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‘‘WE MAKE TOMORROW’  A day for creativity, community and connection: 13TH OCTOBER 2022

‘‘WE MAKE TOMORROW’ A day for creativity, community and connection: 13TH OCTOBER 2022

11th August 2022

We Make Tomorrow 2022 is an immersive summit inviting people to connect with projects, individuals, and ideas that are making change and leading on creative climate action. We Make Tomorrow will bring together climate justice innovators from around the UK and across the globe to share experiences, stories and performances. Join us to celebrate the tenacity, care, creativity and courage of climat...

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A Greener Supplier Kitemark

A Greener Supplier Kitemark

10th August 2022

A Greener Festival have announced A Greener Supplier Kitemark... With sustainability high on the agenda of events, festivals and tours, the importance of finding trusted green suppliers has never been more important. To support this, AGF is launching A Greener Supplier kitemark. The new certification will help events, festivals and tours identify verified green suppliers more easily, re...

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Community Impact Award

Community Impact Award

9th August 2022

Andy Lenthall, a good friend of AFO recently published this note in his editorial of FESTIVAL INSIGHTS Over many years The Festival Awards have been very much to do with the bigger Rock and Pop festivals. Andy in his role this year recognises the value of smaller, grass roots community festivals. He says… “Strolling around Truck Festival recently, I was attracted by a sign proc...

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Red, White or Green

Red, White or Green

8th August 2022

We have over the last two or three years flagged up the changes to government policy, taxation and use of red diesel in generators on festival sites. This also applies to indoor venues that use generators as backups. And if you run your festival in any of those it applies to you. Be aware that since April 2022 the use of red diesel on festival sites is not allowed. You have to use white diesel ...

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Business Rates Again?

Business Rates Again?

8th August 2022

Our good friends at Bankier Sloan have flagged up not only that they have in the past provided professional assistance for festival organisers on the issue of Business Rates, but they are now warning that we need to be aware that the revaluation of commercial premises is taking place in April 2023. Ian Sloan reminded us of this through an article in Standout Magazine which once again I ...

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Bournemouth Arts University

Bournemouth Arts University

8th August 2022

Arts University Bournemouth has been awarded a Best Live Event by the Association for Events Management Education (AEME). An Alison in Wonderland themed festival took place in Bournemouth town centre and was created by the final year students and produced in partnership with the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID). It was a free event, it took place in May and was a res...

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Top Female Line Up Scores a Roaring Finale for Underneath the Stars Festival

Top Female Line Up Scores a Roaring Finale for Underneath the Stars Festival

8th August 2022

As the sun set on the final evening of Underneath the Stars Festival at Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley, the lionesses have just won the Women’s EUROs to tumultuous applause in front of a giant TV, and Suzanne Vega brought the house down as the hattrick of leading female performers, at the 2022 festival. It’s been a packed weekend of thrills and spills for the hugely p...

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Just So Festival Returns this Month for Three Days of Mischief and Magic in the Great Outdoors

Just So Festival Returns this Month for Three Days of Mischief and Magic in the Great Outdoors

5th August 2022

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August 2022, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire With live music, outdoor arts, campfire stories, a silent disco, a midnight feast and even a huge water fight, Just So 2022 will give families the chance to unleash their creativity and make lasting memories in the great outdoors. Just So Festival is back from Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August for an imaginative outdoor adventure for chi...

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Cube launches sustainable pop-up ticket office pods

Cube launches sustainable pop-up ticket office pods

5th August 2022

Cube Modular has just launched a pop-up sustainable ticket office solution for events. The versatile aluminium frame and air-cell pods feature two customer facing ticketing windows and can be folded down and stacked for efficient transport. The innovative pods made their debut last week hiring out event radios to visitors to the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. Altogether nine ticketin...

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Could you buy your own venue?

Could you buy your own venue?

4th August 2022

The Music Venues Trust is very similar to the Association of Festival Organisers in that MVT represent grass roots music venues all over the UK, some large and some small, just like us. In recent years difficulties with funding and finance, contracts with landlords of the venues have presented some serious issues for music venues.  Not unlike some situations festivals find themselves in, l...

