Throughout his time on stage, he’s always thought there’d be a better way of running the festival backstage.
“As an artist, you can turn up for your set and no one will have looked through your specifications for sound or how the stage should be laid out. Festivals want to be festivals and have a party - organisation is an afterthought,” he says.
That’s why he developed Festival Pro, a piece of software that collects and organises all the information and processes required for running a festival. The business combines two passions: music and technology.
Making festival management easier
Tushar has built the entire system and website from scratch. “Writing code is my passion. I was up till 3am this morning writing code, it’s an addiction in a way.”
He started learning to code when he was six years old and went on to do an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at City University in London, where he grew up. In 2001, he completed a Masters in Advanced Computing with Artificial Intelligence at Imperial University, London.
Tushar adds new features and updates to Festival Pro almost on a daily basis, based on requests from customers. Since launching in 2017, more than 50 festivals have signed up. At the moment, he runs Festival Pro with just two members of staff, Victoria and Josh, who help with administrative tasks.
Not all the festivals he works with are music-based. “There’s a taco festival in Texas, a book festival in Pittsburg and a multi-venue arts festival in Bristol,” he says.