Topics, Speakers & Showcases

AFO Conference kicked off on Friday night with a New Festivals Welcome and A Festival Story with Sark Roots Festival.

Friday's Showcase Concert had performances from Jack Carty  Hot Rock Pilgrims  Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow  Dan Wilde  and Roving Crows.

Confirmed Agenda included:

- A Festival Story with Sark Roots Festival
- The Power To Choose Power - Alastair Gregson (Powerline), Barry Hughes (Hybrid Power Hire), Tim Benson (ZAP Concepts)
- Link to Your Local Music Venues - Mark Davyd (MVT), Kelly Wood (MU)
- Crisis Management - Marie Lacey (DRP), Eddie Barcan (Splendid Events)
- I Don't Programme Music - Mark Clarke
- Engaging Your Community - John Marshall-Potter (Folkeast), Mike Kirrage (Gate to Southwell)
- The Social Impact Of Your Festival - Teresa Moore (A Greener Festival)
- The World is Your Plate - Mark Laurie (NCASS)
- Copy Writing Made Easy - Al Best (EntsWeb)
- Let's Assume Wet Weather - John Radford (JR Event Services), Peter Chegwyn (Wickham Festival), Nick Russell (Autotrack)
- Customers Dancing Strictly - Kerry Fletcher, Damien Barber (Demon Barbers), Mike Courthold (Chippenham Festival), Madelaine Price (Dance Teacher)
- A Beginners Guide to Festivals - Steve Heap (AFO Gen Sec)
- Talk To Your Council - Andy Grove (Highgrove Events)
- Festivals I Have Been To (and Missed) - Mike Bushell (BBC Breakfast)

- Colin Irwin interviewed Martin Simpson

- Round-tables for ONE2ONE's or open discussions - Fund Your Festival, Presenting Your Accounts, Your Insurance Issues and Legal Advice
- Stewards Accreditation - Sue Torres (Wicked Events), Peter Knaggs (Warwick Festival)
- There is £xtra Ca$h for You in Here - Lee Hawksworth (Glampit), Jake Watson (Landpod), Jodie Boyd (Pic 'n' Mix Festival Kit), Tim Rhodes (Aquaforno)
- The CredAbility Access Card online registration for disabled people, once and for all - Martin Austin (NIMBUS DISABILITY)

Saturday's Showcase Concert had performances from Banter  Markmark Productions  Opera-lele  Harbottle & Jonas  Klonk  and a special surprise guest, Martin Simpson.

Plus the ever-popular Trade Market with new products, services and advice.