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By r4dford, Sep 28 2016 02:23PM

Hi, we have some good news for you. The date for the next amazing Radford Mill Festival of Rhythm & Blues has been fixed as SATURDAY 12th.AUGUST 2017.

Our second festival on Saturday 13th August 2016 was a great success and we have been overwhelmed by the many compliments that we have received. It was bigger than our first and the signs are that it will continue to grow over the coming years.

We will limit the capacity to 600 festival goers because we don’t want to spoil the intimate atmosphere of the site. One of its unique selling propositions is the ability for people to move freely around some beautiful countryside and sit or even lounge whilst listening to the great live music. We don’t want it to be a standing crush like so many other festivals, especially as it goes on for nearly 12 hours. It will always be aimed at our musical cognoscente audience and their families.

This has caused me to re-evaluate my own position. I think that this exciting project will require more of my time over the next 2 years than I would be able to commit to. As one of the originators of this festival, I didn’t want to see it restricted by my own circumstances, and with a reluctant heart I explained this to my co-promoter, Richard Fox. It is for this reason that I have decided to stop being involved as a promoter. I wanted to withdraw at a sufficiently early enough stage to give a successor enough time to put the next event together.

I am very pleased to tell you that my position will be taken over by my friend Jamie Thyer. Some of you will already know him as the leader of the band ‘The Worried Men’, one of the most popular and busiest outfits in the South West. It is not as a band leader that I have sought Jamie to take on this role, but for his amazing personality. In many respects we are kindred spirits and share so many values such as a love of live band music; a love of entertaining an audience; a sense of humour; an appreciation of the qualities of life outside of material interests and money; and a love of people. I am absolutely confident that Jamie is the right man to help Richard take this wonderful festival on to its ultimate optimum success.

Jamie will be sorting out the acts over the next few weeks and will letting you know who he has in store. We will then start to sell the tickets with the usual ‘early bird discount’ options. I will of course be helping him during this hand-over process.

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