I am writing to thank you for all your hard work and contribution to this year’s Music Live event. I have received so much positive feedback about the way this year’s event was organised and regarding the quality and diversity of the programme.
The Chief Executive, Jan Richmond, has asked me to pass on her thanks and congratulations to all involved. For me there were a number of things that we managed to do better. A key success was the arrangements for fencing the town and creating a wider but more focused festival site. This seemed to have a positive knock-on effect to a more contained consumption of alcohol within this area and the management of issues in relation to this for all concerned.
Having long held ideas about the use of the courtyard, I think the stage in this area worked really well, creating an almost self-contained venue. The principle of programming a family headline band, in the shape of Tony Christie, also worked well and seemed to be received with enthusiasm.
At the same time (and what a contrast!!) I think the Twang were a perfect headline act, given Music Live’s niche as the festival where you see the next big thing. Another superb achievement this year was the cleansing of the town by Streetscene through the council’s Environment Department – come Monday morning it was barely evident that such a major event had taken place – especially considering that the finalised count suggests that a record 43,000 people attended.
Music Live will always be a challenging and exciting initiative for all involved and, as the project develops and improves, it is vital that it continues to receive support from a number of organisations and departments.