FESTIVAL organiser Donal O’Driscoll is finally hanging up his microphone.
After delivering 14 successful music events in Heckmondwike town centre, the live music lover has decided to call it a day – but he’d like to hear from anyone who wants to continue with the ‘Heckyfest’ concept he has developed over the last decade.
Thousands of people have enjoyed the free events in Heckmondwike’s Green Park since their launch in 2007, with scores of live bands from the region performing and other cultural attractions pulling in the crowds.
For several years Kirklees Council provided the core funding, but organisers had to find more and more of the cash needed from sponsors and other sources for later festivals.
Now living on the East Coast, Donal has decided to hang up his hat, microphone, vests and shades and step down.
Donal said: “Each one of these family-friendly music festivals gets more and more exhausting to organise and deliver. After the last two-day festival in July 2016 I really felt I could not do any better.
“The outstanding performances from every one of the 28-band line-up over two days and two stages was simply incredible to witness.
“If there’s anyone out there with the time and the energy to do the next one I’m more than happy to pass on the details of all the excellent technical crew I have, as well as the brilliant service providers needed to make the festival successful and safe for everyone.
“The last festival cost just over £12,000. The long-running belief of our local councillors and the long-standing financial assistance from Kirklees Council made Heckyfest a reality in the past.
“Green Park, and Heckmondwike in general, is a fantastic place to hold these events.
“I’ve felt incredibly proud of my home town, how well it has looked over the festival weekends and how welcoming the Heckmondwike people have been to everyone attending the events; many coming from far and wide.”