Blackpool council have confirmed that they will not have sufficient funds to contribute towards the running of this year’s free Stanley Park Summer Daze festival. In the previous two years a big chunk of the costs of the PA and staff has been covered by Blackpool Council (for which we have been very grateful) however this year a council spokesperson has confirmed that there is ‘a very tight constraint as [the council] has a number of strategic to support out of the core budget’ this means ‘our small grants programme has been seriously reduced and is to be frank miniscule’ and unfortunately no money is available for the annual Summer Daze festival.
This is obviously a blow to the organisres as the event has consistently attracted 500+ locals of all ages who have enjoyed the opportunity to enjoy best of Blackpool’s underground scene for free. Every year all of the on stage equipment, staff, organising, flyering, publicity, post gig cleaning up sessions, photography and marketing is done for free by ourselves, the friends of Stranley Park and those good souls who give their time for free. We will be trying our best to get some money from somewhere to finance the project so stay tuned for details. It has always taken place on August Bank Holiday Sunday at the Stanley Park Bandstand – hopefully it will continue.