Spiral Earth has been involved with it for the past few years and we are always blown away by the sharing atmosphere that surrounds the whole event. Split into two parts the Folk Industry day is there for artists, promoters, agents and anyone involved in the business to soak up speeches, workshops, presentations and discussion. Then the following two days are for anyone involved in the events industry, the AFO supports and promotes independent festivals across many genres and this is the one event they can come together and share and network.
However it's not all earnest networking and seminars, several showcase concerts put the focus firmly on music and the performers at the heart of it, and then ther'e the bar....
AFO web site www.festivalorganisers.org
It's held near Nottingham and you can still book places here
As Ian Anderson, fRoots editor, said about it
‘GO! Kind of essential really, if you're serious about it . . .’