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Government quietly introduce insurance increased costs

Government quietly introduce insurance increased costs

26th May 2017

When governments declare budgets, usually in March or April they trumpet the important bits and somehow manage to slip through all kinds of tiny changes that affect people at a later date. One of those ‘tiny changes’ introduced by the government as at 22 May 2017 was an increase in Insurance Premium Tax, which has now gone to 12% from 1 June 2017. For example, if your public liab...

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Terrorism Threat Level Raised

Terrorism Threat Level Raised

25th May 2017

Following the attack in Manchester this week, the Security Industry Authority have released the following statement: The independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has raised the threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL. This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. If you see or hear...

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ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary 2017 Winners Announced

ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary 2017 Winners Announced

22nd May 2017

The independent music and arts festival Samphire has been announced as the winning recipients of this year’s ID&C £2500 Grass Roots Bursary. The bursary, donated annually by wristband suppliers ID&C, offers small to medium sized UK festivals the chance to win £2500 towards their security wristband and accreditation. The online competition has been created to lend a helpin...

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Energy Revolution- Join the festival movement for change

Energy Revolution- Join the festival movement for change

22nd May 2017

Energy Revolution is a festival industry collaboration that turns your fossil-fuel travel miles into a direct investment in renewable energy. Together we can turn millions of miles of travel into clean energy and turn a problem into a solution. Donate when you buy your festival ticket and let’s keep the party going forever. As festival ticket sales are well underway for thi...

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The White Book 2017 - the go-to-guide to the live events industry

The White Book 2017 - the go-to-guide to the live events industry

22nd May 2017

The White Book contains every event resource in one place, which is why it has been the go-to-guide to the live events industry for more than 30 years.    In both print and online, The White Book features full postal addresses, phone numbers and websites for event production services and equipment as well as listing venues in a logical, easy-to-navigate format.   So...

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Your opinion counts: How will globalisation impact on events?

Your opinion counts: How will globalisation impact on events?

18th May 2017

GL events UK, supported by Stand Out, has launched a survey to understand how globalisation will affect the future of the outdoor events sector. The survey, which is available here, covers subjects from procurement policy to politics; how the industry expects to change in the wake of Brexit and the wider effects of increasing globalisation on creativity, regulation and ownership. G...

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Lance Show and Publications Ltd to support NOEA Awards 2017

Lance Show and Publications Ltd to support NOEA Awards 2017

18th May 2017

Lance Show and Publications Ltd, organiser of the Showman’s Show will once again be supporting the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards later this year, following confirmation of its sponsorship of the ‘Event Supplier of the Year Award’ at the annual celebration. Lance Show and Publications Ltd and NOEA continue to work in partnership for the good of the out...

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General Election 2017: Is your candidate For The Arts?

General Election 2017: Is your candidate For The Arts?

10th May 2017

National Campaign for the Arts has produced a prompt sheet which suggests three questions to ask your Parliamentary candidates, to gauge how knowledgeable and committed they are to issues facing the arts in the UK. As their Chair, Samuel West, says, “The National Campaign for the Arts is fully focused on enabling arts audiences and participants to better understand and advocate for t...

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Crackdown on ticket touts

Crackdown on ticket touts

28th April 2017

Professor Waterson is heard at last!  Crackdown on ticket touts as the government ban bulk buying and re-selling has at last happened.  The work of Professor Waterson and colleagues at UK Music has finally come home. The Guardian published the following report: Ticket touts face unlimited fines for using 'bots' to buy in bulk Touts who use computer software to harvest ...

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Who said CDs are dead?

Who said CDs are dead?

27th April 2017

With the enormous rise of streaming, downloading etc. there were some in the industry who thought that the CD business was on its way out.  Well it certainly may be slowing down, but it hasn’t dented the business of Proper Music at the Gateway Business Centre, London. Drew Hill, Managing Director of Proper Music Distribution Limited, has now announced that Topic Records has come unde...

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Potential festival venue in London

Potential festival venue in London

27th April 2017

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority have been in contact with the AFO office and they say: "Are you looking for a new outdoor space for your events with great transport links to Central London? Lee Valley Regional Park Authority owns 26 miles of parkland spanning from Ware in Hertfordshire down to the River Thames. Within the park, there are a selection of 11 designated event spaces availab...

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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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