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UK Festival Awards 2022

UK Festival Awards 2022

5th September 2022

You have until the 30 September to recommend someone or some organisation for a public vote category in the UK Festival Awards 17th Edition. There are awards for: Best Large Festival Best Medium Festival Best Small Festival Best Family Festival Best Non-Music Festival Best Grassroots Festival Best New Festival Best Overseas Festival Best Metropolitan Festival There are also 12 other...

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The £200 Weekend Ticket Has Arrived

The £200 Weekend Ticket Has Arrived

5th September 2022

You may be charging £120 or maybe £150 for an adult ticket for your weekend festival. In 2018 and 19 that would have been around the average. After Covid there was a 30% increase in the hire costs of equipment, artists’ fees increased, and the economic crisis hit GB. In 2023 the £200 adult weekend ticket is bound to happen. Festival Republic have already announced that L...

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Back From Cropedy?

Back From Cropedy?

19th August 2022

For all you Fairport fans you may remember a concept album called Babbacombe Lee. Well, if you want to see the story brought to life get yourself up to Hartlepool Festival.  Organised by Joan Crump, the Hartlepool Folk Festival has a performance of Babbacome Lee on 30 September. Have a look here....

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Stainsby BUY THEIR FIELDS

Stainsby BUY THEIR FIELDS

17th August 2022

I can report that one of our longstanding AFO members has become one of 244 local charities based around the Stainsby, East Derbyshire area. They have got themselves a variety of awards and have now raised enough money to buy the fields on which the festival is run. They called it the Dream of Fields Appeal. Tony Trafford, the Chair of the Trustees said, “This will be a great year for the ...

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Community Impact Award

Community Impact Award

9th August 2022

Andy Lenthall, a good friend of AFO recently published this note in his editorial of FESTIVAL INSIGHTS Over many years The Festival Awards have been very much to do with the bigger Rock and Pop festivals. Andy in his role this year recognises the value of smaller, grass roots community festivals. He says… “Strolling around Truck Festival recently, I was attracted by a sign pr...

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Top Female Line Up Scores a Roaring Finale for Underneath the Stars Festival

Top Female Line Up Scores a Roaring Finale for Underneath the Stars Festival

8th August 2022

As the sun set on the final evening of Underneath the Stars Festival at Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley, the lionesses have just won the Women’s EUROs to tumultuous applause in front of a giant TV, and Suzanne Vega brought the house down as the hattrick of leading female performers, at the 2022 festival. It’s been a packed weekend of thrills and spills for the hugely p...

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Just So Festival Returns this Month for Three Days of Mischief and Magic in the Great Outdoors

Just So Festival Returns this Month for Three Days of Mischief and Magic in the Great Outdoors

5th August 2022

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August 2022, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire With live music, outdoor arts, campfire stories, a silent disco, a midnight feast and even a huge water fight, Just So 2022 will give families the chance to unleash their creativity and make lasting memories in the great outdoors. Just So Festival is back from Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August for an imaginative outdoor adventure for chi...

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Use Local if you can

Use Local if you can

3rd August 2022

Tramlines Festival in Sheffield is very proud of the fact that its 50,000 capacity crowd was focussed on using local suppliers wherever possible. Sheffield’s largest festival run by independent production company, Method Events, has Tramlines as its flagship event, built on some of the hottest days on record, a tough call for the build crew. Owned by Superstruct, the festival took pl...

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United Industry Approach to Cost Reduction

United Industry Approach to Cost Reduction

3rd August 2022

This is the call coming from Stuart Galbraith, head man at Kilimanjaro Live. His own company has had a remarkable summer already. Some 1.5 million tickets for a huge number of outdoor events across the UK. But Stuart as much as anybody is well aware of the difficulties there have been with  shortages of crew, riggers, security, staff and equipment in general. With all kinds of trickery...

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Spiking of Drinks

Spiking of Drinks

25th July 2022

You may think this is nothing to do with you and it never happens at your festival. NPCC working with police forces throughout the country would remind you that it could easily have happened, and you wouldn’t know about it if it wasn’t reported. The number of drinks spiking incidents being reported at festivals is minimal at the moment. However, the police are reminding us that it is ...

