Press Release 6

WE’RE NEARLY THERE ….. with just 24 hours to go to the start of the Looe Saves the Day festival, work is starting today on building the main stage and arena.

While the main festival begins at 6pm on Friday, we are holding a warm up event for local people tomorrow evening (Thursday) to test the equipment. This means we need to get on with building the stage!

Our amazing team will be hard at work this afternoon erecting the stage and the security fencing, and planning where to put the sound system and the speakers. Other members of the core group will be finalising the car parking arrangements, and sorting out the details of waste collections etc. We want to ensure that everyone has a great time during the event so will be working hard to keep the main site and the town clean and tidy. While we will have teams of volunteers carrying out litter picks over the four days we will be asking festival goers to help us by putting their waste in one of the many bins which will be placed around the town.

We have had a fantastic response to our call for volunteers but still need to recruit more people in a few areas. We need four roadies to work throughout the weekend and 12 marshals for the Millpool car park between 10 am and 8 pm each night, working on a shift basis.  We also have three one hour slots available to help cover the volunteer station.  If you would like to get involved and help out please contact Councillor Viv Sullivan on 0781444981 .

Details of the programme for the main stage and the 29 venues in the town are now available on our website www.looesavestheday.co.uk , with hard copies available to pick up from the TIC between 10 am and 3pm. Donations for printed programmes from £1 to help cover the costs of arranging this year’s festival.

We are hoping that as many people as possible will travel to the festival by public transport to help reduce the pressure on the roads and the car parks.  Details of the bus and train services, and also information about local taxi firms, are available on the website.

If you are planning to travel by car then the main car park is at the Millpool. While the car parks provides almost 1,000 spaces, we will be using some of these spaces for the performers and key events staff. There are a number of overflow car parks which will be available for people to use once Millpool is full and these will be clearly signed from all the roads leading into the town..

Fore Street will be closed to vehicles from 4pm to midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It will be open outside those times.

As we have said previously entrance to the main arena will be on a first come, first served basis as, despite our best efforts, it has not been possible to give priority to people who had bought the original tickets or local residents. There will be space for 3,000 in the main arena and we are hoping that the wide range of other activities going on in the town throughout the festival will prevent over crowding.

Our main priority is to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone attending the festival and living in or visiting Looe. We have a comprehensive health and safety plan in place, with an event control team constantly monitoring what is happening in all areas of the town.

“I can’t believe that we are just 24 hours away from the beginning of our Looe Saves the Day festival” said Edwina Hannaford, local Cornwall Councillor and one of the festival directors. “Staging a festival of this size usually takes many months and yet we have done it in just three weeks”.

“We could not have done it without the amazing support from the local community “ added Armand Toms, Mayor of Looe and another of the festival directors. “We have had an incredible response to our initial call for help, with support coming from every part of the town, and beyond”.

Ends

Press Release 5

Looe Saves the Day festival programme is HERE

IT’S HERE  …… we have now published the final programme for Looe Saves the Day festival on our website and it is an amazing read.

As well as the acts on the main stage, there will be more than 200 artists and bands performing in the 29 pub, bars, cafes and restaurants in the town.  There are too many things happening to include here so please check out the programme for the details : www.looesavestheday.co.uk.

While access to the open air festival is free, there is a limit of 3,000 for the main stage area.

Despite our best efforts, it has not proved possible to give priority to people who bought tickets for the original festival or to local residents. This means access to the main stage will be on a first come first served basis.

A massive thank to the everyone who has worked so hard in pulling together the incredible programme of entertainment – and a special vote of thanks to Cathy Read from the organising team who has been burning the midnight oil designing the leaflet which will also be available from the information point and the TIC.

Last week Looe Town Council stepped forward to take on the formal role of event organiser and since then staff and councillors have been working hard with the festival directors to make sure that all the plans are in place.

Armand Toms, the Mayor of Looe, and one of the directors is full of praise for the support of Town Clerk Anne Frith and her team who have been helping to co -ordinate the work of the many teams and working groups involved in the project.

The Council has been involved in the arrangements for the festival and I would like to thank everyone who has been working around the clock to make sure we get this right” he said.  “As well as Anne and Laura, who have had to put their day jobs on hold to focus on the festival, I would like to particularly thank Councillor Viv Sullivan who has been responsible for recruiting and organising the army of volunteers we need to help with stewarding and marshalling the event.

