March update

Welcome to this month’s update for the 2020 music festival.

The committee and I continue to make great progress towards what we hope will be a superb festival, and we really would like to thank those of you who have committed your support to us so far.

Sponsorship opportunities now available…

Our sponsorship packages are now available, with the deadline being 14th March for inclusion into the programme – for those of you who have already sponsored us, thank you very much! If you would like to know more, or to sponsor us, please click here.

NEW Headline Sponsor for next 3 years…

I am delighted to announce that Bays Brewery have signed a 3 year deal with us, becoming our headline sponsors for the 2020, 21 and 22 festivals. Peter and Mark Salmon, and the whole Bays team have been superb partners of ours for the last 10 years already, and have extended that partnership even further now, and we are delighted to be working with them – expect to see the ‘Bays Brewery Main Stage’, as well as Bays bars in Royal Avenue Gardens, Market Square and the Guildhall, all as part of the package.

My final year as Chair…

Some of you will know that this is to be my last year as Chair of the festival, as I am stepping down at the end of my 3 year tenure in the Summer 2020. We have been undertaking some succession planning recently on the committee, and we would love to hear from you if you would be interested in knowing more, shadowing me, learning during this year’s event to then take over from me.  Please do get in touch and I can share more with you directly –

Next month I will be sharing more of the details of our plans in the run-up to the start of the festival, which will also include the relaunch of our very successful app that we trialed in 2019, best regards, …. Robin Foale

In this edition, as I did last year, I am throwing the content open to our musical directors, for our contemporary music. Simon, who also writes much of the programme content, pens the process for us, in his inimitable style….

How do we book our music acts…. by Simon Geen.  As Forrest Gump’s mama once said “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”

This is, of course, nonsense,  because it conveniently forgets that the fact that every box of chocolates actually comes with a little menu card. So quite frankly, if you don’t know what chocolate you’re gonna get then you’ve been lazy, lost your glasses, or have a “laissez faire” attitude to things you pop in your mouth!
However, if you wanted to say “a music festival line up is like a box of chocolates” then you might have a point  …… read on!