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Sustainable Practises: A Fine Example from FolkEast

Sustainable Practises: A Fine Example from FolkEast

18th July 2022

JMP, Folk East share their sustainability practices... "In Suffolk we have a council backed organisation called the Suffolk Carbon Charter which is a great way to measure the progress we make each year. We were awarded the Silver Charter in 2014 and in 2018 we were promoted to Gold for showing an improvement each year. We set out from the start with FolkEast to have as lower carbon footprint ...

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DHSC Weather Guidance

DHSC Weather Guidance

18th July 2022

DHSC have shared some guidance for events on mitigations for extreme weather - which I'm passing on below. Please do feel free to share this with your members/networks as appropriate. Please find below the suggested actions points/messages regarding impacts of extreme heat on a mass gathering: Reinforce comms, considering the nature of the event (as was done with the Isle of Wight Festival o...

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More Than Music Report

More Than Music Report

18th July 2022

MORE THAN MUSIC is a comprehensive report from BetterNotStop. If you have ever thought “I want to do something about my festivals impact on climate change.” Then this is a report that you should read. AFO has been offering contact ,advice and information on the subject for many years and we now recommend this is worth half an hour of your time. Andy Smith at BlueDot festival says &ld...

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Stage UK

Stage UK

15th July 2022

We have heard on the grapevine that the company Stage UK may well have gone into liquidation. If any of the members out there have bookings for a stage from this company, you might like to look into it rather briskly and watch for any up-front payments disappearing. More on this if we hear more officially: GATEWAYS FESTIVAL CANCELLED AFTER STAGING SUPPLIER STAGED UK CEASES TRADING   Organi...

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Placemaking... The GIANT DOG

Placemaking... The GIANT DOG

14th July 2022

Have you ever considered where the model of the giant dog came from suddenly appearing in your Market Square? Or the new pieces of visual art in the park. Or the bronze couple sitting on a bench in your High Street. This is placemaking. Our good friends at ‘We Are the Fair’ also have ‘We are Placemaking’ and they have become the UK’s expert go-to company for this v...

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'Grandpa, what did you do in the Music Business?’

'Grandpa, what did you do in the Music Business?’

13th July 2022

A fantastic new idea has popped up from the very famous Ashley Hutchings and his son, Blair Dunlop. They have a chat, they record it, it becomes ‘The Guv’nor Podcast’. It’s fantastic, read on and join in. "Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in English folk-rock" Bob Dylan 2015 Interviews, biographies, features and writings abound about renowned folk ic...

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General Secretary Writes  - June July 2022

General Secretary Writes - June July 2022

8th July 2022

General Secretary Writes  - June/July 2022 Hello Members and Colleagues  My last General Secretary Writes was covering the backend of April and May just as the festival season was starting.  I can now say we are well into the season with several already taken place.  Festival Supply Chain - back at the end of May an article appeared in Standout magazine talking about organis...

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AFO Members Online Meeting - 30 June 2022

AFO Members Online Meeting - 30 June 2022

7th July 2022

At a recent, members meeting online on 30 June the Group assembled, which incidentally was 50/50 male/female, discussed the biggest concerns for their festival management.  Staff Welfare was quite high on the list along with the real shortage of volunteers to become stewards.  This very much falls in line with the professional shortage as well.  Paid staff are in short supply. ...

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Bakers Basco creates awareness posters to support their national appeal campaign for the return of bread delivery baskets and dollies

Bakers Basco creates awareness posters to support their national appeal campaign for the return of bread delivery baskets and dollies

7th July 2022

Bakers Basco, the equipment recovery agency set up by the UK’s biggest bakeries has created a series of awareness posters to support their national campaign to alert the nation to the issue surrounding the mishandling and abuse of their daily bread supply equipment. These posters will be used as part of the company’s marketing campaign throughout the year at industry events covering...

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Ticket Sales Report

Ticket Sales Report

6th July 2022

Ticket Sales Research LIVE, (the music trade body) working with Chris Carey at OPINIUM, have recently conducted research and produced a comprehensive statement on issues connected to ticket buying.  The full report can be viewed here. In short, the data around festivals contained within this survey is slightly less encouraging than one-off gigs, but with the festival season yet fully ...

