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Directors of Public Health

Directors of Public Health

8th July 2021

Here at AFO we have been telling members for some time now that if and when you need SAG reference your license to run festivals in 2021/22 we strongly recommend you engage with the Directors of Public Health in the regions. Some of these officers have to cover several counties, others just one portion of a county.  They also have a team of representatives. We really do recommend that n...

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Itís Not Just the Small Festivals

Itís Not Just the Small Festivals

16th January 2020

You may think sometimes when your local authorities start asking you for special arrangements etc. that you are being picked on, but it is not just you.  Mendip District Council responsible for licensing Glastonbury Festival have congratulated the festival organisers in looking after their customers and their staff extremely well.  However, the Scrutiny Board met on January 9th and has p...

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POST-BREXIT GDPR

POST-BREXIT GDPR

3rd April 2019

As we rapidly approach the second ‘Brexit’ day extension or not, GDPR will still be in place when it is all over. You should have got yourself under GDPR control by now, but in case you are worried there is an excellent article by James Morgan, founder of Events Tech Lab, in the recent edition (March) of Access All Areas magazine www.accessaa.co.uk...

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New process for artists and sportspeople entering from Ireland

New process for artists and sportspeople entering from Ireland

6th March 2019

After many months of work since the summer the Government has now unveiled its new process for artists and musicians entering through Ireland. Thank you to Paul Fenn for all his hard work on this issue in particular.   The Government’s press release is available here:- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-process-for-artists-and-sportspeople-entering-from-ireland &n...

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Top 5 things not to miss at Festout 2018

Top 5 things not to miss at Festout 2018

25th September 2018

26th& 27th September 2018, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey This week sees the UK’s festival and event industry heading to Sandown Racecourse for two days of insights, networking and catching up with the best in the industry on the issues which matter right now.  Here’s our top 5 things not to miss at this year’s show: 1)The drone downlow A new phenomenon and a di...

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Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels

Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels

20th September 2018

Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels Steve Blake from Storm4 Events is curating panel discussions and talks at the Festival and Outdoor Show which are tackling the tough issues effecting organisers right now, from drone usage to preparing a counter terrorism policy. The event has revealed a speaker line up featuring some of the UK’s leading figures g...

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Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan at Festout

Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan at Festout

20th September 2018

Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan Next week (Sept 26th/ 27th) the movers and shakers of the outdoor events and festival sector will be found in Sandown Park Racecourse at Festout.   In addition to the hundred plus exhibitors on site, the show offers its visitors a focused conference program, featuring high profile industry experts. Nick Morgan CEO and founder of independ...

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Notice to Customers regarding the implementation of a Modified Tariff LP

Notice to Customers regarding the implementation of a Modified Tariff LP

7th June 2018

Notice to Customers regarding the implementation of a Modified Tariff LP. You may be aware that on 15 May 2018 the Copyright Tribunal approved the terms of a Modified PRS Tariff LP – the tariff under which PPL PRS Ltd licenses “light and popular” live music events.  This email is to notify the relevant customers of PPL PRS Ltd that the terms of the new tariff will be effe...

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GDPR (GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS)

GDPR (GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS)

24th May 2018

Members will have read lots about GDPR over the last few months.  It is shortly to become law and you need to make sure you are up to speed.  By far the best advice we can offer you is to look at the website www.ico.org.uklook at their section on GDPR ‘Twelve Steps to Take Now’.  This is taking the words straight from the horse’s mouth and there...

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GDPR

GDPR

24th May 2018

Everyone and their dog is talking about the new GDPR regulations coming in May this year.  But very few people are offering you a concrete solution. There are two main things that you must do after May 25th.... 1. I...

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A Tax Reminder

A Tax Reminder

16th May 2018

Readers from some time back will remember that in January 2017 I put an article out through AFO News about HM Revenue and Customs VAT Office asking us to ensure that stall rents, market traders, caterers etc. were charged VAT for those festivals that are registered for VAT. This is simply a reminder. I repeat the article here as there has been some recent evidence in the news that the HM VAT Of...

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After 3 years of negotiationÖ. The new PRS tariff!!

After 3 years of negotiationÖ. The new PRS tariff!!

16th May 2018

AFO members and others will know from previous statements, PRS and AFO along with several other Live music promoters  and associations have been discussing the Performing Right Society’s demand to increase the % rate of the LP tariff. During the consultation phase it became clear that PRS were looking to move up nearer to rates similar to those charged in some European countries. F...

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Secondary ticketing sites pledge overhaul

Secondary ticketing sites pledge overhaul

3rd May 2018

Following CMA enforcement action, 3 major secondary ticketing websites have pledged a number of changes to the way information is provided to customers.   StubHub, GETMEIN! and Seatwave have formally committed to ensuring better information will be given about tickets being resold through their platforms. This builds on changes they had already made during the course of the Competition ...

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Urgent News - Cash request Scam

Urgent News - Cash request Scam

12th February 2018

BEWARE CASH REQUEST SCAM Friends at Bristol Jazz Festival and World Music Engineer (Rob Ellmore) are warning us that Bristol Jazz and others have been targeted by a scam. It comes online and looks like it’s offering musicians gigs at these legitimate events and then ultimately asks for money for work permits. One or two people have already fallen foul of it.  Don’t get ca...

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One-day GDPR conference

One-day GDPR conference

31st January 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on 25 May 2018. Most charities and not-for-profit organisations realise they should be reviewing their data protection practices now, and taking steps to prepare, but it can be difficult to know where to start. This one-day conference, organised by Directory of Social Change in partnership with Russell-Cooke , will feature a s...

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Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

18th July 2017

It has been brought to our attention that some members have insurance policies that do not include any use of fire anywhere on their site.  I strongly recommend that you check yours. For instance: Camp Fires Lantern Parades Torch Light Processions Fireworks Chinese Lanterns (which you really should not be using) Fire eaters and breathers in str...

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DATA - European legislation (GDPR)

DATA - European legislation (GDPR)

18th July 2017

It looks like the Europeans may be sending us a little bit more regulation before we drop out. This may not be a bad thing. Read on for more information on the General Data Protection Regulation which seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give citizens back the control for their personal data whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and proces...

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Event and festival organisers asked to be vigilant regarding cloned SIA licenses

Event and festival organisers asked to be vigilant regarding cloned SIA licenses

14th July 2017

The following information is sent to event and festival organisers, event security providers and related associations to mitigate the risk caused by unlicensed staff. The SIA is investigating event security provider LS Armour Security Ltd of Barry, South Wales following allegations that the company supplied unlicensed operatives using fraudulent (cloned) SIA badges at festivals in the U...

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Risk Assessment & Road Closures - AFO Training Day Report

Risk Assessment & Road Closures - AFO Training Day Report

8th June 2017

On Thursday 4th May, AFO members from a range of different festival from around the UK attended an AFO Training Day at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley. The session was delivered by Andy Grove of HighGrove Events Limited who had tailored the session specifically to meet requirements specified by AFO members in relation to risk assessments and road closures. Whilst covering the basics of risk ass...

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Government quietly introduce insurance increased costs

Government quietly introduce insurance increased costs

26th May 2017

When governments declare budgets, usually in March or April they trumpet the important bits and somehow manage to slip through all kinds of tiny changes that affect people at a later date. One of those ‘tiny changes’ introduced by the government as at 22 May 2017 was an increase in Insurance Premium Tax, which has now gone to 12% from 1 June 2017. For example, if your public liab...

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