“I would also like to thank Tim Vigus, a member of the core organising group, who has done an amazing job over the past three weeks. Not only has he sorted out the acts to appear on the main stage, he has also pulled together the team to build the stage, provide the PA and sound equipment, and is working with the security firm to ensure that the barriers and other fencing are in place. “.

We have finalised arrangements for travelling to and from the festival, and for parking in the town. The town is going to be busy and so we are asking people to use public transport where possible.

Plymouth City Bus are providing bus services for the three day event . Details of the services, which will serve all the main caravan parks and camp sites, can be found on the Looe Saves the Day website: www.looesavestheday.co.uk   A 3 bus day ticket will cost £10, with £4 for a one day ticket. You can also travel by train from Liskeard to Looe on the Looe Valley line. Links to the train timetable are also available on the Looe Saves the Day website. There are also lots of local taxi firms available .

The main car park for the festival will be at Millpool and people driving to the event are asked to use this car park first. If the Millpool becomes full overflow car parks are available at :

  • Looe Junior Academy
  • West Waylands field ( park and ride)
  • Dungers field ( opp the car boot field )
  • Sandhill field

Signs will be erected at all the roads leading into village to direct people to the overflow car parks if required.

Ends

For further information or to do interviews please contact Trisha Hewitt on 07946654121 or email trisha091@live.com

Viking Gathering

Reports of a Viking gathering in Looe continue to spread. Whilst we have no connection with those who foretold of the gathering, we can assure any potential visitors that Looe welcomes visitors from anywhere in the world so Vikings are most welcome as long as they are dressed in their national costume, or a helmet at least. Don’t be shy, let out your inner Viking.

Velkomin

Press Release 4

We are thrilled to announce that Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young will be the headline act on the main stage at the Looe Saves the Day festival on Friday evening.

Los Pacaminos are a UK based Tex-Mex and Americana band featuring Paul Young on guitar and vocals. With a promise to take you on a tequila fuelled journey into Mexican border blues – Friday night sounds as if it will be a lot of fun!

This announcement means we have now finalised the programme for the events on the main stage. The final line up, and performance times, are confirmed as :

Thursday, 20 September ( warm up event to test the equipment)

21:30 – 22:30 – Company B
19:45 – 20:45 – Black Friday
18:15 – 19:15 – Three Minute Warning

Friday, 21st September
21:30 – 22:30 – Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young
20:00 – 20:45 – The Countrymen
18:30 – 19:30 – Huckleberry Finns

Saturday, 22 September
21:30 – 22:30 – Uncle Frank
19:45 – 20:45 – The Correspondents
18:15 – 19:15 – Mad Dog Mcrea
17:00 – 17:45 – King Creature
15:45 – 16:30 – Flaming Infidels
14:30 – 15:15 – The Trees
13:15 – 14:00 – Helm & The All Star Band
12:00 – 12:45 – Falmouth Soul Sensations

Sunday , 23rd September
21:00 – 22:30 – P.P Arnold
19:30 – 20:15 – The Good OId Fashioned Lover Boys
18:45 – 19:00 – Charlie Harris
17:45 – 18:30 – Vince Lee & The Big Combo
16:30 – 17:15 – Russell Sinclair & The Smokin Loco’s
15:30 – 16:00 – Kernow King
14:30 – 15:15 – The Grenaways
13:15 – 14:00 – The Viewers
12:00 – 12:45 – Sonic Kingdom

“We are delighted to have secured such a fantastic range of acts for the festival and would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to help us to pull the programme together,”said Edwina Hannaford, local Cornwall Councillor and one of the festival Directors.

 

“One of the people who has been involved in the organisation of this event is Billy Martin who was actually one of the organisers for the original festival seven years ago and had the original idea. We are very grateful to Billy and everyone else for their support. “

While there are certainly some great acts performing, don’t forget the festival is not just about what is happening on the main stage. There will  be performances taking place in more than 20 venues in the town where people can go and have a drink and something to eat and listen to some fantastic music. There will also be buskers performing in the streets .

We are putting the finishing touches to the programme which will provide details of the activities taking place in the town as well as on the main stage. This will be available on our website within the next 24 hours.

Looe has an amazing range of places to eat – from fish and chip shops, Chinese and Indian takeaways, bakeries, pasty shops and cafes to Italian, Thai and seafood bistros and restaurants and some truly awesome pubs. You will definitely not go hungry.

We are also finalising the arrangements for travelling to and from the festival, and for parking in the town. The town is going to be busy and so we are asking people to use public transport where possible.

