it was done right, it could be our biggest accomplishment? This episode we are joined by Keneisha Williams, an international event professional and co-founder of the global network, Black In Events. Keneisha talks us through how she would do Fyre Festival correctly.
Jan 11, 2021
The Newcomers Stage #001 A Scottish Island Festival with Naomi Hollas
Welcome to the debut episode of the new sister series of Desert Island Events, The Newcomers Stage where we give students and graduates a platform in the industry to share their event ideas. Kicking things off this season we have the inspirational Naomi Hollas, founder of Event Grads joining us to share a little bit of Scottish Culture and a little bit of a festival with us.
Jan 6, 2021
#014 The Social Media Festival with Sabrina Meyers
Kicking off 2021 as well as season two with a bumper episode, we have the wonderful Sabrina Meyers from Hot Hospitality Exchange joining us. Social Media strategist, online content creator and visibility queen (as well as an event professional!) Sabrina takes us through a social media festival. Think Fyre Festival x SXSW with education as well as entertainment with multiple venues. It's like fashion week but for social media.
Dec 16, 2020
#013 A Family Summer Ball with Samantha Salisbury
Event Careers Club and Get Ahead in Events group founder Samantha Salisbury has over 20 years of industry experience. In this weeks episode sh talks with host Narmeen about what her ideal event would be; a summer ball.
Dec 9, 2020
#012 The Ko Pha Ngan Kick Off with Adam Parry
Event Industry News Editor, Adam Parry, joins us this week for a one of a kind dream festival in Ko Pha Ngan, with a few surprise elements!
Dec 2, 2020
#011 A Countryside Celebration with Emily Hume
What would be your dream event if you had the job that allows you to work on your dream event everyday? This week Narmeen speaks with Emily Hume from about what would be her dream event.
Nov 25, 2020
#010 Oddity Events Birthday Party with Lizzy Eaton
Director of Oddity Events & Marketing and massive David Bowie fan, Lizzy Eaton talks with Narmeen about her dream for Oddity's 2nd Birthday... and 10th Birthday parties!
Nov 18, 2020
#009 The Reflect, Discover & Move Experience with Nicola Roodt
Event Industry influencer Nicola Roodt creates a time travelling individual experience on reflection and development.
Nov 11, 2020
#008 A Children's Charity Fundraiser with Priya Narain
General Manager at Event Marketing Association and Co-Founder of Event First Steps, Priya Narain, describes her dream event. A children's charity fundraiser is the event with some very special guests!
Nov 4, 2020
#007 An Italian Fashion Show with Kate Bullard
Kate Bullard, co-founder of Event Profs Live and corporate events professional, steps away from her corporate background and talks us through her ideal Italian Fashion Show.
Oct 28, 2020
#006 A Moroccan Wellness Retreat with Gabby Austen-Browne
Event Industry changemaker, Gabby Austen-Browne co-founder of Diversity Ally, shares her vision of a wellness retreat in Morocco.
Oct 21, 2020
#005 The Ryder Cup Festival with Robert Kenward
Specialist Fitability® recruiter for the Live Event and Experiential sectors, Robert Kenward, in his own words takes "one of the noblest of sports and turns it into a sideshow carnival".
Oct 14, 2020
#004 A French 50th Birthday Affair with Lavinia Stewart Brown
Boutique event director, Lavinia Stewart Brown of Stewart Brown Events, talks us through her dream event to plan in the south of France.
Oct 7, 2020
#003 Talk Twenties Live with Gaby Mendes
Your guide to adulthood, Gaby Mendes, talks about her vision for Talk Twenties Live - the ultimate event to help you through your twenties.
Sep 30, 2020
#002 A Drag-Dessert-Design Exhibition with Miriam Sigler
Exhibition queen Miriam Sigler, Director of Ways and Means Events, chats with Narmeen about the ultimate Dessert-Drag-Design Show.
Sep 29, 2020
#001 A Christmas Winter Wonderland with Chloe Heathcote
Industry blogger and event professional, Chloe Heathcote, talks with host Narmeen Kamran about her dream event...a Christmas Winter Wonderland.