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Most DJs love playing festivals, but what should you do when you’re asked to play one for free, and even cover certain costs yourself? Ria Hylton speaks to DJs Sheba Q, Harold Heath, Charlie Dark and others, along with festival organisers, to find out

Imagine this: you’ve been playing lowkey sets around your hometown for some years, run a small but well-loved party series and have landed a regular...

Over 100 UK festivals join campaign to tackle sexual violence

Over 100 UK festivals have united for a campaign to tackle sexual violence.


First launched in 2017, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has updated...

The Australian study surveyed festivalgoers at six music festivals in New South Wales that took place between November 2019 and March 2020

A new study carried out in Australia has found that the presence of police at music festivals can lead some attendees to "panic overdose", by...

Tulum has been host to parties throughout the pandemic

Wildlife experts have warned that noise pollution is killing wildlife in the jungles of Quintana Roo, Mexico, citing ecotourism, sporting events, and the region's abundance...

The team behind the iconic festival installation said they were "humbled"

Arcadia's iconic Spider DJ stage is now featured in science lessons at UK schools. 

Examination body AQA has included a section on the spectacular installation...

Boomtown (pictured) cancelled its 2021 event after citing a lack of insurance support from the UK government

Festival cancellations are inevitable without coronavirus insurance, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has said.

Following the announcement of the UK government's "roadmap" to reopening...

The House of Commons' Select Committee spoke with MP Caroline Dinenage yesterday (24th)

Introducing a UK festival insurance scheme risks ‘pulling the rug’ from under events, Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage has said.

Following the announcement from Prime Minister...

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has issued the warning to the Chancellor

UK festivals are under threat of cancellation without Government insurance, The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has said.

Following the announcement of the UK government's "roadmap"...

“In case festivals still get canceled due to changing COVID circumstances, organisers are likely to be compensated for the costs"

The Dutch Government has said that festivals should be possible in the Netherlands from July.

After the Dutch prime minster had previously announced that nightclubs would...

“The idea that the festivals can’t go ahead and be socially-distanced is inaccurate”

Festivals of a smaller scale could take place safely this summer with proper coronavirus measure in place, UK MPs have been told.

Speaking to the...

"We are the music business – we have thousands of skilled people capable of running events and empty theatres/clubs/arena"

Isle Of Wight Festival boss John Giddings has shared tentative plans for the UK music and events industry to assist with the rollout of the...

“There will be no festival season next year unless insurance is underwritten in case of Covid disruption”

Major UK music festivals including Glastonbury may be prevented from taking place in 2021 unless their insurance is underwritten due to COVID-19, MPs warned in...

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is calling on government aid for businesses that face devastating costs due to cancellation

The UK's independent festival industry faces collapse due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic without government aid, a new report has shown.

The Association...

The Republic of Ireland’s coronavirus exit strategy directly addresses the reintroduction of festivals and nightclubs in late summer

Music festivals may be able to take place and nightclubs may reopen in the Republic of Ireland as soon as August, if the country’s five-phase...

“Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest”

Large gatherings like concerts and festivals are unlikely to return to normal until autumn 2021, at the earliest, according to bioethicist and professor of healthcare...

Growth of the festival industry shows no sign of slowing, but the sector faces more issues than ever before. Emissions and waste need urgent attention...

As the festival calendar becomes increasingly saturated, party season never feels too far away. Plans are hatched throughout the year, as WhatsApp groups light up...

The laws were introduced in February this year

New South Wales' licensing regulations have been dropped one month after being deemed "inadequate" by the New South Wales parliament.

After a A 108-page report...

A 108-page report has slammed local government policy in the Australian state... 

The 'War On Festivals' New South Wales authorities have been waging could be axed following a new inquiry. 

The Australian state government's prohibitive licensing regulations...

Her set was amongst a number of highlights to be shared by the festival this week

Festival season might be nearing an end, but that doesn't mean you can't still relive some of the year's live-streamed highlights, and this week, Awakenings...

It links up to your Spotify account

A new app has been launched which combines your listening habits on Spotify or Deezer to put together your ideal festival line-up.

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