Let’s make festival even bigger
WELL, the weather favoured us again. The Southport Festival weekend was bright, sunny, and warm(ish) and that brought out the crowds.
Now in its third year, the festival has firmly established itself as one of the premier attractions on the everexpanding Southport events calendar.
The three-day festival’s mixture of music, comedy, dance, drama, and art was spread across a variety of venues and gardens throughout the town centre.
There were too many events to list but some of the standouts included the wide variety of live music taking place throughout the town centre, the Vikings at the Atkinson, the Wesley Street Festival and the “get involved” activities on Town Hall Gardens.
Not forgetting Toyah, the headline act, on Saturday night.
Funding for the Festival comes from Sefton Council and the BID, supported by a team of volunteers working hard behind the scenes.
We’re the largest funding contributor and it’s that resource that has helped develop the festival into the success it’s now become.
The festival is set to grow even more in 2019, in what will be the BID’s final year of this current fiveyear term.
By the time of next year’s festival, we’ll know whether the BID has managed to secure a new five-year term.
The BID’s future backing for the festival will very much depend on whether we secure that new five-year term.
If we don’t then the festival organisers will have to look elsewhere for funding.
Speaking of which, last week the BID Board published the arrangements for the new term.
A key difference to that of this current BID is that the rateable value threshold for those liable to pay has been raised from £2,000 to £7,000.
That effectively means that our smaller businesses below the £7,000 threshold won’t have to make any financial contribution towards the BID.
However, they will still be able to benefit from the activities that the BID will deliver.
The BID business base is also being expanded to include all business sectors in the BID area.
The Business Plan for the new term is currently being drafted and will be posted on the BID website for consultation in the next few weeks.
Contact the BID office on 01704 538382 for further details.
The Southport Festival 2018 was a great success