AIF Announcements

2017 Festival Congress Session Videos

2017 Festival Congress Session Videos

JOHN MCGRATH KEYNOTE – MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FESTIVAL QUESTION TIME AIF General Manager Paul Reed, UK Music’s Michael Dugher and Yourope’s Christof Huber discuss what Brexit means for the live music business, YouRope’s ‘Take a Stand’ initiative and political activism at festivals. SAFER SPACES PANEL Spotlighting AIF’s 2017 sexual assault awareness campaign, in a discussion involving participating festivals and partners,…

Job: AIF Membership and Project Coordinator

Job: AIF Membership and Project Coordinator

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is seeking a new Membership and Project Coordinator to assist the General Manager of AIF with the day-to-day organisation and administration of the association alongside coordinating a range of projects and events. This is primarily an administrative role and requires an enthusiastic individual and quick learner who is capable of delivering as part of a…

AIF's Independent Festival Awards - Winners Announced!

AIF’s Independent Festival Awards – Winners Announced!

AIF ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2017 INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL AWARDS   The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the 2017 Independent Festival Awards at a packed-out ceremony at DEPOT in Cardiff.   Hosted by Glastonbury Festival’s Ben Challis,the sparkling awards ceremony took place on the evening of the first day of AIF’s highly-praised annual Festival Congress (Monday 30th…

AIF's Independent Festival Awards Shortlist Announced

AIF’s Independent Festival Awards Shortlist Announced

Gearing up for it’s fourth annual Festival Congress, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced its Independent Festival Awards shortlist. Taking place on Monday 30th October at DEPOT in Cardiff, this year’s winners will be announced during a sparkling awards ceremony hosted by Glastonbury Festival’s Ben Challis, as part of the AIF’s yearly flagship event. This year, there are…

Core Programme, More Speakers and New Venue Announced for Festival Congress 2017

Core Programme, More Speakers and New Venue Announced for Festival Congress 2017

ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT FESTIVALS ANNOUNCE CORE PROGRAMME AND MORE SPEAKERS FOR FESTIVAL CONGRESS 2017 TICKETS ON SALE NOW www.festivalcongress.com The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced further details of its flagship event in Cardiff, featuring a two-day conference and Independent Festival Awards. Confirmed for the 30th and 31st October, the fourth annual Festival Congress will play host to over…

AIF announces Festival Congress Invitation to Tender for 2018-2020

AIF announces Festival Congress Invitation to Tender for 2018-2020

Festival Congress is AIF’s annual flagship event, a two-day conference, Independent Festival Awards and celebration of the festival industry. The event is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, over 400 industry delegates attending each year. Following three consecutive sold-out events from the event’s inception in 2014, the Congress has rapidly evolved to become a fixture and must…

PRESS RELEASE: AIF urges Competition & Markets Authority to further investigate Live Nation’s increasing dominance of the UK’s live music sector

PRESS RELEASE: AIF urges Competition & Markets Authority to further investigate Live Nation’s increasing dominance of the UK’s live music sector

New AIF data highlights proposed Isle of Wight Festival acquisition would see Live Nation control almost 25% of UK festivals over a 5,000 capacity. AIF warns of “profound and serious consequences” around Live Nation’s vertically integrated model and asks CMA to widen their investigation beyond the Isle of Wight deal.  US promoter already dominates ticketing, secondary ticketing and venue ownership…

AIF's Festival Congress: First Speakers Announced & Tickets On-Sale

AIF’s Festival Congress: First Speakers Announced & Tickets On-Sale

Making waves earlier this year with their ground-breaking initiative ‘Safer Spaces At Festivals’, the AIF has announced that their annual flagship event will return to Cardiff for its fourth year in October. Selling out every year since its inception, the Festival Congress will play host to an incredible ‘Pseudoscience’ theme, set to play homage to the nonsensical and weird experiments…

Press Release: AIF Announces Emerging Artist Initiative

Press Release: AIF Announces Emerging Artist Initiative

PRESS RELEASE   AIF announces new initiative to showcase emerging talent at independent festivals.   The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has partnered with several booking agencies to match emerging artists with their member festivals this season.    The purpose of the initiative, which is supported by a range of AIF’s 60 members, is to create more opportunities for emerging…

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