L&L 2015: August 28th–31st. All done for another year *sad face*. Thanks for coming to Local & Live!

All done for another year…

Hello folks! I hope you enjoyed the festival!

The sun may have set on this year’s Local & Live festival but I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who continually works hard to ensure that we can come back year after year.The festival could not happen without the help of all our amazing volunteers, who always work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the event running smoothly. They are all individuals from the local community who give up their time over the weekend to help our cause. In our festival brochure we have a credit and thanks section to list everyone who has contributed in their different ways – I must however award a special vote of thanks to all of musicians who performed and all the Local & Live Angels, all of our various sponsors and the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. The Friends of Calverley Grounds and our media partners, The Times of Tunbridge Wells and SO Magazine for all their support and assistance.

It is an all year round project, and there’s no rest for the wicked, as it’ll soon be time to start planning next year’s Local & Live event – looking at what worked, what worked even better and how we can bring even more music and entertainment to Tunbridge Wells in 2016. Last year was, to a degree, an experiment to see if we could create a mini version of the Ednburgh Fringe Festival over the weekend, and this year we built on that, adding new venues and new artists – I hope you had the chance to see some of the amazing talent on offer.

Last year also saw us move to Calverley Grounds. On reflection, the dfference with Calverley Grounds over The Pantiles is that it offers much needed space required to host the event effectively, now that it has grown to its considerable size. The atmosphere is also different. Because of the setting, I think Local & Live now has a more laid back relaxed festival feel, in part down to the little touches, such as having a face painter, an ice cream bus and the acoustic stage.

If you fancy another taste of the festival, I strongly recommend attending our next few Local & Live Sessions, which are on September 19, October 17 and Nov 28, featuring a total of six cracking Local & Live acts fresh from this year’s festival. All of them will be will be strutting their stuff in the beautiful setting of Trinity Theatre.

Paul Dunton
Festival Organiser

Check out our festival highlights video!

Here is our highlights video of this year’s festival. Big thanks to Santiago Pilgrim and Chris Yardley for their brilliant filming and production!

Help us crowd-fund this year’s Local & Live Music Festival

Despite our best efforts, we did not secure a sole headline sponsor or sizeable grant for this year’s event, leaving it very financially vulnerable. However if we can achieve 2000 – 3000 sales for this year’s Festival compilation CD we can effectively cover most of our costs for staging this year’s event. Click the button for more information.

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