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AFO Advisory Group

Since its formation in 1987 the AFO has gone from strength to strength. This has not happened without the constant and steady support of an Advisory Group made up mostly, in the first instance, of well-experienced festival organisers but now expanding its membership to encompass a new wave of young and enthusiastic organisers from festivals of all kinds. The AFO Advisory Group comes together by video calls and emails or by phone to help put together the Conference and to discuss crucial issues that threaten or indeed support our work as festival and event managers.

The current core AFO Advisory Group is as follows:

Adam Slough - Folk By The Oak

Adam Slough of JSL Productions has worked in the live music industry since leaving Newcastle University with a degree in Zoology in 1997. Adam is the founder and Director along with his wife and partner Caroline of the UK folk festival Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House. Other events include the long running (1997) Battle Proms Picnic Concert Series that takes place at stately homes across England including Blenheim Palace, Hatfield House, Highclere Castle, Burghley House and Ragley Hall. These picnic concerts aim to raise awareness of army charities and their work and has raised over £450,000 to date.



Bob Rushton - Derby Folk Festival

From a background in engineering, and making music as a hobby, joined The Newcranes as a full time musician in 1991. The 90s, were spent playing and working in music (crewing, merchandising, touring…) and then into a part time job in Derby’s Assembly Rooms working FOH. That developed into a number of full time roles, spanning more than 24 years – front door staff, stage door, porterage, duty management, casual stage technician, assistant technical manager, programme manager and venue manager! 2019 saw a return to freelance work – stage management, technical crew, arts administration, programming, virtual events and more. Director of Derby Folk Festival from inception to date. Proficient in a variety of areas from festival directing, to XLR soldering… Loves cycling.