Looe Saves The Day
It was with great sadness to hear of the news that Looe Music Festival had been cancelled. Organisers announced the news just two weeks before it was supposed to happen after going into administration.
The three day festival, just minutes from Trelawne Manor Holiday Park, was due to fill the town with music from a range of headline acts such as The Waterboys, The Stranglers, Mad Dog Mcrea and many more. Looe was expected to welcome thousands of visitors many of which had already booked and paid for accommodation and many locals rely on the late summer revenue to get them through the winter months.
Looe Mayor Cllr Armand Toms decided that they could not sit back and do nothing, Looe Town Council called a meeting to see if they could save this iconic festival with the help of local businesses and residents. The meeting was a success and plans were made to raise funds and bring a new event to the town - Looe Saves The Day.
The Looe community have been working hard to ensure the festival weekend still goes ahead. Thanks to the generosity of businesses and residents they have now reached their initial £30,000 target after the launch of their fundraising campaign.
Here at John Fowler Holidays we are proud to have made a donation of £2,000 to keep this local festival running. We still have accommodation available at our Looe holiday park for this weekend and we would like to offer a 10% discount for anyone who wants to stay at Trelawne Manor over the festival weekend.
Organisers of the Looe Saves the Day festival have announced the first acts which will be playing on the main stage at the three day community led event which is taking place in the town from Friday, 21 September to Sunday, 23 September.
The acts which have confirmed so far include the Huckleberry Finns who will be performing on the Friday evening; Mad Dog Mcrae, Kernow King, Falmouth Soul Sensations and King Creature who will taking to the main stage on Saturday, with The Viewers playing on Sunday.
Work is continuing to secure other acts for the programme, with exciting discussions taking place with some high profile names to headline each of the three days. We will be providing information on the acts as they are confirmed – so watch this space.
A warm up event will be held ahead of the main festival on the evening of Thursday, 20 September. This event, which will be used to test the equipment, is aimed at local residents. So far Cornish favourites Company B and Black Friday have been confirmed for this night – with other names to come.
“We have been overwhelmed with the level of support we have received from bands and artists who are keen to support the festival" said the Mayor of Looe and Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms. “As you can imagine trying to juggle the programme to suit people's availability is a challenge but we are confident that we will end up with an incredible line up. Talks are continuing and we will announce further details of the programme as it is confirmed.
“In the meantime we still need to raise more money to ensure that we can provide the additional safety arrangements which were identified last week. If we reach our £40,000 target for this, we can then look at using any additional funding to secure other acts for the programme.”
As well as the acts on the main stage, the festival will also see artists performing in local pubs and cafes, with buskers playing on the streets of Looe.
“The whole community is rallying round to ensure that the festival is a success" said local Cornwall Councillor and member of Looe Saves The Day festival steering group Edwina Hannaford.“ We are very grateful to everyone who has donated their time and money so far and, with continued support, I am sure that Looe will provide a real community event to remember”.