Plymouth City Bus confirmed its plans for providing bus services for the three day event earlier this week. Details of the services, which will serve all the main caravan parks and camp sites, can be found on the Looe Saves the Day website: www.looesavestheday.co.uk   A 3 bus day ticket will cost £10, with £4 for a one day ticket. You can also travel by train from Liskeard to Looe on the Looe Valley line. Links to the train timetable are also available on the Looe Saves the Day website.

There are also lots of local taxi firms available .

The main car park for the festival will be at the Millpool and people driving to the event are asked to use this car park first. If the Millpool becomes full overflow car parks are available at :

  • Looe Junior Academy
  • Looe Community Academy
  • West Waylands field ( park and ride)
  • Dungers field ( opp the car boot field )
  • Sandhill field

We are still on the look out for volunteers to act as parking marshalls, with lots of one  and 2 hour slots available. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help please ring Viv Sullivan on 07814444981.

Fore Street will be closed to traffic from 4pm on Friday, 21 September to midnight on Sunday. 23rd September to ensure the safety of pedestrians :

Ends

For further information or to do interviews please call Trisha Hewitt on 07946654121 or email trisha091@live.com

Press Release 3

New acts confirmed for Looe Saves the Day festival

Work is continuing on preparations for next week’s Looe Saves the Day festival, with more acts now confirmed for the main stage, further offers of sponsorship and an agreed timetable for buses to transport people to and from the event.

The Flaming Infidels and Helm and the All Star Band will be playing on Saturday, with Russell Sinclair and the Smokin Locos and The Viewers performing on Sunday. Discussions are still taking place to finalise the headline acts for Friday and Saturday nights and we hope to be able to announce these by the end of the week.

Plymouth City Bus has now confirmed its plans for providing bus services for the three day event. Details of the services can be found on the Looe Saves the Day website, along with links to the train timetable for the Looe Valley line from Liskeard: www.looesavestheday.co.uk . We are also planning additional parking.

The overall event management plan, which covers areas such as public safety and traffic management, has now been formally approved. While detailed plans are in place to ensure the safety of people attending the festival, the fact that there are no tickets for the event is making it difficult for the organisers to predict how many people will attend.

“As the festival is free of charge and in the open air we have no way of knowing how many people will want to come over the three days “ said Edwina Hannaford, Local Cornwall Councillor and one of the Looe Saves the Day festival directors. “We said from the beginning that we wanted to give priority to those people who had bought tickets for the original festival, as well as to local residents but this has created some specific challenges.

“There are so many variables for tickets that we’re not able to control – some ticket holders have had refunds but we have no way of knowing who these people are. We know that some people who are camping were due to get their tickets as part of a package and so will not have anything to show. There are also day tickets and weekend tickets.

“We understand approximately 3,000 tickets were sold so we can’t expect the security teams at the main stage to check paperwork for everyone coming and going. Unfortunately we don’t have the necessary infrastructure to enable all those people to swap their tickets for new wristbands either. We would need the space to put kiosks, we’d need to find extra volunteers to resource them and we’d need the funds to buy wristbands.  All this adds up to an incredibly complicated process which is why we have decided that access to the main stage, which will hold around 3,000 people, will be on a first come, first served basis.

 “However the festival is not just about what is happening on the main stage – there will also be performances taking place in more than 20 venues in the town where people can go and have a drink and something to eat and listen to some fantastic music. We are hoping that this mix of acts and venues will create a good flow of people moving around so that we won’t reach capacity in the main stage.

 “Three weeks ago we had no idea that we would be working to stage a community festival at the end of next week and it has certainly been a bit of a roller coaster. I am sure we will have some more challenges to face over the next few days but please be assured that we are doing everything we can to give everyone a great weekend.”

Ends

For further information or to do interviews please call Trisha Hewitt on 07946654121 or email trisha091@live.com

Press Release 2

Soul singer P.P. Arnold confirmed as Sunday’s headline act at Looe Saves the Day festival

Organisers of the Looe Save the Day festival are continuing to work around the clock on preparations to stage the community led festival later this month.

Last night Looe Town Council agreed to act as the official organising body for the event which means that another key milestone has been reached.

“We are incredibly grateful to Looe Town Council for taking on the event organiser role” said local Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford who is a member of the Looe Saves the Day core group. “We are continuing to work with partners to develop detailed plans to manage traffic and health and safety etc and would like to thank everyone who is supporting us. Some people have dropped everything they were doing to help us get the paperwork together and we would like to thank everyone who is working so hard to make this festival happen”.

