Hazy Days returns to 'heart of Weston' with new venue

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 February 2018

Gary Stringer of Reef, which performed at Hazy Days 2017. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Gary Stringer of Reef, which performed at Hazy Days 2017. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

After a month of uncertainty over where it would be staged, the Hazy Days music festival has found a new home in Weston-super-Mare.

Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.

Weston Rugby Club will host the three-day, three-stage festival from August 10-12, as it forges a new identity after leaving the Tropicana – and headline acts are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

In January festival organisers announced the event, which had been successfully staged at the Trop for two years, would be held at Banwell Football Club, offering camping options to revellers.

But the plan was scrapped just days later, with the football club pulling out due to a ‘negative response’ from villagers, many of whom were concerned by traffic issues.

The event will now once again be held in Weston.

A Hazy Days spokesman said: “We have a new home. We will be working with an organisation which has been part of Weston’s history for almost 150 years.

“We are pleased Hazy Days will take place over three days in August, in the heart of Weston, at Weston RFC.”

Weston-based band The Leylines are the first act announced on the bill, and the organisers are promising details of headline acts will be revealed later this month.

The spokesman said: “Thank you to all those who have already purchased tickets for the festival. It means a lot to us that so many of you have already pressed the buy button with only one band announced.”

The festival lured big-name acts like Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Newton Faulkner to Weston in 2017, but organisers took the decision to leave the Tropicana for an ‘exciting’ opportunity in Banwell.

And, despite a change in location, organisers are confident the new model will be a success at the rugby club.

The spokesman added: “While we appreciate the Tropicana was a fantastic venue, it is now going through its own changes and transitions, and we have been offered the great opportunity to collaborate with Weston RFC.

“In considering this change, we also reflected on feedback from many of you lovely festival-goers who have suggested a field with camping available would be a great evolution for Hazy Days: so that is what you shall have.”

Tickets are on sale at www.hazydaysfestival.com

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