The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has released the full agenda for its Festival Futures conference, which is set to take place in Brighton and Manchester on 5 and 7 April respectively.

Confirmed speakers for Brighton include Wilderness, Citadel and Eden Sessions promoter John Empson, Mark Davyd of the Music Venue Trust, Metal Culture’s Sean McLoughlin and Production Services Association general manager Andy Lenthall.

The Manchester event has confirmed Wild Rumpus director Sarah Bird, promoter, author and festival consultant Dr Roxy Robinson and safety advisor Mike Atkinson.

Among the topics up for discussion at the conferences are the importance of multi-arts events and family content, the ‘food revolution’ at festivals, connections between streaming platform and ticketing and the importance of grassroots venues.

Individual conference schedules can be found online for both Brighton and Manchester.