The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has revealed details of the 2019 edition of Festival Congress.

The conference, along with The Independent Festival Awards, is returning to Sheffield for the second year on November 6 and 7.

The congress will move to a new Sheffield venue, The Abbeydale Picturehouse and Picturehouse Social, and the theme of this year’s Festival Congress is “Utopia and Dystopia”.

Confirmed speakers include Bling Jones from socio-political campaigning group, Extinction Rebellion and Jen Otter Bickerdike, rock ‘n’ roll cultural historian.

Jones will be speaking about Extinction Rebellion’s tactics and the planning process behind its campaigns, and Bickerdike will deliver a quick-fire talk about fan communities.

Jack Williamson, founder of mental health and wellness company Music and You, will talk about supporting attendee’s mental health and wellbeing at music events.

Chris Sheldrick will also be attending to talk about his frustrations in the live music industry.

Paul Reed, CEO of the AIF, said: “We’re delighted to announce initial details of AIF’s Festival Congress 2019, our second in Sheffield.

“The theme of ‘Utopia And Dystopia’ feels very timely and we’re very excited about the conference moving to Abbeydale Picturehouse, which is an incredibly atmospheric 1920’s cinema.

“As ever, we aim to reflect the creativity, innovation and hard work at the heart of the independent festival sector as well as seeking outside inspiration. That is what makes Festival Congress a unique event in the festival industry calendar.”

Attendees include notable festival organisers from the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival, Boomtown Fair, Kendal Calling, Shambala, End Of The Road, Liverpool Sound City and many more.

A full programme will be announced in September.