Fresh funding for festival means Create will go ahead
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.
Nick Harrison playing at the Create Music Festival, which will be back next summer