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Thread #92791   Message #1863184
Posted By: MoorleyMan
19-Oct-06 - 10:01 AM
Thread Name: Loughborough Folk Festival
Subject: RE: Loughborough Folk Festival
I do understand and sympathise, Joanie.
Well, here's my thoughts for what they're worth , having cast a cursory glance at next year's calendar:-

Probably your best solution overall is to move to one week (or even two?) earlier than Banbury, for the best chance of keeping the momentum going as well as retaining the loyalty of this year's many satisfied "customers" (and maximising your chance of picking up some of those who were at Banbury this year of course).

If you were to move it too far forward in the year, you'd risk losing valuable planning time now, as well as losing the chance of getting artistes who are already booked up for the first half of the 2007 festival season. Also, many festivals are already committed to their weekend-dates, for next year at any rate.

July's already crowded (myself I'm already booked up for two, possibly three of the month's weekends), with Warwick and Cambridge both nearby and popular.

August is patchy, but Cropredy's very close. And Sidmouth, Whitby and Broadstairs are all week-long affairs that draw from far and wide.

May's always chancey with its two bank=holidays.
June's more patchy as regards festivals, early June's better but it comes too soon after all the big clashes at Spring Bank Holiday. Then mid-June's got the Festival Of The Peak at Carsington, not far away, and Alcester which is quite close too, also the Big Session (Leicester), Belper x2, followed by Four Fools.

April? well there's always Easter's movable dates and termtime problems to contend with - and it's only six months away now!!! Too soon....

Hope these thoughts are useful.
Best of luck in the planning - keep us all posted!