AIF announces Festival Congress Invitation to Tender for 2018-2020

AIF announces Festival Congress Invitation to Tender for 2018-2020

04 Sep 2017

Festival Congress is AIF’s annual flagship event, a two-day conference, Independent Festival Awards and celebration of the festival industry. The event is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, over 400 industry delegates attending each year. Following three consecutive sold-out events from the event’s inception in 2014, the Congress has rapidly evolved to become a fixture and must…


PRESS RELEASE: AIF urges Competition & Markets Authority to further investigate Live Nation’s increasing dominance of the UK’s live music sector

PRESS RELEASE: AIF urges Competition & Markets Authority to further investigate Live Nation’s increasing dominance of the UK’s live music sector

21 Aug 2017

New AIF data highlights proposed Isle of Wight Festival acquisition would see Live Nation control almost 25% of UK festivals over a 5,000 capacity. AIF warns of “profound and serious consequences” around Live Nation’s vertically integrated model and asks CMA to widen their investigation beyond the Isle of Wight deal.  US promoter already dominates ticketing, secondary ticketing and venue ownership…


AIF's Festival Congress: First Speakers Announced & Tickets On-Sale

AIF’s Festival Congress: First Speakers Announced & Tickets On-Sale

24 Jul 2017

Making waves earlier this year with their ground-breaking initiative ‘Safer Spaces At Festivals’, the AIF has announced that their annual flagship event will return to Cardiff for its fourth year in October. Selling out every year since its inception, the Festival Congress will play host to an incredible ‘Pseudoscience’ theme, set to play homage to the nonsensical and weird experiments…


Press Release: AIF Announces Emerging Artist Initiative

Press Release: AIF Announces Emerging Artist Initiative

05 Jun 2017

PRESS RELEASE   AIF announces new initiative to showcase emerging talent at independent festivals.   The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has partnered with several booking agencies to match emerging artists with their member festivals this season.    The purpose of the initiative, which is supported by a range of AIF’s 60 members, is to create more opportunities for emerging…


AIF Comment on Manchester Terror Attack

AIF Comment on Manchester Terror Attack

23 May 2017

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with all those affected by the horrific incident following the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night. In the aftermath of this dreadful attack, audiences attending festivals this season may understandably have some concerns. We must emphasise the excellent security record of festivals in the UK. AIF members are experts in organising safe and secure events…


AIF'S SAFER SPACES AT FESTIVALS CAMPAIGN

AIF’S SAFER SPACES AT FESTIVALS CAMPAIGN

05 May 2017

  UK music festivals restate zero tolerance to sexual assault with new ‘Safer Spaces’ campaign More than 25 festival websites, including Bestival, Boomtown Fair, End of the Road, Parklife and Secret Garden Party, to be “blacked out” for 24 hours on May 8th to increase awareness about sexual assault Festival organisers to promote safety messages online and sign new declaration…


FESTIVAL CONGRESS DATES ANNOUNCED

FESTIVAL CONGRESS DATES ANNOUNCED

19 Apr 2017

The dates for the 4th annual Festival Congress are the 30th-31st October, again also taking place in Cardiff, Wales. Every year the Festival Congress sells out and last year attracted just over 400 delegates from the independent festival industry for the 2-day conference and awards celebration. All AIF members and Friends are entitled to one free delegate pass and then…


PYROTECHNICS NOW ILLEGAL AT FESTIVALS & EVENTS

PYROTECHNICS NOW ILLEGAL AT FESTIVALS & EVENTS

19 Apr 2017

The live industry has been campaigning against the use of pyrotechnics (flares & fireworks) by audiences at festivals and events for some time. As of the 4th April it is now illegal to ‘posses pyrotechnic articles at musical events’ according to the Policing and Crime Bill 2017. Artist and event promoters will not be prosecuted for possession but anyone in the…


Viagogo No Show in Parliament and Amendments to Digital Economy Bill

Viagogo No Show in Parliament and Amendments to Digital Economy Bill

31 Mar 2017

Last week Viagogo failed to send a representative to the DCMS ticket abuse hearing, a completely disrespectful and cowardly move that didn’t go down well with Parliament. As expected they got a well deserved roasting during and after the hearing. Yesterday the Government was defeated in the House of Lords on Amendment 33ZLZA in the Digital Economy Bill. The amendment strengthens obligations in…


AIF AND BAROD PRESENTS: HOW TO MAKE FESTIVALS WORK FOR YOU

AIF AND BAROD PRESENTS: HOW TO MAKE FESTIVALS WORK FOR YOU

31 Mar 2017

Friday 7th April 2017 @ The Big Top, Cardiff, 12pm – 4pm RSVP | TicketsAIF and BAROD presents: How To Make Festivals Work For You – unique insights from independent festival promoters for emerging artists, concert promoters, large event and festival organisers. They’ll be kicking off the session with a festival case study featuring the organiser of Kendal Calling & Bluedot festivals before a buffet lunch and…


Free Virtual Tours Available For Some Festivals

Free Virtual Tours Available For Some Festivals

31 Mar 2017

Kendal Calling Festival has been the first to go virtual across Google Maps under the new Festival View Project. Tour.Media and Google Street View Trusted are capturing the very best events and festivals across the UK and Europe in an immersive 360-degree view. Using the latest digital photography equipment and Google Street View Technology festivals can be experienced by millions of people via…


Global Adds More Festivals to Portfolio

Global Adds More Festivals to Portfolio

31 Mar 2017

Global have acquired yet more festivals which now makes them the 2nd largest festival operator in the UK. On this week’s menu are the tasty Victorious & Hideout festivals. Their portfolio has now got 15 festivals under it’s belt including Rewind, Glass Butter Beach, Standon Calling, Kendal Calling, Y-Not, Truck, Festival No. 6, South West Four, Boardmasters, Lost Village, Electric Elephant, Snowbombing…