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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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The AFO Top 10 for 2016

The AFO Top 10 for 2016

23rd January 2017

In the last 12 months AFO has: 1) Been represented at 46 meetings of local and national interest to festivals 2) Welcomed over 200 delegates to The 30th AFO Conference.  Get the date in your diary now for AFO Conference 2017 (10-12 November)! 3) Welcomed lots of new members (festivals, associates and individuals) increasing our membership to over 250 and still growing ...

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Proper Takes Over Day to Day Management of Topic Records

Proper Takes Over Day to Day Management of Topic Records

19th January 2017

Proper Records has entered into a label management deal with the world’s oldest independent record label, Topic Records, building on their longstanding relationship. The UK-based folk label has released artists from across the globe during its 78 year history, including Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. The partnership will ensure that Topic Records retains its independent status, while...

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Green Events & Innovations Conference 2017 - discount for AFO members

Green Events & Innovations Conference 2017 - discount for AFO members

19th January 2017

A Greener Festival and ILMC are excited to release news of an important session that will take place at the forthcoming GEI9 in March... The Environmental Impact of Fireworks Nothing captures the right degree of pomp like a firework display, and these increasingly popular and ever more spectacular displays are now a common addition to many open-air events and festivals. But what impact ...

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A Greener Festival Announce 2016 European and US Award Winners

A Greener Festival Announce 2016 European and US Award Winners

16th January 2017

A Greener Festival (AGF) have announced all 25 winners of the Greener Festival Award since the schemes relaunch in 2016. These are the first events to receive this prestigious award since it’s relaunch last year, with additional requirements of events who apply. An Awards ceremony for winners was held at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with Green Event Netherlands on Friday 13...

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Shaping the future of Festival Vision: 2025 at The Festival Suppliers Awards

Shaping the future of Festival Vision: 2025 at The Festival Suppliers Awards

16th January 2017

Powerful Thinking and Julie’s Bicycle will hold the first Festival Vision:2025 Meeting at The Festival Suppliers Awards on January 26th 2017 at The Hurlingham Club, London. The Meeting will bring together 30 plus Vision Festivals, events that have pledged to work together for a more sustainable festival industry, to shape the future of the 10-year Vision, and take part in professiona...

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Run a family-friendly event? Sign up to the Family Arts Standards

Run a family-friendly event? Sign up to the Family Arts Standards

6th January 2017

The Family Arts Campaign and the Family & Childcare Trust have developed a set of Family Arts Standards, addressing a need for clear guidance on how best to welcome families to arts organisations. ‘The Family Arts Standards are a fantastic guide to help make sure arts and culture organisations are reaching their potential when it comes to what they offer for fami...

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So, how many festivals are there?

So, how many festivals are there?

5th January 2017

Thanks to our good friends at eFestivals, the best list of festivals I have ever come across, tells us that there is somewhere between 800 and 1000 music festivals in the UK in any one year. In a recent publication on their website eFestivals tell us there were approximately 898 festivals in 2016 and their research suggested that maybe the festival bubble had burst yet again. Recen...

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Ban the Bots

Ban the Bots

19th December 2016

A cross-party group of MPs joined forces with campaigners from the music industry outside Parliament on Monday (29/11) as the Digital Economy Bill reached its ‘report stage’ in Parliament. The aim was to convince the government to accept the “Ban the Bots” amendment and combat industrial scale secondary ticket touting to protect genuine music fans. MPs and Peers are b...

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