Eddie Barcan

Splendid Events is run by Eddie Barcan, who has over twenty-five years' professional experience of working on flagship events at all levels and has proven ability to manage a diverse range of projects to the highest standards.

Eddie built his reputation by leading the internationally renowned Cambridge Folk Festival, where he managed and programmed 23 consecutive sell-outs, secured national TV and radio coverage and saw the festival gain awards, including the highest possible Greener Festival Awards for sustainability. Eddie has also programmed the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival since 2005, where he’s developed an identity for the stage which attracts the best folk and roots acts, huge pop-stars, Hollywood A-list celebrities and icons such at the late, great Sir Bruce Forsyth. 

For over 20 years, Eddie managed the Bonfire Night Fireworks, on behalf of Cambridge City Council, as well as played key roles on the City’s Millennium Celebrations and Olympic Torch Relay and worked on a wide range of outdoor events provided by the local authority. Splendid Events dates back to 2008, when Eddie set it up to promote a burlesque and variety night called Salon Rouge. This became a monthly sell-out for four years at The Junction, Cambridge, before he called it a day at the height of its popularity. Splendid Events still promote occasional unique events.

Since 2016, Splendid Events has become a full-time commitment and Eddie has worked in a variety of roles, drawing on his extensive experience, with a range of prestigious clients on their own events and projects. 

What are people saying about Splendid Events?

Clear and concise direction... 

“Splendid Events provided clear and concise direction for the University of Cambridge’s Open Eddington festival in 2017, which marked the opening of a new neighbourhood in the City.
We look forward to working with the team for
Open Eddington 2018."


Heather Topel
Project Director
North West Cambridge Development 

An invaluable partner...

“We have been working with Eddie from Splendid Events for a couple of years now. Both his knowledge and experience in artist programming along with his understanding of the festival scene has made him an invaluable partner. He has helped our festival increase its foot-fall and profile and we look forward to working with him as our festival continues to grow.”

Adam Slough
Festival Director
Folk By The Oak

Connected, respected, efficient... 

“We approached Eddie on the recommendation of a number of people, and are exceedingly glad that we did. He steered us through the paperwork and planning, secured the land from the Council, and has been instrumental in licence applications and production. Eddie is tenacious, detail oriented, supremely well connected and respected, and extremely efficient.”

Andrea Cockerton
Creative Director
House of Cambridge