ORGANISERS of Another Fine Fest have said it would be “silly not to do it again” after a hugely positive reaction to this weekend’s event.
The second year of the all-day arts and music festival in Ulverston yesterday was hailed a universal success, having at one stage looked like it would fall foul to bad weather.
With more than 10 venues in town participating, and almost all of the funding coming through a crowd-sourcing campaign, the team behind the festival praised its community feel.
Dave Crossley, who has spearheaded Another Fine Fest from its inception, said: “There was so much love for it this year, and I think people really feel like it is theirs.
“All the feedback has just been massively positive, there were no complaints, no trouble, and it just seemed to go up a level from last year.
“At one point I was a bit fearful we’d be battling the elements, but it turned out to be a fantastic day.
“The thought of organising it again just now makes me want to weep because it’s taken so much time over many months, but it was absolutely worth all the effort and we’d be silly not to do it again.”
Jakki Moore, from Beggar’s Theatre, in Millom, and Mark Greenhow, of the Laurel and Hardy Museum, were the other members of the team instrumental in delivering the event, while they themselves were keen to point out that it was the public donations that made it all possible.
More than 100 bands, solo musicians, buskers, street performers and circus acts, plus headline act and leading British comedian Richard Herring, appeared across Ulverston, with events taking place from around 10am until long after midnight.
There are also some lasting reminders courtesy of some distinctive graffiti artwork in the Buxton Place car park.
The number of people in attendance has been estimated to be similar to what the town’s long-established carnival can attract, with people visiting from all over the country to help celebrate Stan Laurel’s 125th anniversary.
Mr Greenhow said: “We had people coming to visit the museum who had no idea that the festival was on and they were fascinated by it all.
“It was nice to have a full museum, and even though I was too busy to leave the museum and the Roxy for most of the day, I know it was a fantastic event.
“There was so much support from the public and the local community, and we had such a lot of positive feedback that it goes without saying that we’ll be doing it again next year – and hopefully for years to come.”
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