AIF Announcements

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…

Festival Congress - Core Programme Announced

Festival Congress – Core Programme Announced

The Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess and speakers from Secret Garden Party, Bluedot, The Eden Sessions and more join AIF flagship event in Cardiff. The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), the London based trade association that represents UK festival organisers, has announced the core programme and additional speakers for Festival Congress 2016, which will take place in Cardiff for the…

AIF & Secret Garden Party Joint Statement On Sexual Assaults At Festivals Issue

AIF & Secret Garden Party Joint Statement On Sexual Assaults At Festivals Issue

  AIF & Secret Garden Party joint statement on sexual assaults at festivals issue. Paul Reed, General Manager, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF): “As a trade association representing the interests of over 60 festival organisers in the UK with a collective audience of over 600, 000 people, we wish to respond and provide some clarity regarding recent articles in the…

AIF Statement In Response to Brexit

AIF Statement In Response to Brexit

Following the referendum decision to leave the European Union, AIF would like to reassure our members that we will continue to represent the best interests of the UK independent festival sector and will be working hard in the coming months with our members and the wider industry to fully understand the ramifications. The festival market has developed as a truly…

Tickets on sale and first details announced for Festival Congress 2016

Tickets on sale and first details announced for Festival Congress 2016

AIF Confirms Flagship Event Dates & Program  The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), the London based trade association that represents UK festival organisers, has announced the dates of Festival Congress, which will take place in Cardiff for the third year running later this year. Confirmed for 1st and 2nd November 2016 Festival Congress, which will take place at the Wales…

#FestFutures Round Up

#FestFutures Round Up

Last week we launched Festival Futures in Brighton & Manchester and some really interesting and thought provoking content came out of it. We had John Empson (Eden Sessions) and Ben Robinson (Kendal Calling) delivering the keynotes in each city which were equal parts inspiring and full of practical advice (don’t drive Florence Welch into a tree stands out as one hot…

Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

Festival organisers have a huge amount of responsibility when it comes to event health and safety, particularly with the changes in legislation last year known as CDM 2015. Our resources area contains lots of useful resources including a new guide on How to Write an Event Safety Plan from Event Safety Plan.

Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

With less than a month to go before the first Festival Futures Conferences kick off in Brighton and Manchester, AIF have released the final speaker lineup and full conference schedule. The final speakers announced include Katy Mcleod (Chill Welfare), Sean McLoughlin (Metal/Village Green Festival), Adrian Tinsen and Gavin Bull (HM Inspectors of Health & Safety). Tickets for each event include entry to…

AIF Announces Festival Futures Conferences

AIF Announces Festival Futures Conferences

After a successful two years establishing and selling out the Festival Congress in Cardiff as a leading festival industry event, The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) announces ‘Festival Futures’- two co-ordinated one-day conference events in Brighton and Manchester this April. These will feature festival promoter keynotes, quick fire ‘Talking Heads’ sessions and fireside chats with industry experts alongside opportunities for…

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