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Sadiq Khan To Protect London Venues With 'Agent Of Change' Principle

Sadiq Khan To Protect London Venues With ‘Agent Of Change’ Principle

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to introduce an ‘Agent Of Change’ principle to help protect music venues faced with noise complaints and licensing issues when developers decide to build residential structures next door or near live music venues. Once this is implemented it will mean the developer will be responsible for protecting residents against sound bleed issues in the…

Live Nation Begins Selling Tickets Via Snapchat In The U.S.

Live Nation Begins Selling Tickets Via Snapchat In The U.S.

As of last weekend ticketing giant Ticketmaster has begun selling tickets through social media platform Snapchat in the States. This is building upon the already existing partnership between Live Nation and Snapchat. “AEG Live also has a multi-year agreement with Snapchat to promote its festivals, although it has yet to introduce in-app ticket sales.” Live Nation’s adverts for an upcoming Ariana Grande tour…

Call For Bad Weather Best Practice Guides For Festivals

Call For Bad Weather Best Practice Guides For Festivals

After an interesting season for bad weather and several festival cancellations and ‘adjustments’, industry experts at Reeperbahn last week called for cooperation between festivals when it comes to sharing information and how to deal with bad weather. It was suggested that a uniform of best practice should be put together and implemented by all events but led by the larger…

Attitude Is Everything Awards

Attitude Is Everything Awards

Attitude is Everything has recently announced the launch of their own Outstanding Attitude Awards to celebrate those leading in innovation for making music accessible for deaf and disabled audiences. “The initiative will look to highlight the most forward-looking venues, festivals and music events in the UK and how they are creatively developing access for deaf and disabled music fans. The awards will…

Are Festivals 'Losing Their Connection To The Young'?

Are Festivals ‘Losing Their Connection To The Young’?

Industry representatives on Reeperbahn’s ‘Festival Season 2016/17′ panel believe that many festivals are alienating their audiences by focussing on ‘middle aged, middle class’ attendees instead of younger audiences and that incredibly high price points are excluding 18-19 year olds. Stuart Galbraith (Kilimanjaro Live), thinks young audiences are attending eSports events and live shows by YouTubers instead of festivals and concerts and thinks there’s a gap…

Guide To Tackle Online Touts + Statement From MP Nigel Adams

Guide To Tackle Online Touts + Statement From MP Nigel Adams

This week the FanFair Alliance and the Music Managers Forum (MMF) published a new guide for managers to help ‘beat the ticket touts’, a resource that aims to help minimise touting and the resale of tickets on secondary sites at inflated prices. MP Nigel Adams also released a statement against online ticket touts. “Through meetings with industry experts and fans…

UK Music's Wish You Were Here & Measuring Music Reports

UK Music’s Wish You Were Here & Measuring Music Reports

In June, UK Music released their 2016 Wish You Were Here Report based on statistics and attendance figures from 2015. 3.7 million people attended a festival last year and East England has the most ‘music tourists’ making up its live audiences. UK Music also recently released their ‘Measuring Music’ report which shows that the live industry generated £904 million for…

AIF Legal Helpline

AIF Legal Helpline

AIF has just announced a new partnership with law firm Lewis Silkin. This new initiative will provide AIF members with a dedicated legal helpline service to seek advice and guidance on the vast range of issues they face when planning, organising and delivering festivals. The line will be operated by members of Lewis Silkin’s specialist Media & Entertainment focus group and…

Shambala Goes Meat-Free

Shambala Goes Meat-Free

Last year Shambala was the first UK festival to accept bit coins as a form of payment and this year they’ve snatched another UK first. They were the first UK festival to go 100% meat-free to show festivalgoers how what we eat affects the environment and ignite a debate on the topic. The brave and forward thinking decision was largely met…

Mast Drugs Testing Piloted At Festivals

Mast Drugs Testing Piloted At Festivals

Secret Garden Party became the first UK festival to trial drugs testing onsite this year. Around 200 patrons ended up using the multi agency safety testing (MAST) facility which was ‘brokered in agreement with the local police and council’. Professor Fiona Measham (Director of The Loop) was instrumental to it’s implementation and success. Festivalgoers were offered the tests as part of a 10-minute…

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