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Acoustic Festival of Britain could move after ‘lack of support’ from Uttoxeter

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

  • 08/02/13 Acoustic Festival Launch - Town Hall, Uttoxeter Acoustic Festival Launch.. The organisers of the large scale Acoustic Festival of Britain, which takes place at Uttoxeter Racecourse, will be launching the festival with the help of local councillor

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THE organiser of the Acoustic Festival of Britain may have to move the flagship event out of Uttoxeter if he does not get ‘more support’ from the town.

This year’s festival, which will bring thousands of visitors, will take place at the racecourse as normal.

Organiser Mike Stephens has secured huge acts including Fairport Convention, X Factor star Matt Cardle and folk star Seth Lakeman.

But Mr Stephens is making a loss and said not enough people from the Uttoxeter area were attending.

He also said many shops in Uttoxeter high street have refused to allow him to put up festival posters.

Having received ’15 offers’ from other towns and cities to host the event, Mr Stephens may move elsewhere if things do not improve.

He said: “In 30 years of doing festivals, the lack of support I’m receiving in Uttoxeter baffles me.

“The town council have been great and have afforded us some grant money to help the festival.

“We have more people coming to the festival from Scotland than we do from Staffordshire and Derbyshire combined, which is just shocking.

“One of my other festivals, Gilfest, sees 70 per cent of the audience coming from the Guilford area, but only around 10 per cent are from the nearby area at the Acoustic Festival.

“I talk to local people in the pub and they don’t think twice in paying £25 to go and see a single band.

“We’re offering a day ticket for £25 to see 14 top-quality, star name performers and they’re not interested.

“We’re the cheapest festival around – it’s only £1 entry for children and a family ticket, for two adults and as many children as you like, is £45.

A fringe festival will be set up in Uttoxeter town centre featuring local artists, dance troupes and other performers.

Mr Stephens said: “About one in every 10 shops I visit allow me to put my posters up, even though they’re already displaying posters for events outside town that don’t even have tickets available yet.”

The event runs from May 30 to June 1 and tickets are available online at www.acousticfestival.co.uk.

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