First Satur­day slot for fes­ti­val

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The date for the 21st an­nual Cre­ate Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Ash­ford has been re­vealed.

And for the first time ever the pop­u­lar day of mu­sic will switch from its usual Sun­day slot to Satur­day, July 23.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, who or­gan­ise the free event, say the move was prompted due to pub­lic de­mand and say they hope it will en­cour­age an even big­ger fes­ti­val feel for the town.

Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, ward mem­ber for Weald South and cab­i­net mem­ber for cul­ture, said: “We are com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure Ash­ford arts and her­itage is cel­e­brated and well val­ued.

“The coun­cil is in­cred­i­bly proud of the Cre­ate Fes­ti­val and its con­tin­ual growth over the years and we hope its 21st birth­day will be ex­tra spe­cial.”

More than 5,000 peo­ple at­tended the fes­ti­val in 2015, which was head­lined by 80s su­per­star Adam Ant.

Al­though the bands, singers and DJs due to per­form this year haven’t been un­veiled yet, it has been an­nounced that an ex­tra stage will be in­tro­duced.

It will be called the Foun­tain Stage in hon­our of the Grade II- listed Hu­bert foun­tain that was gifted to Vic­to­ria Park, where Cre­ate is held each year, in 1912 by Ge­orge Harper.

Co­in­ci­dently this year’s fes­ti­val will fall ex­actly on 175th an­niver­sary of Mr Harper’s birth.

The Foun­tain Stage will be a plat­form to show­case young lo­cal tal­ent and com­mu­nity mu­sic groups.

It will join the fes­ti­val’s other stages, which in­clude the Rev­e­la­tions Stage and the DJ Stage.

Cre­ate’s or­gan­iser Chris Dixon is now scout­ing tal­ent to per­form on the day.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to en­ter­tain the crowds, and would like to be in with a chance to play then ap­ply on­line at www.cre­ate­fes­ti­val.co.uk.

Per­form­ers of all gen­res, from bands, choirs, DJs, singer-song­writ­ers and per­for­mance po­ets are all en­cour­aged to sign up by the April 1 dead­line.

Last year, more than 300 ap­pli­ca­tions flooded in but were whit­tled down to just 40.

In ad­di­tion, any­one in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties should email Chris.Dixon@ash­ford.gov.uk.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.cre­ate­fes­ti­val.co.uk

Adam Ant per­form­ing at the 20th Cre­ate Fes­ti­val in Vic­to­ria Park last year

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