Todstock 2’s ready to roll

COMPLETE with a new look logo, the date has been set for a second two-day Todstock music festival this summer.

Last year’s inaugural free event saw a mixture of music and family entertainment attract around 5,000 people to Centre Vale Park over two days early last August.

But a festival of this size also needs organising and costs money, so an early call-out has gone out from festival founder, Todmorden DJ Craig Baillie, for volunteers to help run the event and businesses to support it, through sponsorship or a trading stall.

There will also be some fundraising gigs to help raise cash towards staging the 2011 festival, which will be held at the park on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, and has already received some branding thanks to a brand new logo created by local design artist Laura Edwards.

The festival will again be free and promises to be bigger and better this time round, said Craig.

“Last year’s Todstock was a massive event for the town - we had nearly 5,000 people from all over the region, no trouble and everyone who came had a great time. We got so much right last year, that this time round we just need to tweak it in a few places.”

He explained these tweaks will include more fairground rides, an increase in the amount of live music, better toilets and even more variety of music.

“We want to encourage people to come both days, so will be varying what is being offered on each day, which gives people more choice too,” he said.

In order to achieve such a big undertaking and keep it free for the community, it takes a wealth of support from local businesses and volunteer commitment, said Craig.

“We’re in the thick of collecting funding at the moment, but it’s the support from local businesses and fundraising that will make it possible.

“We are putting gigs on around the area and our sponsorship team will be contacting local businesses shortly to help raise funds.

“Last year, a lot of local businesses did really good trade as a result of the festival. We hope that all businesses realise what an important event this is for the town and will be willing to support us.

“In addition, we are still looking for volunteers to help us with the organisation. If there is anyone in the community who has some time to spare - any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.”

The next committee meeting takes place at Jack’s House pub in Burnley Road at 8pm next Tuesday, March 1, and all are welcome.

Anyone who wants to volunteer, apply for a trading stall for the weekend, or help sponsor the event can get in touch via emailing todstock2011@fsmail.net or by telephoning 01706 817201.

l WHAT sort of music would you like to hear at Todstock 2? Email your comments to todnews@todmordennews.co.uk