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Open Air Business Gathering 2021

Open Air Business Gathering 2021

11th September 2020

NEW DATES -  7 - 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 Our colleagues at Open Air Business have their annual "gathering". A very useful event for Festival and Events organisers. Full line up and speakers at www.oabgathering.com...

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POST BREXIT  does this affect you, or can you assist?

POST BREXIT does this affect you, or can you assist?

28th February 2020

BREXIT now it’s upon us - Musicians’ Union Information gathering exercise In order to be able to properly inform Government about the issues surrounding the potential difficulties UK musicians will face when entering Europe to perform post January 2021, the Musicians’ Union and UK Music are seeking information and evidence from those Tour Bookers, Agents, Promoters and Manager...

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Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

20th November 2019

After a little bit of research we have somewhere for you to send all those unwanted lanyards.  How brilliant is THAT?! The Recycle Yard is not for profit and recycles waste from individuals and businesses (mostly in Wakefield and the surrounding areas) that can be reused for arts, crafts and play. We’ve been in touch and they are more than happy to take packages from you, wherever...

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Searson Band

Searson Band

13th August 2019

A wonderful band from Canada in Ireland and the UK in early November and will also appear in the Showcase at AFO Conference on Saturday 9 November. They are available for gigs on and around that date and highly recommended. For details contact [email protected] (Erin Searson)....

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Scam Alert - Fake emails

Scam Alert - Fake emails

3rd July 2019

You may already be aware of this, but the director of Cornwall Folk Festival has been in touch with us about fake emails being sent, allegedly on behalf of the festival, inviting artists from abroad (mainly the US and Australia) to play. We think the Isle of Wight festival has also been targeted. The scammers are taking money from artists who pursue the invitation.  ...

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Folk of the World

Folk of the World

21st April 2019

Global Local Presents:  Folk of The World  Native Sun & Everyday People   FRIDAY 3RD OF MAY   AT T...

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Run Your Own Music Festival

Run Your Own Music Festival

6th March 2019

Run Your Own Music Festival Oxjam is the UK's largest grassroots music festival - and now you have the chance to run one of their events as they seek out this year's Festival Managers. Oxjam is a community festival run by you, for you. It’s m...

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Traditional Music Forum

Traditional Music Forum

28th January 2019

TMF Newsletter | January 2019 ...

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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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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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Guest invitation to Timber Festival for AFO members only

Guest invitation to Timber Festival for AFO members only

27th June 2018

We would be delighted if you could join us to experience the very first Timber Festival to be held over the weekend of on 6 - 8 July 2018 at Feanedock in the National Forest, near Ashby de la Zouch. Timber is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, who are coming together to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of ...

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Plastic is fighting back!

Plastic is fighting back!

7th August 2017

For the festival organisers amongst us who have merchandise and CD stalls (a great source of festival income), Proper Music Distribution recently announced a real fight back. Quoting from the BPI “LP sales are up by 56.4%, even turntables sales are up by 62%.  47% of the customers buying CDs around the UK have in-car CD players and 64.2% of physical music buyers are male. D...

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Julie's Bicycle Creative Climate Leadership Programme - Apply Now

Julie's Bicycle Creative Climate Leadership Programme - Apply Now

21st July 2017

In March 2017, CCL enabled 25 leading creative and cultural professionals from across the world to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change and accelerate engagement with climate change in their work. Past participants from the festival industry include Michael Soro (Body & Soul), Vikki Chapman (Festival Republic) and Lyke Portvliet (independent, formerly ID&T). Find out more a...

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