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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…

Viagogo No Show in Parliament and Amendments to Digital Economy Bill

Viagogo No Show in Parliament and Amendments to Digital Economy Bill

Last week Viagogo failed to send a representative to the DCMS ticket abuse hearing, a completely disrespectful and cowardly move that didn’t go down well with Parliament. As expected they got a well deserved roasting during and after the hearing. Yesterday the Government was defeated in the House of Lords on Amendment 33ZLZA in the Digital Economy Bill. The amendment strengthens obligations in…

AIF AND BAROD PRESENTS: HOW TO MAKE FESTIVALS WORK FOR YOU

AIF AND BAROD PRESENTS: HOW TO MAKE FESTIVALS WORK FOR YOU

Friday 7th April 2017 @ The Big Top, Cardiff, 12pm – 4pm RSVP | TicketsAIF and BAROD presents: How To Make Festivals Work For You – unique insights from independent festival promoters for emerging artists, concert promoters, large event and festival organisers. They’ll be kicking off the session with a festival case study featuring the organiser of Kendal Calling & Bluedot festivals before a buffet lunch and…

Free Virtual Tours Available For Some Festivals

Free Virtual Tours Available For Some Festivals

Kendal Calling Festival has been the first to go virtual across Google Maps under the new Festival View Project. Tour.Media and Google Street View Trusted are capturing the very best events and festivals across the UK and Europe in an immersive 360-degree view. Using the latest digital photography equipment and Google Street View Technology festivals can be experienced by millions of people via…

Global Adds More Festivals to Portfolio

Global Adds More Festivals to Portfolio

Global have acquired yet more festivals which now makes them the 2nd largest festival operator in the UK. On this week’s menu are the tasty Victorious & Hideout festivals. Their portfolio has now got 15 festivals under it’s belt including Rewind, Glass Butter Beach, Standon Calling, Kendal Calling, Y-Not, Truck, Festival No. 6, South West Four, Boardmasters, Lost Village, Electric Elephant, Snowbombing…

DIGITAL ECONOMY BILL AMENDED IN FIGHT AGAINST SECONDARY TICKETING

DIGITAL ECONOMY BILL AMENDED IN FIGHT AGAINST SECONDARY TICKETING

The Government has made a welcomed amendment to the Digital Economy Bill which will see the use of ticket bots now classified as a criminal offence with unlimited fines. FINALLY.They are also accepting recommendations from Professor Waterson’s review which called for the secondary sites to put tougher anti-bot measures in place as well as reporting bot attacks and stronger enforcement of consumer…

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…

GORILLAZ TO CURATE AND HEADLINE NEW DEMON DAYZ FESTIVAL

GORILLAZ TO CURATE AND HEADLINE NEW DEMON DAYZ FESTIVAL

Gorillaz haven’t played a live show in seven years but that’s going to change on the 10th June when they headline the new festival Demon Dayz which they’re also curating. The festival is taking place at the amusement park Dreamland in Margate. The full lineup has yet to be announced but tickets have gone on sale and include admission to the theme…

GREENBELT ACHIEVING BIG THINGS

GREENBELT ACHIEVING BIG THINGS

Greenbelt festival have recently won 3 awards for sustainability, inclusivity and accessibility setting the bar high for other UK festivals to follow suit. They won a Greener Festival award for sustainability, a Rainbow award for inclusion and the Gold award from Attitude is Everything for accessibility, an award only previously handed out to Glastonbury. “To qualify for Charter status, live music venues…

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