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National trade organisation The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is the UK’s leading festival representational body. The key aim is to help the businesses of individual members, and the overall needs of the independent festival sector.

Founded in 2008 by Rob da Bank (Bestival) and his manager Ben Turner (Graphite Media), the AIF operates as an autonomous division of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) with its own board and governance structure. AIF currently represents over 50 member events, ranging from the 800- capacity Starry Skies to the 55,000-capacity Isle of Wight Festival. The three key strands to AIF’s work are uniting a national network of independent promoters, business support and development and impactful public facing campaigns and lobbying.

AIF Festivals

  • 2000trees Festival

    2000trees festival is an award-winning independent music festival dedicated to bringing together the best new and underground British music for one weekend every July. It offers a diverse selection of...

  • ArcTanGent Festival

    From the people that brought you 2000Trees festival comes ArcTanGent Festival one of Somersets newest and most promising festivals.  Getting back to the roots of quality post rock tunes...

  • Barn On The Farm Festival

    Barn on the Farm is an intimate, folk-orientated music festival held in several barns, on a farm, in Gloucestershire. We created the festival in 2010 as a small venture, driven by a passion for decent...

  • Belladrum

    Belladrum Festival takes place in the beautiful estate of Belladrum in Inverness. This festival brings tends to feature a mix of top international artist's along with local well known acts.  Not ...

  • Bestival

    Bestival is an award winning 4 day boutique music festival set at Robin Hill - a beautiful leafy country park (a veritable Garden of Eden!) near Downend and Newport in the heart of the Isle of Wight.

  • Blissfields Festival

    Blissfields Festival is a small award winning boutique festival with around 2500 festival goers descending on Vicarage Farm in Winchester in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.

  • Brecon Jazz Festival

    Well-known and popular with the jazz appreciation community, the Brecon Jazz Festival has been running for over thirty years and offers up high quality specialist music with a wonderful array of conce...

  • Brownstock Festival

    Brownstock Music Festival is one seriously overgrown house party. Started by the Brown family running through 3 days every July. It has come a long way since originally only being open for 100 friends...

  • Camp Bestival

    Camp Bestival - the baby sister festival to the multi award winning Bestival ('Best Medium-Sized Festival' UK Festival Awards 2005/6/7) and now an award winner in its own right

  • Common People

    Taking its lead from its award-winning siblings, Common People’s music line-up will be a feast of the finest that the live music and DJ scenes have to offer, from legendary stalwarts of the fest...

  • Cornbury Festival

    The Cornbury Festival is one-of-a-kind 2day festival: an eclectic and eccentric musical carnival - a dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fayre - a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English ...

  • Deer Shed Festival

    The Deer Shed Festival returns to its beautiful North Yorkshire parkland location for the second year running. A music, arts and kids summer festival set just a few miles from the A1(M), Deer Shed Fes...

  • DimSwn

    DimSwn is a Welsh celebration of fantastic music based in the heart of Cardiff City Centre. It is a one-day version of the larger, popular Swn Festival which begain in 2007 and has brought in recognis...

  • Eden Sessions

    Eden Sessions has world-class bands and artists perform in front of its beautiful Biomes with amazing acoustics created by the natural amphitheatre. Have fun throughout the day with a full festival vi...

  • End Of The Road

    End Of The Road is a small festival held in the beautiful surroundings of the Larmer tree gardens in Dorset. This festival is all about the music, embrace the surroundings and just enjoy all that's on...

  • Fairport's Cropredy Convention

    An annual event for up to 20000 music fans - generally held in August - Fairport's Cropredy Convention has been entertaining fans for over 30 years on the outskirts of the village of Cropredy in Oxfor...

  • Farr Festival

    Farr Festival started in 2010 and celebrates the finest drum and bass and deep house, as well as disco and many other unique and original DJ sets and live music. It calls Bygrave Wood it’s home ...

  • Fire in the Mountain

    Fire in the Mountian is a coming together of hearts, minds and creative collectives from across the country. They present bands and musicians from the USA, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England and of co...

  • Forgotten Fields

    From the creative minds and people behind the brilliant Kendal Calling festival comes a smaller scale festival, Forgotten Fields. Nestled within the stunning Sussex countryside of Eridge Deer Park t...

  • Greenbelt Festival

    Greenbelt Festival takes place annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, gathering together artists, musicians, speakers and performers, alongside 21,000 festivalgoers at Cheltenham Racecourse. C...

