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.


Events Industry Forum Grants Available

Events Industry Forum Grants Available

01 Apr 2016

The Event Industry Forum has recently announced they’ll be offering a further £13,000 in grants for projects that benefit the events industry. Previous successful grants include- – Bursaries for four event students to attend the Association of Festival Organisers’ conference (£2000) – Penny Mellor for development of the Event Welfare Guide – now published alongside the Purple Guide (£2000) –…


Budget Announcement and Impact on Business Rates for Festival Sites

Budget Announcement and Impact on Business Rates for Festival Sites

01 Apr 2016

AIF, working alongside a wider coalition of the live industry, has been involved in lobbying the Treasury on the subject of business rates for festivals and events sites. We strongly believe that such rates should not apply to such temporary, ancillary uses of land and that this change of practice essentially amounts to a stealth tax for festival organisers. In…


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…