End of the Road 2014

End of the Road 2014

29 Oct 2014

This great fan-made video displays the highlights of End of the Road festival this year perfectly: Take us back to summer!


Thanks to all who attended The Festival Congress!

Thanks to all who attended The Festival Congress!

21 Oct 2014

Wow! What an incredible first year we’ve had. We’d like to say a big thank you to all the delegates, speakers, staff, sponsors, exhibitors, DJs, bands, hosts, curators, and anyone who helped or took an interest in this huge coming together of Independent Festivals in Cardiff. Not only was the event a complete sell out, but the quality of panels…


We Are FSTVL partners with Eventbrite

We Are FSTVL partners with Eventbrite

12 Oct 2014

2 day dance/drum ‘n’ bass festival and AIF member We Are FSTVL has signed a long term ticketing partnership with Friend of AIF, Eventbrite. Reece Miller, Director at We Are FSTVL commented: “We Are FSTVL for myself and the team has been a runaway success with its 2013 & 2014 sell-out shows and 2015 is showing early signs of selling…


THE FESTIVAL CONGRESS SELLS OUT

THE FESTIVAL CONGRESS SELLS OUT

10 Oct 2014

AIF yesterday announced that tickets for The Festival Congress have officially sold out. The 2 day conference and awards ceremony aims to celebrate the festival industry in the form of panels, discussions, networking and an awards ceremony and afterparty. Awards categories include the Mind-Blowing Spectacle Award, New Festival on the Block and the Emmet Brown Award for best use of…


Doc N Roll launches

Doc N Roll launches

03 Oct 2014

A music documentary festival called Doc N Roll kicked off at London’s Hackney Picturehouse last week, with a four-day programme of both classic and newer music documentaries. The festival co-founder told ThisWeek London that he wanted to stage an event that focuses exclusively on music docs – “Other festivals have music documentaries within them, but our angle was to stage…


What about the fans?

What about the fans?

29 Sep 2014

If you have attended a festival in the UK or internationally this season, AIF want to hear from you. There will be a panel at the Festival Congress in Cardiff on 18 October, for which we need contribution from festival attendees. To apply to participate in the panel discussion and win a free conference and after party ticket to The Festival Congress,…


AIF implements strategy board

AIF implements strategy board

22 Sep 2014

AIF has made two major changes to its senior board structure and formed a new strategy board to provide governance, guidance and accountability. Following a successful six-year tenure, Alison Wenham and Ben Turner will step down as chair and vice chair respectively. AIF will remain as a subsidiary of AIM. They will be succeeded by Jim Mawdsley, CEO of music…


Channel 4 air coverage of Bestival 2014

Channel 4 air coverage of Bestival 2014

22 Sep 2014

Last Wednesday at midnight Channel 4 aired highlights of this year’s Bestival, which included performances by Foals, Chvrches, Disclosure and Chic ft. Nile Rodgers. The broadcast also included interviews with Rob da Bank, Sam Smith, Basement Jaxx and more, as well as showcasing the festival’s record breaking disco ball. (Read all about how Bestival broke the world record here!) Bestival…


Powerful Thinking launches Festival Fuel Tool, supported by AIF

Powerful Thinking launches Festival Fuel Tool, supported by AIF

16 Sep 2014

Festivals organisers can now use a free online tool to check their energy performance in less than a minute. Supported by AIF and produced by not for profit industry think-do tank Powerful Thinking, this simple tool asks a series of questions and provides the user with an energy rating based on industry benchmarks. The tool also provides carbon emissions attributable…


Bestival breaks world record for the largest ever disco ball

Bestival breaks world record for the largest ever disco ball

08 Sep 2014

You may remember that the king of disco himself, Nile Rodgers, set Bestival’s Rob da Bank a challenge at the beginning of the festival season, to create the world’s largest ever disco ball. See the video below. True to his word, Rob da Bank and the Bestival team set to work, and the gigantic mirror ball was hauled up into…


AIF announces new speakers for The Festival Congress and partnership with BBC Wales Horizons

AIF announces new speakers for The Festival Congress and partnership with BBC Wales Horizons

04 Sep 2014

AIF has announced further details of its brand new annual flagship event, The Festival Congress, which it is bringing to Cardiff on the 17th and 18th of October 2014. Day one of the congress will involve a series of speeches, presentations and panels with the most experienced professionals in the business, as well as the first official AGM of the…