ID&C Announce 2016 Grass Roots Bursary

ID&C Announce 2016 Grass Roots Bursary

01 Apr 2016

Friend of AIF and festival accreditation supplier ID&C, have just launched their 6th annual Grass Roots Festival Bursary, which sees small-to-medium UK festivals apply for the chance to receive £2500 worth of security wristbands, passes and lanyards. Apply for the Bursary here: http://www.idcband.com/grass-roots More than 60 festivals applied for last year’s bursary, which is open to any UK festival that…


New Government Legislation Announced to Protect Live Music Venues

New Government Legislation Announced to Protect Live Music Venues

17 Mar 2016

The music industry has welcomed the new Government legislation to protect music venues with open arms and a big bear hug, following a meeting with Ministers at the Department For Communities And Local Government and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP. The new (common sense) regulations coming into effect on April 6, 2016 mean developers are now required to seek prior…


Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

17 Mar 2016

With less than a month to go before the first Festival Futures Conferences kick off in Brighton and Manchester, AIF have released the final speaker lineup and full conference schedule. The final speakers announced include Katy Mcleod (Chill Welfare), Sean McLoughlin (Metal/Village Green Festival), Adrian Tinsen and Gavin Bull (HM Inspectors of Health & Safety). Tickets for each event include entry to…


Festival Vision:2025 Pledge

Festival Vision:2025 Pledge

03 Mar 2016

The Festival Vision: 2025 aims to achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. So far the AIF festivals who have signed up to the pledge include Bestival, Shambala, Splore, Just So Festival, Starry Skies alongside quite a few festivals outside the AIF membership. Powerful Thinking is aiming to get up to 100 festivals to sign up…


The Great Escape 2016

The Great Escape 2016

03 Mar 2016

Hundreds of artists have been announced for this year’s Great Escape Festival taking place in Brighton from the 19th-21st May. Recently announced artists include The Joy Formidable, Craig David’s TS5, The Hunna, Clean Cut Kid and The Rubens. Topics announced for the convention so far include CMU Insights strand- ‘Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let’s make buzzwords happen!‘, ‘What if YouTube actually…


Attitude Is Everything Release State Of Access Report

Attitude Is Everything Release State Of Access Report

03 Mar 2016

Attitude is Everything published its third State of Access Report last week, which provides an overview of UK live music accessibility and the barriers that disabled music fans are facing at gigs and festivals. The report follows the launch of Access Starts Online which AIF launched as a joint initiative with AIE at the Festival Congress in 2015. The state…


AIF Announces Festival Futures Conferences

AIF Announces Festival Futures Conferences

05 Feb 2016

After a successful two years establishing and selling out the Festival Congress in Cardiff as a leading festival industry event, The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) announces ‘Festival Futures’- two co-ordinated one-day conference events in Brighton and Manchester this April. These will feature festival promoter keynotes, quick fire ‘Talking Heads’ sessions and fireside chats with industry experts alongside opportunities for…


UK Festivals Fundraiser For Refugees

UK Festivals Fundraiser For Refugees

04 Feb 2016

22 of the UK’s leading independent and grass roots festivals have come together with the aim of raising urgent funds and awareness for refugees in Northern France. The festivals, which include Beat-Herder, Bestival, BoomTown Fair, Camp Bestival, Kendal Calling, Love Saves the Day, Larmer Tree, Outlook, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, WOMAD and many more are all offering a pair of…


NOWIE Event Announced

NOWIE Event Announced

04 Feb 2016

The Network of Women in Events (NOWIE) will be holding a networking event on Tuesday 8th March in Leeds city centre. This is will be a very sociable opportunity to meet and connect with other women working in a wide variety of roles throughout the breadth of the events industry. Previous events have seen attendees from conferences and exhibition organisers…


9 AIF members sign up to 'Access Starts Online'

9 AIF members sign up to ‘Access Starts Online’

22 Jan 2016

‘Access Starts Online’ is the accessibility information partnership between AIF and Attitude Is Everything and 9 AIF members have now signed up to the initiative in less than 3 months. ArcTanGent, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Common People, Cornbury, Deershed, Just So, Kendal Calling and Nozstock The Hidden Valley are the AIF members who have signed up so far providing disabled fans with…


Northern Festivals Network Awarded Arts Council Funding

Northern Festivals Network Awarded Arts Council Funding

20 Jan 2016

The Northern Festivals Network has been awarded £179, 500 in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to deliver spellbinding arts programming for family audiences and build a resilient sector with increased collaboration between artists, venues and festivals until 2018. The Northern Festivals Network is led by Wild Rumpus, award-winning producers of the Just So Festival and…