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Festival boss slams council’s “lack of support”

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By Euan Maxwell
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
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CALLED OFF . . . the festival was due to be held in the grounds of Springkell House in Eaglesfield

THE cancellation of an Annandale music festival has prompted organisers to move the event south of the border.

Springkell Live was due to take place in Eaglesfield from June 24-6 but was called-off at short notice following a decision “made by the venue and not ourselves”, according to festival boss Simon Hewitt.

In a statement released on social media, he also blamed the cancellation in-part on a “lack of support” from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Responding to his claims, the local authority said: “The council is to meet shortly with the principal organiser of Springkell Live to discuss his concerns and plans for the future. The council is renowned for the support it provides to this sector through our Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021 and the track record of established events projects in Dumfries and Galloway speaks for itself.”

However, Mr Hewitt has already announced his intention to move the event to England instead and ruled out an alternative date or location in this region.

He said: “I would like to thank those in Dumfries and Galloway who have offered support, kindness and encouragement. I have met some wonderful people in the area. I would, of course, like to thank everyone who has bought tickets and as such I will contact each one of you personally in the coming weeks to discuss refunds and our plans. It’ll take me some time to get through you all so please bear with me, but I at least owe you the courtesy.”

And, earlier this week he revealed Springkell Live will next year be replaced with a new boutique festival in the English Midlands, with the same line up.


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