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Access All Areas Conference & Awards

Access All Areas Conference & Awards

30th September 2022

The Access All Areas Conference & Awards are taking place on 10 November. The inaugural Access All Areas Conference & Awards is an event born out of the necessity to raise key issues and standards within the live events landscape, split between educational sessions delivered by industry leaders and an immersive awards ceremony. Who can enter the awards? Whether you are representing a liv...

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Event Buyers Live partners with Sustainability Experts for 2022 Event

Event Buyers Live partners with Sustainability Experts for 2022 Event

30th September 2022

Sustainability has always been a popular roundtable discussion at Event Buyers Live. It’s a key area of focus for live event organisers. Hence, this year’s industry event (November 28-30) will feature a workshop dedicated to sustainability. The sustainability workshop will be led by isla, an action-driven body that seeks to accelerate the event industry’s adoption of susta...

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English Folk Expo 2022 | 13-16 October | Manchester

English Folk Expo 2022 | 13-16 October | Manchester

29th September 2022

The annual industry showcase for the folk, roots and acoustic music in England. English Folk Expo returns to Manchester 13-16th October with more than 50 artists presenting, including the most diverse lineup yet. English Folk Expo encourages festival directors and organisers to gather together, discover great music, meet the wider industry face-to-face, speak with funders and cultivate new netw...

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LIVE VAT Open Letter - September 2022

LIVE VAT Open Letter - September 2022

22nd September 2022

To the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Following two hugely disrupted years of closures, cancellations and Government restrictions, live music is once again bringing joy to communities across the UK. This summer saw one of the biggest weekends of live music in the country’s history with an estimated one million fans flocking to world famous festivals, classical concerts a...

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AFO CONFERENCE: RECOVER, ENGAGE AND ENRICH

AFO CONFERENCE: RECOVER, ENGAGE AND ENRICH

13th September 2022

Face-to-face at last. After two years of virtual conferences the Association of Festival Organisers will hold a face-to-face Conference on Saturday 5 November at Fenton Town Hall, Albert Square, Fenton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. The Conference will attract both AFO members and non-members along with trade and supply companies, panels and speakers from a wide variety of subject matter linke...

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How to NOT win a Festival Award

How to NOT win a Festival Award

12th September 2022

If you don't enter, you can't win. ENTER HERE...

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The Showman's Show 2022

The Showman's Show 2022

8th September 2022

Here is the latest news from The Showman's Show. Check out what they said...  As the sun begins to set on a full calendar of summer events, we’re putting the finishing touches to this year’s Showman’s Show. Now just six weeks away, we are continuing to attract high calibre exhibitors with a fantastic array of products and services that are set to make it an unmissable eve...

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Together, Face-to-Face, at Last

Together, Face-to-Face, at Last

6th September 2022

With the Covid pandemic behind us (keep your fingers crossed) we are now in a position to hold an AFO Conference face-to-face. Having checked in with a good number of members and tested how many wanted to come to such an event, I have come to the conclusion that a one day get together on Saturday 5 November will do the job. So, the date has been in your diaries for several months, I can now con...

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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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In-bound Musicians

In-bound Musicians

5th September 2022

Since leaving the European Union in-bound musicians should have work permits.  Recent examples include Brecon Jazz and Sore Fingers Week. John Wirtz from Sore Fingers recently dropped me a line to remind festival organisers of the requirements for work permits by EU musicians and some of the restrictions surrounding these permits. He writes, “Some UK festivals are not taking this re...

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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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LIVE Newsletter

LIVE Newsletter

30th August 2022

The LIVE Awards LIVE has launched a new awards ceremony and end-of-year party. The LIVE Awards will take place in London on 13 December, and will recognise and reward those individuals and companies taking our sector to the next level. Proceeds from the night will help fund LIVE’s ongoing work and The LIVE Awards will be a great networking and profile-raising opportunity. And, thank...

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Could you buy your own venue?

Could you buy your own venue?

4th August 2022

The Music Venues Trust is very similar to the Association of Festival Organisers in that MVT represent grass roots music venues all over the UK, some large and some small, just like us. In recent years difficulties with funding and finance, contracts with landlords of the venues have presented some serious issues for music venues.  Not unlike some situations festivals find themselves in, l...

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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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Showman's Show Enews - Issue 3

Showman's Show Enews - Issue 3

1st July 2022

From their latest e-news issue, The Showman's Show said...  "Summer 2022 is in full swing and it’s wonderful to see our exhibitors delivering a packed calendar of our most revered and prestigious events after two turbulent years. Since our last newsletter we have had the fantastic long weekend to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, Royal Ascot, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Queen’s, ...

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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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The Story of Red Diesel, White Diesel, No Diesel, Bio Fuel and TAX

The Story of Red Diesel, White Diesel, No Diesel, Bio Fuel and TAX

27th June 2022

Those of you who use diesel generators to power up your festival will be aware that as from April 2022 the government banned the use of red diesel on our sites. They gave way to pressure from fairgrounds and of course farmers but would not give way for the rest of the events industry. So, we are at the mercy of the oil companies and the government tax system to use white diesel at regular pump p...

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A Plea for Help from Ukraine Artists

A Plea for Help from Ukraine Artists

27th June 2022

This is an artistic plea from Alina Matsaenko. She says in Ukraine she was the organiser of festivals and had many groups to promote with a full programme. Since the war lots of people have lost their jobs and the festivals are not possible. She would like to make it known that she has some excellent musicians and dancers available for festivals in the UK and can be contacted at alina.matsaenko...

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