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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…

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…

PYROTECHNICS NOW ILLEGAL AT FESTIVALS & EVENTS

PYROTECHNICS NOW ILLEGAL AT FESTIVALS & EVENTS

The live industry has been campaigning against the use of pyrotechnics (flares & fireworks) by audiences at festivals and events for some time. As of the 4th April it is now illegal to ‘posses pyrotechnic articles at musical events’ according to the Policing and Crime Bill 2017. Artist and event promoters will not be prosecuted for possession but anyone in the…

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