The Festival Congress Announced For 2015

The Festival Congress Announced For 2015

26 Jun 2015

The Festival Congress is back in Cardiff again this year on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November, with a two-day conference at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) and a festival themed evening celebration event at The Great Hall, Cardiff University. We’re delighted to confirm that Radio One DJ and Sŵn Festival Co-Founder Huw Stephens is the keynote speaker for this…


Event Buyers Live Announced for 2016

Event Buyers Live Announced for 2016

19 Jun 2015

Event Buyers Live is returning in 2016 after a hugely successful 2015 event where VIP event organisers and suppliers were brought together in a structured and pre-facilitated networking environment. AIF member Zac Fox said ‘It was very useful to me. I think that sometimes it is easy to keep your head down and just get on with the day to…


UK Music Release 2015 Wish You Were Here Report

UK Music Release 2015 Wish You Were Here Report

19 Jun 2015

UK Music have released their 2015 Wish You Were Here report detailing that music tourism generates £3.1bn for the UK economy. The research also shows that between 2011-2014 music tourism numbers have increased by 34% with 9.5 million travelling for music events in 2014 alone. There has also been a 39% increase of international visitors coming over for UK music…


House of Bestival's Prop Shop Now Open

House of Bestival’s Prop Shop Now Open

19 Jun 2015

The hugely creative team behind Bestival have recently opened the doors to the House of Bestival Prop Shop allowing event organisers to hire everything from art installations to props to furniture and even whole bars. They have been building the collection for a decade so there’s a ridiculous amount treasure in stock ready to be hired. You can check out…


AIF & BBC Introducing Partnership 2015

AIF & BBC Introducing Partnership 2015

11 Jun 2015

Building on the success of the groundbreaking partnership with BBC Introducing that has seen emerging talent matched with independent festivals throughout the UK since 2012, The Association of independent Festivals (AIF), the London based organisation that represents over 50 of the UK’s independent music festivals, has announced details for this years artist and festival pairings under the scheme including the…


PRS for Music Announce Consultation Extension

PRS for Music Announce Consultation Extension

03 Jun 2015

Earlier this week PRS for Music announced that it would be extending the consultation period for Tariff LP after an industry-wide request was put forward by CPA and supported by AIF. The consultation period was due to close on June 8 but will now end on September 30 allowing CPA and other industry bodies to prepare and conduct their own…


Home Office To Ban Legal Highs

Home Office To Ban Legal Highs

01 Jun 2015

Following a legal highs festival website organised by AIF in partnership with The Angelus Foundation in May, the Home Office last week announced a new law that will create a blanket ban on so called legal highs, otherwise known as new psychoactive substances (NPS). The ban will “Prohibit and disrupt the production, distribution, sale and supply” of these substances with a…


AIE make huge impact to disabled-access ticket sales

AIE make huge impact to disabled-access ticket sales

21 May 2015

Attitude Is Everything‘s charter of best practice has been making some serious positive impact on disabled-access ticket sales at events and festivals in the UK over the past year. 106 venues and festivals are currently signed up to their charter of best practice and they have noted that 114,000 disabled-access tickets were sold in 2014 compared with just 67,000 in…


'You Could Lose The Lot On Legal Highs'

‘You Could Lose The Lot On Legal Highs’

30 Apr 2015

Following the success of last year’s well received campaign to highlight the dangers of so-called ‘legal highs’, AIF are coordinating a new initiative around the same theme for 2015. In 2014, AIF’s ‘Don’t Be In The Dark’ campaign involved over 20 music festivals participating in an online blackout, which saw the homepages on their respective official websites replaced for 24 hours…


Industry-wide Green Survey

Industry-wide Green Survey

30 Apr 2015

AIF and AFO have recently launched an industry-wide survey as part of an initiative to develop a green manifesto for their members. Working with Kambe Events, the company behind award-winning green festival Shambala, this will be the largest ever industry survey on this topic, exploring what festivals are already doing, what matters to them, and what support they need to…


AIF Presents: Festival Fever 2015

AIF Presents: Festival Fever 2015

20 Apr 2015

AIF has launched a new initiative entitled ‘Festival Fever’ with the aim of highlighting the cultural and economic impact of independent festivals, with a focus on the broad experiential multi-arts offering of its member events. To promote Festival Fever AIF have released new figures showing that our member’s events have contributed an estimated £1bn to the UK economy over a…


AIF Presents: Festival Fever 2015

AIF Presents: Festival Fever 2015

20 Apr 2015

Head over here for more information on Festival Fever.