From an air show to the Tour of Britain, from innovative products to partnership working, the best events in the country were celebrated at a glittering ceremony in Bath on 28th November 2016.
And the father of festivals Michael Eavis also received the first National Outdoor Events Association “I” Award and a standing ovation from the guests at Bath’s Pump Rooms.
This year sees the number of festivals running overall decline.
Back in June, we reported that an economic study had suggested that more than 1 in 10 festivals will fold this year amid ever-increasing security and infrastructure costs and tough competition for ticket sales.
"Festivals and events have come a very long way" said the title of this year’s sell-out Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) Conference at Ettington Chase near Stratford upon Avon. Taking place from 11 - 13 November, the 30th annual gathering attracted over 200 delegates with 21 trade stands including 5 artists’ agents.
AFO members, Bearded Theory Festival are proud to announce that they have been announced as ‘Best Family Festival’ at the 2016 Festival Awards! This incredible achievement builds on their incredible run of Festival Awards success, having previously being named Best Small Festival in 2013, and ‘Promoter of the year’ in 2014.
Richard Limb will step down as President of the National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA) after 13 years in the post. Limb leaves following the culmination of NOEA’s most successful conference yet, and a glittering awards ceremony.
With registration now live, the Event Production Show has secured four fantastic panellists for the opening day of the 2017 event.
Taking place 1st March at Olympia London, day one will open with a bang.
The panel is made up of music festival legend John Giddings, Isle of Wight Festival; Phil Bowdery, Live Nation; Tim Burgess, The Charlatans and Ben Jones, Virgin Radio.
A month-long period of consultation has now begun for this seminal project
The need for cashless:
The Nationwide Caterers Association along with the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) have now begun a month-long consultation on a proposed Cashless Code of Practice, with the aim of getting the COP in place in time for the 2017 events season.
T in the Park organisers DF Concerts and partner Tennent’s Lager have announced that they will be taking a break in 2017. The organisers have released the following statement,
"To the best audience in the world,
For over 23 years, T in the Park has been at the heart of Scotland’s music scene – with you, by our side. But for now, sadly, we need to take a break.