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Haverfordwest: Folk Rock Festival cancelled due to low ticket sales

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Status Quo, along with Mumford and Sons​:​  ​M​ ay play in Pembrokeshire next year

Status Quo, along with Mumford and Sons​:​
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ay play in Pembrokeshire next year

THE ORGANISERS of Haverfordwest Folk Rock Festival have decided to cancel the event due to a lack of ticket sales. Management said that lack of sales revenue means they simply cannot afford to go ahead with the festival.

The Herald spoke to Doc Gee, the main organiser of the event, who said: “The aims of the Haverfordwest Folk Rock Festival were always for the good of Pembrokeshire, to give local artists the opportunity to work alongside top international artists to learn from them and build contacts. It was also to bring top acts to Pembrokeshire and create an annual event for Haverfordwest, which would bring an audience from away as well, bringing opportunities to the area and putting Pembrokeshire’s county town on the map.”

In order to obtain the planning license for the Conygar Stadium, strict guidelines had to be met. A large number of licensed steward, porter loos, crowd barriers car park attendants and other costly requirements meant that the festival was costing the organisers £20,000 before artists, marquees and generators were even bought. The final figure of the cost of putting on the new festival exceeded £50,000.

Though, this was not of concern to Doc Gee, as the costs were anticipated and were heavily discounted to help the festival. Similarly to all festivals, the advance ticket sales needed to cover 60% of the overall costs that were needed to enable deposits to be paid, while the remaining 40% would be covered by sales at the gate.

Doc Gee told is that the event was not aimed at being a profit making venture, with tickets being priced at a break-even level.

Although 2,000 people said that they would be attending the festival, which was 60% of the advance ticket target, these people did not but their tickets by the requested deposit date at the beginning of May. The advance ticket sales only reached a fraction of the amount the festival needed to go ahead.

Doc Gee told The Herald that the acts, suppliers of the stages and PA were very helpful, allowing the festival to delay payment. On May 12, the final day for the festival to pay their deposits, it was decided that the festival would need to downsize in order to be affordable for the organisers.

The headline bands were very understanding when they were told that the festival could not afford their performances and the number of people who could attend was reduced to 499. This meant that the number of stewards, portaloos and barriers could be reduced. Ticket prices were reduced to £9 and could be paid for at the gate, making the event affordable for everyone.

Still, the costs were greater than the possible income, so the festival had to be cancelled. Though, in the last two days, Doc Gee tells us, over 16,000 people have tried to purchase tickets online. They have also received a large amount of emails expressing how disappointed people are about the announcement.

“Putting on a new festival is always a risk,” Doc Gee said, “but it was something we felt was important for our community.”

Not too disheartened by the fact that this year’s festival will not go ahead, Doc Gee says he is already planning next year’s festival, with two huge bands lined up. The organiser said she will only go ahead if the early bird tickets, which will be released in July or August this year, sell by October 2015. The two bands who are intended to headline the festival are Status Quo and Mumford and Sons.

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  1. maty

    May 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    “Doc Gee” is so full of lies and bullshit

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Stunning mural by local artist graces Tenby’s oldest pub

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THE WELL-LOVED Coach and Horses pub, Tenby’s oldest establishment, now boasts a stunning new mural by renowned local artist Lloyd the Graffiti.

The artwork, completed on June 12, has quickly become a beloved fixture in the heart of the town, capturing the admiration and praise of residents and visitors alike.

The mural, which features a vivid depiction of the iconic Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, pays homage to his legendary visit to the pub in 1953. According to local lore, Thomas became so inebriated during his visit that he left his manuscript for “Under Milk Wood” on a stool. Lloyd’s artwork brilliantly captures this slice of literary history, merging it with a vibrant portrayal of Tenby’s charming streetscape.

The mural’s unveiling has sparked an outpouring of positive reactions on social media, highlighting the community’s appreciation for Lloyd’s exceptional talent and the mural’s contribution to the town’s cultural landscape. Guy Manning commented, “Love it, absolutely wonderful!” JenksArt added, “Well done buddy! You smashed that about time Tenby had something like this in the heart of the town.” Amanda Absalom-Lowe expressed her admiration, “Lloyd you are such an amazing artist honest to go how do you just do it!? What a talent you have in this world and show it to the world!! Amazing.” Local residents have also been sharing their joy at seeing the mural come to life over the past few days: Sarah Bolwell shared, “So amazing! We’ve loved watching this progress over the last few days, what a brilliant addition to the street.” Kath Brown humorously recounted, “Whoop whoop you finished it! Well done, it’s been a real treat to watch the progress and heckle you as we’ve gone in and out!”

