In the last 12 months AFO has:
1) Been represented at 46 meetings of local and national interest to festivals
2) Welcomed over 200 delegates to The 30th AFO Conference. Get the date in your diary now for AFO Conference 2017 (10-12 November)!
3) Welcomed lots of new members (festivals, associates and individuals) increasing our membership to over 250 and still growing
The Environmental Impact of Fireworks
Nothing captures the right degree of pomp like a firework display, and these increasingly popular and ever more spectacular displays are now a common addition to many open-air events and festivals. But what impact do these dazzling displays have on the environment?
Proper Records has entered into a label management deal with the world’s oldest independent record label, Topic Records, building on their longstanding relationship. The UK-based folk label has released artists from across the globe during its 78 year history, including Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Powerful Thinking and Julie’s Bicycle will hold the first Festival Vision:2025 Meeting at The Festival Suppliers Awards on January 26th 2017 at The Hurlingham Club, London.
The Meeting will bring together 30 plus Vision Festivals, events that have pledged to work together for a more sustainable festival industry, to shape the future of the 10-year Vision, and take part in professional skills workshops for their onward journey to more sustainable events.
- 25 festivals across 13 countries awarded for 2016.
- 10th year of the Greener Festival Awards
- Tougher standards raise the bar and challenge events.
- Awards presented at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands.
A Greener Festival (AGF) have announced all 25 winners of the Greener Festival Award since the schemes relaunch in 2016. These are the first events to receive this prestigious award since it’s relaunch last year, with additional requirements of events who apply.
Thanks to our good friends at eFestivals, the best list of festivals I have ever come across, tells us that there is somewhere between 800 and 1000 music festivals in the UK in any one year.
In a recent publication on their website eFestivals tell us there were approximately 898 festivals in 2016 and their research suggested that maybe the festival bubble had burst yet again.
A cross-party group of MPs joined forces with campaigners from the music industry outside Parliament on Monday (29/11) as the Digital Economy Bill reached its ‘report stage’ in Parliament.
The aim was to convince the government to accept the “Ban the Bots” amendment and combat industrial scale secondary ticket touting to protect genuine music fans.
Award winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Elliott Morris is launching a crowdfunding campaign to record and release his first album.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a long, long time!” says Morris. “I aimed to get into the studio at the start of the year, but the gigs have just kept coming!”
Leading figures from across the live music industry have called for a change in gig venue licensing to make it easier to stage events and help the industry thrive.
The figures want an amendment to the law that would ensure cultural benefits to the community are considered by local authorities when they make decisions about the award of music licences.