Larmer Tree highlights

Larmer Tree highlights

30 Jul 2014

Larmer Tree enjoyed a great year, as the festival saw the likes of Tom Jones, Squeeze and Frank Turner grace the stage. The Salisbury based festival also participated in AIF’s BBC Introducing partnership, a great opportunity for emerging artist James Bay to open the main stage at the festival. Check out Larmer Tree’s highlights reel here: Next year sees Larmer…


9 days left to get early bird tickets for Festival Congress

9 days left to get early bird tickets for Festival Congress

22 Jul 2014

The independent festival industry comes together for 2 days in Cardiff! A brilliant opportunity to network, share, learn, collaborate and to celebrate! SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Alison Wenham (AIM) Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts / London Remixed) Ivan Milivojev (Exit Festival / Sundance Festival) Jude Kelly (Southbank Centre) Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury / The Great Escape) Nick Fraser (Tim Peaks) Pip Rush (Arcadia Spectacular)…


Voting opens for Best Independent Festival Award at the AIM Awards 2014

Voting opens for Best Independent Festival Award at the AIM Awards 2014

16 Jul 2014

Voting has opened for the Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival at the AIM Independent Music Awards, in association with AIF. Music fans can vote for the Best Independent Festival from a list of 14 festivals, and one lucky voter will be selected at random to win guest tickets to the winning festival in 2015. 

The Golden Welly Award…


Bruce Dickinson on the noise restrictions at Hyde Park

Bruce Dickinson on the noise restrictions at Hyde Park

08 Jul 2014

Live Nation previously struggled with noise restrictions at London’s Hyde Park having famously cut short Bruce Springsteen’s set in 2012 when the singer broke curfew, and it now seems Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is not convinced that the noise restrictions at the inner city outdoor venue have been banished since AEG took it over for the British Summer Time…


Camden crawl festival officially goes into liquidation

Camden crawl festival officially goes into liquidation

04 Jul 2014

The company behind Camden’s famous multi venue music festival, Camden Crawl, announced yesterday that they have gone into liquidation. The company, Crawl Promotions, had just celebrated its 19th anniversary, and this year’s event took place just over a week ago. Not only have many bands that played at the festival this year been left unpaid, but according to an official…


A sell-out year for Shambala Festival!

A sell-out year for Shambala Festival!

02 Jul 2014

AIF member Shambala Festival has announced that “against the grain” of one of the toughest summers for the British festival industry, the festival has now completely sold out of tickets.  The festival is as known for it’s workshops, comedy, circus and acrobatics installations, poetry, talks and interactive theatre as it is known for it’s music line up. Check out Shambala here:…


AIF and BBC Introducing team up

AIF and BBC Introducing team up

02 Jul 2014

The Association of Independent Festivals has again partnered with BBC Introducing to bring great emerging acts to the attention of our 600,000 combined festival attendees in 2014. Having taken the partnership a step further by rolling it out nationally last year, this year bands chosen by BBC Introducing are being offered the opportunity to play at some of the most…


Policing reform u-turn described as "a victory for common sense" by festival organisers.

Policing reform u-turn described as “a victory for common sense” by festival organisers.

27 Jun 2014

Association of Independent Festivals, AFO, Festival Republic, Live Nation, UK Music and National Association of Outdoor Events have been campaigning on behalf of festival organisers in relation to a public consultation this year over whether the Special Police Service (SPS) should be a legal requirement on-site at events across the UK. Due to a collective concern that some festivals and…


Live music charity launches #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign

Live music charity launches #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign

23 Jun 2014

Live music charity Attitude Is Everything has launched a new campaign this morning, calling on more venues and festivals to sign up to its Charter Of Best Practice for providing better access to deaf and disabled music fans. AIF and its member festivals have actively backed the campaign, as well as musicians such as Robert Smith, Frank Turner, Slow Club…


WiFI cows at Glasto

WiFI cows at Glasto

23 Jun 2014

A herd of life size painted cows will serve as WiFi hotspots at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, meaning audiences will benefit from super fast WiFi powered by EE’s 4G network. As Glasto’s 2014 technology partner, the mobile phone company is installing fibreglass cows on the 1,200-acre site. The cows have been modelled on Worthy Farm’s famous dairy herd, and decorated…


Secret Garden Party sells out in record time

Secret Garden Party sells out in record time

20 Jun 2014

AIF member and Cambridge based festival, Secret Garden Party, is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and organisers have now announced that tickets have completely sold-out in record time. Festival organiser Fred Fellowes said, “We are thrilled to sell out in April for our 10th Birthday. It’s the fastest-selling ever, which is incredible given the current financial climate. A big…


Eden Sessions starts this weekend!

Eden Sessions starts this weekend!

20 Jun 2014

The first Eden Session of the season is tomorrow – Saturday 21 June, with an outstanding line up that includes Dizzee Rascal, Katy B, and BackBeat Soundsystem. The Eden Sessions take place within the beautiful Eden Project in Cornwall – a well known nature conservation project. Check out the Eden Project here: