There have been a number of comments on Social Media questioning the decision to give the festival in Bankswood Park a year off in 2017, and to try something different in Glossop – The Town hall Sessions. So I though it would be worth a post to try onto outline our reasoning.
Firstly I will say Bankswood Festival is in Bankswood Park, we love doing the festival there and totally agree it’s a great venue. We have not moved Bankswood Festival to Glossop, we are simply trying something new and we believe we have a good reason to do so.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it – So why are we trying something new
There is a reason why we are trying something new this year, and that is to do with the Town Hall in Glossop – We are currently working with High Peak Borough Council to secure funding to bring the Town Hall back into use as a new music venue for Glossopdale including a bid to bring a multi million pound lottery fund investment into the town to support the project. A project which will see the Town Hall, Market & Municipal buildings redeveloped into a Music and arts hub, owned and run by the community of Glossopdale.
We believe we can create a great facility, owned by the community, that will see great live music week in week out. The bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund went in earlier this year with the initial decision expected in September, so demonstrating what we want to do in the Town Hall, by putting live music event in front of it seemed like a good idea.
A weekend festival in the park, once per year is great, but we want more than this. We believe we can create a great facility, owned by the community of Glossopdale (That’s both Glossop and Hadfield) that will see great live music week in week out.
To stand any chance of making this a reality we need to raise the profile of this project in the area. By placing the 2017 festival in Glossop, we are hoping to do this.
What’s more, I should say its not the first break for the festival in the park. 2012 also saw a fallow year for Bankswood, but it was back in 2013.
It was a tough decision, and whilst it was disapointing to have to make the choice, we knew we did not have the resources to put on two great events in one year, so we had to take the decision make 2017 a fallow year for the park.
All I would ask of those who are disappointed that there is no Bankswood Festival in 2017, is come along and support The Town Hall Sessions this year, and talk to us. Everyone involved in the festivals – you can see who they are here – are residents of Glossopdale, and do it because we love the place we live and want to make it better. We believe that because of the Glossop Town Hall project, holding an event in Glossop this year was the right thing to do.
One Final Comment
One final comment – Please don’t take our decision to do something different in 2017 as an indication that we have abandoned Bankswood Festival – We have not, and who knows what 2018 will bring?