The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76150   Message #1346502
Posted By: John MacKenzie
03-Dec-04 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
Subject: RE: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
To come at it from a dfifferent angle; there are too many festivals, admittedly not many a good as Sidders. Look what happens when you try to organise a Mudcat thing, you get "Oh we're going to X that weekend, can you change it?", whatever weeekend you choose. Then there's all those closed folk clubs who couldn't afford to pay the sort of rates that acts now ask for, based on what they can make at festivals. Don't get me wrong for too many years good acts have worked for peanuts, but now all acts want megabucks not just the good ones. Look what happens when festivals are subsidised or encouraged by their local councils. Cambridge for instance was always eclectic, but I reckon my old mate Ken Woollard is spinning in his grave these days. A lot of festivals need to go, it would make sense, and maybe help revive a folk club or two. It's just a pity that Sidders is one of the casualties, there are others we could do without much easier. However if you can't get local businesses, and the council behind you you're doomed. There's also the fact that by trying to do it any other way you will incur resentment from people who will accuse you of interfering.