Independent festivals contributed over £1bn to UK economy  in last 3 years

Independent festivals contributed over £1bn to UK economy in last 3 years

06 Nov 2018

Association of Independent Festivals publishes special 10-year report at Festival Congress Download the full report. The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) publishes a special 10-year report today confirming that its members contributed an estimated £1 billion in revenue to the UK economy in the three-year period between 2014 and 2017. Research carried out by AIF, published in the trade body’s…


AIF announces Independent Festival Awards shortlist, Sarah Nulty of Tramlines awarded Outstanding Contribution

AIF announces Independent Festival Awards shortlist, Sarah Nulty of Tramlines awarded Outstanding Contribution

08 Oct 2018

Tickets on sale now: www.festivalcongress.com  Sarah Nulty of Tramlines to posthumously receive Outstanding Contribution award. Meltdown awarded ‘Act of Independence’ for addressing mental health in the music industry. Seven awards categories including New Festival on The Block, Unique Festival Arena, Smart Marketing Campaign and Live Act of the Year Other nominees include Black Deer, Arcadia London, Elrow Town, Shame, Lost…


AIF Reveals Core Festival Congress Programme and Speakers

AIF Reveals Core Festival Congress Programme and Speakers

03 Sep 2018

Tickets on sale now: www.festivalcongress.com AIF has announced further details for our flagship Festival Congress event in Sheffield on 6th and 7th November, featuring a two-day conference and the Independent Festival Awards. The fifth annual Festival Congress is expected to attract over 400 delegates. The first day of the conference will take place at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre with the second day…


AIF Publishes UK Festival Ownership Map and 'Stamp' of Independence, Renews Call for Competition Investigation

AIF Publishes UK Festival Ownership Map and ‘Stamp’ of Independence, Renews Call for Competition Investigation

27 Aug 2018

Association of Independent Festivals publishes festival ownership map, the first of its kind for UK festivals Online ‘Stamp’ launched to celebrate independent festivals and educate customers AIF renews calls for competition investigation into Live Nation’s dominance of sector. We have today published a festival ownership map that highlights the continued dominance of a single major promoter in the sector, with…


RAW Foundation Launch Guide to Reusable Bar Cups at Events

RAW Foundation Launch Guide to Reusable Bar Cups at Events

19 Jul 2018

Final resource in the AIF ‘Drastic on Plastic’ Campaign Action Pack released with funding from the Event Industry Forum (EIF) NEW Plastic-focussed conference at Showmans Show will provide inspiration for events and companies taking action on plastic RAW Foundation, with funding support from the Event Industry Forum (EIF), have published the Guide to Reusable Bar Cups at Events, the final…


AIF Festival Congress Hits Sheffield on 6 – 7 November

AIF Festival Congress Hits Sheffield on 6 – 7 November

11 Jul 2018

Tickets on sale now: www.festivalcongress.com AIF’s annual flagship Festival Congress will take place in Sheffield on November 6 and 7 this year. The move to Sheffield follows four consecutive sold-out years in Cardiff. The Congress, which has become a major fixture in the festival industry calendar, attracting over 400 delegates each year, will be held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. The Independent…


AIF welcomes reduced PRS rate for festivals

AIF welcomes reduced PRS rate for festivals

16 May 2018

Tradebody celebrates victory for members after three-year campaign The Association of Independent Festivals is celebrating a hard-fought victory for its members today, after PRS for Music announced a new Tariff LP today with changes that will see reduced rates for festivals. PRS’ Popular Music Concert Tariff (Tariff LP) covers the licensing policy and charges for the use of copyright music controlled…


Independent festivals commit to eliminating single use plastic by 2021

Independent festivals commit to eliminating single use plastic by 2021

19 Apr 2018

AIF launches ‘Drastic On Plastic’ campaign, with over 60 festival websites ‘wrapped in plastic’.  Over 60 indie festivals and suppliers to take part in initiative on Earth Day, 22ndApril.  Participants to ban plastic straws as a minimum this season, and all single-use plastic within 3 years  Organisers of more than 60 independent festival across the UK have committed to banning…


Attitude is Everything Publishes State of Access Report 2018

Attitude is Everything Publishes State of Access Report 2018

11 Apr 2018

Attitude is Everything have published their forth State of Access report which looks at the barriers faced by deaf and disabled people when trying to book tickets for live music events. The report included findings from their Access Booking Survey, which collected hundreds of responses from deaf and disabled gig-goers. Positively, three quarters of deaf and disabled  customers felt that…


AIF Moves Office

AIF Moves Office

29 Mar 2018

As mentioned yesterday, AIF is moving office. From next Tuesday, you can find us at The Handbag Factory, 3 Loughborough Street, London, SE11 5RB. Moving office also means a new phone – unfortunately this is not in place from Tuesday, so please drop the team an email to get in touch. We will update when the phone is set up….


AIF to break from AIM in its 10th anniversary year

AIF to break from AIM in its 10th anniversary year

28 Mar 2018

Association of Independent Festivals to stand as own company from April 2018 Current GM Paul Reed promoted to Chief Executive Phoebe Rodwell joins AIF from MMF New Offices in Vauxhall’s Handbag Factory The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will break away from its parent company AIM and operate as a separate company in April this year. The move comes as…


2017 Festival Congress Session Videos

2017 Festival Congress Session Videos

22 Jan 2018

JOHN MCGRATH KEYNOTE – MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FESTIVAL QUESTION TIME AIF General Manager Paul Reed, UK Music’s Michael Dugher and Yourope’s Christof Huber discuss what Brexit means for the live music business, YouRope’s ‘Take a Stand’ initiative and political activism at festivals. SAFER SPACES PANEL Spotlighting AIF’s 2017 sexual assault awareness campaign, in a discussion involving participating festivals and partners,…