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Look up, look out  Think electricity!

Look up, look out Think electricity!

26th April 2017

With the weather warming up, many outdoor types will be looking to pitch their tent in the countryside or set out on the open road in their caravan. Whether it be for a holiday or to wile away the weekend at a music festival, safety experts at UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to the East of England, London and the South East, are warning campers to ‘Look out and look up&rsquo...

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Red diesel call for evidence

Red diesel call for evidence

23rd April 2017

Do you or any of your contractors use red diesel? If so, HM Treasury would like your views: "As you may have seen, at Spring Budget 2017 the government announced that it would publish a call for evidence on the use of red diesel. This call for evidence is an information gathering exercise and is designed to improve the data sources available to government about red diesel use. The docum...

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No pyrotechnics at festivals

No pyrotechnics at festivals

14th April 2017

Don’t panic, organisers of events and professional firework people still allowed.  This is a revision to Section 134 in the Police and Crime Act 2017 now referring to the possession of pyrotechnic articles at musical events. AFO is delighted that this has been extended from sports to the events industry. The revision is now in place. However, what about lantern parades?  Perh...

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The Lords discuss licensing committees

The Lords discuss licensing committees

14th April 2017

After several years of working with the new licensing act first introduced in 2003, the House of Lords are now discussing how licensing committees actually work at local authority level. AFO has consulted with advisors at Westminster who tell us “Planning and Licensing was discussed by a Lords Select Committee and put into a report.  It is not a government proposal, however, gov...

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A Greener Festival Award - 2017

A Greener Festival Award - 2017

6th April 2017

Calling all Festivals and Events. Applications are open for the Greener Festival Award Assessment 2017. If you haven't already please submit your request to apply ASAP for UK, North American and European Events. About The Award Events are able to immediately enter for the Greener Festival Award 2017, provided that they meet the minimum requirement to submit their events Susta...

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Five Easy Steps to Greener Power at Small Events

Five Easy Steps to Greener Power at Small Events

29th March 2017

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) and Powerful Thinking have developed this factsheet to provide inspiration for small events organisers who wish to reduce environmental impacts associated with their power usage. The AFO is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to cont...

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Fleetwood Folk & Blues - SpringSong and FolkFolly 31 March - 1 April 2017

Fleetwood Folk & Blues - SpringSong and FolkFolly 31 March - 1 April 2017

28th March 2017

There’s been a lot going on for Fleetwood Folk & Blues, and we’re well on the way with plans for FaB Weekend this September (1st to 3rd). Meanwhile we have other events afoot. Springsong & Folkfolly We are hosting a weekend of ‘SpringSong & FolkFolly’, 31st March and 1st April presenting some artists who will be performing at FaB Weekend this year. Fleetwood Bow...

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The ice cap continues to melt!

The ice cap continues to melt!

28th March 2017

Donald Trump Says It Isn’t Happening and Has Taken Sustainability Off the White House Website!! It is expected that by 2050 much of the UK coastal areas will be underwater. “Would you agree that we all have a duty to try and halt this erosion and leave a better world for our grandchildren to continue running festivals and events?” Who is responsible for sustainability at...

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Event information required after Westminster Terrorist Attack

Event information required after Westminster Terrorist Attack

24th March 2017

NOEA has released the following statement after the attack in Westminster on Wednesday: For those of you who haven’t heard of the TIER Group, it is the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group co-ordinated by VisitBritain and is convened when events occur that have significant implications for the UK tourism industry. The group links into COBRA via DCMS. As such, a meeting was held to to...

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Are you in the music industry? Take part in the Measuring Music report

Are you in the music industry? Take part in the Measuring Music report

16th March 2017

Are you a UK Musician, Songwriter, Composer, Producer, Engineer or Manager and would like to be in with the chance of winning the following prizes?... Elektron Digitakt drum computer Sontronics Aria microphone Sennheiser HD 800 headphones Each year UK Music conducts a survey of British music. Your feedback allows UK Music to produce Measuring Music, an annual ...

