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The Power of Events Launches Brand for Industry Showcase Hub

The Power of Events Launches Brand for Industry Showcase Hub

1st July 2022

Evolving out of the covid response collaborative One Industry One Voice, The Power of Events was created in April 2022 and just two months on they have announced the launch of a splash page for the planned UK events industry comms hub. This captures the work completed on developing a clear vision and mission, the new brand, key objectives and the core pillars supporting this ambitious innovation...

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The Story of Red Diesel, White Diesel, No Diesel, Bio Fuel and TAX

The Story of Red Diesel, White Diesel, No Diesel, Bio Fuel and TAX

27th June 2022

Those of you who use diesel generators to power up your festival will be aware that as from April 2022 the government banned the use of red diesel on our sites. They gave way to pressure from fairgrounds and of course farmers but would not give way for the rest of the events industry. So, we are at the mercy of the oil companies and the government tax system to use white diesel at regular pump p...

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A Plea for Help from Ukraine Artists

A Plea for Help from Ukraine Artists

27th June 2022

This is an artistic plea from Alina Matsaenko. She says in Ukraine she was the organiser of festivals and had many groups to promote with a full programme. Since the war lots of people have lost their jobs and the festivals are not possible. She would like to make it known that she has some excellent musicians and dancers available for festivals in the UK and can be contacted at alina.matsaenko...

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That Insurance

That Insurance

27th June 2022

Members will remember the government’s attempt at trying to insure the events industry during the Covid Crisis. Most of the people involved agreed it was not worth the paper it was written on and we wrote to government offices on many occasions pointing out that it was not fit for purpose. However, they persisted and are now using the small amount of evidence they have to demonstrate that...

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Nick Morgan Challenges the Elephant in the Room

Nick Morgan Challenges the Elephant in the Room

27th June 2022

In a recent interview with Access All Areas, industry magazine, Nick Morgan challenges artists’ fees. Read the full article here. But suffice it to say that with festival organisers struggling with soaring costs and major supply chain challenges Nick, who is the Group’s CEO of We are The Fair, calls on artists and their agents to reconsider their fees and help support a sector that ...

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Ten Years After

Ten Years After

27th June 2022

The Team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London are to host the biggest free festival yet, from 24 July to 8 August. Celebrating ten years since the site hosted the Olympic Games. A free to attend event will run from 24 July to 8 August and include the Great Get Together Music Festival. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joined local Eastend Londoners in lighting the anniversary flame next to the stad...

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Public Safety at Venues and Events

Public Safety at Venues and Events

27th June 2022

NPoCC (The National Police Coordination Centre) put out regular assessments of trends in the festival events and entertainment venues lists of potential harm. These lists include current dangerous substances, spiking, harassment and other nasties. I know most people in the AFO would say ‘that doesn’t apply to us’, but if these incidents are not reported to you, how do you actua...

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Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

27th June 2022

Still a secret but returning after five years off. Only a well-established, credible event with a dedicated fan base could possibly disappear for five years and then suddenly return to a sell-out audience. James Brennan of Secret Garden Party started the whole affair some years ago and is about to launch the 2022 edition with not a single artist named and yet 20,000 tickets sold. Yes, he has h...

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Artist Fees – The Elephant in the Room

Artist Fees – The Elephant in the Room

23rd June 2022

Nick Morgan recently called on artists and their agents to reconsider their fees and help support a sector that is a major provider of their profits... "As festival operators struggle with soaring costs and major supply chain challenges in an effort to keep their events afloat, Nick Morgan group CEO of event production agency. We Are The Fair calls on artists and their agents to reconsider thei...

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Christopher Johnson (He/Him): 1st Live Events Industry Sustainability Consultant

Christopher Johnson (He/Him): 1st Live Events Industry Sustainability Consultant

22nd June 2022

Chris Johnson attended Overheated at the O2 on 10th June. Here's what he said...  "I'm feeling really inspired after the OVERHEATED event presented by Billie Eilish, Support + Feed, REVERB and EarthPercent.  A deftly curated program of important conversations and passionate speakers, which gives hope to the role music can and will play in climate action, and provid...

