the fabulous nine nights of music & entertainment that was the 36th Monmouth Music Festival.

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So the stage is down, the dust has almost settled and it's time to reflect:

"As ever, we could not put on the festival without the support of our sponsors and advertisers, our traders and our committee" stated Mel Ralph, this year's festival chair. "I thank Monmouth Town Council and all other sponsors for their ongoing support of this wonderful event. Despite the loss of the family fun day our townsfolk came out and showed fantastic support for their event, especially on the last two nights. My thanks to all who came down, joined in the festivities and donated to keep the Festival alive. Our hardworking bucket team collected in over £17,000, not quite as much as we hoped for, or needed, so next year's committee will have its work cut out to gain the necessary revenues and income to take the festival forward into 2019. My last thanks go to the very hard working committee, some of whom will be stepping down this year, having served the Festival and the town for a considerable number of years. They will be missed and they will need to be replaced."

To keep the Festival going and to keep improving, the Festival needs new blood. The Festival needs a committee and it needs commitment. It's clear from audience feedback that you have plenty of ideas but do YOU feel strongly enough to turn those words into actions?

If you are passionate about staging the 37th Monmouth Festival please come along to the AGM in October. Tell us your ideas, share your enthusiasm, join the committee and commit to organising and staging the 2019 Festival. The date will be announced on the website, on facebook and in the media as soon as it is confirmed.

But for now THANK YOU to everyone who helped stage this year's Festival, to everyone that supported the Festival and to all of you lovely lot that gave to the buckets!

 

Cerys Watts

Monmouth Festival, Monmouth, NP25

Situated in the beautiful historic Welsh border town Monmouth Festival is a nine day festival offering the unique atmosphere of yesteryear festivals in the here and now. Organised by a committee of unpaid hardworking passionate volunteers for the people of Monmouth town and the surrounding areas, but attracting visitors from all over the world, it is proud to be considered one of the largest and best free volunteer organised festivals in Europe