BACK again next year – that was the pledge by Southdowns Folk Festival chairman Roger Nash. Mr Nash was delighted with the success of the new-look festival which packed Bognor Regis town centre last weekend.
He promised more of the same in 2017. The dates of September 22-24 have already been pencilled in. “It’s been a brilliant weekend,” said organising committee chairman Mr Nash.
“Coming into the town from Hotham Park has made a big difference.
“It has focused everything and brought people in. There have been a lot of people smiling and there has been a real buzz throughout the town.”
Sunshine on both days of the outdoor activities also made a difference to the mood as dancers, musicians, singers and their audiences could enjoy the occasion.
The festival began last Friday evening in the Alexandra Theatre with concerts by the India Electric Co and Cara Dillon, fresh from a performance in Hyde Park, and never looked back. Oysterband produced an awesome display in the theatre last Saturday and Martin Carthy lived up to his reputation as the festival closed on Sunday.
“We’ve had nine dance groups, about 45 artists and people coming from all over the country,” said Mr Nash.
“The quality has really been something to behold.”
Markets in the London Road precinct and the Place St Maur added to the success of the occasion.