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Race and Ethnicity Language Workshop

Race and Ethnicity Language Workshop

6th July 2022

Live Music Industry Venues and Entertainment partner with Black Lives in Music to put on a Race and Ethnicity language workshop for the live music industry. Recorded 08.06.2022 ...

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Vision2025 June Sustainability Newsletter

Vision2025 June Sustainability Newsletter

5th July 2022

Have you checked out the Vision2025 June Sustainability Newsletter? We have included the feature news items below with links to the full articles. Give it a read. WELCOME TO THE June Vision: 2025 News Bulletin In this month's newsletter:  Green Leader Q&A with Zak Avery, Assistant Director, Medicine Festival Guest Blog on Green Hydrogen for Outdoor Events with PlusZero Festi...

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The Power Of Events

The Power Of Events

5th July 2022

This is the new front line body that has changed it’s name from One industry one voice to The Power of Events. What is their mission? They said... "Our mission is to showcase the UK Events Industry. We will define the 7 core event industry sectors across the 4 Nations and showcase the power of their social, cultural & economic contributions to our country. This platform will be buil...

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Sunbelt Rentals

Sunbelt Rentals

4th July 2022

According to Vision2025 in a recent article, "Sunbelt Rentals are working hard to reduce environmental impact through their eco-friendly equipment range. From eco welfare facilities and electric plant to Stage V generators, clean energy solutions and solar lighting towers, they can provide a tailored solution to help meet clients sustainability and environmental goals. Over the past 2 years Sun...

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Vision2025 Green Leader Q&A: Zak Avery

Vision2025 Green Leader Q&A: Zak Avery

4th July 2022

Vision:2025 is a growing network of over 500 outdoor events and businesses taking climate action. We’re here to connect you to resources tools and each other, on the journey toward net zero. They dedicate a monthly blog spot to Industry Leaders Q&A, which celebrates inspirational people from across the industry. They ask each guest 20 questions to reveal their inspirations, secrets of ...

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A Must Read For All AFO Members

A Must Read For All AFO Members

4th July 2022

Betternotstop surveyed 100 music festivals to investigate their publicly available impact policies to gathered data and conclusions on topics including campsites, litter, food and drinks, energy, and social impact. All their findings are in the new More Than Music report, which can be found here....

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AFO Members Meeting 30-06-2022 with guest speaker Natalie South

AFO Members Meeting 30-06-2022 with guest speaker Natalie South

2nd July 2022

In this AFO Members Meeting (30 June 2022) meeting, guest speaker Natalie South from Attitude is Everything explains how festival organisers can make their festivals and events more accessible for deaf and disabled customers and artists. ...

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Beautiful Days Festival - Shout Out For Site Art

Beautiful Days Festival - Shout Out For Site Art

1st July 2022

Beautiful Days festival in Devon are looking for one or two more site decor/art installation companies to get involved for their 2022 event (18 - 21 August). Please send suggestions/availability/ideas to [email protected]

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Just When you Thought the Festival Season was Over you can go to WILD PATHS in October!

Just When you Thought the Festival Season was Over you can go to WILD PATHS in October!

1st July 2022

The wait is over for Wild Paths Festival 2022! Check out what they said about their upcoming festival...  "We're thrilled to finally unveil the Wild Paths Series '22 lineup! From the 10th - 15th of October, we'll be taking over Norwich's best-loved venues and a host of other unique DIY spaces with the likes of Blue Lab Beats, Pongo, Prima Queen and many, many more... Featuring an ecl...

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Showman's Show Enews - Issue 3

Showman's Show Enews - Issue 3

1st July 2022

From their latest e-news issue, The Showman's Show said...  "Summer 2022 is in full swing and it’s wonderful to see our exhibitors delivering a packed calendar of our most revered and prestigious events after two turbulent years. Since our last newsletter we have had the fantastic long weekend to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, Royal Ascot, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Queen’s, ...

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