AIF Announcements

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,…

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…

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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