AIM Awards Entries Now Open

AIM Awards Entries Now Open

12 May 2016

The AIM Independent Music awards are now accepting nominations for this year’s gongs. Categories include Best Live Act, Hardest Working Band or Artist and the Golden Welly for Best Independent Festival. Previous winners of the Golden Welly include LeeFest, Barn On The Farm, Brainchild, In The Woods and Bearded Theory. You’ve got until the 24th May to get your entries in and…


Glastonbury to Stage Fallow Festival, Not a Relocation

Glastonbury to Stage Fallow Festival, Not a Relocation

12 May 2016

There’s been many rumours over the past few weeks about whether Glastonbury would be moving site in the next few years. Emily Eavis has publicly squashed these rumours on BBC stating that the event won’t be moving site but during the fallow year in 2018 or 2019, the whole team behind Glastonbury will be putting on a separate festival in a…


Petition to enforce the Consumer Rights Act and protect fans from touts

Petition to enforce the Consumer Rights Act and protect fans from touts

03 May 2016

AIF are supporting the petition to “Enforce the Consumer Rights Act to protect music, arts and sport fans from touts”. The premise is as follows: “Fans have been ripped off by tickets touts for too long. We want to send a strong message to Government that something decisive must be done. Enforcing the law would be a good start!” You…


MP Calls For Flares & Fireworks To Be Banned From UK Festivals & Venues

MP Calls For Flares & Fireworks To Be Banned From UK Festivals & Venues

14 Apr 2016

This week in Parliament, MP Nigel Adams proposed a blanket ban on flares, fireworks and smoke bombs at all gigs & festivals in the UK. The House of Commons (House of Common Sense) passed this motion which would make it illegal for all fans to carry any sort of pyrotechnics into music venues, including outdoor festivals. This is already the…


The Physical Network & We Represent Become Street Team

The Physical Network & We Represent Become Street Team

14 Apr 2016

The Physical Network and We Represent have just announced their official rebranding and team up as Street Team. The rebranding comes just in time for a rollout of new and improved software aimed at music festivals and events and the broader live entertainment space. Their industry customers already lined up for 2016 include Bonnaroo, Bestival, Wireless and Download. New product…


Boundary Brighton Set To Debut This September

Boundary Brighton Set To Debut This September

14 Apr 2016

Brighton is set to debut a brand new festival called Boundary Brighton this September comprised of four stages/venues hosted by the cities’ leading music institutions – The Arch, Concorde 2, The Victorian Bandstand and Patterns. It will also host a vintage fair alongside the International DJs and live acts. ‘Boundary Brighton hopes to create an event synonymous with Brighton and…


Hevy Fest Calls It Quits :(

Hevy Fest Calls It Quits :(

14 Apr 2016

This week Hevy Fest announced it would be pulling the plug on this year’s event due to the festival being financially untenable. “Despite the best efforts of our dedicated team, the festival has become financially untenable. Many things have contributed: Port Lympne being unable to continue hosting the event, the increasingly difficult task of putting together a line-up with more…


Tramlines Opens Emerging Talent Applications

Tramlines Opens Emerging Talent Applications

14 Apr 2016

The 8th Tramlines festival takes place from the 22nd-24th July in 2016 and organisers have recently opened the emerging artist applications looking to fill 15 slots across the official festival venues and stages. Winning entries will be chosen by a panel of festival organisers, BBC introducing presenters and influential music industry figures and applications close on the 29th April through…


#FestFutures Round Up

#FestFutures Round Up

11 Apr 2016

Last week we launched Festival Futures in Brighton & Manchester and some really interesting and thought provoking content came out of it. We had John Empson (Eden Sessions) and Ben Robinson (Kendal Calling) delivering the keynotes in each city which were equal parts inspiring and full of practical advice (don’t drive Florence Welch into a tree stands out as one hot…


The Ticket Factory Partners With Twickets

The Ticket Factory Partners With Twickets

01 Apr 2016

The Ticket Factory has just announced a partnership with ethical ticket reseller- Twickets. Twickets allows genuine fans to buy and sell tickets at face value for events they can no longer attend. This new partnership is a positive step towards protecting customers and those genuine fans from the touts that stem from unreliable and misleading secondary ticketing websites. Shows that…


Tramlines viewpoint in Stand Out Magazine

Tramlines viewpoint in Stand Out Magazine

01 Apr 2016

Kate Hewett, head of bookings for Tramlines, and AIF member, discusses how the history and geography of a city affects its events scene in the latest issue of Stand Out Magazine. 2016 sees the 8th instalment of the Sheffield based inner-city festival which has seen it’s main stage moved to a new site in recent years. Hewett talks about the…


Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

01 Apr 2016

Festival organisers have a huge amount of responsibility when it comes to event health and safety, particularly with the changes in legislation last year known as CDM 2015. Our resources area contains lots of useful resources including a new guide on How to Write an Event Safety Plan from Event Safety Plan.