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Booking Overseas Artists

Booking Overseas Artists

5th December 2020

Members please note that from 1 January 2021 the UK is no longer a member of EU (transition finished). If you are planning to recruit or book artists from overseas from 1 January 2021 you will need to register as a Licenced Visa Sponsor. You may not be able to legally hire people from outside the UK if you do not have a licence.  New employees from outside the UK will also need to meet ...

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UK Festivals Planning Guidance Around Covid 19

UK Festivals Planning Guidance Around Covid 19

13th October 2020

Updating guidance launched today (13th October 2020) includes contributions from across the festival industry working in collaboration with DCMS and Public Health England. Newly published festival guidance around Covid-19 will assist festival organisers, safety advisory group members, local directors of public health and other industry parties in assessing risk levels and planning fes...

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From Glastonbury to Ibiza

From Glastonbury to Ibiza

20th March 2020

The good news is Michael and Emily Eavis, in true Glastonbury fashion, are doing the decent thing and offering first shout for 2021 tickets to the 135000 peeps who paid the £50 deposit for this year’s ticket.  Or if they need the cash, they can have their £50 back; bet there aren’t many of those. So, the BIG one is gone and there have been many others.  No doub...

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When the Queen dies!

When the Queen dies!

28th February 2020

It happens to all of us eventually and HM and HMGOV jointly recognise this.  Because she is very famous world wide, some planning needs to put in place. How will all this affect the events industry?  Read on....

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Festival and Events Survey - RMS

Festival and Events Survey - RMS

16th January 2020

RMS are conducting some research among festival/event organisers in order to produce some interesting/quirky insights about running an event (the highs, the lows, the pain points, etc). They have created a simple questionnaire https://rms-digital.co.uk/festival-and-events-survey There's a Prize Draw offering £5,000 of marketing support which will be drawn on 28 February....

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Festival Supplier Awards

Festival Supplier Awards

2nd October 2019

30TH JANUARY 2020 ...

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WI-FI  - Just before the festivalů.

WI-FI - Just before the festivalů.

13th August 2019

“I have been on the site and 3G and 4G are very strong”.  Then of course the festival or event starts. 5000 people are queuing up and the networks will be handling anything over 2000 mobiles in one go. The Box Office will be scanning QR codes Cashless systems will be selling goods Children will be streaming videos whilst they wait And finally, your customers will be...

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Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

10th June 2019

Festival Vision:2025 launches Crowdfunder, inviting everyone in the events industry to be part of an ambitious strategy toward a sustainable events industry, 11thJune 2019.   The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit group Powerful Thinking, givesthe whole live events industry the opportunity to work together and provide leadership around climate breakdo...

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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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Students need you and you need them!

Students need you and you need them!

5th March 2019

I was recently at Derby University, Buxton Campus, talking with a wide range of students on the Events Management Course. From 1st to 3rd years they all want hands-on experience. If you can find a useful job (not car parking, toilet cleaning or ticket checking), that you could offer to a student either paid or unpaid, then we need to hear from you. There’s plenty of them all keen ...

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Drones over your festival crowd!

Drones over your festival crowd!

29th January 2019

Crowded Space Drones is a specialist drone company who provide Counter Terrorism & Public Safety solutions with drones.  They work with several major sports clubs including Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Dallas Cowboys and with events for the BBC, Live Nation, Festival Republic, Cream, MTV, AEG, Local Authorities and much more. They were contracted to UK Counter Terrorism Polic...

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The Event Industry Board Talent Taskforce Survey

The Event Industry Board Talent Taskforce Survey

4th January 2019

The Event Industry Board Talent Taskforce Survey has successfully gathered responses from across the entire UK Events industry about how the sector attracts, develops and retains its talent. This is the first time such an abundance of rich data has been collated and the project is now moving into its next stage, with further information being sought about the commercial impact of the sk...

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Event Buyers Live 2019

Event Buyers Live 2019

13th December 2018

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT IAIN DUNCAN SMITH MP  IMPACT OF BREXIT ON EVENTS On February 20, with less than six weeks to go before the UK leaves the EU, Iain Duncan Smith MP will address events professionals and deliver Event Buyers Live's opening keynote ...

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Stage and Structure Hire from Wild Rumpus

Stage and Structure Hire from Wild Rumpus

29th November 2018

We love to build cool structures and stages, and they’re available to hire for your festival or event too. Their names do make sense, but maybe only to us… To enquire about availability and logistics, please email [email protected]

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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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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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Festival Vision 2025

Festival Vision 2025

3rd September 2018

Festival Vision:2025 at The Showman’s Show: Full Programme Released   The Vision:2025annual conference looks to increase the momentum of festival industry communities working together to create more sustainable events at The Showman’s Show, October 17th2018.    The event, hosted by industry think-tank Powerful Thinking, brings the 70+ festival ...

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30 Under Thirty

30 Under Thirty

4th July 2018

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Event Buyers Live Announces 2019 Venue

Event Buyers Live Announces 2019 Venue

27th June 2018

Event Buyers Live, which facilitates pre-arranged one-on-one meetings between organisers and suppliers, will take place at Heythrop Park on February 20-21, 2019. The Oxfordshire venue hosted Event Buyers Live 2016 and received great praise from all those in attendance. Neil Fagg, event director of Event Buyers Live, commented: “In 2016, our guests deemed Heythrop Park as a fantastic place...

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

After 3 years of negotiationů. 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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