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SUZANNE BULL APPOINTED 'SECTOR CHAMPION' FOR MUSIC

SUZANNE BULL APPOINTED ‘SECTOR CHAMPION’ FOR MUSIC

The British Government has appointed 11 ‘sector champions’ to help make the UK music industry more inclusive for the disabled. One of the appointed ‘champions’ is Attitude is Everything founder & CEO, Suzanne Bull who has been championing better access for the disabled at gigs and festivals for several years. “I’ll be making a solid business case for accessibility and will be…

FESTIVAL VISION: 2025 MEETING UPDATE

FESTIVAL VISION: 2025 MEETING UPDATE

40 Festivals and organisations met on the 26th January to shape the future of the Festival Vision: 2025. Hosted by Chair of Powerful Thinking, Chris Johnson and Julie’s Bicycle founder and CEO Alison Tickell, the day included presentations from Richard Gilles, former Sustainability Director at M&S and Director of Festival On The Wall, ZAP Concepts event sustainability consultants Rob Scully and…

ID&C GRASS ROOTS BURSARY

ID&C GRASS ROOTS BURSARY

Friend of AIF and festival wristband provider ID&C has launched its 7th annual Grass Roots Festival Bursary, giving small-to-medium festivals in the UK a chance to receive £2500 worth of security wristbands and credentials. Apply for the 2017 Grass Roots Festival Bursary here: https://www.idcband.com/grass-roots/ More than 50 festivals applied for last year’s bursary, which is open to any UK festival that has operated for…

BEHIND THE SCENES OF GOING MEAT & FISH FREE AT SHAMBALA

BEHIND THE SCENES OF GOING MEAT & FISH FREE AT SHAMBALA

Shambala Festival made the bold decision to go meat and fish free in 2017 in an effort to spark up conversations around ‘moving us toward the ability to make positive, informed choices about how we impact other people globally today and in the future.’ For a festival made up of 70% meat-eater attendees this was a risky route to wander…

KENDAL CALLING SELLS OUT AND GOES VIRTUAL

KENDAL CALLING SELLS OUT AND GOES VIRTUAL

Kendal Calling managed to sell 60% of their tickets before they announced a single band and then completely sold out within a week of making the lineup announcement. Impressive stuff! Now they’re the first festival to release a virtual tour of their festival site. With the help of Google you can now do a virtual tour of the site from last…

LINEUPS GALORE

LINEUPS GALORE

The festival lineup announcements have been coming hard and fast over the past few weeks. It’s hard to keep up with them all so never fear, here’s a list of all of our members who’ve announced their lineups for this summer so far:2000trees ArcTanGentBelladrum Tartan Heart FestivalBestivalBlissfieldsBluedotBurning LanternCamp BestivalCornburyDeer Shed FestivalEden SessionsElderflower FieldsEnd of The RoadFairport’s Cropredy ConventionFarr FestivalGreen GatheringHandmade FestivalHeb…

Let's Be The Change

Let’s Be The Change

Director of Entertainment Intelligence Sammy Andrews launched a new initiative last week in the hopes to make industry speaker lineups more diverse moving forward. Let’s Be The Change is a directory of females who work in the music/entertainment/live industry who would be interested in speaking at conferences and other events. Sammy said “I’m getting increasingly frustrated with the perpetual fu**ing…

Music Tourism Convention

Music Tourism Convention

VisitBritain, Sound Diplomacy and Marketing Liverpool have joined forces for the first ever Music Tourism Convention taking place in Liverpool on the 16th & 17th February. The event will explore how music can influence and benefit tourism and the organisers have already shone a light on some impressive statistics relating to the UK overall with direct and indirect music tourism spend…

A Greener Festival Award Winners For 2016

A Greener Festival Award Winners For 2016

25 festivals across 13 countries awarded for in 2016. 10th year of the Greener Festival Awards Tougher standards raise the bar and challenge events. Awards presented at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands. A Greener Festival (AGF) have announced all 25 winners of the Greener Festival Award since the schemes relaunch in 2016. These are the first events to receive this prestigious…

Festival Vision 2025: Meeting At The Festival Supplier Awards

Festival Vision 2025: Meeting At The Festival Supplier Awards

Powerful Thinking and Julie’s Bicycle will hold the first Festival Vision:2025 Meeting at The Festival Suppliers Awards on the 26th Jan. The meeting will bring together 30 plus Vision Festivals, events that have pledged to work together for a more sustainable festival industry, to shape the future of the 10-year Vision, and take part in professional skills workshops for their onward…

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