“We have got a further multi agency meeting to discuss the arrangements later this week when we are hoping that our event management plan will be formally signed off”.

Work is also continuing on developing the programme for the three day open air event.

It has just been confirmed that American soul singer P.P Arnold will be the headline act on Sunday. We are delighted she has agreed to perform at the Looe Saves the Day festival and look forward to welcoming her to Looe.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen to headline ‘Looe Saves The Day’ on the Sunday night.”said PP Arnold. “I am so inspired by the humanitarian efforts of the people of Looe who have all come together and worked as a team to not be defeated by the acts of those who were responsible for the cancellation of the ‘Looe Festival 2018’ in its fullness. It is such a positive example of what can be achieved when people ‘Keep The Faith’ and turn darkness into light.”

“I am so looking forward to performing for the people of Looe. My set will include a special tribute to ‘The Queen Of Soul’, Aretha Franklin. R.I.P.”

Other new artists who are now confirmed are Three Minute Warning, who will play on Thursday; The Countrymen who will perform on Friday; The Trees who will play on Saturday, and Vince Lee & The Big Combo and The Grenaways who will be performing on Sunday.

As well as events on the main stage, artists will also be playing in pubs, cafes and restaurants in the town and there will be buskers performing in the streets.

One of the artists  who is thrilled to be performing at the festival is 17 year singer / songwriter Charlie from Menheniot. Charlie has been performing since she was 14 and is self-taught on both the guitar and ukulele, as well as vocally. Last year she supported Sony signed folk group Wildwood Kin on the Plymouth leg of their UK tour at the Brook Inn in Plympton and more recently Julie Felix.

Charlie regularly performs at Open Mic nights and her own gigs, as well as posting well known covers and some original material onto her Facebook page @charliehofficial. Last year she arranged her own charity concert in her village church, in memory of her Aunt, which raised over £2,200 for Teenage Cancer Trust . Since then Charlie has been performing/busking mainly for charity.

Having had some of her original tracks featured on BBC Introducing in Cornwall and Devon and performing at two BBC Introducing Biggest Weekend events, Charlie was delighted to have finally been given a slot at the original festival after three years of trying.

Bitterly disappointed at the cancellation, she wanted to do all she could to help resurrect an alternative festival for all to enjoy and is delighted that the festival will be going ahead.  Charlie will be performing some of her songs on the main stage on Sunday.

While offers of support and sponsorship are continuing to pour in, the organisers still need to raise more money to meet the costs of the additional safety arrangements.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has already donated to the festival but we still need more people to dig deep “ said Armand Toms. “Any additional money raised after we have met the costs of organising the event will be used to bring in more artists.”

As the community festival will be on a smaller scale than the original festival, space will be limited, with priority given to those who had originally bought tickets and local residents.

Shuttle Bus Service Announced

Plymouth City Bus have now confirmed the additional buses that will be running from 21st – 23rd September.
Every 30 minutes a bus service will cover the following parks; Killigarth Manor (at the end of the road), Seaview, Trelawne Manor, West Waylands, Oaklands Park, Tencreek (at the end of the lane), Looe Bay, Caravan Club, Dovers House & Tregoad.
There will also be buses that serve areas further afield and a late bus back to Plymouth each night.
Fares on the bus will be – 3 day ticket £10.00 per person, 1 day ticket £4.00 per person. Singles and Returns are also availble from the driver. All buses now have contactless payment ticket machines
The service 73 will also be in operation on an hourly basis on Friday and Saturday. We will also have additional buses parked in reserve if needed late at night.
Download Timetable for Friday & Saturday service
Download Timetable for Sunday service

Update for Traders

We have received several emails from traders who were booked to attend the now defunct LMF. We have been in discussions with the Harbour Commission regarding using the space occupied by the stalls last year. Unfortunately at such short notice there is no possibility of getting the required risk assessments and licences in place, and we also don’t have the funds to safely manage the area. Sadly therefore there will be no possibility of any trade stalls in the town at this year’s festival.

We have engaged a company to manage all aspects of the official festival area in the Buller Quay car park, and the decision as to who would be granted a pitch has been left to them. There was extremely limited space available and also limited time. We all have great sympathy with the traders who had booked to attend the original festival, but sadly there is nothing we can do to help.