Fresh fund­ing for fes­ti­val means Cre­ate will go ahead

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A DATE has been con­firmed for next sum­mer’s Cre­ate Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Fears ex­pressed ear­lier this year that the fu­ture of one of the big­gest mu­sic fes­ti­vals in the south east could be un­der threat have been quashed fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that the event, which will take place on Sun­day, July 25, has se­cured fund­ing from Ash­ford coun­cil and spon­sor­ship from firms in the town. For the first time, the fes­ti­val’s three main stages in the town’s Vic­to­ria Park will be named af­ter the com­pa­nies that have pro­vided fund­ing for the equip­ment – Au­dio En­ergy, Re­gency Mar­quees and Right Track Mu­sic School. The coun­cil says this means that more of the fes­ti­val’s bud­get can go to­wards at­tract­ing big­ger-name acts and mak­ing the event big­ger than ever be­fore. Ash­ford coun­cil arts de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Chris Dixon said: “I am de­lighted that Cre­ate will be back in 2010 for its 15th birth­day, and heart­ened to see how much faith Ash­ford has in this event. The fes­ti­val has con­tin­u­ally grown in size over the years, and with the fresh wave of sup­port I have re­ceived from the pub­lic and lo­cal busi­nesses, we have the chance to make this one the best show­cases for youth and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic in the re­gion.” Chad Jen­ner of Au­dio En­ergy said: “The Cre­ate Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has been the best plat­form for mu­sic in Ash­ford over the years, and we hope that with the new Au­dio En­ergy Main Stage, we can raise the bar to the next level.” Fred Mans­field of Re­gency Mar­quees added: “Re­gency is happy to be be­hind the event for 2010, and for the fore­see­able fu­ture.” Chris Bai­ley, owner of Ash­ford’s Right Track Mu­sic School, said: “Cre­ate gives some of our pupils the chance to per­form in their lo­cal town, en­abling them to re­alise a dream or to gain ex­pe­ri­ence for fu­ture per­for­mances, as well as de­vel­op­ing as a band or artist.” sub­mit ideas or pro­pos­als for how the fes­ti­val could be made more spec­tac­u­lar. The 2009 event at­tracted more than 5,000 vis­i­tors.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1603827

Nick Har­ri­son play­ing at the Cre­ate Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which will be back next sum­mer

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