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…


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…


The Festival Congress is Launched!

The Festival Congress is Launched!

28 Apr 2014

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) today (Monday 28th April 2014) announced details of its brand new annual flagship event, The Festival Congress, which is coming to Cardiff this autumn. Keynote speakers confirmed so far include inspiring figures from the independent festival industry including Jude Kelly (Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre), Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury / The Great Escape) Rob…


How are MPs planning to stop ticket touts?

How are MPs planning to stop ticket touts?

25 Apr 2014

Following a series of evidence-gathering sessions hearing from consumer groups and those working in the live event industry and ticketing agencies, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse (APPG) has produced a raft of recommendations to increase transparency in the secondary ticketing market and stop fans getting scammed. The MPs say they now plan to make changes to the Consumer…


Not so fantastic plastic: Making Waves Guide launches

Not so fantastic plastic: Making Waves Guide launches

15 Apr 2014

AIF member and general advocate of environmental awareness, Shambala Festival previously successfully launched the ‘Bring a Bottle’ campaign, where festival-goers, staff and artists were encouraged to bring a re-useable bottle with them rather than buying plastic bottles of water on site. The audience’s response and support proved that there is awareness around the issue of plastics, and that audiences can…


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…