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Tramlines Festival 2018 moves to Hillsborough Park

Tramlines Festival 2018 moves to Hillsborough Park

18th December 2017

Tramlines Festival has revealed a new home for 2018 following the approval of its event licence. The festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, will move from Sheffield city centre to Hillsborough Park. Sarah Nulty, festival director, said: “I’m delighted that our license for Hillsborough Park has been approved. We can now put our plans into practice as we...

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The Event Club party tickets are on sale now!

The Event Club party tickets are on sale now!

12th December 2017

Tickets are now available to purchase for The Event Club party, the first opportunity of the season for the entire events industry to come together and collaborate under one roof. The Event Club, a newly formed collaboration of key event industry professionals, made up of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), The Showman’s Show, Jule...

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Take the Event Industry Green Survey: Sustainability goals & challenges

Take the Event Industry Green Survey: Sustainability goals & challenges

7th December 2017

Do you have 5 minutes to take part in shaping the future of sustainability at events?   I work with Powerful Thinking, the not-for-profit festival industry steering group working towards a more sustainable future for events (our steering group member logos are listed below).    Each year we conduct the annual Festival & Events Industry Green Survey which asks organis...

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World Music Engineer teams up with AFO Conference 2017

World Music Engineer teams up with AFO Conference 2017

20th October 2017

AFO is proud to be working alongside World Music Engineer at Conference this year.  We have no hesitation in recommending Rob and his team to your festival or event. See here for further information.  ...

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Fishstock Brixham Seafood & Music festival: Saturday 9 September 2017

Fishstock Brixham Seafood & Music festival: Saturday 9 September 2017

27th September 2017

More than 3,000 seafood and music lovers braved heavy showers to attend the annual Fishstock Brixham festival on Saturday. The weather meant attendance numbers were slightly down on previous years, but the rain could not dampen the atmosphere which was electric with a fantastic line up of 22 bands playing to packed audiences on both the FalFish Acoustic and Coombe Fisheries Main Stage from 11am un...

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BVEP Regulation Survey - please respond

BVEP Regulation Survey - please respond

27th August 2017

As part of the work BVEP is engaged in with the Tourism Alliance and VisitBritain in preparing an Industrial Strategy Sector Deal, some of the submission is likely to include measures to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses. One of the proposals is to seek to extend Primary Authority across a range of regulations to which tourism and event business are subjected, so that tourism-related busi...

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Stand Out need your help

Stand Out need your help

17th August 2017

Stand Out Magazine's October edition will include features on waste management, staging and rigging and event safety. So, if your event or festival has introduced a new waste management plan, or engaged a new staging contractor, or redesigned your stages, or produced an event with an amazing rigging solution, or changed your event safety plans they would love to hear from you. Email [email protected]

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Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference 2018 - London

Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference 2018 - London

14th August 2017

Forum Training are running a Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference in London on 18 January 2018. Children are exposed to increased dangers as our world becomes more technologically advanced . We need to make sure our safeguarding procedures are up-to-date. Charities that come into contact with children and young people need to train staff on new types of safeguarding ris...

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How will Brexit affect your festival?

How will Brexit affect your festival?

12th August 2017

Dear Colleagues,   DCMS are asking for more information about how we think Brexit and the movement of workers will affect your festivals and events.   I would be grateful if you think your event is affected in any way by these ten questions, please make the answers direct to Tom Kiehl at UK Music [email protected] and mention that you are a member of AFO. ...

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Just So Festival launches in New Zealand

Just So Festival launches in New Zealand

7th August 2017

Wild Rumpus, organiser of Just So Festival, has revealed details of the first New Zealand edition. Just So Festival New Zealand will be an annual, intimate, weekend-long festival and imaginative outdoor adventure like no other. A multi award-winning arts festival which is now in its 8th year in the UK, and after a sell-out inaugural year in Brazil 2016, Just So Festival New Ze...

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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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Time to enter the NOEA Awards!

Time to enter the NOEA Awards!

7th August 2017

Awards Deadline extended to 11 September 2017. Enter online visit http://www.noea.org.uk/online-awards.asp   – entries are free but must be submitted by 11 September  2017. Those shortlisted in each category will be offered up to two half price tickets for the awards dinner in Bath on 22 November. This year’s categories are: Event Innovation...

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Fantastic for Families- new year-round listings from the Family Arts Campaign!

Fantastic for Families- new year-round listings from the Family Arts Campaign!

7th August 2017

Fantastic for Families is a year-round arts listings website and national promotional campaign to families, run by the Family Arts Campaign . Fantasticforfamilies.com will launch on 1st October and will replace the national Family Arts Festival, which previously took place during October. The Fantastic for Families website, promotional campaign and branding will help families to discover arts e...

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30,000 of festival takings stolen - please be vigilant

30,000 of festival takings stolen - please be vigilant

7th August 2017

We were sad to hear that WellowFest in Nottinghamshire has been targeted by thieves.  Do take time to review your money handling policy and remind your festival team to be alert and vigilant. See the full article on Event industry News. https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/festivals-outdoor-event-news/police-appeal-30000-festival-takings-stolen/...

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Farmers & Rural Business Owners 74% More Likely to Diversify Due to Brexit

Farmers & Rural Business Owners 74% More Likely to Diversify Due to Brexit

7th August 2017

Diversity is the future of farming. More and more farms are looking at branching out into more than one area to establish multiple streams of income which will allow business to remain resilient in times where subsidies are falling and trade deals with the EU are up in the air. A recent study by Farm Business Innovation revealed that out of almost 300 farmers and rural business owners polled, over...

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Home Office advice for those that operate crowded places

Home Office advice for those that operate crowded places

7th August 2017

Please see below links to updated advice from the Home Office which may be of interest. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-counter-terrorism-security-office and CPNI webpages www.cpni.gov.uk provide support for those that operate crowded places. This includes recently revised and refreshed guidance directed at site owners and operators written to help those ch...

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Event Safety Diploma at University of Derby in partnership with NOEA

Event Safety Diploma at University of Derby in partnership with NOEA

7th August 2017

This course, the first of its kind when it started in 2008, has helped professionalise and validate industry professionals in Event Safety Management. It has been developed by industry for industry, and is now delivered in partnership with the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA). It offers a comprehensive overview of events safety and helps you apply these skills to the workplace. Course...

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Undesirable Steward

Undesirable Steward

7th August 2017

Dear Colleagues, It has been brought to our attention that there is a volunteer steward going around the festival scene who we would class as undesirable. He has already appeared and been ‘undesirable’ in at least two festivals.  His name is available from the AFO office on receipt of a request.  Steve Heap General Secretary, AFO August 2017 [email protected]

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Sidmouth FolkWeek - whether the weather

Sidmouth FolkWeek - whether the weather

4th August 2017

A weeks holiday by the sea at one of Europe's most rewarding festivals awaits those who have already booked for this year's Sidmouth FolkWeek and, for those thinking about it, think no more and get down to Devon! The team that build the festival venues have worked their socks off in the most horrendous British wet weather. There may be a delay getting everyone onto the campsite, just be...

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Chairs chosen for House of Commons Select Committees

Chairs chosen for House of Commons Select Committees

21st July 2017

House of Commons Select Committees have made their choice of Chairs for the various committees that do the background work. The ones involving music and the festival scene include Damian Collins, MP, Chair of DCMS.  Rob Halfon, MP, Chair of The Education Committee.  Angus MacNeil, MP, Scottish Nationalist International Trade and Communities and Local Government which is one to keep an...

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