AIF Festival Congress 2022 on sale now, headline sessions announced.

16 Dec 2021


  • Musician Brix Smith to headline in conversation with The Guardian’s Deputy Music Editor Laura Snapes. 
  • Festival Party at Lost Horizon to feature ‘Guilty Pleasures’ DJs and dancers.

Tickets on-sale now here with 30 independent festival organisers and over 100 delegates already confirmed to attend!
The one-day conference and festival party will take place in Bristol on Tuesday 15th February 2022 at the M Shed Museum, with the party descending on Lost Horizon – an independent venue launched by the team behind Glastonbury’s legendary Shangri La area.
Musician Brix Smith will be interviewed in a headline session. Smith, who was recently announced as President of The F list for Music, will be ‘In Conversation’ with The Guardian’s Deputy Music Editor Laura Snapes, discussing the mission to achieve gender balance at UK festivals. The F-List for music is a not-for-profit organisation set up to help female musicians gain greater representation and professional opportunities in the UK music industry. 

The conference will also feature an opening keynote presentation from Carly Heath, Bristol’s Night-Time Economy Advisor, and a series of ‘Status Check’ sessions consisting of 10-minute talks from experts on topics crucial to the 2022 season including the latest guidance on Covid-19, the impact of Brexit, insurance, volunteers, the supply chain, and working with traders.
There will also be in-depth workshops and roundtables on a range of topics including funding, sustainability, diversity, equality and inclusion, and digital marketing.     
Over 30 independent festival organisers and more than 100 delegates are already signed up to attend the event. Attended by an average 74% of AIF members and 350+ attendees each year  (2014-2019), Festival Congress is a fixture and must-attend event in the festival industry calendar.

A festival themed party  will follow the conference, taking place at Lost Horizon, featuring Guilty Pleasures DJ’s and dancers. 
Tickets are available at £100 to AIF members and friends, with general sale starting at £150. Tickets are exclusively available through our ticketing partner Gigantic. Please visit our new microsite at for ticket links, info, transport and accommodation deals.