Grassroots has been running since 2014, and has evolved over the years from a completely amateur event that doesn't make any money, but where everyone has an amazing time, to a completely amateur event where everyone has an amazing time. But we don't make any money. Seriously. In 2019, we thought we'd finally broken this bad run by grossing £350 to reinvest next year. Then we pranged the hire van while returning a fridge we'd borrowed for the bar, and the insurance excess was, you've guessed it, £350. We want to put this party on, and we don't want to skimp on the disco balls! But we also don't just want to raise ticket prices. So we're asking for your help. We want to raise £1000 so we can start making plans and, with your support, make this the best yet. We've never been in this for the money (clearly), but we know there's so much more we could add with a few extra sovs behind us. On the other hand, we don't want to just raise ticket prices, because we want everyone to be able to come and join in. We happily put our spare time and silly imaginations into putting on the party, and that's free, but some things cost money - a bigger tent for when the weather's crap, maybe some live music, enough loos and showers, proper site lighting, etc, etc. Those of you who made it to MiniRoots at Badgerland in 2021 can testify to the amazing potential of the site and how perfect it is for our party - imagine what we could do if we could spend money on developing the site instead of paying for one-off hires.
We have never strayed from our founding aim of having one weekend a year when everyone gets together. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that this is a good aim. The shitstorm of 2020 hasn't shown us something we didn't already know, though. We've never taken this for granted - we just appreciate it all the more now. From beautiful reunions, to Dates with a Mate on the Gate, and solid friendships forged between kids being ever so slightly ignored by their parents, this isn't just somewhere to catch up with old faces, although that's a bit part of it. There are so many new friends to be made cwtching on a hay bale on 2am, or talking gibberish at the bar, and when the people you meet are only ever separated by 2 or 3 degrees, you can guarantee friendly faces, open hearts, and lots of like minded souls. Grassroots has grown because people come one year, and then bring their friends the next year, and then they're part of the crew.
We've come up with what we hope are some inventive and fun ways to get you to part with your money. We'd like to keep the ticket prices low, but for those of you with more funds to spare, this is where we need you to dig deep.
Thank you for everything you've brought to the party over the years, and thank you for reading this far. Big love xx