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…


Barn on the Farm wins the AIM Award for Best Independent Festival

Barn on the Farm wins the AIM Award for Best Independent Festival

04 Sep 2014

The AIM Awards took place this week at The Brewery in London. Hosted by Radio 1’s Alice Levine and XFM’s John Kennedy, the ceremony saw the music industry come together to celebrate independence and recognise talent. The award for Best Independent Festival was won by AIF member Barn on the Farm, and the nominees included ArcTanGent, LeeFest, Greenbelt, and In…


ATP cancels this weekend's Jabberwocky Festival

ATP cancels this weekend’s Jabberwocky Festival

12 Aug 2014

Having liquidised ATP Festival in June 2012, All Tomorrow’s Parties has today released a statement informing Jabberwocky attendees that they will be cancelling this year’s event. ATP had organised the festival with Pitchfork and Primavera Sound. Barry Hogan of All Tomorrow’s Parties said: “It is with deep sadness we regret to inform everyone that as of today Tuesday 12th August…


On the Farm with Ella and Noz - Nozstock 2014

On the Farm with Ella and Noz – Nozstock 2014

11 Aug 2014

Ella and Noz of Nozstock festival talk about farm life and the fields that host the amazing Nozstock festival year after year.


AIF Profile in Music Week

AIF Profile in Music Week

07 Aug 2014

AIF’s General Manager Paul Reed was grilled by Music Week about secondary ticketing, legal highs, The Festival Congress and the challenges facing the independent festival sector. Read the full article in this week’s Music Week.