Hazy Days to return in 2018 – at a new venue

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 January 2018

Large crowds enjoyed Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana. Picture: Mark Atherton

Large crowds enjoyed Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana. Picture: Mark Atherton

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The Hazy Days music festival, which was a hit at Weston’s Tropicana for the past two summers, has confirmed it will return in 2018 – but at a new venue.

Reef's Gary Stringer. Picture: Andrew ThompsonReef's Gary Stringer. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Banwell will become home to the festival – which North Somerset councillor John Crockford-Hawley last year described as ‘Glastonbury at the seaside’ – in August.

The festival will run across three days from August 10-12 at Banwell Football Club, with camping tickets available.

Hazy Days lured large crowds and big-name acts like Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the Trop in July, as the venue thrived off the legacy left by Banksy’s Dismaland in 2015.

But it will no longer host the festival, and event organiser Mark Whitehouse is ‘excited’ about the future of Hazy Days.

He said: “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 Banwell FC to bring you a local festival, on the outskirts of Weston, with a full-on community vibe.

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

In the wake of the announcement some Banwell residents aired fears the festival could exacerbate the village’s much-maligned traffic woes.

But a Hazy Days spokesman said: “Understandably there have been a number of concerns from villagers regarding the logistics.

“It is not in our interests to cause so many problems in the first year that the festival doesn’t come back and we are now actively looking at a huge range of options to ensure the festival passes smoothly with the majority of those villagers hopefully enjoying the festival and those that don’t, having a minimum of disruption.”

The Tropicana is overseen by North Somerset Council.

Its spokesman said: “We are delighted Hazy Days has become so successful in such a short time.

“The organisers have decided to move to a location with more space. We wish them best of luck.”

No acts have yet been confirmed for 2018’s Hazy Days, but first announcements are expected in February, with tickets going on sale the same month.

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