New music festival for Queen’s jubilee

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A NEW music festival is being organised to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee on the same weekend as Riverside.

Festival management and promotion company Hobo Festivals say they are looking to create a family and folk event on The Meadows, Stamford, next summer.

Organisers Nick Knott, 44, and Andy Milligan, 26, discovered The Meadows while acting as relief managers for the Drum & Monkey, in Casterton Road, since January.

The Milton Keynes-based company has been granted permission in principle by Stamford Town Council’s amenities committee to use The Meadows between June 29 and July 2, 2012.

This decision could mean that the Riverside is cancelled for a second year running. The association will be considering its future in Stamford at a meeting on May 15 but its planned fundraising events at Stamford Corn Exchange are still going ahead.

Mr Knott, who would not comment on the Riverside, is hoping to work with schools and local charities.

He said: “That seems to be the weekend that everyone is celebrating the Queen’s jubilee, that’s why we put in for it.

“What we would like to do is a family style event.”

The company is planning to play folk and alternative music in a marquee. Children’s rides, side shows and stalls are also planned.

Mr Knott is also hoping that schools will perform at the two-day event and will be offering charities the chance to hold stalls as well.

The company is hoping to attract 7,000 to 10,000 per day and will be charging a ticket fee of £3 to £5.

The Queen’s jubilee will be officially celebrated on Tuesday, June 5 next year.

The Riverside Festival says that its music day and storytelling sessions on May 28 and band performance in July will still go ahead.

This year’s Riverside festival was cancelled after a row erupted between the town council and association over a damaged bench and councillors’ desire to see audited accounts. The council pulled out of informal meetings because of outstanding insurance claim after taking legal advice.

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