Bands on the Beacon (Pic: Walsall Council)

Bands on the run – to Barr Beacon!

Bands on the Beacon (pic: Walsall Council)
Bands on the Beacon (pic: Walsall Council)

This year’s Bands on the Beacon music festival will be bigger and better than ever, running over two days at the end of June, organisers have announced.

The popular event will be held on Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 June at Barr Beacon, the borough’s highest point, and will also feature arts and artisan stalls.

A line-up will be announced shortly and there will also be an opportunity for up and coming bands and artists to showcase their talent.

The family friendly festival will run from 1pm-6pm on both days and this year’s event will be ticket only.

Organisers are having to charge a small fee for tickets as funding for Bands on the Beacon, the majority of which came courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund, ended last year.

Tickets for each day will be £4 for adults with “kids for a quid.” Under fives will be allowed in free.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, chair of Barr Beacon Trust, said: “We know from the feedback that we get each year that people want us to continue putting on Bands on the Beacon and visitors have told us they’d be prepared to pay a small amount if it meant the event could continue.

“We’re looking at making a weekend of it in 2015 with bands on both Saturday and Sunday up at Barr Beacon as well as the introduction of stalls to add to the festival feel.

“We’re working with local guitarist Wayne Moseley whose band Dinky played at the first festival in 2010 to try and secure sponsorship for the event and we hope local people will get behind us to support it. The Trust has pledged £5,000 and Wayne’s company, BBR Engineering, has put in another £2,000 so  we’ve set the ball rolling!

“Bands on the Beacon is a brilliant day out – ask anyone who’s been over the years – and we’re all looking forward to making this year’s just as enjoyable.”

For regular updates check out Bands on the Beacon’s facebook page, @walsallcouncil on Twitter and the council’s website www.walsall.gov.uk

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