Anna Davies, a top fan, declared, “Wow that’s amazing it’s absolutely awesome such talent Lloyd the Graffiti Dylan Thomas lives on in Tenby for everyone to admire and talk about.” Other reactions included Nicola Newell: “Amazing,” Danielle Coles: “Brilliant,” Cheryl Hunt: “Stupendous,” Theresa Evans: “Shouldn’t they have a Welsh flag out the front?” Hazel Phillips: “Amazing,” and Penny Rossiter: “This looks amazing.”

Lloyd the Graffiti’s mural has not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the Coach and Horses pub but has also reignited the town’s enthusiasm for public art. Many residents hope this will be the first of many such projects, bringing more color and creativity to Tenby’s streets. As the mural continues to draw attention, it stands as a testament to the vibrant artistic talent within the community and the timeless allure of Dylan Thomas’s legacy. Visitors to Tenby are encouraged to stop by the Coach and Horses pub to experience this remarkable piece of art firsthand.

For those interested in seeing more of Lloyd’s work or commissioning a piece, he can be contacted through his social media platforms, where he regularly shares his latest projects and artistic endeavors.

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Tragedy on Teifi: Tributes paid to Leon Vernon-White

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FOLLOWING the tragic incident last week, police have identified the canoeist who tragically lost his life in a river accident in west Wales as Leon Vernon-White. The 24-year-old, originally from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, was described by his family as a ‘free-spirited’ individual and a ‘character’ who brought joy to those around him.

Leon was reported missing in the River Teifi near Cardigan on Thursday, June 6. His body was recovered near Cardigan Bridge in the early hours of the following morning, after a thorough search by multiple emergency services. The search involved Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard, and the RNLI.

RNLI Cardigan Lifeboat also played a critical role in the search, deploying both their D-class and Atlantic 85 lifeboats to scour the river and estuary areas.

Leon Vernon-White was well-known in his hometown of Tewkesbury, where he often entertained locals with his singing and guitar playing on the streets. His family described him as a person who had the remarkable ability to make everyone smile. Despite his mischievous and stubborn streak, he was deeply caring, loving, and loyal. His talents extended beyond music; he was also a jewellery artist and had a keen interest in science.

In a heartfelt statement, Leon’s family expressed their immense loss, saying, “He will be a huge loss, and there will always be love in our hearts for him.” They also extended their gratitude to the emergency services and the support they have received from friends and family during this difficult time.

The RNLI Cardigan Lifeboat station detailed their involvement in the search on their Facebook page. They reported that their crew was paged at 19:52 on June 6 to assist in the search for a missing person in the River Teifi. The search operation saw the Cardigan D-class and Atlantic 85 lifeboats navigating the river, while the Fishguard lifeboat monitored the estuary for any signs of the missing canoeist.

Sadly, after hours of searching, the crew of the D-class lifeboat was involved in the recovery of Leon’s body from the river. The lifeboats were meticulously prepared for service again after the operation, demonstrating the RNLI’s dedication and professionalism even in the face of such tragic outcomes.

The RNLI expressed their deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy, echoing the sentiments of a community mourning the loss of a vibrant young man.

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Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi’s model train club appeals for donations

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THE YSGOL Penrhyn Dewi Model Train Club, is reaching out to the community for donations of old Hornby 00 gauge rail tracks and accessories. The club, which has been a staple of the school’s extracurricular activities, aims to enrich its collection and create more intricate and engaging layouts for its members.

In an appeal reminiscent of a bygone era, the school has issued a traditional wanted poster, urging those with unused or forgotten model railway items to consider contributing to the club. The poster, which features a vintage steam locomotive and a railway crossing sign, reads: “Wanted: Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA Model Train Club is looking for donations of any old Hornby 00 2 rail track or accessories no longer used or needed.”

The initiative, spearheaded by enthusiastic students, seeks to foster creativity and technical skills through the hobby of model railroading. The club members, dressed in their school blazers, are pictured eagerly overseeing their current collection, which, while cherished, is in need of expansion to accommodate their growing ambitions.

Donations can be left at the Dewi Campus reception or, if necessary, arrangements can be made for items to be collected. The poster concludes with a heartfelt “Diolch!”, expressing the club’s gratitude in advance.

This appeal not only highlights the club’s dedication to preserving a traditional pastime but also underscores the educational value such activities offer. Engaging in model railroading allows students to learn about engineering, history, and geography in a hands-on and enjoyable manner.

As the Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA Model Train Club looks to the community for support, it stands as a testament to the enduring charm and educational potential of model trains. The school hopes that with the generosity of the public, they can continue to inspire and educate the next generation of railway enthusiasts.

For those interested in contributing, further details can be found on the school’s website or by contacting the Dewi Campus directly.

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