  • Handmade

    Handmade is a family friendly three day music festival held across the 'Old Town' quarter of Leicester on May bank holiday weekend.  The event offers national and international music acts, comedi...

  • HebCelt Fest

    HebCelt Fest features a variety of music from around the world attracting performers from a huge number of countries. They always seek to bring fine quality live Celtic music to the festival. There i...

  • Isle of Wight Festival

    Isle of Wight Festival is a truly historic festival which has been going since the 60's. Make sure you check this one out and escape of the shores of Dover. Always has a promising lineup with many har...

  • Kendal Calling Festival

    Kendal Calling is an intimate, award winning, independent festival held in the beautiful Lake District. It features some the finest contemporary music and art to date alongside fields full of entertai...

  • Kew the Music

    Kew the Music began its life as Summer Swing at Kew Gardens and changed its name to Kew The Music in 2011. It is a series of concerts which take place annually and with the beautiful surrounds of Kew ...

  • Larmer Tree Festival

    The first Larmer Tree festival was held on a really beautiful Saturday in July 1990. Called 'The First Larmer Tree Jazz, Blues & Folk Roots Festival' and, with Dick Heckstall Smith headlining, it ...

  • London Remixed Festival

    London is a powerhouse of musical innovation and The London Remixed Festival brings you la crème de la crème. Showcasing the best in Latin Remix, Afrobeats, Vintage-Remix, Electro-Blues,...

  • Meltdown Festival

    Since 1993 some of the world most distinguished musicians have been the guest directors of Meltdown festival. From John Peel through to Massive Attack, via David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey and more...

  • Nozstock Festival

    Nozstock was founded by a fun-loving family, their extended relatives, friends, acquaintances and pretty much everyone who had a guitar to play or a joke to tell. It was a hazy, optimistic time at the...

  • Secret Garden Party

    The Secret Garden Party is a festival and party in one where everyone joins in and the creativity flows. Taking place in Mill Hill Field in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, the 220 acres of landscaped gard...

  • Shambala Festival

    Shambala Festival began in 1999, with 150 people in a field with a farmer's trailor covered in tarps for a stage. Its grown since then to become a well established fun festival for all the family with...

  • Standon Calling Festival

    Standon Calling Festival is an independent music festival which takes place in the grounds of a 16th Century Hertfordshire manor house and promises a unique chance to see some iconic artists and break...

  • Starry Skies

    Parents often feel the need to have a holiday after their holiday with they children and travelling abroad can be expensive, while camping can be miserable if the weather doesn't hold up. These troubl...

  • The Beat Herder Festival

    The Beat-Herder Festival is the brainchild of six creative Yorkshire men who were tired of overcrowded and pretentious festivals that were overrun with the same big brands and corporate sponsors. Af...

  • The Good Life Experience

    Organised and launched by singer Cerys Matthews, The Good Life Experience is a family and parent orientated festival which is designed to give people the chance to enjoy the great outdoors. It takes p...

  • The Just So Festival

    Rowan and Sarah set up Just So Festival in 2009, to create an amazing, spellbinding weekend where families could play, dance and create together and see breathtaking theatre, dance and music. The Jus...

  • The Vicar's Picnic

    The Vicar's Picnic is named so because of it's original location on Vicarage Road as the festival started as a party in a back garden where a stage was built, a band was booked and family and friends ...

  • Tramlines Festival

    Tramlines Festival is one of the largest completely free events in the UK and takes place between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th July 2011. Last year's event was attended by over 130,000 people with many...

  • Truck Festival

    Founded on a farm in Oxford Truck festival now attracts over 5,000 revellers each year to this great event. Truck now runs for 3 days ensuring the very best in music and entertainment over the course ...

  • Twisterella Festival

    Twisterella Festival was launched in 2014 and was the creation of Middlesbrough's most dynamic and forward thinking independent music promoters, Pay for the Piano and The Kids Are Solid Gold. The fes...

  • Underneath the Stars

    Formed in 2014 Underneath the Stars Festival is a vibrant summer festival of folk music, arts and food. It was created in collaboration by musician Kate Rusby, her family production team and Cannon Ha...

  • Village Green

    Village Green is a multi-art form and music festival which is held in the picturesque grounds of a Victorian park in Chalkwell in Southend on Sea. There are eight different stages surrounded by green ...

  • Y-Not Festival

    Started in 2006 the Y Not Festival continues to stick to its views on keeping the music and people as one by having bands camping amongst the festival goers. With ciders, Ale and camp fire aongs after...