Located in Achterhoek, the eastern region of the Netherlands, Zwarte Cross is one of the largest annual outdoor music and sports festivals in Europe. The event has grown immensely, from the 1,000 attendees recorded at the 1997 launch to over 220,000 total attendees at the 2018 festival, which took place from July 12th – 15th. The festival now includes 33 stages, and spans a distance of 160 hectares across three villages. The growth in attendees drove the need for more supporting staff and functions. In total, there are now 32 different caterers and 40,000 jobs (including suppliers) that are responsible for running the festivals operations. As the festival grew and evolved the technology and communication needs did as well.