4th Annual Industry Green Survey Results Released

4th Annual Industry Green Survey Results Released

06 Mar 2019

Powerful Thinking’s fourth annual Industry Green Survey shows that more event organisers are embedding sustainability into their operations and getting savvy with waste and energy in 2018. 70 events took part in the 4th annual Festival Industry Green Survey for 2018, run by industry steering group Powerful Thinking. The survey asked festivals organisers what sustainability measures they put in place…


AIF Presents: Sustainability Training Day

AIF Presents: Sustainability Training Day

06 Feb 2019

Following on from 2018’s #DrasticOnPlastic campaign, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are pleased to announce a sustainability training day to offer festival organisers practical tips and information on running a greener and more environmentally sustainable event. This intimate training day will cover topics including green riders, energy supply & consumption, reducing pointless plastics, reusable cup systems and eco wristbands, food waste, communicating sustainability and more,…


AIF launch RAW Bottles partnership with 10% of all sales donated to the AIF Drastic on Plastic Campaign

AIF launch RAW Bottles partnership with 10% of all sales donated to the AIF Drastic on Plastic Campaign

16 Jan 2019

RAW Bottles has become the exclusive reusable bottle supplier to the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). The partnership is part of a strategic programme to reduce pointless plastic and waste at their events. RAW Bottles is the sister company to RAW Foundation, which jointly produced the AIF’s Drastic on Plastic campaign on Earth Day 2018, when 60 festivals pledged to…


Sentric Music's Guide to Festival Applications 2019

Sentric Music’s Guide to Festival Applications 2019

14 Jan 2019

Want to play at festivals in 2019? Sentric Music have put together this brilliant resource – a guide to festival applications and a comprehensive & ever-expanding list of apply-to-play festivals with the links to send your applications to, and closing dates. Click here to read their guide and browse all the available festivals.


Take the Festival Industry Green Survey & Win A Ticket To GEI11

Take the Festival Industry Green Survey & Win A Ticket To GEI11

11 Jan 2019

Powerful Thinking, the live events industry think-tank providing free support and resources for festival organisers in their move towards sustainable practices is running their 4th annual Festival Industry Green Survey. First run in 2015, with support from the AIF and AFO, the Festival Industry Green Survey provides information on how the industry is doing in terms of sustainability and helps…


2019 AIF Member Festival Dates

2019 AIF Member Festival Dates

10 Jan 2019

Want to know when all the best independent festivals will be taking place this year? Luckily, we’ve curated this handy list of all our Member dates, so you can find out what’s taking place when. Download the dates as a handy PDF here. 


AIF Announces winners of Independent Festival Awards 2018

AIF Announces winners of Independent Festival Awards 2018

06 Nov 2018

Awards ceremony follows first day of this year’s Festival Congress in Sheffield  The Association of Independent Festivals has announced the winners of the Independent Festival Awards 2018 at a packed-out event in Sheffield. Hosted by Glastonbury Festival’s Ben Challis, the awards ceremony took place at 92 Burton Road this evening (Tuesday 6 November) following the first day of AIF’s acclaimed…


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…