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The Festival Congress Announced For 2015

The Festival Congress Announced For 2015

The Festival Congress is back in Cardiff again this year on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November, with a two-day conference at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) and a festival themed evening celebration event at The Great Hall, Cardiff University. We’re delighted to confirm that Radio One DJ and Sŵn Festival Co-Founder Huw Stephens is the keynote speaker for this…

AIF & BBC Introducing Partnership 2015

AIF & BBC Introducing Partnership 2015

Building on the success of the groundbreaking partnership with BBC Introducing that has seen emerging talent matched with independent festivals throughout the UK since 2012, The Association of independent Festivals (AIF), the London based organisation that represents over 50 of the UK’s independent music festivals, has announced details for this years artist and festival pairings under the scheme including the…

Home Office To Ban Legal Highs

Home Office To Ban Legal Highs

Following a legal highs festival website organised by AIF in partnership with The Angelus Foundation in May, the Home Office last week announced a new law that will create a blanket ban on so called legal highs, otherwise known as new psychoactive substances (NPS). The ban will “Prohibit and disrupt the production, distribution, sale and supply” of these substances with a…

AIE make huge impact to disabled-access ticket sales

AIE make huge impact to disabled-access ticket sales

Attitude Is Everything‘s charter of best practice has been making some serious positive impact on disabled-access ticket sales at events and festivals in the UK over the past year. 106 venues and festivals are currently signed up to their charter of best practice and they have noted that 114,000 disabled-access tickets were sold in 2014 compared with just 67,000 in…

'You Could Lose The Lot On Legal Highs'

‘You Could Lose The Lot On Legal Highs’

Following the success of last year’s well received campaign to highlight the dangers of so-called ‘legal highs’, AIF are coordinating a new initiative around the same theme for 2015. In 2014, AIF’s ‘Don’t Be In The Dark’ campaign involved over 20 music festivals participating in an online blackout, which saw the homepages on their respective official websites replaced for 24 hours…

Industry-wide Green Survey

Industry-wide Green Survey

AIF and AFO have recently launched an industry-wide survey as part of an initiative to develop a green manifesto for their members. Working with Kambe Events, the company behind award-winning green festival Shambala, this will be the largest ever industry survey on this topic, exploring what festivals are already doing, what matters to them, and what support they need to…

AIF Presents: Festival Fever 2015

AIF Presents: Festival Fever 2015

AIF has launched a new initiative entitled ‘Festival Fever’ with the aim of highlighting the cultural and economic impact of independent festivals, with a focus on the broad experiential multi-arts offering of its member events. To promote Festival Fever AIF have released new figures showing that our member’s events have contributed an estimated £1bn to the UK economy over a…

PRS for Music Announces Tariff Review of Festivals & Concerts

PRS for Music Announces Tariff Review of Festivals & Concerts

PRS for Music has just announced that it will be running an eight week consultation on the terms of its Popular Music Concerts Tariff (‘Tariff LP’). The tariff is applied to ticketed live popular music events such as concerts and festivals. KEY INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONSULTATION- · The tariff is applied to ticketed live popular music events such as concerts…

Introducing International Festival Forum

Introducing International Festival Forum

AIF has partnered with a new dedicated festival business event that will unite festivals from around the world for two-days of workshops and panels alongside exclusive showcases and Q&As with some of the industry’s most renowned booking agencies. Produced by ILMC, The International Festival Forum (IFF) is an invitation-only gathering of festival bookers/promoters and booking agents which will take place…

Update to CDM Regulations

Update to CDM Regulations

The new CDM regulations came into effect on April 6 after five years of review. The purpose of the regulations is to ‘prevent the ill health or death of construction and maintenance operatives, while also allowing for the delivery of good design’. One of the new regulations most notable changes to work towards this is introducing the role of ‘Principal…

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