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Event Buyers Live is Back: Save the date #eventprofs

Event Buyers Live is Back: Save the date #eventprofs

15th September 2021

Get your diaries out #eventprofs. Event Buyers Live 2021 will take place from November 29 – December 1 at De Vere EMCC and Orchard Hotel. The place to do business Event Buyers Live facilitates pre-arranged one-on-one meetings between live event organisers and suppliers. Branded as, “The place to do business” the networking, pre-arranged appointments and educatio...

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General Secretary Writes - September 2021

General Secretary Writes - September 2021

10th September 2021

As I write the sun has come out again (perhaps to shine brightly on Bromyard).  Could be early signs of an Indian Summer or maybe just a warm spell to welcome the autumn.  Whatever, it is very welcome and for those late season festivals that are taking place over the next week to ten days, you could well be in for some gorgeous weather. With Towersey sadly having to be postponed and g...

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Beware Staging Company

Beware Staging Company

9th September 2021

It appears the staging company that should have supplied WICKHAM and LAKEFEST has got serious financial difficulties. If any festival hears of ZAC COUPE or “STAGED” offering their services you should first contact AFO office....

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Update From Twinwood Festival 2021

Update From Twinwood Festival 2021

8th September 2021

"Twinwood 2021 lived up to everything we hoped it would, and more. We just want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our incredible festival-goers for staying with us through all of the difficulties of the last 18 months. There are no words for how joyous it was to see all of Twinwood coming together again, after all this time. From our audience, to our artists, to all of our producti...

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General Secretary Writes - August 2021 part 2

General Secretary Writes - August 2021 part 2

3rd September 2021

It’s the British thing to comment on the weather and I must say that I am a bit disappointed that our garden table has not been uncovered very often in the last few weeks.  I am looking forward to what my grandma used to call an Indian Summer and hoping we can have some warmer weather before autumn hits us for real.  For those of you running festivals, dealing with Covid issues ...

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Audoo Partners With The Featured Artist Coalition To Deliver Unparalleled Real World Music Data To The Music Community

Audoo Partners With The Featured Artist Coalition To Deliver Unparalleled Real World Music Data To The Music Community

25th August 2021

                          AUDOO PARTNERS WITH THE FEATURED ARTIST COALITION TO DELIVER UNPARALLELED REAL WORLD MUSIC DATA TO THE MUSIC COMMUNITY.  The FAC welcomes music-tech company Audoo to their community of creators, as they commit their support to the mission of revolu...

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Covid News

Covid News

20th August 2021

Who needs to isolate? It has been brought to our attention that some local authorities and public health advisors are interpreting rules, regulations and recommendations in different ways.  This has been going on for some time and it is very difficult to keep tabs on everything.  It is fair to say that at a recent meeting DCMS made it quite clear that Covid regulations and restrictions ...

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General Secretary Writes - August 2021

General Secretary Writes - August 2021

16th August 2021

If I was to say it has been slightly quieter for a few days I hope I am not tempting fate. 29 July I visited the last day of As You Like It, a small boutique concert festival near Stratford upon Avon (sold out, very successful), and helped dismantle the event over the next day. 3 August Arts Council open zoom meeting reference long-term strategy.  I have written up some notes from the m...

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Feedback Needed On Your Festivals

Feedback Needed On Your Festivals

6th August 2021

WE SUPPORT YOU SO THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT US SO THAT WE CAN SUPPORT YOU I have attended dozens of DCMS Festival Group meetings during this last 18 months of the Covid Crisis.  There is often lots of talk about rock and pop festivals, especially big ones.  I fly the flag for grass roots festivals, often less than 5000 capacity, and could do with a bit more evidence that you exist.&nbs...

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Government-backed insurance scheme to give boost to events industry

Government-backed insurance scheme to give boost to events industry

6th August 2021

Government-backed insurance scheme to give boost to events industry The live events sector is set to get a boost with a world-leading government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750 million, which will help them plan events with confidence through to next year, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce today. As the economy reopens with the lifting of Covid res...

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Underneath the Stars (slightly smaller) a success!

Underneath the Stars (slightly smaller) a success!

