THE people of Uttoxeter have been praised for their tolerance as organisers of the town’s first ever gay festival plan for their return.
Around 1,500 lesbians visited Uttoxeter Racecourse for L Fest last summer.
And the popular festival’s organisers felt so welcome in the town they are coming back to run 2014’s event at the racecourse.
L Fest’s Cindy Edwards told the Advertiser how impressed she had been with the town and the venue last year.
She said: “We were really impressed when we came to the racecourse, whose events team were absolutely brilliant.
“We managed to bring a really significant number of people into the town and all its hotels were fully booked.
“We got really good vibes from Uttoxeter and received nothing but positive comments and feedback.
“It has happened in the past that we’ve had some abuse from people where we’ve been but that certainly wasn’t the case in Uttoxeter.
“Last year’s event was such a success that it really was a no-brainer to decide to come back to the racecourse.
“Uttoxeter Police were also a fantastic help and offered a lot of support, showing they’re behind us and back diversity.
“They kept a presence in the background, just helping things run smoothly and offer that extra security.
The festival’s entertainment will come in the form of several top bands, a cabaret and comedy stage, a festival village full of workshops and acoustic performers and vintage tea rooms.
The music lin-up includes American artist Erin McKeown, British rockers Never the Bride and award-winning act Greymatter.
Authors Maureen Duffy, Jack Monroe and a panel of other writers from Bold Stroke Books will be on hand to chat to their fans.
Poetry readings will also take place, along with live debates and performance pieces including Butch Monologues and Rosie Wilby’s Nineties Woman.
A special cinema has been set up to compliment club nights with DJs and a host of sporting activities.
Ms Edwards said: “We try and create a festival that will appeal even to those people who generally don’t like festivals.
“So it’s great to have the camping facilities and, now the railway bridge is set up to give people eaiser access to the venue, it makes it even more convenient.
“I am delighted to finally release this year’s line-up.
“The programmers have worked hard to bring another fantastic line up to L Fest.
“We’ve been working on this since the end of summer last year so we hope everyone is as excited as we are to finally see what e have on offer for 2014”
The festival comes after the L Fest team’s first ever foreign outing, L Fest Del Mar, which is being held in Spain.
L Fest 2014 takes place at the racecourse from July 18 to 21.
The event is now in its fourth year and ‘continues to go from strength to strength’.
More information is available online at www.lfest.co.uk.