Vol­un­teers still needed for The Wil­low Fes­ti­val

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

THE organisers of the re­turn­ing Wil­low Fes­ti­val in Peter­bor­ough have re-is­sued an ap­peal for vol­un­teers ahead of the event next week­end.

The three-day mu­sic fes­ti­val takes place on the Em­bank­ment from Fri­day, May 25 to Sun­day, May 27.

But to en­sure the fes­ti­val runs as smoothly as pos­si­ble, organisers need mem­bers of the pub­lic to vol­un­teer their time and help staff the event, which will see 123 bands from all over the UK play on six stages over three days.

Stephen Woo­ley, vol­un­teer or­gan­iser for The Wil­low Fes­ti­val, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic that The Wil­low Fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing to Peter­bor­ough.

“The sup­port we’ve had from the bands, lo­cal busi­nesses and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil just proves how pop­u­lar the event is - and how much it’s been missed.

“We’ve al­ready got vol­un­teers signed up, but we need many more to en­sure the event runs as smoothly as pos­si­ble.

“For any­one that vol­un­teers this will be the chance to take part in an event that will bring to­gether com­mu­ni­ties from across Peter­bor­ough. It will be a chance to do some­thing re­ally dif­fer­ent and meet new friends.

“For any­one wish­ing to have a fu­ture in or­gan­is­ing events or pro­mo­tions, or just loves mu­sic and Peter­bor­ough’s vi­brant scene, The Wil­low Fes­ti­val will prove to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Vol­un­teers are needed to per­form a wide range of du­ties over the week­end and can give up how­ever much of their time as they wish.

Roles in­clude stage and crew hands, sales and mer­chan­dis­ing, car park­ing at­ten­dants, staffing in­for­ma­tion points, and work­ing in the VIP sec­tion.

The event is be­ing sup­ported by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil along with a range of busi­ness spon­sors in­clud­ing Roythornes So­lic­i­tors, Rad­i­cal Sports Cars, Papa Luigi and GP Print.

The Wil­low Fes­ti­val was last held in 2003 af­ter a six-year run, with the last event be­ing at­tended by 53,000 peo­ple over the three days, at the time mak­ing it the largest free live mu­sic event in Europe.

The aim of the event is to pro­vide a show­case for Peter­bor­ough mu­si­cians and bands, with those per­form­ing this year in­clud­ing Whisky Jax, Echoes of Floyd and Burn­ing Codes.

The Wil­low Fes­ti­val kicks off a sum­mer of ma­jor events in the city, in­clud­ing the Cy­cling Tour Se­ries, Olympic Torch Re­lay and Peter­bor­ough Fes­ti­val.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for The Wil­low Fes­ti­val should get in touch with the organisers ei­ther by vis­it­ing www.wil­lowfes­ti­val. org.uk or by email­ing Twfvol­un­teers@peter­bor­ough.gov.uk.

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