This year’s Association of Festival Organisers’ (AFO) conference will tackle the big issues of the industry in three debates.
Has the Bubble Burst? An open discussion to find out where the sector is right now in terms of numbers, competition and what the future holds.
Artist Demands or Festival Hospitality? Following some informal AFO research, a panel of agents and organisers discusses how to strike a balance. What do you accept on a rider and how do you provide great hospitality on a sensible budget?
Perhaps most contentious of all, Make Me an Offer will take a look at spiralling artist fees in the recession. How can festivals, agents, managers and artists work together to sustain each other’s business. As tour venues drop and audience numbers fall, the two parties must work together.
The AFO conference is at Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire from 16 to 18 November.