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Trooping the Stand Collapse

Trooping the Stand Collapse

25th May 2022

Just how bad this actually is we have yet to discover, but on Saturday 21 May at the rehearsal of Trooping the Colour, part of the seating stand collapsed with an audience in it. Two or three people were treated by paramedics at the scene and that seems to be the end of it. However, there will certainly be an investigation and you never know where that can lead. So, if using tiered seating, tem...

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BS ISO 20121 and the Sustainability Needs of the Events Sector

BS ISO 20121 and the Sustainability Needs of the Events Sector

23rd May 2022

This webinar is conceived as a wide-ranging discussion of the sector’s potential and ambitions in relation to sustainable events. Comments and input will be sought on BS ISO 20121, the international sustainable events standard, and information will be provided on how the sector can get involved in its revision.   Access the on-demand webinar....

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General Secretary Writes – May 2022

General Secretary Writes – May 2022

23rd May 2022

Hello Members and Colleagues My last General Secretary Writes was back at the end of April when the bulk of the festival scene was approaching the start line.  I can safely say the starting gun has fired. Sadly, there have been one or two casualties left over from Covid and the rising costs, but there is plenty of enthusiasm and creativity out there that could make 2022 not just a get throu...

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Being Green Sells Tickets

Being Green Sells Tickets

23rd May 2022

Not very many years ago and certainly within my lifetime, Greenpeace were referred to as troublemakers and even terrorists. It took the intervention of Prince Charles to show some interest in their work before they gradually became respectable. Since then, of course, the world has started to waken up to the fact that there are not many minutes left on the clock before the whole thing becomes uns...

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ecolibrium launch Sustainable Travel Guide for Artists and the Music Industry, May 19 2022

ecolibrium launch Sustainable Travel Guide for Artists and the Music Industry, May 19 2022

19th May 2022

ecolibrium, the charity on a mission to help the live events and music industry tackle the environmental impacts of travel, launch their latest resource, the Sustainable Travel Guide for Artists and the Music Industry, providing up-to-date information, best practice tips and inspiration to empower the live music industry to understand and take action on its greatest carbon impact: travel.  ...

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The Green Parent

The Green Parent

17th May 2022

An amazing magazine which does what it says. It looks at parents and families and how our lifestyles can be greener. In the edition for June and July 2022 there was a festival supplement called The Green Parent Festival Guide.  I was delighted to see AFO festivals advertising i.e. Folk by the Oak and Towersey (both of which would look better with AFO logos) and Festival at the Edge which d...

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REPORT On Gen. Sec Panel Appearance at PLASA Conference: LEEDS

REPORT On Gen. Sec Panel Appearance at PLASA Conference: LEEDS

17th May 2022

On Wednesday 11 May Steve was invited to represent EIF/AFO at the Plasa Leeds Conference and Exhibition on a panel looking at managing large scale events safely. Other speakers on the panel included Mark Harding from Showsec and Ian Taylor of Wentworth Castle, Barnsley (appearing as a representative of NOEA). The chair was held by Peter Heath from Plasa with whom we had some discussions in adva...

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Solo Visitors to Your Festival

Solo Visitors to Your Festival

16th May 2022

Many of the AFO festival members get ticket requests and purchases from people who attend alone. You might call them solo visitors. Have you ever thought that getting all those people together in a special space for a chat, networking, sharing of thoughts, might be useful for them and each other. Take the example of Costa del Folk in Spain and Portugal. They have solo travellers meetings. AFO ...

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Access Charter

Access Charter

16th May 2022

Our friends at Attitude is Everything have now updated their Live Events Access Charter to bring together all the knowledge and best practice advice developed by AIE since its early engagement with the music industry twenty years ago.  It is designed to guide venue and events organisers through a wide range of topics and ultimately enable the achievement of bronze, silver, gold an...

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UK Music and the UK Music Diversity Taskforce are hosting a digital seminar on bullying

UK Music and the UK Music Diversity Taskforce are hosting a digital seminar on bullying

14th May 2022

UK Music and the UK Music Diversity Taskforce are hosting a digital seminar on bullying, harassment and discrimination on Monday May 16th at 10am.It’s open to all in the music industry and free to attend. UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce Chair, Ammo Talwar and Deputy Chair Paulette Long will be speaking with Charlene Brown, the managing director of Howlett Brown, a people in...

