2013 is a special year for the local musicians’ in Blackpool because finally they have their festival. For so long its been pitched and demanded from a small but ferocious music scene but the local authorities and government funding initiatives have constantly overlooked and belittled as being ‘too small’ for funding and branded as a failure before it even gets off the ground.
With acts from all over the country including the best of the local talent this is proving to be the most intriguing of events. It has always been said that Blackpool provides all the facilities an urban festival will ever need with good solid transport links, accommodation on the doorsteps of the multiple venues in use including the world famous Winter Gardens and more restaurants and pubs you can shake a stick of rock at …….so why the lack of support.
Blackpool was more recently famous for losing what was a nailed on formality for becoming the ‘Vegas of the North’ with the bid for the so called super casino’s some years ago now. They eventually lost out to Manchester (of all places – like they need any more investment) and Blackpool chiefs were told in no uncertain terms that they have to be seen to be doing something to help themselves before they can expect any help from anyone else. Nice….I wonder how many other towns and cities were told this!!! However, taking it on the chin Blackpool has managed to find massive investment and the town is looking remarkably unrecognisable in places as a consequence…..but still no support for the local music scene when presented with an idea such as Blackpool Music Festival that could bring thousands in to the town at a time of year that is not particularly busy. Begs the question, why?
However, in spite of the lack of support Blackpool Music Festival goes ahead regardless………..this is as good a reason for attending as any is it not?
The whole festival has been based on willing volunteers, eager artists and canny publicans who realise that this is an acorn waiting to grow. It just needs to get over the first hurdle of getting the first one done and then it will flourish. With your support this could be something that remains an annual event and allows new music to be discovered because here at Aurovine that’s exactly what we are about.
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