AIF

London, United Kingdom

103 Gaunt Street
London
SE1 6DP
United Kingdom

Press Releases

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AIF statement on announcement of Government-backed insurance scheme for festivals

“AIF has campaigned for a Government-backed insurance scheme for festivals for over a year, from raising it as a headline issue with the DCMS Select Committee to working with DCMS colleagues and presenting detailed evidence and data to support the case."

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AIF statement on confirmation of progressing to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap

"We welcome the Health Secretary’s confirmation of progressing to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap. Government has repeatedly stated that once we are at this stage, it will examine if insurance is still an issue for events and intervene if necessary. We are now one week away from this date and the sector needs a long overdue resolution to this problem."

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AIF statement on the Government's announcement around lifting Covid restrictions

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s statement and that large events including festivals are expected to be able take place from July 19. It is positive for organisers, fans and artists alike that there will be some activity this year, though clearly it is too late for the estimated 56% of UK festivals that have already been forced to cancel and are still awaiting details of emergency funding and the next round of the Culture Recovery Fund."

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AIF statement on publication of Events Research Programme Phase 1 findings

“We welcome the Government finally publishing the findings of the ERP Phase 1 pilot events. Although wide ranging, in many respects the report tells us what we already know: Most significantly, that there were no substantial outbreaks at these events, with 28 cases across nine events and 58,000 attendees..."

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More than half of UK festivals have now cancelled in 2021

The unfortunate milestone has been reached following the delay of Step 4 of the UK Government’s lockdown roadmap and its failure to intervene on insurance for festival businesses, coupled with the uncertainty around the publication of the Events Research Programme (ERP) pilot results and subsequent guidance for events this summer.

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Festivals call for urgent intervention following lockdown delay

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is calling for urgent intervention from Government for festivals following the announcement of a four-week delay to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap today. Without Government action, most of the UK’s remaining 2021 festivals will be cancelled.

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AIF statement on on the DCMS Committee – The Future Of UK Music Festivals Report

“AIF welcomes the findings of the committee and appreciates its efforts over the past few months. We are pleased that MPs have again echoed our repeated calls for Government-backed insurance for festivals."

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Over a quarter of UK festivals cancelled – many more on the cusp without Government action

Over a quarter of UK festivals over 5,000 capacity have been cancelled due to Government inaction on insurance. The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is issuing a Red Alert warning to Government, projecting that up to 76% of the remaining festivals (i.e. those that are scheduled to take place in July and August) could quickly cancel if immediate action is not taken.

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AIF statement following the cancellation of Boomtown Fair in 2021

“Governments across the rest of Europe have already acted to support festivals, sharing the risk with organisers so that they may reopen safely. If this Government doesn’t intervene in some way on insurance and back its own roadmap, I’m afraid that, despite the rhetoric, it won’t be a great British summer for events - it will be an extremely selective one despite the clear demand and huge amount of customer confidence that the roadmap has injected.”

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Interim updated Covid-19 guidance published for festival organisers

The document builds upon planning considerations published last year on the Purple Guide website and is again produced by leading practitioners from the festival industry, who continue to work in collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Public Health England (PHE) to determine how music festivals could safely reopen with Covid-19 mitigation measures in place.

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AIF statement on the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund

70% of AIF members who applied for a grant in the second round of the Government's Culture Recovery Fund have been offered funding. This amounts to over £5.5m in this round with an average grant of almost £126,000.

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A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed on today's Budget announcement

“We warmly welcome the extension to the reduced VAT rate on tickets, which will really help festivals during the 2021 sales cycle. For many AIF members, this is the first period in which they are selling tickets since the outset of the pandemic..."

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AIF issues ‘final countdown’ warning for Government insurance and VAT support to kickstart festival planning

Two days before the 2021 budget, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) warns the Chancellor: this is the final countdown for many festival organisers, who will need to decide whether to commit significant costs by the end of the month if they are to stage events this year.

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AIF statement following the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown

"We are rapidly approaching the decision cut off point for the vast majority of festivals at the end of March. If a complete picture is not given by this time, it will be too late for many to stage events later in the year."

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AIF gives evidence to DCMS Select Committee, calls for Government intervention to assist recovery and safe return of festival industry

CEO Paul Reed stressed that festivals are rapidly approaching the point where a concrete decision on whether they can go ahead with plans for 2021 will have to be made. With that being the case, urgent action is needed in the above areas.

