AIF Announcements

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…

AIF Comment on Manchester Terror Attack

AIF Comment on Manchester Terror Attack

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with all those affected by the horrific incident following the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night. In the aftermath of this dreadful attack, audiences attending festivals this season may understandably have some concerns. We must emphasise the excellent security record of festivals in the UK. AIF members are experts in organising safe and secure events…

AIF'S SAFER SPACES AT FESTIVALS CAMPAIGN

AIF’S SAFER SPACES AT FESTIVALS CAMPAIGN

  UK music festivals restate zero tolerance to sexual assault with new ‘Safer Spaces’ campaign More than 25 festival websites, including Bestival, Boomtown Fair, End of the Road, Parklife and Secret Garden Party, to be “blacked out” for 24 hours on May 8th to increase awareness about sexual assault Festival organisers to promote safety messages online and sign new declaration…

FESTIVAL CONGRESS DATES ANNOUNCED

FESTIVAL CONGRESS DATES ANNOUNCED

The dates for the 4th annual Festival Congress are the 30th-31st October, again also taking place in Cardiff, Wales. Every year the Festival Congress sells out and last year attracted just over 400 delegates from the independent festival industry for the 2-day conference and awards celebration. All AIF members and Friends are entitled to one free delegate pass and then…

LAST EVER SECRET GARDEN PARTY ANNOUNCED

LAST EVER SECRET GARDEN PARTY ANNOUNCED

Recently the Head Gardener (Freddie Fellowes) made the shock announcement that this year’s Secret Garden Party would be the last. What started out as a party for a few hundred people 15 years ago, grew into one of the most treasured & creative boutique festivals and it is going to leave a huge gap on the UK festival calendar. In his statement…

AIF announces winners of the 2016 Festival Congress Awards 

AIF announces winners of the 2016 Festival Congress Awards 

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the 2016 Festival Congress Awards at a packed out ceremony at DEPOT in Cardiff. Hosted by Ben Challis (Glastonbury Festival),the ceremony took place on the evening of the first day of Festival Congress (Tuesday 1st November). Winners included Bluedot (New Festival on the block), End of the Road Festival…

Entry Call For 2017 Event Production Awards

Entry Call For 2017 Event Production Awards

Access All Areas and Mash Media’s Event Production Awards are set to return in 2017, taking place on the 1st March at the Lancaster Hotel in London. They are now accepting entries for all awards which “sees the great and good of the events industry come together to celebrate and recognise the people who keep the cogs turning.” To enter the…

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