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More information released about Festival Congress and Venues Day

By and | Published on Wednesday 9 September 2015

Festival Congress

More updates this week on two upcoming events for the live sector. First of all the Association Of Independent Festivals has announced more details about this year’s Festival Congress, which takes place on 5 and 6 Nov in Cardiff.

Speakers confirmed so far included Glastonbury Commercial Director Robert Richards, Lovebox’s Rob Silver, Kendal Calling’s Andy Smith and Zac Fox from Kilimanjaro Live, while Huw Stephens off of Radio 1 will keynote. Plus topics set to be covered in a programme of speedy presentations include policing, engaging government and how advertising has evolved. Info, tickets and all that gubbins is on the event’s website.

Before all that, though, live music types will be gathering at the Ministry Of Sound in London for the second ever Venues Day from the Music Venue Trust which, as previously reported, this year takes place on 20 Oct.

And what’s happening there? Well, as last year, it’ll be a day of discussion around the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing independent music venues in the UK. Three themes have been chosen in order to compartmentalise the chat: Turning Words Into Action, Business Up – Be Inspired, and Costs Down – Be Efficient.

Grassroots-level venue owners can apply for free passes and travel assistance now by emailing For everyone else, delegate passes will go on sale on Monday for £80, or £40 if you turn out to be a venue rep eligible for a 50% discount. More info on the Music Venue Trust website.