Funding needed for music festival

pic crown of lights''The Crown of Lights music festival which faces an uncertain future
pic crown of lights''The Crown of Lights music festival which faces an uncertain future

a POPULAR music festival is struggling to find cash for this year’s event.

The Crown of Lights festival, which is in its 10th year, has had its funding slashed by half.

Last year the festival had two stages for the first time – but this year the acoustic stage has had to take the funding cut.

But organiser Donal O’Driscoll said he would do whatever it took to make sure the free show took place.

He said: “Year on year attendances have being growing and enjoying a wide variety of music from bands and artists from near and far.”

But he said last year funding was cut by half, and would also be cut this year and next, meaning there could only be one festival instead of the usual two.

He said: “Having a second stage allowed us to fit all the acts into one festival. Last year’s festival turned out to be the best one yet, due to the two stages, but this year health and safety is stipulating a stronger and larger stage that will cost us £1,350 plus VAT to hire.”

Donal said he was hoping a business would step forward to cover the cost as a sponsor.

He said: “The festivals are well attended and very popular with families due to the children’s activities we also put on.

“Anyone seen to be supporting the festival will earn a great deal of goodwill.”

The festival takes place in Heckmondwike Green Park on July 21. Go to www.crownoflights.org.uk or to offer sponsorship call Donal on 07957 765573.