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The Powerful Thinking Smart Energy Guide 2017

The Powerful Thinking Smart Energy Guide 2017

15th March 2017

The new and updated Powerful Thinking Guide provides event professionals with up-to-date knowledge and practical resources to help manage temporary energy smartly, reducing environmental impacts and fuel bills. It is created from a collection of modular resources, factsheets and case studies that are also available online. This edition is European in focus, reflecting both the progress being ...

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Danco secures Latitude contract

Danco secures Latitude contract

14th March 2017

Celebrating what could be considered the best aspects of music, film, culture, poetry, theatre and everything in between, Latitude Festival began its journey in 2006. Now in planning for the 12th edition, Danco are pleased to have recently been confirmed as the primary marquee hire contractor. With over 70,000 sqft of temporary structures awarded in the multi-year...

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Registered for VAT? You must add VAT onto your traders and caterers pitch fee

Registered for VAT? You must add VAT onto your traders and caterers pitch fee

14th March 2017

If you are registered for VAT are you charging your traders, caterers and market stalls the right amount?  HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) wants their share of the cake.  HMRC VAT office has made a ruling, supported by a test case in English courts, resulting in the need to charge VAT at the standard rate (currently 20% of total figure at March 2017) on rent and concession/tender rate...

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Get involved with the UK Live Music Census

Get involved with the UK Live Music Census

10th March 2017

WHAT IS THE UK LIVE MUSIC CENSUS? The UK’s first ever live music census – a ‘Springwatch’ for live music. The Census covers all genres and we take a broad definition of live music to include events featuring DJs. For 24 hours from noon on 9 March 2017, we will track performances in cities across the country – from lone buskers to massed cho...

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Mash Media launches Festival and Outdoor Events Show

Mash Media launches Festival and Outdoor Events Show

9th March 2017

Mash Media, publishers of Access All Areas and other event industry magazines, announced on 1 March its newest product: The Festival & Outdoor Events Show. The new exhibition will take place on 27-28 September 2017 at Sandown Park Racecourse. It aims to provide business opportunities, education and networking to the outdoor events industry. Speaking at the Event Production...

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Winners of the Event Production Awards 2017

Winners of the Event Production Awards 2017

9th March 2017

The live and outdoor events industry celebrated well into the night last week at the Event Production Awards, cheering on a host of well-deserved winners. The Ticket Factory, Ascot Structures, Quantum Special Effects, The Loop and Continental Drifts were among the night’s winners. Arena Group ended up as the biggest winners at the ceremony, with its company Arena Structures collecting ...

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Secret Garden Party announces 2017 is the last one

Secret Garden Party announces 2017 is the last one

8th March 2017

The organisers of the Secret Garden Party music festival have annouced that the 2017 festival will be the last one.  In a statement on their website they say: "My dearest Gardeners, Whilst I have always known I was going to have to write this, it still feels strange. We have been on a long journey but I concede to the infamous phrase that ‘All good things must come to an...

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Tax, VAT and Accounting Advice

Tax, VAT and Accounting Advice

4th March 2017

AFO is delighted to be able to offer to membership advice on “the money”. Our good friends at APS Accountancy in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and Dunstable, Bedfordshire are offering a similar service to that of Jon Payne at LSL Solicitors.  i.e. an email enquiry could deliver by return a simple answer to your question on financial matters. Over and above that, APS i...

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Festival Vision: 2025 Festivals meet to shape the future

Festival Vision: 2025 Festivals meet to shape the future

1st February 2017

Festival Vision: 2025 Festivals meet to shape the future 40 Festivals and organisations [including AFO's Steve Heap] met on the 26th January to shape the future of the Festival Vision: 2025. Hosted by Chair of Powerful Thinking, Chris Johnson and Julie’s Bicycle founder and CEO Alison Tickell, the day included presentations from Richard Gilles, former Sustainability Direc...

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Conference Questionnaire Delivers Enthusiasm

Conference Questionnaire Delivers Enthusiasm

24th January 2017

For those of you who had a chance to fill in the Conference 2016 Questionnaire, many thanks. The results have now been carefully analysed and quite clearly there is a wealth of enthusiasm out there for this event. As we set about planning 2017, provisional dates 10 – 12 November 2017, we look closely at what you as members and delegates liked, didn’t like, would like to see; we f...

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