Festival goes ahead if it pays the bills
NEXT year’s Grinagog Festival at Torquay is due to go ahead in a scaled down form without a subsidy from hard-up Torbay Council.
Mayor Gordon Oliver agreed with a recommendation from senior councillors to pull financial support for the music festival. This year the three-day event in April had a line-up of 200 acts including the rapper Big Narstie, reggae artist Macka B and funk and soul DJ Craig Charles.
2019 will be the third festival, and the plan is to centre it on the Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey, without extending the festival site into the Riviera International Centre as in previous years.
Next year it will have to break even, with costs covered by ticket sales, sponsorship and other income. Cllr Nicole Amil, executive lead for tourism, said: “It was a fantastic event this year, we need to continue it, and we can make savings by keeping within Torre Abbey.”
A report said if the event was scaled down as proposed “income from ticket sales, sponsorship and stallholders easily outstrips the expenditure on infrastructure and acts”.
The launch festival in 2017 made a loss of £28,000 which was underwritten by the council. This year’s event received £20,000 council funding, as well as other support from Arts Council England.