Fes­ti­val goes ahead if it pays the bills

Herald Express - - News -

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.

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