by Richard Williams | August 6, 2021
Two event promoters who refunded more than £ 100,000 to ticket holders last year after the festivals were canceled have bounced back with a new lineup of summer events in Tunbridge Wells. The duo also invite others to use the show’s facilities for free.
Mark Davis, from Blackpool, has been hosting festivals in the city with his partner Nicky Chanot for over five years, both at Hop Farm and Colebrook Park. Last year, due to the virus, her summer schedule had to be canceled.
Mark said: “We have spent five years working hard to cement ourselves in Tunbridge Wells and we are really passionate about the community.
“All of our events are family-friendly and designed specifically for the people here, and over the years we have felt really accepted in the city and felt a real love for ourselves and what we do, especially with organizations charities that we support.
“When the virus hit, it was just unimaginable. We had to pay back a six figure sum, but we knew that if we gave up we would lose everything we worked for.
Now that the restrictions are lifted, promoters have lined up a slew of new festivals at Colebrook Park, including Love Forever [August 13-15], featuring the Stereo MCs and 808 State; Hangover love [August 22], which features dozens of funk, soul and hip hop acts; plus the Alfresco electronic music festival [Aug 27-29].
Mark and Nicky also work closely with local charities in the city and are setting up Tree of Life. [August 18-19] offering artistic, creative and interactive experiences for children and their families – with all proceeds going to the Nourish Community Food Bank, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Demelza children’s charity.
However, he says, when the events don’t unfold, his equipment and soundstage remain empty.
“This is a waste, so we are issuing an open invitation to anyone who wants to have a festival or event in Tunbridge Wells in August to come and use our site and our equipment when we are not using them, as they will simply be inactive. . “
He said anyone who wants to fundraise for good causes with an event can take advantage of their large tent, sound system and other infrastructure.