Alresford 2016 Festival ‘Bigger and Better’
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£15k raised for charities through music event in Alresford.
Organisers of the 2016 Alresford Music Festival say this year’s event at Arlebury Park will be even bigger and better than before, with more space, more camping available and even more live music.
They say that support from an ever-growing audience has made a difference to many deserving charities, with more than 15k raised over the six years of the Festival. A record number of 3250 people came in 2015; testimony to the achievement of the musicians who have all performed for little or no fees so that as much as possible could be raised. There has been an impressive 30% growth over the last two years.
The Festival has helped clubs and organisations like the Alresford Youth Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alresford Town Football Club, the Rugby Club and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service. £2k was donated to the service at a fundraising event launching the release of the ‘Rescue Me Too’ CD. The musicians involved in the blues project played at the Festival in 2015 and will be back for 2016.
The Festival has also sent money to both the Kusadevi and Mhendo water projects in the area of Nepal stricken by an earthquake in 2015. The money and practical help was directly delivered by Jon Vallis. He’s a water expert, adviser and band member of festival favourites ‘Southampton Ukelele Jam’. Jon went out to Nepal with a small team to set up water systems. The funds from the Festival bought water cubes and infrastructure that enabled villages to have running water.
The Festival is on Saturday 11 June 2016 at Arlebury Park, with camping available on the Friday and Saturday. You can follow the Festival on their website, on Facebook and on Twitter for news and updates of what is being planned between now and June.