AIF Announcements

AIF and BBC Introducing team up

AIF and BBC Introducing team up

The Association of Independent Festivals has again partnered with BBC Introducing to bring great emerging acts to the attention of our 600,000 combined festival attendees in 2014. Having taken the partnership a step further by rolling it out nationally last year, this year bands chosen by BBC Introducing are being offered the opportunity to play at some of the most…

Policing reform u-turn described as "a victory for common sense" by festival organisers.

Policing reform u-turn described as “a victory for common sense” by festival organisers.

Association of Independent Festivals, AFO, Festival Republic, Live Nation, UK Music and National Association of Outdoor Events have been campaigning on behalf of festival organisers in relation to a public consultation this year over whether the Special Police Service (SPS) should be a legal requirement on-site at events across the UK. Due to a collective concern that some festivals and…

Live music charity launches #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign

Live music charity launches #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign

Live music charity Attitude Is Everything has launched a new campaign this morning, calling on more venues and festivals to sign up to its Charter Of Best Practice for providing better access to deaf and disabled music fans. AIF and its member festivals have actively backed the campaign, as well as musicians such as Robert Smith, Frank Turner, Slow Club…

WiFI cows at Glasto

WiFI cows at Glasto

A herd of life size painted cows will serve as WiFi hotspots at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, meaning audiences will benefit from super fast WiFi powered by EE’s 4G network. As Glasto’s 2014 technology partner, the mobile phone company is installing fibreglass cows on the 1,200-acre site. The cows have been modelled on Worthy Farm’s famous dairy herd, and decorated…

Secret Garden Party sells out in record time

Secret Garden Party sells out in record time

AIF member and Cambridge based festival, Secret Garden Party, is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and organisers have now announced that tickets have completely sold-out in record time. Festival organiser Fred Fellowes said, “We are thrilled to sell out in April for our 10th Birthday. It’s the fastest-selling ever, which is incredible given the current financial climate. A big…

Making the numbers add up to avoid Festifail (by Nick Lawrence)

Making the numbers add up to avoid Festifail (by Nick Lawrence)

Whether it’s next weekend, or three months on Friday, festival organisers should be well on top of their financials, with clear sight of cashflow, profit and loss and projections.  Monitoring systems for ticket sales, merchandise, concession arrangements and artist contracts should all be in place and being constantly reviewed.  If this is already making queasy reading, then the next job…

Tramlines announces acts chosen by new music experts

Tramlines announces acts chosen by new music experts

Today, Tramlines Festival announced the final wave of artists to play the event from 25-27 July, across multiple venues in Sheffield. Alongside new acts such as The Beat and Veronica Falls, a panel of new music experts that includes BBC Introducing presenters and artists Toddla T and Slow Club have selected a series of breakthrough talent. Bands chosen by the…

Sonisphere to commemorate WW1 with Iron Maiden

Sonisphere to commemorate WW1 with Iron Maiden

AIF member Sonisphere will be returning to Knebworth House in Hertfordshire this year with a bang, as they recently announced that Iron Maiden lead singer and trained airline pilot Bruce Dickinson is to take part in an air display above the festival to commemorate the start of World War 1. Dickinson will be part of a group of pilots taking…

EPC consults with event professionals on SAG.

EPC consults with event professionals on SAG.

The Emergency Planning College has drafted a good practice guide to working in safety advisory groups (SAG), and wishes event organisers and industry professionals to give feedback by June 4. The EPC aim to form a single, core guidance document for SAG, their members, event organisers and industry, intended to act as a reference document for new or inexperienced event…

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,…

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