A MESSAGE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

We are so proud of where Glastonbury Calling is now from where it started in 2016. The idea was to put an multi venue event on in a quiet time of year to bring people into the town for a celebration of music. This was motivated by similar events in big cities but I thought our small town could do something similar and punch well above its weight. There were other motivations, raising funds for Glastonbury FM our community radio station (of which I am a part of), and giving up and coming acts some exposure in front of good crowds who are fans of music.

Over the first three years we have raised over £6,000 for Glastonbury FM which I am immensely proud of.

 

On the first event we were met with a little understandable scepticism from the four venues (Hawthorns Hotel, The Bocabar/ Red Brick, The King Arthur and The Riflemans Arms) we chose but we were so grateful they stood by us and helped make it a success. We have now grown to 5 venues in our fifth year (with Tor Leisure) and added an opening party at The Bocabar on the preceding night. 

 

On a personal level the event would not exist without the hard work from my wife Karen and the stage managers and volunteers that make the event work. We have such a lovely community between us and the friendship we have is one of the greatest benefits of Glastonbury Calling. For me, if you come to Glastonbury Calling, have a fun time and go home having discovered one or two new acts that you really like and become a fan of we have done our job. Thanks to you all for being the heart of making the Festival successful.

 

Ian Liversidge

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