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Council backs for plans for outdoor Shildon music festival
2:08pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
PROPOSALS to host a large outdoor music festival in Shildon next year have been supported in principle by the town’s councillors.
Organisers hope to host the festival in Hackworth Park, in Shildon, on August Bank Holiday weekend in 2014.
The scheme is still at a very early stage but Shildon Town Council was given an outline of the plans at its meeting this week.
A promoter who uses Shildon Civic Hall has approached the town council with a view to erecting a stage in the park.
It is hoped to attract several different styles of band to appeal to an audience of various ages. A line-up of bands has not yet been compiled.
Mick Waterson, clerk to the council, said: “We would enclose an area of the park where the stage would be placed.
“It would be a single day event and entry would be by ticket only. The cost of the bands and of erecting the stage would be down to the promoter.
“We want to make it a family day. We’d look to attract several different styles of bands and some local groups.
“We want to see this come off and we think it will help the town but it’s something that we are taking stage by stage.”
The town council would have the sole rights to sell alcoholic drinks at the festival and it is possible the Civic Hall could be used to provide food for festival goers.
The council’s officers put the proposals to the members so that they could indicate at an early stage in the planning if they did not want the festival.
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