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Use Local if you can

Use Local if you can

3rd August 2022

Tramlines Festival in Sheffield is very proud of the fact that its 50,000 capacity crowd was focussed on using local suppliers wherever possible. Sheffield’s largest festival run by independent production company, Method Events, has Tramlines as its flagship event, built on some of the hottest days on record, a tough call for the build crew. Owned by Superstruct, the festival took pl...

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United Industry Approach to Cost Reduction

United Industry Approach to Cost Reduction

3rd August 2022

This is the call coming from Stuart Galbraith, head man at Kilimanjaro Live. His own company has had a remarkable summer already. Some 1.5 million tickets for a huge number of outdoor events across the UK. But Stuart as much as anybody is well aware of the difficulties there have been with  shortages of crew, riggers, security, staff and equipment in general. With all kinds of trickery...

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The State Supports Festivals

The State Supports Festivals

1st August 2022

Don’t get excited, this is not our State, this is the State of Victoria in Australia who have just put eight million Australian dollars into the fund to support and boost Australian festivals. Organisers can apply for between quarter of a million and one million Australian dollars to the Live Music Restart Programme. The $8m fund will support the cost of planning and delivering an es...

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Music Venue Trust announces Venues Day 2022

Music Venue Trust announces Venues Day 2022

29th July 2022

Music Venue Trust’s latest Venues Day will take place at the newly refurbished St John at Hackney Church on Tuesday 18th October. MVT, which represents almost 1000 UK grassroots music venues (GMVs), has hosted this annual one day event for the sector since 2014, with delegates representing venues, promoters, agents, artists, government departments, funding bodies and a wide...

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Spiking of Drinks

Spiking of Drinks

25th July 2022

You may think this is nothing to do with you and it never happens at your festival. NPCC working with police forces throughout the country would remind you that it could easily have happened, and you wouldn’t know about it if it wasn’t reported. The number of drinks spiking incidents being reported at festivals is minimal at the moment. However, the police are reminding us that it is ...

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Access All Areas Alive and Kicking

Access All Areas Alive and Kicking

25th July 2022

AFO members should visit Access All Areas and read the magazine, it is packed with great articles. Here's a snippet of what it's all about...  "With the summer season in full swing, event professionals throughout the UK, and beyond, are working against a backdrop of unprecedented challenges to pull off a remarkable events-packed summer. During the Glastonbury weekend alone live m...

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Vision2025 July News

Vision2025 July News

25th July 2022

July Vision:2025 News Bulletin - In this month's newsletter:  Green Leader Q&A with Chris Johnson, Sustainability Lead at Shambala Festival Guest Blog on Circular Systems at Body & Soul Festival, Ireland Vision: 2025 Sustainable Event Summit programme highlights revealed Julie's Bicycle and Vision: 2025 launch Zero Waste Project Tim Benson, Chair of Powerful Thinkin...

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Testimonial Chippenham Festival

Testimonial Chippenham Festival

21st July 2022

Andy Stafford of Chippenham Festival recently said “just a quick and heartfelt thank you for the help, advice and discussions we have had in the run up to this year’s Chippenham festival (most helpful)”.  Thanks to Andy, we really appreciate these kind words!...

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A Shortage of Volunteers?  No, there isn’t, we have loads.

A Shortage of Volunteers?  No, there isn’t, we have loads.

21st July 2022

At a recent meeting of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations the representative for Nottingham Community and Voluntary Services, Dave Thomas, was keen to let me know that if festivals were short of volunteer stewards, he knew of several people who may well be interested. He very kindly gave me contact details for the NCVO Volunteer Centre Finder. Each area of the country has a slightl...

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ARE YOU INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF YOUR FESTIVAL?

ARE YOU INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF YOUR FESTIVAL?

19th July 2022

Or are you just looking after yourself today and now? There are dozens of Event Management courses all over the country. In these there are hundreds of students doing two-, three- and four-year courses in events management of all kinds. They look at festivals, greenfield sites, they look at arts and community, they look at hospitality and hotel-based events, they look at conferences and exhibitio...

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