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GUEST,Giok Sidmouth Festival - Quote Found (25) RE: Sidmouth Festival - Quote Found 14 Nov 05

Well I for one would like to see a return to the roots at more festivals. I have been preaching for years against the galloping inflation, both of numberts of 'Big names' and the cost of booking some of the so called 'Top Acts'. I blame Cambridge in a way for this as it seems to me to be the originator of this fad, I can remember many people who said they wouldn't go to Cambridge because it was too commercial, but it is happening to other festivals. We now even have the spectacle of promoters running more than one festival and sometimes not even local to them so there is no feedback from the residents who may be for or against the event, and many of them will resent it being imposed by an outsider.
A folk festival is not like any other large entertainment event in that it involves locals and many local venues much more than a pop festival. The only comparable thing is the Edinburgh Festival, and that certainly ruffles a few feathers, to the extent that people who can do so move out of town for the duration.
Just remember that not everybody shares our enthusiasm and to many we are a source of annoyance and inconvenience. So don't be selfish about what 'we' want to the extent of antagonising others.
I think it was Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mocking Bird, who suggested we try to walk a mile in the other person's shoes, in order to understand things from their point of view.
Rant over.

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