Volunteers still needed for The Willow Festival
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.