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New Covid-19 planning guidance published for UK festivals

Newly published festival guidance around Covid-19 will assist festival organisers, safety advisory group members, local directors of public health and other industry parties in assessing risk levels and planning festivals based on a flexible, pragmatic and realistic approach to the current pandemic.

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AIF statement on today's Culture Recovery Fund results

“We warmly welcome this intervention from Government and the results of the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund."

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AIF response to Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan

"While the extension to the VAT cut is welcome, these measures are not even a band aid for a sector that remains severely wounded."

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Indie festivals welcome emergency fund eligibility

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) welcomes the Government’s confirmation that UK festivals will share in the recently announced £1.57 billion cultural emergency fund.

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AIF seeks urgent clarity on Government’s £1.57bn fund for the arts

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) calls for urgent clarity on the eligibility of the UK’s festival sector for the Government’s recently announced financial support package for the arts.

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UK faces independent festival wasteland in 2021 without urgent Government action

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has warned that the UK could face an independent festival wasteland in 2021 and beyond if decisive Government action is not taken to support the sector.

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AIF to offer members mental health first aid training through Music Support partnership

The Association of Independent Festivals has partnered with Music Support – a peer-led music industry charity that provides confidential mental health and addiction services – to offer its members discounted training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

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AIF publishes updated UK festival ownership map for 2019

The Association of Independent Festivals has today launched an updated festival ownership map at its annual Festival Congress event in Sheffield.

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First speakers announced for AIF Festival Congress 2019

Initial speakers and details have been revealed for the 2019 edition of the Association of Independent Festivals’ flagship Festival Congress.

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An Update On The AIF’s Safer Spaces Campaign

In May 2017, the Association of Independent Festivals launched its Safer Spaces campaign.

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Independent festivals say no to single-use tents

Organisers of more than 60 independent festivals across the UK have issued a call to retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing and selling ‘festival tents’ as single-use items, which result in almost 900 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

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AIF adds 3 new Board members at AGM

The Association of Independent Festivals added three new Board members at its 2019 AGM today.

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AIF partners with RAW Bottles following Drastic On Plastic campaign

RAW Bottles has become the exclusive reusable bottle supplier to the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).

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AIF Announces winners of Independent Festival Awards 2018

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the Independent Festival Awards 2018 at a packed-out event in Sheffield.

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Independent festivals contributed over £1bn to UK economy in last 3 years

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) publishes a special 10-year report today confirming that its members contributed an estimated £1 billion in revenue to the UK economy in the three-year period between 2014 and 2017.

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AIF reveals core Festival Congress programme and speakers

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced further details for its flagship Festival Congress event in Sheffield on 6th and 7th November, featuring a two-day conference and the Independent Festival Awards.

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AIF publishes UK festival ownership map and ‘stamp’ of Independence, renews call for competition investigation.

The Association of Independent Festivals has published a festival ownership map that highlights the continued dominance of a single major promoter in the sector, with Live Nation now controlling over a quarter of UK festivals over 5,000 capacity.

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AIF Festival Congress 2018 hits Sheffield on 6 – 7 November

AIF’s annual flagship Festival Congress will take place in Sheffield on November 6 and 7 this year. The move to Sheffield follows four consecutive sold-out years in Cardiff.

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AIF welcomes reduced PRS rate for festivals

The Association of Independent Festivals is celebrating a hard-fought victory for its members today, after PRS for Music announced a new Tariff LP today with changes that will see reduced rates for festivals.

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Independent festivals commit to eliminating single use plastic by 2021

Organisers of more than 60 independent festival across the UK have committed to banning the use of plastic straws on-site this season as a minimum first step - and eliminating all single-use plastic at their events by 2021.

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AIF to break from AIM in its 10th anniversary year

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will break away from its parent company AIM and operate as a separate company in April this year.

About Us

National trade organisation The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is the UK’s leading festival representative body. Founded in 2008, the combined attendance of AIF’s 65-member events exceeds 820,000, with members contributing an estimated £386m to the UK economy annually. AIF provides a vital support network for independent festivals promoters through members meetings, public facing campaigns and lobbying, producing conferences and training events and providing business support services to members. AIF member festivals include some of the most successful and innovative festivals in the UK including the likes of Boomtown Fair, Shambala, Boardmasters, End of the Road, Bluedot and many more

Key Personnel

Paul Reed

CEO

Locations

London
103 Gaunt Street
London
SE1 6DP
United Kingdom