Mu­sic fes­ti­val won’t be back, say or­gan­is­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.”

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