|Posted by Stan Acaster on February 2, 2018 at 8:05 AM|
So much to do and so little time, here with an update as to where things are at the moment as I know a lot of you are wondering what is happening.
We were hoping to have tickets on sale at the start of the year, this has not yet been possible. We have had great difficulty in getting a SECURE site to host the ticket sales however we're glad to report that matters are progressing (abiet slower than we would have liked!) and in the next 10 to 20 days (yes folks that's towards the end of February!!!) We are assured that tickets will be available by then.
We will STILL be offering 'Early Bird' tickets for the first month (£30 for camping AND festival [we call this a 'STROLLER TICKET], £20 camping only) for people who are NOT camping (hotel/ guesthouse/ boat/ local etc) tickets will still be available at the same price (£30) this is because it was envisaged that the camping would pay for the festival. After the 'early bird' offer then tickets will be £40 [Stroller] and £30 (camping only) respectively, however, judging by the interest shown we expect tickets to sell out very quickly. You should also note that TICKETS ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE this ensures that 'ticket touts' cannot buy up a load and re-sell them.
Having had over 8000 people interested in attending (an unbelievable number!) we have had to limit the STROLLER tickets to 2000, even with 15 or 16 venues we couldn't accomodate any more on this occasion. 'Other attendees' i.e. people who are camping but not going to the festival are not included in this 2000. There will be plenty for them to see and do as we are trying to make it a FAMILY FESTIVAL, with a Fairground and street entertainers etc. HOWEVER in 2019 (yes we're thinking that far ahead), if the festival is over subscribed then we have a 75 acre site on FISH MEADOW that we could utilise for camping and the erection of 3000 seater marquees and open stages for the headline acts.
As someone has already said, the Upton Ukulele Festival could easily become the 'Glastonbury' of the Ukulele world! Perhaps our festival organiser may need to change his name to Michael Eavis!
We will also be 'doing' Officlal Programmes and Tee Shirts and these will be available PRE ORDER ONLY when you book your tickets.
Tee shirts will be EXCLUSIVE and ONLY AVAILABLE for collection at the Festival Office on your arrival. We will NOT be offering them for sale anywhere else. The shirts will have the Upton Uke Fest Logo and the date 2018 on the front and (hopefully) a list of all the performers on the rear. We expect the HIGH QUALITY tee shirts to be £15. (logo is available on our photos page). So if you want a momento of the FIRST UKULELE FESTIVAL AT UPTON then you know what to do.
Similarly PROGRAMMES, these will list all the artists (and a short profile/photo if they have supplied one) and the locations and times they are appearing. There will also be a wealth of local knowledge and business information some of whom will be offering discounts on meals etc if they see you're wearing a wristband.
The Friday and Saturday will have over a hundred artists performing at numerous venues around the town. There are also venues where you can 'busk' if you so desire. There will be a 'juniors and schools' stage for up and coming young talent. Advanced, Intermediate and Beginners Workshops (10am to midday). Plus Street Entertainers, Fairground, Trade Stands and even Riverboat Trips. On the Sunday there will be a 2 hour Uke Concert/ Gospel Style Service in the beautiful Church (subject to confirmation), then we'll all migrate to the Main Venue for a 'Workshop Showcase' so they can show off their talents then for the rest of the afternoon it will be THE BIG BUSK...... Now it's NOT going to happen in 2018 but perhaps, sometime in the future (2019?) we may have a go at the Guinness World Record for the biggest Ukulele Ensemble which currently stands at 8,065.
We've had people contacting Festival HQ via many media but thankfully we're now consolodating this as it was becoming a nightmare to track!
SO, as we're now putting 'All our eggs in one basket' to ensure that we have you included as an exhibitor or an artist can we ask you please to re-send your details to UptonUkeFest@Outlook.com that will ensure we haven't missed you!
Similarly please use UptonUkeFest@Outlook.com for any queries that ANYONE may have..
You can of course follow us on Facebook facebook.com/Upton-Ukulele-Festival or just search for Upton Ukulele Festival in the Facebook search bar if you can't get the link to work.
Finally support news. The winning designer of our new logo, Peter Bestel, has kindly donated his prize to UnPlugTheWood a charity that raises money for the MS Society. We will be in touch with them very soon. Similarly, the Upton Ukulele Festival has chosen as it's charity this year UKULELE KIDS CLUB - UK an organisation that supplies Ukuleles to exteremely poorly children in Hospital and gives them lessons. A worthwhile cause I hope you agree.
Take a look at uk.theukc.org for details.
Think that's it for now......
Until next time.........