Festival-goers will see 'great bands for free'
FAMILIES hit hard by the recession have cause to celebrate as the 2012 Create Music Festival line-up is revealed.
Organiser Chris Dixon said of the Diamond Jubilee event: "You'll end up spending around £150 a day at the Hop Farm. During this credit crunch we are putting on an alternative festival for free."
One of the bands performing on the Acoustic Stage is Blaise Paisel, a quintet whose members hail from Ashford, Folkestone and Sellindge.
Lead-singer Alie Richardson, of Narrabeen Road, Cheriton, described the busy lifestyle of some modern-day musicians. She said: "We did four gigs last week and most of us work nine to five. There are not enough hours in the day."
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The hard work does not deter Miss Richardson, 24, who said: "I'm a bit of a loser! I'm addicted to it."
Blaise Paisel will be competing with other local bands including Ross and the Wrongens, Riskee and the Ridicule, and Marlin Chops for the attention of record labels at the festival.
Mr Dixon said: "Over 100 bands applied from around the area and the majority are Ashford residents. Every band has been listened to by people in the industry. It's a great opportunity. People from EMI came down last year."
Around 12,000 visitors are expected to attend the event throughout the day. Mr Dixon said the festival was family friendly: "Youngsters and grannies can come along at the same time."
He said that funding from Ashford Borough Council, K College and Ashford Right Track Music has attracted "bigger name headline acts" that won't be revealed until Wednesday, May 9.
K College is sponsoring its own DJ Stage this year and their Business Development Manager, Julie Askew, said: "This is the perfect opportunity for us to highlight the range of creative and technical courses we offer in Kent."
Chris Bailey, owner of Ashford Right Track Music, said: "Everyone who comes into our shop or our music school talks about Create all year long, so we are pleased to be upping our game this year by putting on a bigger stage and platform ready for the crowds".
The Diamond Jubilee Create Music Festival will be held in Victoria Park, Ashford, on Sunday, July 29.