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Thread #106684   Message #2427567
Posted By: GUEST,Sandra
01-Sep-08 - 08:30 AM
Thread Name: Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2008
Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2008
Just a few comments I would like to address. I have seen so much feedback (600 emails) and blog messages and hundreds of questionnaires that I can't remember where I saw some of the comments so if these responses seem strange please ignore them.

The Boat Band performed in marquee 2 which has 1000 seats.

Folk artists are not being marginalised. We do have to find the best possible performance venues for them. I won't name them and I love many of the artists that have been mentioned (that is why we pick them) but many are best seen in intimate venues.

Recycling: I have been to the Pink Skip depot in Telford and watched the rubbish on conveyor belts being sorted. I have also seen the bales of metal, plastic, paper and massive bins of glass etc. etc. so I can personally vouch that rubbish is recycled.

We had one extra shower block this year which provided a 30% increase on last year's showers.

There are a million things that go on behind the scenes some of them are completely out of our control. For instance, Friday evening started late in marquee 1 because some members of the Oysterband arrived 1 hrs late for their sound check they had been let down by a transport company they regularly use. They were as worried as we were but there was nothing any of us could do about it.

It has been said that the Pavilion is too small and too hot. Personally I wish it was twice the size obviously I can't do anything about that but I am thinking perhaps the Sabrina Marquee could be larger and then we could swap some of the events around. The Pavilion has air conditioning. I did show people how to use it last year but they must have forgotten. I will remind them for 2009.

I noticed the first people queuing for marquee 1 at 6pm. There are lots of things that the festival organisers can sort out but we can't stop anyone forming a queue.

The programme timetable will be better next year. It looked worse this year because there were so many workshops and more events. On reflection the workshops should have been removed from the main body of the programme. Will work on this over the winter!

Many thanks for your feedback it's much appreciated.