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:


Making the numbers add up to avoid Festifail (by Nick Lawrence)

Making the numbers add up to avoid Festifail (by Nick Lawrence)

19 Jun 2014

Whether it’s next weekend, or three months on Friday, festival organisers should be well on top of their financials, with clear sight of cashflow, profit and loss and projections.  Monitoring systems for ticket sales, merchandise, concession arrangements and artist contracts should all be in place and being constantly reviewed.  If this is already making queasy reading, then the next job…


Tramlines announces acts chosen by new music experts

Tramlines announces acts chosen by new music experts

16 Jun 2014

Today, Tramlines Festival announced the final wave of artists to play the event from 25-27 July, across multiple venues in Sheffield. Alongside new acts such as The Beat and Veronica Falls, a panel of new music experts that includes BBC Introducing presenters and artists Toddla T and Slow Club have selected a series of breakthrough talent. Bands chosen by the…


Music Venue Trust organise petition after closure of key venues due to resident complains

Music Venue Trust organise petition after closure of key venues due to resident complains

05 Jun 2014

There is a new petition organised by the Music Venue Trust with an aim to gaining over 100,000 signatures to effect change. The purpose is to ask the government to change the planning legislation so as to take into account the value of live music venues. Many venues are under threat from property developers who build flats nearby and then…


Sonisphere to commemorate WW1 with Iron Maiden

Sonisphere to commemorate WW1 with Iron Maiden

03 Jun 2014

AIF member Sonisphere will be returning to Knebworth House in Hertfordshire this year with a bang, as they recently announced that Iron Maiden lead singer and trained airline pilot Bruce Dickinson is to take part in an air display above the festival to commemorate the start of World War 1. Dickinson will be part of a group of pilots taking…


Nile Rodgers and Bestival hope to break disco-party records

Nile Rodgers and Bestival hope to break disco-party records

29 May 2014

Nile Rodgers and his Chic organisation will be performing the closing set of Bestival 2014. However, Rodgers has also stated that he has challenged Bestival to create a world record breaking disco-ball, as a centrepiece to the party. The disco-ball will need to be around 10 metres in size to break the existing world record. Rodgers has also said he…


EPC consults with event professionals on SAG.

EPC consults with event professionals on SAG.

29 May 2014

The Emergency Planning College has drafted a good practice guide to working in safety advisory groups (SAG), and wishes event organisers and industry professionals to give feedback by June 4. The EPC aim to form a single, core guidance document for SAG, their members, event organisers and industry, intended to act as a reference document for new or inexperienced event…


Kendal Calling sells out in record time

Kendal Calling sells out in record time

22 May 2014

AIF member Kendal Calling festival has sold out 11 weeks in advance of this year’s festival – the fastest time in its history. This year’s festival features act such as Suede, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Example, De La Soul, 2manydjs, Frightened Rabbit, Clean Bandit, Happy Mondays, Miles Kane, Jimi Goodwin, Gorgon City, Ella Eyre and hundreds of others…