Behind the scenes of Towersey

Joe Heap, director of Towersey Festival
Joe Heap, director of Towersey Festival
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The festival has not started yet, but work is already underway planning Towersey 2013.

Up to 10,000 people are expected at this year’s event, which runs until Monday and features more than 200 shows on 12 stages and a four day children’s festival.

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Festival director Joe Heap said: “It takes about 14 months to plan and we have started planning next year already.

“It takes an awful lot of full time work.

“There is a lot more that goes into it than people probably appreciate.

“It does take an awful lot of planning, you are dealing with multiple contractors from marquee to toilet contractors and we have 200 volunteers.”

During the year there is a small team who arrange the festival – which equates to the workload of two full time staff members.

Most years the festival makes a profit, which is donated to charities and community groups. It has raised a quarter of a million pounds over the last 10 years.

Mr Heap said: “It’s fantastic and nice to see the festival doing what it set out to do when it was started 48 years ago – which was to raise money for the village hall.”

Now in its 48th year, Mr Heap believes the festival has continued to be succesful because of the way it appeals to young people.

He said: “We have quite a big youth project with a lot of young people that come.

“But there are some that bring four generations of their family to Towersey. We are not like your Reading or Leeds and V-Festivals that are dominated by the younger members.

“We have 80 year olds right down to babies and that is what makes it really unique.”

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