Looe Saves The Day: Dates, Details and how to Donate
Looe Saves The Day, a new event which has been launched to replace the cancelled Looe Music Festival, is set to go ahead from 20-23 September after its last-minute fundraising drive reached £30,000.
Organisers have praised the ‘incredible generosity’ of local businesses and individual residents for getting the funds to this stage, and are now asking for one last push to raise the £10,000 needed to cover the necessary safety arrangements at the event.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of the local community” said the Mayor of Looe and Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms. “We have received more than £13,000 in pledges on our crowd funding page, as well as donations from businesses and local residents, and earlier today an individual gave us a significant donation which enabled us to meet our £30,000 target.
“We are incredibly grateful for the donations we have already received but need people to continue to support us as we need to raise at least £40,000 to ensure that we keep everyone safe – so please keep those donations coming.”
The original Looe Music Festival, which was heading towards its eighth edition in 2018, announced at the beginning of the month that it had been forced to cancel after the charity behind the event went into administration.
With the annual festival attracting around 12,500 visitors per day – 80% of whom from outside of Cornwall – the Looe Saves The Day organisers have been keen to ensure that those who had already purchased tickets and accommodation will not have to miss out.
The first acts to have been confirmed for the new event include The Huckleberry Finns (Friday); Mad Dog Mcrea, Kernow King, Falmouth Soul Sensation, King Creature (Saturday); The Viewers (Sunday).
“Based on the fantastic response from the local community we are confident we will be able to meet this new target and, hopefully, raise even more to help us provide a wider range of bands and musicians” said Cornwall Councillor and Looe Saves the Day organiser Edwina Hannaford.
“As we said previously we will be publishing the accounts to show where every penny raised has been spent. Any surplus will be used to benefit the local community – either by supporting a community festival next year or another local project. We will be seeking the views of the local community before any decision is made”.
For more information, head to the Looe Saves The Day website. If you would like to donate, you can do so HERE.