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Beautiful Days Festival - Shout Out For Site Art

Beautiful Days Festival - Shout Out For Site Art

1st July 2022

Beautiful Days festival in Devon are looking for one or two more site decor/art installation companies to get involved for their 2022 event (18 - 21 August). Please send suggestions/availability/ideas to [email protected]

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Just When you Thought the Festival Season was Over you can go to WILD PATHS in October!

Just When you Thought the Festival Season was Over you can go to WILD PATHS in October!

1st July 2022

The wait is over for Wild Paths Festival 2022! Check out what they said about their upcoming festival...  "We're thrilled to finally unveil the Wild Paths Series '22 lineup! From the 10th - 15th of October, we'll be taking over Norwich's best-loved venues and a host of other unique DIY spaces with the likes of Blue Lab Beats, Pongo, Prima Queen and many, many more... Featuring an ecl...

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The Power of Events Launches Brand for Industry Showcase Hub

The Power of Events Launches Brand for Industry Showcase Hub

1st July 2022

Evolving out of the covid response collaborative One Industry One Voice, The Power of Events was created in April 2022 and just two months on they have announced the launch of a splash page for the planned UK events industry comms hub. This captures the work completed on developing a clear vision and mission, the new brand, key objectives and the core pillars supporting this ambitious innovation...

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That Insurance

That Insurance

27th June 2022

Members will remember the government’s attempt at trying to insure the events industry during the Covid Crisis. Most of the people involved agreed it was not worth the paper it was written on and we wrote to government offices on many occasions pointing out that it was not fit for purpose. However, they persisted and are now using the small amount of evidence they have to demonstrate that...

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Nick Morgan Challenges the Elephant in the Room

Nick Morgan Challenges the Elephant in the Room

27th June 2022

In a recent interview with Access All Areas, industry magazine, Nick Morgan challenges artists’ fees. Read the full article here. But suffice it to say that with festival organisers struggling with soaring costs and major supply chain challenges Nick, who is the Group’s CEO of We are The Fair, calls on artists and their agents to reconsider their fees and help support a sector that ...

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Ten Years After

Ten Years After

27th June 2022

The Team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London are to host the biggest free festival yet, from 24 July to 8 August. Celebrating ten years since the site hosted the Olympic Games. A free to attend event will run from 24 July to 8 August and include the Great Get Together Music Festival. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joined local Eastend Londoners in lighting the anniversary flame next to the stad...

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Public Safety at Venues and Events

Public Safety at Venues and Events

27th June 2022

NPoCC (The National Police Coordination Centre) put out regular assessments of trends in the festival events and entertainment venues lists of potential harm. These lists include current dangerous substances, spiking, harassment and other nasties. I know most people in the AFO would say ‘that doesn’t apply to us’, but if these incidents are not reported to you, how do you actua...

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Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

27th June 2022

Still a secret but returning after five years off. Only a well-established, credible event with a dedicated fan base could possibly disappear for five years and then suddenly return to a sell-out audience. James Brennan of Secret Garden Party started the whole affair some years ago and is about to launch the 2022 edition with not a single artist named and yet 20,000 tickets sold. Yes, he has h...

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Artist Fees – The Elephant in the Room

Artist Fees – The Elephant in the Room

23rd June 2022

Nick Morgan recently called on artists and their agents to reconsider their fees and help support a sector that is a major provider of their profits... "As festival operators struggle with soaring costs and major supply chain challenges in an effort to keep their events afloat, Nick Morgan group CEO of event production agency. We Are The Fair calls on artists and their agents to reconsider thei...

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AFO Member Cracks the Gender Balance on Stage

AFO Member Cracks the Gender Balance on Stage

20th June 2022

Underneath the Stars achieves 50/50 artist split and all-female headline bill Underneath the Stars festival is leading the march for gender balance at festivals, announcing its final music line-up with a 50/50 artist split including an all-female headline bill, Imelda May (Friday), Kate Rusby (Saturday) and Suzanne Vega (Sunday). This year, the festival worked with The F List, a dire...

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