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How Will Sustainability Feature in Our Festival and Event Work, Whilst Recovering From COVID-19?

How Will Sustainability Feature in Our Festival and Event Work, Whilst Recovering From COVID-19?

11th May 2022

We really must not let the Covid-19 pandemic totally distract us from the responsibility we have to leave an environment that the next generation can live in, play in and one in which to organise and run FESTIVALS. 1. Sustainability comes in many forms and should be clearly identified. a) Financial sustainability – the job of the company directors and/or financial controller/treasurer fo...

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Purple Guide Review

Purple Guide Review

10th May 2022

Many readers will be well aware of the Purple Guide and its immense value to the outdoor events and festival industry.  It has been some years in the care of the Events Industry Forum overseen by the Health and Safety Executive. However, we all learnt a lot during the pandemic and a good deal of the information gathered has now led to a review of the chapters within the Guide. The chapter...

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Video message by UN Secretary General at the WGIII AR6 press conference

Video message by UN Secretary General at the WGIII AR6 press conference

10th May 2022

The UN is respected and listened to. The UN Secretary General is quite clear in the message. Now play your part and leave behind a planet on which our children can run amazing festivals. Do nothing and your grand children will ask why you did nothing .  ...

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Bullying Harrasment and Discrimination – Digital Seminar

Bullying Harrasment and Discrimination – Digital Seminar

6th May 2022

UK Music and the UK Music Diversity Taskforce are hosting a digital seminar on bullying, harassment and discrimination on Monday May 16th at 10am.It’s open to all in the music industry and free to attend. UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce Chair, Ammo Talwar and Deputy Chair Paulette Long will be speaking with Charlene Brown, the managing director of Howlett Brown, a people inte...

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Free Mental Health First Aider Course

Free Mental Health First Aider Course

4th May 2022

Just as you can become physically unwell, mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect anyone. Sign up for one of the FREE MHFA courses and learn to recognise the warning signs and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe. For more details and to sign up for an MHFA course / AJ bursary criteria click here and help support your indu...

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Event Production Show (EPS) – Giant Steps in Support of Events

Event Production Show (EPS) – Giant Steps in Support of Events

4th May 2022

Early 2022 saw the Event Production Show produced and managed by Mash Media/Access All Areas lead the way in exhibiting for our industry, innovation and conferencing. Held at London’s Excel Centre in Docklands, hundreds of organisers from the festival and events industry gathered for what was a jampacked two days of trading and conferencing.  Speakers on the platforms inclu...

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Flackstock one-day festival to raise money for mental health charities

Flackstock one-day festival to raise money for mental health charities

28th April 2022

Family and friends of TV presenter Caroline Flack have revealed details of Flackstock – a one-day festival to celebrate Caroline’s life with comedy, dance, and musical acts this summer. Sponsored by McDonald’s, Flackstock will take place in the grounds of Englefield, the Elizabethan House and estate near Pangbourne in Berkshire on July 25. With a committee...

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Great Harwood Showground to host new Festiva festival

Great Harwood Showground to host new Festiva festival

28th April 2022

Eventa, has launched Festiva, an “ultimate family festival experience”, that will arrive in Great Harwood, East Lancashire on August 13 and 14, 2022. Taking place at Great Harwood Showground, the two-day event will feature music tribute acts and artists, an entertainment programme for kids including a circus and fairground rides, inflatables, and a food, beer and cocktails aren...

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Major New Report Outlines Plan to Harness the Power of Music to Transform Health, Wellbeing and Communities  

Major New Report Outlines Plan to Harness the Power of Music to Transform Health, Wellbeing and Communities  

28th April 2022

Calls for support from the government, the public and music, health and social care sectors to turn its recommendations into action. Music for Dementia and UK Music have joined forces to publish a new report which outlines a blueprint to use music to help improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. The report also spells out the support needed from a variety of sectors to ensure its recomm...

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Proper Receives a Prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Proper Receives a Prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

28th April 2022

Proper is honoured to be receiving one of the UK’s most prestigious business accolades. They have been awarded for outstanding growth in overseas sales in the International Trade category; following recommendation by the Prime Minister and approval by Her Majesty The Queen. "We are one of only 141 companies recognized by The Queen’s Award in 2022. PMD’s exports increased by 85...

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