Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR

Lost Horizon, 1-3 Elton Street, Bristol, BS2 9EH

Thursday 1st February 2024

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Festival Congress

Festival Congress is the annual flagship event organised by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). It is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, with over 350 industry delegates expected to attend in 2024.

Attended by 74% of AIF members on average, with an average total of 352 attendees each year (from 2014-2019), the Congress has rapidly evolved to become a fixture and must attend event in the festival industry calendar. 

Festival Congress returns to Bristol in 2024 on Thursday 1st February.  The event will be held at Bristol Beacon. 

Festival Congress is a unique B2B networking event and has a progressive and innovative format, including high profile keynotes, engaging panel sessions, TED x style quick fire talks, breakout workshops and fireside chats with experts and inspiring personalities from across the festival and events world.


We’re pleased to announce our Festival Congress After-Party, organised with Global Local.

We’ll be taking over Lost Horizon for a night of networking, good food and great music.

Featuring music from:

Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi, known professionally as Toya Delazy, is a London-based South African singer, producer, pianist, dancer and performer from KwaZulu-Natal. She is known for her music genre called “AfroRave”, which fuses techno, drum, bass and beats with Zulu lyricism.

A 9-piece collective whose music celebrates the coming together of cultures, and the unity that music can provide for everyone. Driven by drummer Tim Cook, their live shows are powerful and dynamic, exploring grooves and genres from the UK and around the world, including afrobeat, breakbeat, jungle, jazz and highlife.

Bristol’s finest Cumbia and Latin purveyors, this phenomenal 10 piece Cumbia band takes you right back to the dance halls of Colombia, whilst creating an atmosphere which is definitively 21st century.

The eclectic mix of vocal tunes and instrumentals, of original pieces and fantastic cover versions of the classics, will provide a party you will never forget.

The Bristol based producer began his journey with his Punjabi Indian roots, which has since expanded to create a melting pot of melodic magic by merging the music of his childhood with the UK sounds of Dub, Garage and Jungle. Starting his career as a live touring musician for the past 10 years dabbling in everything from funk, jazz, and Bhangra, the Indian Man project was born three years ago out of a desire to merge his groundbreaking “East meets West” sound on dancefloors worldwide.

Miss Mash is sure to take you on a journey through time and space. Her style is fuelled by her own cultural fusions. Although with Serbian roots, her selections span from Creole Grooves, to Arabic Disco, all with heavy doses of Nu Jazz & Reggae. All you can do is expect the unexpected from her.


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Travel & Accommodation


Nearest train station: Bristol Temple Meads

We have secured a conference rate with GWR. Return tickets are available from London for just £44. 

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Parking: NCP next door to the hotel – special overnight deal for residents @ just £12.00 per exit 


Event Location



Conference: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR.  

After-Party: Lost Horizon, 1-3 Elton Street, Bristol, BS2 9EH


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We aim to make Festival Congress as accessible as possible. 

You can find Bristol Beacon’s accessibility information here.

You can find Lost Horizon’s accessibility information here.

If you require further information or want to make us aware of any accessibility requirements, please email Individual support will be offered on request.

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