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AIF's 2016 Festival Congress heads to Cardiff!

The Association of Independent Festivals

AIF is the UK's foremost not for profit festival trade association. Founded in 2008 by Bestival's very own Rob Da Bank and his manager, Ben Turner, the AIF also operates as an independent division of AIM - the Association of Independent Music with its own board and governance structure. The combined annual attendance of AIF's 60 member events is in excess of 600,00 people, thereby contributing an astonishing £200m to the UK economy each year.

Festival Congress

On 1st-2nd November, AIF's Festival Congress heads to Cardiff  in both recognition and celebration of the UK's thriving independent festival scene and those who work tirelessly to ensure its success and profitablilty year on year. The seminal event attracts in excess of 400 music industry delegates and independent festival promoters, and is a unique platform for industry networking, discussion and celebration. The conference includes 'Talking Heads' TED x style talks, interactive workshops and fireside chats with those in the know, including NCASS director Mark Laurie.

The Awards

Every year, the guys at AIF dish out awards to those whose contribution in the industry has been felt acutely throughout the year. See below for a full list of this year's nominees:

The Nominees:


New Festival on The Block:

Convergence Festival
Lost Festival
The Good Life Experience
The Vicars Picnic

Unique Festival Arena:

Children's Cafe at The Good Life Experience
Forrest Stage and 2000trees Festival
Tim Peaks Diner
Glastonbury's female-only venue - The Sisterhood
Deer Shed Festival's Film Production Big Top
Bestival's Spaceport

Live Act of The Year

Symphonica with MR Switch
Spring King
Moose Blood
Jack Garratt

Mind Blowing Spectacle

The World's Biggest Bouncey Castle at Bestival/Common People
Wilderness Festival's Saturday Night Spectacular
La Compagnie des Quidams at Festival No.6
Brian Eno's Light Installation at Bluedot

Best Smart Marketing Campaign of The Year

End of The Road's Lineup Announcement Video
Shangri La's Media Hell Campaign
Secret Garden Party's Gardner's Guide To The Galaxy Theme
Bestival's Hand-drawn/painted triptych of the Spaceport Headliners
Eastern Electrics Rickshaw DJ/Pacman Lineup Announcement

Festival Journalist/Website of the Year

David Hillier
Marcus Barnes (Fest300)
Slummy Single Mummy

Festival Caterer Most Likely to End of on Instagram

The Cheese Truck
The Bhangra Bus Cafe
Kelis' Le Bun

The Backstage Award

Artist Liaison at Barn on the Farm
Comedy/Team Ops at End of The Road
Sue & Jo at Bingley Music Live
Artist Liaison at Blissfields
Clean Campsite Team at Nozstock The Hidden Valley
LarMac at Bestival, Common People, Camp Bestival

Act of Independence

Shambala goes 100% meat & fish free
MAST drugs testing piloted at festivals
Bestival staff Swim2Bestival
Steve Bedlam - Refugee Community Kitchen
General Public's Hop Project

Unsung Hero

Penny Mellor

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