Electronic and pop meets emo and indie: Full Tramlines line up

Electronic and pop meets emo and indie: Full Tramlines line up

15 Apr 2014

Following on from three huge lineup announcements including Public Enemy, Katy B and The Cribs, Tramlines yesterday announced that it has added a batch of new acts to the bill, including The Rifles, Simian Mobile Disco, Shift K3y, Ms Dynamite, Screaming Maldini, Sivu, Funeral for a Friend, Slow Club and over 30 more. Taking over the entire city centre in…


David Rodigan amongst the first announced for Festibelly

David Rodigan amongst the first announced for Festibelly

11 Apr 2014

Festibelly has announced the first artists booked for this year’s festival in the heart of The New Forest on 11-12 July. Reggae DJ icon David Rodigan (pictured) is amongst the first names to be confirmed. For over 30 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in Britain’s reggae dance-halls. Joining David Rodigan on the dub themed Saturday afternoon will…


Sonisphere announces Japanese viral band, Babymetal

Sonisphere announces Japanese viral band, Babymetal

09 Apr 2014

Iconic Japanese pop metal band Babymetal will make their debut appearance in the United Kingdom at Sonisphere this summer. Since uploading the video of their latest single ‘Gimme Chocolate’ less than two months ago it has received more than 5 million views. AIF member Sonisphere announced yesterday that they got the band on board in response to a Facebook page…


End of the Road Festival announces Comedy Stage line up

End of the Road Festival announces Comedy Stage line up

09 Apr 2014

Alongside a plethora of bands and artists, including headliners Wild Beasts, Flaming Lips and Gene Clark No Other Band (a supergroup made up of members of Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Fairport Convention), a host of comedy acts join the End of the Road festival line up in August this year. The comedy stage is hidden in a…


Bournemouth 7s announces full line-up

Bournemouth 7s announces full line-up

08 Apr 2014

Sports and Music Festival Bournemouth 7s has announced a full line up of bands and DJs for the event, due to take place on Bank Holiday weekend in May (23, 24, 25). Not only does the festival host Rugby, Netball, Dodgeball and Hockey tournaments throughout the weekend, but attendees can also expect an Oasis tribute act, DJ Bit Cool, and…


AIF and WMF to host Festival Masterclasses in Cardiff

AIF and WMF to host Festival Masterclasses in Cardiff

08 Apr 2014

General Manager of the Association of Independent Festivals, Paul Reed has teamed up with the Welsh Music Foundation to bring two days of ‘master-classes’ to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. With AIF’s first annual flagship event, The Festival Congress, taking place in conjunction with SWN Festival in October 2014 in Cardiff, the city was an ideal choice for AIF to…


Twickets joins forces with The Ticket Trust

Twickets joins forces with The Ticket Trust

08 Apr 2014

As festival season fast approaches, and the exchange of tickets increases, all tickets posted on The Ticket Trust website will also feature on the Twickets app and Twitter feed, in order to provide a safe and ethical fan-to-fan platform for ticket re-selling. Three years ago AIF launched The Ticket Trust in association with Sandbag as an ethical alternative to the…


Pop star EXAMPLE to close Kendal Calling

Pop star EXAMPLE to close Kendal Calling

02 Apr 2014

Today Kendal Calling made it’s third headline announcement for the Lake District based festival, due to take place 1 – 3rd August this year. Sunday night at Kendal Calling will see the huge pop star Example take to the main stage, while Brooklyn indie band Augustines headline the Calling Out Stage following the release of their second album. The festival…


Belladrum Festival sells out in record time

Belladrum Festival sells out in record time

01 Apr 2014

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (8th & 9th August, Beauly, Inverness-shire) has sold out all weekend and Saturday tickets for the sixth year running in record time, five months ahead of the event taking place. The family-friendly festival, which is in its eleventh year, will host the smooth-voiced legend that is Tom Jones, brit-rock four-piece Razorlight, Billy Bragg, Frightened Rabbit and…


Friend of AIF, ID&C launch sustainability scheme for festival wristbands

Friend of AIF, ID&C launch sustainability scheme for festival wristbands

31 Mar 2014

Security wristband suppliers and Friend of AIF ID&C has teamed-up with event waste recycling company More Bins to launch the UK’s first sustainability initiative for festival wristbands and lanyards. ‘Greener Wristbands’ encourages event organisers to return any used or excess fabric wristbands and lanyards to ID&C once their festival has ended. The returned products are then sorted and separated into…


Second crop of acts confirmed for Kendal Calling

Second crop of acts confirmed for Kendal Calling

28 Mar 2014

The Lake District will set the stage for the award winning independent festival (and AIF member) Kendal Calling this August, and today the festival announced it’s second wave of artists. Amongst the 60 announced are Scotland’s own Frightened Rabbit, Kendal Calling favourite Jim Goodwin, up and coming band Champs, and it has also been confirmed that members of Ocean Colour…


The Festival Academy's workshop for Young Festival Managers to be held in Edinburgh

The Festival Academy’s workshop for Young Festival Managers to be held in Edinburgh

27 Mar 2014

Edinburgh International Festival will host a 7 day intense workshop for young festival managers, initiated by European Festivals Association (EFA). 52 emerging festival organisers from 28 countries have been selected to partake in the Atelier from 3 – 10 April, as well as 8 renowned mentors. “The Atelier for Young Festival Managers EDINBURGH 2014” is set to continue the success…