Festival in funding bid

By Mark Elson in Local People

MUSIC fans can help a free town centre festival hit the right notes by pledging support through a new Go Fund Me page.

The two-day Coleford Music Festival was resurrected in 2015 after a seven-year hiatus, and attracts hundreds to see bands beside the town’s clock tower.

Previous acts have included The Oysterband, Neville Staples from The Specials, The Drifters and the Four Tops, Frank Turner, Olly Alexander from Years & Years, and Japanese Taiko Drummers and Chinese dragons.

Sixties soul start Geno Washington wrapped up the 2016 festival, which this year takes place on the weekend of July 22-23.

The new Go Fund Me page will go towards putting on the free community festival and booking performers.

A spokesman said: “We are hoping to hit our target of £5,000. Along with local business sponsorship and other funding we will then be able to put on a wide range of entertainment and workshops that will appeal to everyone.

“We have already had a great response to our call out for submissions from bands and individuals wanting to play at the event.

“We will be going through these over the next two weeks, but we do also want to put on an eclectic mix and bring something to Coleford that may not have been seen before.”

To make a donation, go to www.gofundme.com and search for cmf2017 or you can take it into the Coleford Tourist Information Centre.

Alternatively, you can post cheques (payable to Coleford Music Festival) to CMF 2017, PO Box 4, Coleford, GL16 8YH.

Stay tuned for more information on this year’s event at https://colefordmusicfestival.co.uk.

Meanwhile, Caldicot roots-indie band Rusty Shackle have been announced as the Saturday night headliners for the eighth Devauden festival near Chepstow on May 12-13.

The group, which has already sold out its home town Caldicot Castle gig on Friday, July 14, boasts several Glastonbury Festival appearances, and will feel at home playing in Worthy Farm’s own Big Top tent hired especially for Devauden.

Friday’s headliners will be another band with Glasto experience, cool Cardiff-based Afro funk big band Afro Cluster.

Early bird tickets are now on sale at www.devaudenfestival.com.

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