John Rostron announced as new AIF CEO at 2022 AGM

John Rostron announced as new AIF CEO at 2022 AGM

02 Nov 2022

John Rostron has been appointed as the new CEO of the Association of Independent Festivals.

The appointment was announced today during AIF’s 2022 AGM, with Rostron officially beginning his tenure on November 18 following a two-week handover period with current CEO Paul Reed.


A festival crowd stand watching a stage with trees in the background.

500+ UK festivals and outdoor events unite to launch Green Events Code tackling climate crisis

19 Oct 2022

Sustainable Event Summit to launch a Green Events Code, to establish national minimum sustainability standards, targets and practices.  


AIF Comment on today's Mini Budget announcement

AIF Comment on today’s Mini Budget announcement

23 Sep 2022

Today’s announcement from the Chancellor means very little for our £1.75bn UK festival industry. We’ve faced unprecedented challenges on increased costs, supply chain and low consumer confidence, with audiences facing a social emergency. This shows no sign of relenting as we look to 2023. What we need is an urgent reduction of VAT on tickets to 5% and an assurance…


AIF comment on new Culture Secretary appointment

AIF comment on new Culture Secretary appointment

07 Sep 2022

Congratulations to Michelle Donelan MP on the appointment as Secretary of State at DCMS. It remains a uniquely challenging time for festivals as we look to the 2023 season. Although now fully operational, we are still in a recovery phase, facing an ongoing perfect storm of rising costs, supply chain issues, record low consumer confidence and audiences making extremely difficult choices…


Paul Reed to step down as CEO of AIF

Paul Reed to step down as CEO of AIF

24 Aug 2022

Reed to exit in November after 9 years at trade body.


Notting Hill Carnival CEO Matthew Phillip announced as new AIF Chair

Notting Hill Carnival CEO Matthew Phillip announced as new AIF Chair

29 Jun 2022

Phillip is CEO of Carnival Village Trust and Notting Hill Carnival Ltd The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has appointed Notting Hill Carnival CEO Matthew Phillip as its new Chair.  Phillip is the CEO of Carnival Village Trust, London’s leading Carnival development agency, which is dedicated to supporting and delivering an integrated programme of Carnival arts.  In addition to this, Phillip…


Over 100 UK festivals commit to tackling sexual violence

16 May 2022

Boomtown Fair, Boardmasters, Reading & Leeds, Bluedot, Parklife  and Shambala among signatories of AIF’s Safer Spaces Campaign.   Includes updated Charter of Best Practice, plus new awareness and education campaign Find out more: https://aiforg.com/initiatives/safer-spaces 103 UK festivals have committed to The Association of Independent Festivals’ (AIF) Safer Spaces At Festivals campaign, which is aimed at tackling sexual violence at festivals and…


A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed on the lifting of legal restrictions around Covid-19 in the UK

21 Feb 2022

“While we welcome legal restrictions around Covid-19 coming to an end and the prospect of a full capacity festival season, the effects of the pandemic are still being felt by the independent festival sector and the need for Government action remains. With festival organisers facing crippling cost increases of up to 30% across operations and infrastructure, this is not back to business…


AIF announces full programme for Festival Congress in Bristol on Feb 15th.

AIF announces full programme for Festival Congress in Bristol on Feb 15th.

26 Jan 2022

AIF announces full Festival Congress 2022 programme for February 15th in Bristol  Speakers from Black Lives In Music, Vision Nine, NME, The Mighty Hoopla, Boomtown Fair + more confirmed. ————————————————————————————– The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are delighted to reveal the full programme for our flagship Festival Congress event in Bristol on Feb 15th.  Alongside the already announced headline conversation between The F-List For Music’s Brix…


Festival Congress 2022 update

Festival Congress 2022 update

11 Jan 2022

Having carefully considered the public health context and latest data, and following discussion with the AIF board, we are continuing to actively plan AIF’s 2022 Festival Congress as an in-person event in Bristol on February 15th.   Considering the relatively small scale of the event, at a maximum capacity of 350 attendees, we are confident that we can put appropriate mitigations…


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

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…


A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed on the UK Government’s 2021 Budget and Spending Review

27 Oct 2021

“We look forward to hearing more detail about some of the measures announced by the Chancellor today, in particular the allocation of further Covid-19 recovery funding for the cultural sector. On the surface, however, it doesn’t go far enough in supporting our truly world-leading festival industry. It is clear that the most effective way for the Government to support the…