Homegrown Music Festival, where Matt Cardle and Lonely the Brace played, has closed - and here is why
Homegrown Music Festival has been discontinued after rain at this year’s event proved the ‘final nail in the coffin’ for organisers.
The free annual event has been held over one weekend every summer since 2013 in Suffolk Academy in Barrow - with the aim of providing a stage for emerging bands to perform.
In its seven year history, former X Factor winner Matt Cardle and Cambridge rock band Lonely The Brave have performed.
But at this year’s seventh event in June, poor weather saw only 400 turn up, despite 4,000 registering for a free ticket. Glen Moulds, one of three organisers, said the decision was made at the end of the festival.
This week he said: “Every year it has been harder and harder to get the volunteers to run the event.
“It takes nearly a year to prepare for it, and it is a bit sad, but there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough.”
Mr Moulds, who also runs a company that organises running events, set up the festival after being encouraged by his daughter Jade.
He was part of a team of organisers alongside his wife Julie and another volunteer - Sarah. They own the rights to the ‘Homegrown’ brand and have not ruled out the festival returning if the ‘right offer came along’ from an experienced organiser.
However, even though the festival made a profit this year from drink sales, Mr Moulds feels there is ‘not the support’ for upcoming bands.
He added: “I have spoken to countless bands who have said they have played a local venue to absolutely nobody. The idea behind the festival was to support artists and I feel we have achieved that. - a lot of people are sorry it is closing. In business you never say never.”