Fresh: Huddstock organisers reluctantly shelve 2010 festival plan but vow to return in 2011
Apr 19 2010 by Nick Lavigueur, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
THEY’RE taking a break this year but Huddstock organisers have vowed to return in 2011 with all guns blazing.
Speaking to Fresh, Huddstock supremo Lucie Keeton, revealed they had come close to holding the South Crosland-based music festival but had decided caution was the best strategy.
The weekend event was left with crippling £13,000 debts last year after miserable June weather kept music fans away.
The small team of volunteers were hoping for more than 3,000 tickets to be sold but only 1,000 people turned up.
Lucie said: “Around October/November time we got together and we thought we were going to do it; it doesn’t matter, we’ll do it whatever.
“But then we looked at what we still owed, £5,000 or £6,000, to some very understanding suppliers who have put it all on hold for us.
“Realistically we couldn’t do it and we want to use 2010 to get some feedback for past Huddstocks and get some input into what people might want next year because we’re absolutely doing it in 2011.
“Since January we’ve been consistently getting 20 or 30 emails a day from people wanting to know where they can buy tickets, what the date of the festival is, can I play, and we thought God, people really want this to happen, people are kind of expecting it.
“We’ve been umming and ahhing whether to do something, but we thought it was better to not do anything and get people involved for next year.”
Lucie said they would be putting more planning into the next event and were looking for volunteers to help with advertising and sponsorship and managing stalls, artists, tents and suppliers.
And she said people had been really understanding about last year’s weather disaster.
“We’ve had a lot of people emailing and calling just asking ‘Is there anything we can do?’
“That was really good, it was nice to have that support.”
The 2011 event is likely to be scaled back from 2009’s six stages to two or three.
But any bands or volunteers wanting to register their interest can do so from this week when the new Huddstock website launches.
“The strongest thing about Huddersfield is the music,” said Lucie, “that’s the reason why we started Huddstock.
“We want to hear from new bands and bands who’ve played before who want to come back.
“We did a winter sessions a couple of years ago and we’re thinking about doing something similar in the autumn.
“We’ve got the makings of a great annual festival and we want to really make sure we get it right for next year.”