Heckmondwike festival set to return

THE POPULAR Crown of Lights Music Festival will return to Heckmondwike this summer after council officials agreed to fund it once again.

The 11th edition of the free festival takes place in Green Park on Saturday July 20, and organisers are looking for additional sponsorship to add to the cash that Kirklees have put forward.

Last year extra money was needed to pay for a second stage that allowed music to be performed non-stop for 10 hours in the park, and in 2013 festival officials want to go one better by having a large TV screen between the stage and the bandstand with a film crew on site.

Thousands of music lovers and families from across the district have enjoyed the Crown of Lights events in recent years.

Festival director Donal O’Driscoll said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Kirklees Council have decided to support us yet again.

“They have seen for themselves how special this festival is and how important it is for the many families who now come to it from all over and make a big day of it.

“Not only that but we are already over-subscribed with the many excellent bands and acts who want to play at the festival.

“I think it would add so much to the already magical atmosphere we get at the festivals by allowing the crowds to see the performers up close on the big screen as well as seeing themselves when the audience is being filmed.

“We’ve also got professional photo galleries from every festival we’ve done in the past that I’d love the audience to see them during the 10 hours of music.”

Organisers have to find an extra £4,000 plus VAT to cover the cost of the stage and screen and are looking for sponsors.

Festival sound engineer Peter Earnshaw said: “This is a great opportunity for a couple of local businesses to share this sponsorship.

“They would receive a great deal of kudos and goodwill for being associated with this really popular festival and there would be plenty opportunity to have the sponsors promoted on the day via the large screen and stage banners as well as in the media coverage in the run-up to the festival.”

The festival takes place in Green Park from 12noon on Saturday July 20 and is entirely free and family-friendly.

Anyone interested in knowing more can contact Donal O’Driscoll on 07957 765573.

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