5th August 2021

“It was quite amazing and the feedback from customers has been wonderful” said Festival Director Emma Holling. “An overwhelming sense that the team have managed to pull of something quite special and we’ve received a lot of thanks from workers who have been able to practice their trade or musicians able to perform in front of an audience, for a very long time. Our...

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AFO Member WICKHAM FESTIVAL Pulls Out All The Stops To Get The Show Open 5th August, On Time. Covid Safe.

AFO Member WICKHAM FESTIVAL Pulls Out All The Stops To Get The Show Open 5th August, On Time. Covid Safe.

5th August 2021

AFO member WICKHAM FESTIVAL in Hants pulls out all the stops to get the show open 5th August, on time. Covid safe. 3am Wednesday morning 4/8/21 and their amazing Wickham Festival Crew headed by Site Manager Richard Charidgewere working through the night to get everything ready for when they open today "I owe them hugely. They're brilliant!" said Festival Director Peter Cheg...

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General Secretary Writes - 12 July onwards

General Secretary Writes - 12 July onwards

4th August 2021

Hello everyone I hope you have enjoyed the hot spell and if you were running an event during that you got lucky. As I write this the rain has returned, humidity is high but the prospects for the rest of the summer in terms of weather are reasonable.  There have of course been some heavy storms which have caused problems for festivals like Standon Calling, but in the main there have been...

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Arts Council England Announce Culture Recovery Fund Round 3

Arts Council England Announce Culture Recovery Fund Round 3

4th August 2021

Arts Council England announce Culture Recovery Fund Round 3 The next phase of the Culture Recovery Fund 3 - Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support. Read the details carefully: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-continuity-support Key Dates: Application Open Date: 12pm (midday), Monday 16 August 2021. Application Deadline: 12pm (mi...

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Powerful Thinking: Reform of Red Diesel & Other Rebated Fuels Entitlement for the Events Industry

Powerful Thinking: Reform of Red Diesel & Other Rebated Fuels Entitlement for the Events Industry

3rd August 2021

Powerful Thinking: Reform of Red Diesel & Other Rebated Fuels Entitlement for the Events Industry In this month’s guest blog Powerful Thinking’s Chair, Tim Benson, examines the potential impacts of the incoming government imposed reforms to red diesel & other rebated fuels entitlement next April – essential reading for event organisers and event power providers ali...

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Securing Industry Resources: Top Tips

Securing Industry Resources: Top Tips

23rd July 2021

Securing Industry Resources: Top Tips This document has been designed as a resource for individuals and organisations planning events. If you are already at an advanced stage in the planning process, this will hopefully prove a useful checklist, or if you are new to your event, it should provide a frame of reference to get started. While we all welcome the return of live cultural and spo...

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AFO Launches Two New Action Groups

AFO Launches Two New Action Groups

23rd July 2021

AFO launches two new action groups The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is very pleased to announce that volunteers stepped up to the mark to form the new Climate Action Group for the AFO.  The new group which is currently selecting a Chair will engage with Vision 2025, Powerful Thinking, Eco-Librium, LIVE Green, Julie’s Bicycle, and many others to develop sustainability bet...

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Events Project Manager

Events Project Manager

21st July 2021

    VACANCY: EVENTS PROJECT MANAGER   Events project manager required for a live running site with experience of customer facing food and beverage operations on greenfield sites. From now until 30th of August, 5 or 6 days per week, live on site or nearby B&B. Required to manage staff, rosters, customer service, logistics etc. Please Contac...

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General Secretary Writes - 5 July onwards

General Secretary Writes - 5 July onwards

9th July 2021

Friends, This week I started by visiting Timber Festival in the National Forest, East Midlands. An absolutely unique event only reminiscent of the sadly lost Larmer Tree (where are they now ?). Well done Wild Rumpus (AFO members) on overcoming enormous hurdles to get the event on in a Covid safe way.  Test and trace were in place and as everyone approached wristband exchange you were...

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National Lottery joins forces with Music Venue Trust

National Lottery joins forces with Music Venue Trust

9th July 2021

National Lottery joins forces with Music Venue Trust for new £1 million plan to get huge names into grassroots venues The National Lottery has joined forces with the Music Venue Trust (MVT) in a new initiative to boost live music across the UK. The lottery, one of the UK’s biggest culture funders, will contribute £1 million to directly underwrite touring and production ...

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