Music festival won’t be back, say organisers
Tentertainment organisers have announced that the popular three-day festival is over for good.
In a shock statement, the team behind the Tenterden-based music festival who had already pulled the plug on the 2018 bash, said that the recreation ground show, which attracted 10,000-strong crowds, would not reappear in its existing format.
The organisers have also vowed to distance themselves from Tenterden Town Council (TTC), blaming a lack of support for the decision.
Instead they will seek alternative venues to stage “single events in 2019 and beyond which will be diverse, entertaining – spectacular even – but will also raise money and awareness for local charitable causes and community groups,” said Tentertainment’s spokesman Clare Passmore.
It brings to an end the increasingly acrimonious relationship between the Tentertainment team and TTC. Tensions come to a head last year when the 11th festival was staged at the Recreation Ground.
The volunteer-run festival was hit with last-minute restrictions ahead of its staging in the first week of July when TTC asked for the main recreation ground stage to be relocated to reduce noise nuisance to residents, while music was also limited to a maximum of 65db and had to finish before 10pm.
Husband-and-wife team Jo and Richard Gadsby who put the not-for-profit festival together blamed council red tape.
The restrictions came amid resentment about lack of funding for the showcase event with TTC’s £2,500 grant seen too small.
Organisers announced the cancellation of Tentertainment 2018, which led to festival supporters flooding a town hall meeting in protest.
Town clerk Phil Burgess and Mayor of Tenterden Cllr Justin Nelson met the Tentertainment team in November. Ms Passmore said: “We’re very saddened that we’ve been left with no choice but to walk away from the format of Tentertainment that we know and love, but we are unbelievably excited by the scope of things that we are planning.”