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Tent-dumping at Music Festivals becoming more of a problem

Tent-dumping at Music Festivals becoming more of a problem

In recent years it has become increasingly common practice amongst festival-goers to leave tents in the camping site at the end of a festival, amongst other waste. The Love Your Tent initiative set up by Juliet Ross-Kelly aims to discourage this practice, and also the sale of bad quality, cheap tents. The issue is  becoming increasingly harder to manage in the…

Tramlines announces Sister Sledge for this year's festival

Tramlines announces Sister Sledge for this year’s festival

Tramlines has announced that iconic ’70s soul outfit Sister Sledge will be performing on the main stage on Devonshire Green on Saturday 26th July. 30 other new additions have also been made to the lineup which is now in excess of 100 artists.  The new announcements include  Tiga, TOY, Nicky Blackmarket, M.O., Woman’s Hour, We Were Evergreen, DLR, Alex Smoke, The DJ Pipes,…

Report reveals that Festival goers are the biggest victims of fraud

Report reveals that Festival goers are the biggest victims of fraud

Festival and concert-goers have been named amongst the biggest victims of fraudulent tickets, with reports peaking in the festival season. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) have called on ticket distributors to take more responsibility over the sale of fraudulent tickets, as figures reveal that consumers handed over £3.7m to fraudsters last year. A total of 4,555 reports were…

Music industry gets vocal over Government ticket legislation plans

Music industry gets vocal over Government ticket legislation plans

Recent moves by MPs to create more transparency in the secondary ticketing market have been welcomed by both managers and live executives. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music released a report last month that outlined government recommendations, some of which included guaranteed compensations for victims of ticket scams. Co founder of WeGotTickets, Dave Newton, and Paul Reed, general manager at…

Apply to play at Tramlines Festival 2014!

Apply to play at Tramlines Festival 2014!

Sheffield’s inner-city festival Tramlines is calling out for undiscovered bands to take to the stage at this year’s event, which takes place from 25 – 27 July. This year, headline artists, Tramlines’ booking team, and music industry experts from BBC Introducing will choose the final acts to play at this year’s festival. Hopefuls can apply on Tramline’s Facebook page by…

Legal Highs campaign snowballs

Legal Highs campaign snowballs

26 Festivals yesterday partook in a ‘digital blackout’, initiated and organised by AIF, to raise awareness about the dangers of so-called ‘Legal Highs’. AIF’s member festivals such as Bestival, Secret Garden Party and ArcTanGent, as well as non-members such as Glastonbury, T in the Park, Lovebox and Global Gathering, changed their website homepage design for 24 hours to a uniform…

The Festival Congress is Launched!

The Festival Congress is Launched!

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) today (Monday 28th April 2014) announced details of its brand new annual flagship event, The Festival Congress, which is coming to Cardiff this autumn. Keynote speakers confirmed so far include inspiring figures from the independent festival industry including Jude Kelly (Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre), Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury / The Great Escape) Rob…

Britpoppers join the bill for Stockton Weekender

Britpoppers join the bill for Stockton Weekender

Stockton Weekender has announced that ’90s indie britpoppers Shed Seven will be joining the bill at this year’s festival, taking place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July. Other acts announced include Hyde & Beast, Laurel, New Electric Ride, Weird Shapes, Red Kite, Dark Bells, Lilliput and PALACE, who will join the previously announced Public Enemy, Happy Mondays, Martha Reeves…

How are MPs planning to stop ticket touts?

How are MPs planning to stop ticket touts?

Following a series of evidence-gathering sessions hearing from consumer groups and those working in the live event industry and ticketing agencies, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse (APPG) has produced a raft of recommendations to increase transparency in the secondary ticketing market and stop fans getting scammed. The MPs say they now plan to make changes to the Consumer…

Mystery artist to play the main stage at Village Green

Mystery artist to play the main stage at Village Green

Media speculation as to who is “Longy” has been rife – the mysterious guise of a musician that was rumoured to be headlining Glastonbury according to The Telegraph. This, of course, turned out to be an April Fool’s, but there is a Facebook group as well as a Twitter profile, an Instagram and even a website, all dedicated to the…

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