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…


Tent-dumping at Music Festivals becoming more of a problem

Tent-dumping at Music Festivals becoming more of a problem

20 May 2014

In recent years it has become increasingly common practice amongst festival-goers to leave tents in the camping site at the end of a festival, amongst other waste. The Love Your Tent initiative set up by Juliet Ross-Kelly aims to discourage this practice, and also the sale of bad quality, cheap tents. The issue is  becoming increasingly harder to manage in the…


Tramlines announces Sister Sledge for this year's festival

Tramlines announces Sister Sledge for this year’s festival

19 May 2014

Tramlines has announced that iconic ’70s soul outfit Sister Sledge will be performing on the main stage on Devonshire Green on Saturday 26th July. 30 other new additions have also been made to the lineup which is now in excess of 100 artists.  The new announcements include  Tiga, TOY, Nicky Blackmarket, M.O., Woman’s Hour, We Were Evergreen, DLR, Alex Smoke, The DJ Pipes,…


Report reveals that Festival goers are the biggest victims of fraud

Report reveals that Festival goers are the biggest victims of fraud

16 May 2014

Festival and concert-goers have been named amongst the biggest victims of fraudulent tickets, with reports peaking in the festival season. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) have called on ticket distributors to take more responsibility over the sale of fraudulent tickets, as figures reveal that consumers handed over £3.7m to fraudsters last year. A total of 4,555 reports were…


Music industry gets vocal over Government ticket legislation plans

Music industry gets vocal over Government ticket legislation plans

16 May 2014

Recent moves by MPs to create more transparency in the secondary ticketing market have been welcomed by both managers and live executives. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music released a report last month that outlined government recommendations, some of which included guaranteed compensations for victims of ticket scams. Co founder of WeGotTickets, Dave Newton, and Paul Reed, general manager at…


Apply to play at Tramlines Festival 2014!

Apply to play at Tramlines Festival 2014!

14 May 2014

Sheffield’s inner-city festival Tramlines is calling out for undiscovered bands to take to the stage at this year’s event, which takes place from 25 – 27 July. This year, headline artists, Tramlines’ booking team, and music industry experts from BBC Introducing will choose the final acts to play at this year’s festival. Hopefuls can apply on Tramline’s Facebook page by…


Legal Highs campaign snowballs

Legal Highs campaign snowballs

06 May 2014

26 Festivals yesterday partook in a ‘digital blackout’, initiated and organised by AIF, to raise awareness about the dangers of so-called ‘Legal Highs’. AIF’s member festivals such as Bestival, Secret Garden Party and ArcTanGent, as well as non-members such as Glastonbury, T in the Park, Lovebox and Global Gathering, changed their website homepage design for 24 hours to a uniform…