AIF statement on article in The Observer.

07 Mar 2021

A statement from AIF on an article in The Observer this weekend: “A report from The Observer this weekend suggested that Britain’s festival directors want the Government to tell artists and fans that they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend music festivals. This does NOT reflect the position of AIF or ongoing dialogue with our membership. Many…


AIF issues ‘final countdown’ warning for Government insurance and VAT support to kickstart festival planning

01 Mar 2021

Independent festivals could be forced to cancel their 2021 events if they don’t get Government-backed insurance and VAT intervention by the end of March.  Two days before the 2021 budget, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) warns the Chancellor: this is the final countdown for many festival organisers, who will need to decide whether to commit significant costs by the…


AIF statement on roadmap announcement

22 Feb 2021

A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed following the Prime Minister’s address in The House Of Commons today: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown, presented to the House Of Commons this afternoon, and are optimistic that many of our member festivals may be able to go ahead in some capacity later on this year. There are still,…


Response from AIF CEO Paul Reed to the Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan announced today:

Response from AIF CEO Paul Reed to the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan announced today:

24 Sep 2020

Response from AIF CEO Paul Reed to the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan, announced today:   “While the extension to the VAT cut is welcome, these measures are not even a band aid for a sector that remains severely wounded. “Festivals support 85,000 jobs in the UK and our most recent member surveys suggest redundancies of at least 50.5% across the sector, some of which…


AIF welcomes emergency fund eligibility for festivals

29 Jul 2020

  Government and Arts Council England confirm festival inclusion after AIF intervention  The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) welcomes the Government’s confirmation that UK festivals will share in the recently announced £1.57 billion cultural emergency fund. A £500m fund will be distributed to cultural organisations across England during the COVID-19 crisis, with grants ranging between £50,000 and £3 million. The…


AIF warns of Independent festival wasteland in 2021 without Government action

AIF warns of Independent festival wasteland in 2021 without Government action

13 May 2020

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has warned that the UK could face an independent festival wasteland in 2021 and beyond if decisive Government action is not taken to support the sector. The festival sector at large could be facing potential refunds of up to £800m in total this summer. It is predicted that at least 90% of all UK…


COVID-19 Resources for Festival & Event Organisers

COVID-19 Resources for Festival & Event Organisers

17 Mar 2020

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has uploaded it’s bank of COVID-19 resources for all festival and event organisers to access. You can do so here. This will be continually updated as the situation unfolds and will include copies of all communications from Paul Reed, our Chief Exec. We have attached dates to all emails and resources so you can…


A statement from Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) CEO Paul Reed following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's social distancing clampdown relating to the COVID-19 outbreak

A statement from Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) CEO Paul Reed following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s social distancing clampdown relating to the COVID-19 outbreak

17 Mar 2020

“For AIF and its member festivals, the health and safety of the public is a top priority. It is therefore important that the latest medical advice around social gatherings is heeded. “However, AIF echoes wider industry calls for urgent clarity from Government on whether there will be a formal ban on events, when that might come into effect and which…


BLOG - CEO Paul Reed on his Trip to Indonesia with the British Council

BLOG – CEO Paul Reed on his Trip to Indonesia with the British Council

10 Dec 2019

Chief exec Paul Reed visited Indonesia with the British Council in October 2019. Here’s a reflection on his trip. I represented the UK’s Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) on a recent trip to Bali and Jakarta, supported by the British Council, with the aim of scoping out potential collaborative opportunities and networks between Indonesia and the UK. In addition, I…


AIF to offer members mental health first aid training through Music Support partnership

AIF to offer members mental health first aid training through Music Support partnership

07 Nov 2019

The Association of Independent Festivals has partnered with Music Support – a peer-led music industry charity that provides confidential mental health and addiction services – to offer its members discounted training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). The partnership was announced today at the AIF’s 2019 Festival Congress, building upon a ‘Well-being For Festivals’ training event that AIF organised for…


Independent Festival Awards 2019 winners revealed

Independent Festival Awards 2019 winners revealed

06 Nov 2019

Awards ceremony follows first day of AIF’s 2019 Festival Congress in Sheffield.   Winners include Standon Calling, Deer Shed Festival, Twisterella and KOKOKO! across eight categories including four new this year  The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the Independent Festival Awards 2019 at a packed-out event in Sheffield. Hosted for the first time by actor,…


AIF publishes updated UK festival ownership map for 2019

AIF publishes updated UK festival ownership map for 2019

06 Nov 2019

The Association of Independent Festivals has today launched an updated festival ownership map at its annual Festival Congress event in Sheffield. The map shows several shifts in the sector in 2019, revealing that almost 30% of the UK market is controlled by transnational companies Live Nation and AEG presents. AIF’s 2019 ownership map illustrates that Live Nation owns or controls 22.81% of…