Countdown to new Hazy Days festival

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 June 2016

Have you spotted Hazy Days' 'Beast' around Weston?

Have you spotted Hazy Days' 'Beast' around Weston?

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The inaugural Hazy Days Festival is just over a month away from opening at the Tropicana, and to celebrate, a ‘successful’ countdown party took place last weekend.

Both local and international bands will take to the former lido from July 8-10 in a non-profit charity event which is raising money for Children’s Hospice South West and the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust.

Organiser Mark Whitehouse joined forces with The Imperial in South Parade, which hosted a party full of performances from various acts set to take to one of the four Hazy Days stages.

Mr Whitehouse said: “The countdown party was great and showed a lot of different artists. It was a great success, there were lots of people and some great music from Caitlin Elliman, Tom and Kaylie Conibear and Techtonic Plates with DJ support from China and Better Than Pills.

“There was a lot of rapping on stage, which was actually brilliant. What is great is there is a variety of acts.”

While the festival is free, the weekend requires a number of volunteers – not only for the event itself but for both before and after.

VIP tickets are available to purchase, which will be the only way to guarantee entry to the venue, due to the Tropicana’s limited capacity of 3,500. However, Mr Whitehouse is also offering entry to anyone who is able to take on an eight-hour volunteering shift.

Having already secured the help of 52 people, he said he was pleased with the response so far, but told the Mercury more are needed.

He said: “It’s going to be a big event so we need a lot of volunteers. We start on July 6 with the build and will be finishing on the evening on July 11.

“If people can help us with a minimum of eight hours they will get a guaranteed access pass to the festival.”

Volunteer co-ordinator Janine Bloomfield says everyone has an opportunity to be a part of the fun. She said: “For the volunteers we are still looking for about 50.

“We need capable stage hands, car park attendants, cleaners, customer service, break cover, and other things.”

Mr Whitehouse is keen to broaden the festival’s appeal by showing people the arts side of the event.

He said: “Some people may think they are not really into their music, but we have some great artists lined up and they could have the opportunity to work with them as volunteers.”

The build-up to the event is also making its way all around the town and a social media competition has also been launched so people do not have to miss out on this unique event.

Mr Whitehouse has nicknamed the official Hazy Days vehicle The Beast, and is calling on anyone in Weston to grab a picture of the car and share it on their Facebook page for a chance to win access to the whole weekend.

Just attach a caption of ‘check out Weston’s first free music and arts festival’ to your image, and you could have a chance to win.

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