An events graduate from Glasgow is set to embark on the challenge of a lifetime by going ‘around the world in 80 events’.

Evoking the spirit of Phileas Fogg, Matt Lamb, who studied International Events Management and International Sports Management at Glasgow Caledonian University, will set off next month on a round-the-world trip visiting some of the most iconic global events.

Raising funds for Govan-based charity Revive MS as he goes, a condition that his mother suffers from, Matt aims to visit 27 countries in 10 months and will volunteer or be a spectator at events including:

  • The Nagasaki Tall Ship Festival in Nagasaki, Japan;
  • The Honda Celebration of Light in Vancouver, Canada;
  • Waitangi Ki Okahu Day in Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Electric Avenue Music Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand;
  • Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, Indonesia;
  • Palio di Siena Horse Race, Italy.
  • Tour de France;
  • Harley Davidson Road Fest, Budapest;
  • Carnival of Cultures, Berlin;
  • 2019 European Games, Minsk.

Lamb, from Robroyston, said: “This type of adventure has never been done before in the timeframe I am aiming to achieve it in.

“So, the challenge is about pushing myself to achieve something different and worthwhile. Secondly, I fully believe around the world there are unique events which I wanted to explore. Six years ago I decided to come up with this idea of going around the world to meet, discover and learn about all these events. I want to then bring all of this learning and impact to the events world in Scotland.”

A passionate events advocate, Matt, 27, aims to discover the different dimensions of events around the world and hopes his trip will be recognised as a ‘world first’ as well as a far-reaching and ‘unique events research project delivering insights into the events industry worldwide’. He will take in some of the biggest – and smallest – global events across the sporting, cultural and arts sectors and hopes to get an understanding of ‘the details’ that make them a success.

Preparing for his depature on February 4, Matt has already made 60 separate accommodation bookings, will update his followers with a regular blog and has organised a series of meetings and venue tours along the way, including with Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Australian Open and Eventbrite.

A former bank lecturer in Events Management at City of Glasgow College, teaching different modules while completing his Master’s, Matt also hopes to speak at universities about the project, the findings and the importance of ‘following your dreams’.

To read about Matt’s trip and support his fundraising appeal, visit