Snow-hit festival retimed for May, and hopefully better weather
BRISTOL's Acoustic Music Festival, which was cancelled due to heavy snow, has been rescheduled to take place in May.
The festival, organised by well-known music manager Steve Parkhouse, was due to take place from January 18 to 20 with nearly 30 artists taking to the stage of St George's at George Street.
But after the city was battered by heavy snow, Mr Parkhouse took the painful decision to postpone the festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
The festival was due to feature performances from musical acts as diverse as folk favourites Bristol Shantymen to the energetic ska-funk band Magnus Puto.
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Four bands were due to play on Friday night, with 12 acts lined up on both Saturday and Sunday. Now plans have been put in place to run the music festival on May 6 as an all-day event from 11am to 11pm.
All the performers due to take to the stage earlier this month are expected to appear.
Mr Parkhouse, who runs Jelli Records, said: "We were disappointed to have to cancel the festival, especially as it is our 10th anniversary year and we had planned for it to be bigger and better than ever.
"This was the first time in the festival's history it has ever had to be cancelled."
The festival, which now attracts around 1500 revellers, used to be held at Folk House in Park Street until three years ago.
But as its popularity soared, so did the need for bigger premises and the festival moved to St George's.
This year's festival will raise money for the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal.
About 200 tickets had been sold for the event in advance but many more typically buy tickets for the festival at the door.
Mr Parkhouse added: "All of the 28 artists who were lined up for the original festival date have said they will perform at the rescheduled event.
"It may be that some of them collaborate for the May festival due to the number of performers and time constraints."
"It will be a fantastic day of non-stop music."
People who booked tickets for the festival can use them at the May event.
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