WITH record crowds expected to attend this year, organisers behind Festival Too are urging concert-goers to donate just £1 to help keep the good times coming.
The King’s Lynn event, now in its 32nd year, is always free to attend, but costs around £85,000 to stage.
Volunteers spend months raising the money needed through sponsorship and donations and are reminding music fans to do their bit.
Bucket collections are held at all the events and Festival Too chairman Alan Taylor said spare change could make all the difference.
The collections were started five years ago to supplement the sponsorship and ensure top names continue to come to Lynn.
“We have noticed that it’s increasingly difficult to raise the money needed every year,” Mr Taylor said.
“Just a £1 donation from people attending events will help the festival to return in its current form every year.
“West Norfolk benefits from this wonderful, free event thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of sponsors.
“We try to make the festival bigger and better every year, but we need everyone to play a part in sustaining it.”
This year’s festival, held in the Tuesday Market Place, launches on Saturday, July 1 with a fireworks display and music in King Staithe Square.
The line-up includes KT Tunstall, Space, and Busted and there will also be family street entertainment.
“We have one of the biggest and best line-ups yet,” Mr Taylor said.
“All previous social media records were broken when we announced Busted last month. People are so excited, the atmosphere is going to be electric.
“This year we are offering people who make a larger donation via our Crowdfunder website special VIP access.”
New security measures are also being introduced to the festival. For the first time, metal detectors will be in use and random bag searches carried out on arrival.
“The security team won’t be searching for alcohol, but drugs and other illegal items,” Mr Taylor added.
“These measures are not being introduced in response to Monday’s bombing in Manchester, but hopefully they will help people to feel safe.
“Huge crowds are expected when Busted perform on Saturday, July 15. We recommend that people get there early and leave time for the security checks to avoid disappointment.
“If we reach capacity, no more people can be admitted.”
A reception was held to thank all the Festival Too sponsors at The Ffolkes in Hillington on Wednesday.
Mr Taylor, said: “The night gave us a chance to thank all our amazing sponsors – some new and some who have supported us for 32 years.
“The committee are all volunteers who give up their free time to put on this prestigious free festival.”
“But it is our sponsors and other supporters, including West Norfolk Council, who make it all possible.