Help secure the future of Leigh Folk Festival

by LeighFolkFestival in Leigh-on-Sea

We did it
On 5th June 2016 we successfully raised £5,300 with 208 supporters in 35 days

To raise funds for the UKs largest free folk festival, embracing dance, art, poetry, spoken word and a plethora of street performance.

by LeighFolkFestival in Leigh-on-Sea

 

 

Leigh Folk Festival is the UK's largest free folk festival, taking place from the 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 June 2016. Rather than drifting towards becoming another commercially driven, ticketed event, the team of volunteer organisers has doggedly held fast to the original grass roots, access-for-all ethos, and so the festival has retained its unique, eclectic and idiosyncratic atmosphere.

Music has the power to make us all feel part of something bigger than ourselves, while nurturing a true sense of community and local pride. The pastoral, village fete atmosphere of the Library Gardens and the bustling, waterfront location of Old Leigh are both fundamental to the spirit of the weekend, and offer a natural, unpretentious welcome to visitors in their thousands. Our Crowdfunder campaign aims to maintain the quality and diversity that Leigh Folk Festival so passionately embraces.

 

 

Taking place across a swathe of indoor and outdoor venues around Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, our much-loved event is unchallenged as the largest free folk festival in the country. And 2016 will form a significant landmark in our history as the 25th staging of an annual event which has captured the imagination of both local residents and visitors from across the world. More than 20 venues, 200 acts and 20,000 people are welcomed to Leigh-on-Sea each year.

Back in 1992, National Music Day was an initiative dreamed up by the improbable combination of Tim Renton MP and Mick Jagger, sparking a one day explosion of live music events around the UK, ranging from street corner busking to the Glastonbury Festival. Our local response was to stage a modest day of folk music and dancing, an occasion which proved so popular that it was repeated the following year, then the next, then the next…

Over the intervening period the Leigh Folk Festival has grown enormously in scope and scale, and now encompasses concerts, dance displays, ceilidhs, a centrepiece procession, workshops, open mic, kids’ activities, film screenings, comedy, street theatre, storytelling, busking, art and plenty more besides.

 

 

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Leigh Folk Festival has been free for the last 25 years, and we intent on keeping it that way. The festival takes place across four days, with more than 200 acts performing. Leigh Folk Festival since it's inception has been entirely organised, planned and orchestrated by a team of dedicated volunteers who invest thousands of hours of time each year to making it happen meaning that the time invested often happens at weekends and evenings.

As the years have gone on, Leigh Folk Festival has grown and developed, and the costs of putting a large scale event on increase, and new costs emerge. We rely entirely on donations, sponsorship or grant funding, and in recent years all three of these areas have become increasingly difficult markets.

This crowdfunding campaign will, if successful, go a long way toward ensuring that the 25th anniversary of Leigh Folk Festival is a huge success, and helping to secure future events over the coming years.

 

 

Leigh Folk Festival works with a budget somewhere in the region of £15,000 to £20,000. The money you contribute to the festival will help us make sure we have enough funds for this years festival, but also to help us secure future events too.

This budget goes on musicians travel expenses and some performance fees, hiring stages, sound equipment, van hire, insurance, printed materials, signage, generators, gazeebos, licenses and more.

 

 

Website: leighfolkfestival.com

Twitter: @LeighFolk

Facebook: /LeighFolkFestival

Instagram: @leighfolkfestival

Please feel free to message us with any questions or join the discussions using #ThankFolkForYourSupport #leighfolk16

 

 

We are hugely appreciative of everyone that supports our campaign, and to those who have helped us to create it in the first place. We ask that you spread the word that Leigh Folk Festival needs the help of the music community and amazing community in Southend. Take to social media, the streets, gigs and however you can to let people know to support the campaign.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A WARM FUZZY FEELING inside for supporting the festival // Exclusive festival updates to keep you in the loop with how the project is going

£8 or more

£8 Reward

AN EXCLUSIVE POSTCARD to say thank you for your support // Plus the warm fuzzy feeling you get having helped out

£10 or more

£10 Reward

AN ALBUM DOWNLOAD of our favourite emerging musicians to discover // AN EXCLUSIVE POSTCARD to say thank you for your support

£20 or more

60 of 100 claimed

£20 Reward

LIMITED EDITION TSHIRT with a special backers design (Final design may vary) // FESTIVAL WRISTBAND a rubber wristband to show your support for the festival // AN EXCLUSIVE POSTCARD to say thank you for your support

£25 or more

31 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

LIMITED EDITION POSTER screen printed and numbered, just 100 produced! (Final design may vary) // FESTIVAL WRISTBAND a rubber wristband to support for the festival // AN EXCLUSIVE POSTCARD to say thank you

£30 or more

6 of 30 claimed

£30 Reward

VIP GIG TICKETS FOR STICK IN THE WHEEL, with tea cakes and a Q&A before they perform during the festival on our Friday evening gig alongside Mudlarks choir and Diamond Family Archive. Reward includes a reserved seat and backstage access. Must be available on Fri 24th June. Does not include travel.

£35 or more

22 of 250 claimed

£35 Reward

25TH ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE LP VINYL, Leigh Folk Festival favourites, emerging acts and unheard, specially written material, on vinyl (more info: http://tinyurl.com/gqkpcj7) // YOUR NAME ON THE SLEVE your name included on the vinyl sleeve notes as a thank you

£50 or more

24 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

FESTIVAL MERCH PACKAGE a selection of our favourite merchandise items including ------> 25TH ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE LP VINYL, Leigh Folk Festival favourites, emerging acts and unheard, specially written material, on vinyl (more info: http://tinyurl.com/gqkpcj7) // YOUR NAME ON THE SLEVE your name included on the vinyl sleeve notes as a thank you // LIMITED EDITION SCREN PRINT POSTER individually numbered, just 100 produced! // FESTIVAL WRISTBAND a rubber wristband to wear and show your support for the festival // AN EXCLUSIVE POSTCARD to say thank you for your support

£300 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£300 Reward

LIVING ROOM GIG WITH M G Boulter (www.mgboulter.co.uk), Lucky Strikes front man, and all round lovely man... at your house for you and your friends. Date and location will need to be arranged by mutual consent.

£800 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£800 Reward

NAME A STAGE name a stage at this years leigh folk festival, perfect for any local business!

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