16 November 2012

Folk Festival changing shape

| johnboy
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The ABC has a story on some sensible sounding changes to the National Folk Festival:

Organisers are shifting the performance venues from the Federal Highway side of Exhibition Park to the Flemington Road area to help rein in the budget.

Mr Flynn says there are several benefits.

“Not being near a residential area [of Watson] it gives us the added advantage of being able to continue a very nice late night program right across the site,” he said.

“Another thing we have been able to do is move the increasingly popular Majestic program and circus big top. We have brought it in off the oval, and have integrated it into the rest of the festival.

“And the other added advantage of that, is the oval has now given us a very generous tent-only area for campers.”

Mr Flynn says entry ticket prices will be frozen at last year’s level to encourage more patrons.

Great news to see The Majestic being retained.

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Over the years, there has been a serial reporter about noise complaints who lives opposite EPIC – when the road traffic eases that affects the background decibel levels and therefore sound spill from soft venues can be quite noticeable – the person complaining even has a noise meter for the decibel levels and then goes nutso when exceeded. Course the dude could find something else to do at Easter…..like come to the event.

Hope they know what they are doing. Can’t say I’ve ever noticed noise from The Federal Hwy in a venue, but I certainly noticed a lot of noise from Flemington Rd last year in Scrumpy’s.Cider Garden. I know they are worried about noise from the NFF affecting nearby residents, but as a paying customer, I’m more worried about external noise affecting my listening pleasure.

I’m looking forward to next year’s Folky, and I’m pleased to hear they’ve kept off raising the price of tickets this time around.

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