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Victoria Hodgson: Open to Work

Victoria Hodgson: Open to Work

22nd June 2022

About I'm a recent Event Management graduate and I'm eager to build my experience and skills in the events industry. I have experience working at a range of events in a number of diverse roles. Most recently I have been working for a street food company in which my role is to attend festivals across the UK, managing the promotions, communications and branding aspects of the business as well as ...

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AFO Member Cracks the Gender Balance on Stage

AFO Member Cracks the Gender Balance on Stage

20th June 2022

Underneath the Stars achieves 50/50 artist split and all-female headline bill Underneath the Stars festival is leading the march for gender balance at festivals, announcing its final music line-up with a 50/50 artist split including an all-female headline bill, Imelda May (Friday), Kate Rusby (Saturday) and Suzanne Vega (Sunday). This year, the festival worked with The F List, a dire...

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Over 200 People From the Live Sector Attend LIVE's First ED&I Workshop

Over 200 People From the Live Sector Attend LIVE's First ED&I Workshop

20th June 2022

On the 8th of June LIVE hosted its first ED&I workshop on the basics of Race and Ethnicity language, produced and presented by Roger Wilson from Black Lives in Music. The workshop covered: Language Behaviours Culture Being an anti-racist ally Click here to watch the session back....

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Trains Dispute

Trains Dispute

20th June 2022

I suspect the trains dispute of June 21, 23 and 25 caused some disruption to the festival and events industry. I for one was planning a five-meeting trip in London but decided to postpone and wait until this is over. It is very difficult to tread a fine line in support for either side, but it is fair to say that the economic climate is having a devastating effect on the workforce in many areas ...

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MAINS POWER IS THE FUTURE

MAINS POWER IS THE FUTURE

20th June 2022

Congratulations Festival Republic, organisers of many festivals including Leeds and Reading, are aiming at powering up their festivals with National Grid Power as soon as possible, paying for the infrastructure into their regular venues so that their use of generators and diesel fuel will be cut to an absolute minimum.  It is almost like a trial run and I am delighted to see Festival R...

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EIF Members Special FUEL and Sustainability Meet

EIF Members Special FUEL and Sustainability Meet

16th June 2022

EIF members special FUEL and sustainability meet-20220518_100519-Meeting Recording.mp4...

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2CL and Evolv Technology Partnership

2CL and Evolv Technology Partnership

15th June 2022

2CL Communications (2CL) and Evolv Technology (Evolv) are delighted to announce their strategic partnership, enabling Evolv to enhance its growth across the UK by leveraging 2CL’s market reputation, strong client base and its industry leading install and support services. In a regional first, customers will now also be able to hire the market leading Evolv Express® solution, taking adv...

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EighthPlate: A Food Waste Revolution

EighthPlate: A Food Waste Revolution

7th June 2022

Every year in the UK, 400 tonnes of food is wasted at festivals: that’s around 953,352 meals. A stark figure in itself, and all the more so when you consider both the impact this has on the environment (1 tonne of waste = 4 tonnes of CO2) and the fact that thousands of people in the UK live in food poverty; a figure set to rise exponentially in 2022 as we face unprecedented levels of inflati...

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Are You a Manager of a Sustainable Festival?

Are You a Manager of a Sustainable Festival?

6th June 2022

See this BSI page for how to get the support, education and qualify. https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/iso-20121-sustainable-events-management/...

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Join NCVO's Online East Midlands Members’ Assembly

Join NCVO's Online East Midlands Members’ Assembly

26th May 2022

NCVO would love to hear from your organisation at their free online Members’ Assembly, in partnership with PCVS. Date: | Wednesday 6 July 2022     Time: | 09.30–12.00 Free insight and practical guidance to support your work Their Members’ Assembly is your chance to discuss the biggest issues currently facing the voluntary sector. They’ll be e...

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