Many people consider themselves friends of the festival and enjoy the large number of free concerts and, of course, meeting the wide range of people in the audience. Many come night after night while others are only able to attend the occasional event. There is no formal friends’ group or association but many help out in a variety of ways to enhance the experience of the festival. Some have hosted artists, some have helped by acquiring funds others by using their influence to persuade performers to come along. In 2011 for the first time some friends ran an art exhibition alongside the mainly music festival and raised money by auctioning the exhibits with all the money going to the festival. If you can donate a work of your own art, can persuade an acquaintance to do so or can help in any other way for 2015 we will be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact Roger Cockram at [email protected] for more information.