Plans to reinstate ‘Music in the Park’ in Shaftesbury have been postponed until 2021. The organiser says he has received significant interest in his proposed daytime music and performance event, which will now form part of next year’s Shaftesbury Fringe.
When Andy Tebbutt-Russell announced that he wanted to arrange a free, family-friendly, open-air stage for acts in St James’ Park, the news was well-received. In November, members of the Town Council’s ROSE committee agreed to waive the fees for the land because of Fringe’s benefits to the community.
Andy said that the money-making potential of this event would be limited. “The main income would usually be from alcohol sales or rent from mobile bars, but only if there’s a lot of alcohol consumption and that’s something I actively want to discourage, so there’s very little opportunity for income,” said Andy.
Andy says that, with hindsight, it was too difficult to arrange the event for 2020. “I probably decided to do it just a little bit too late,” he said. “It might have gone ahead if the sponsorship had come through very quickly, but it’s proved to take a bit longer than I’d hoped to get the money together. It looks like it’s not going to happen this year. I think, almost certainly, it will happen next year. I’m very keen to go ahead. There are a lot of other people who are saying ‘great idea to bring it back’. I think there’s enthusiasm for it.”
Andy was pleased that he had a positive reaction when he announced his plans to reinstate the event. “A lot of people were saying ‘we miss it. It was great before. We’d love to see it’. They were very supportive. I think it would be a good addition to our events in Shaftesbury,” said Andy. And he now knows who is interested in playing or singing. “I have a list of people who are hoping to perform,” he added.
Andy hopes that, with a longer run-up to the event, he has more time to raise the required sponsorship cash. “It’s thousands rather than hundreds. But to a certain extent, the amount of money available will dictate how big the event is, so it’s not a fixed figure.”
If you want to help you can contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.