GuilFest to hurdle into Stoke Park for summer 2014
PUBLISHED: 15:54 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:55 15 January 2014
For ten years GuilFest put Surrey on the national music map until poor ticket sales in 2012, blamed on bad weather and the Olympic torch relay, saw the event end with huge debts.
The festival is now set to return to Stoke Park this summer, however, as long as organisers can meet a number of strict financial conditions set by Guildford Borough Council.
“We recognise that GuilFest is a popular family event,” says Cllr Matt Furniss, lead councillor for environment. “It supports local musicians and attracts thousands of visitors to the town. We are pleased to accept the proposal for GuilFest 2014 and continue our support for live music in the borough.”
“Before we could make a decision on the application, we took steps to protect local council tax payers and public assets from potential event costs or damage. We put conditions in place for GuilFest 2014 following the previous financial difficulties experienced by the event operators. If Trowfest Ltd does not meet these conditions, the event will not go ahead.”
While last year Stoke Park hosted a new two-day music event in GuilFest’s place, called Magic Summer Live, many local people longed for the return of the much loved, community focused festival.
With the decision finally made and only months to go until the festival, fans and other interested parties will watch on tenterhooks to see whether financial hurdles are met and if a worthy line-up can be assembled in time.
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