This year, due to it's phenomenal growth a committee has been formed
to specifically concentrate on the organisation of the Willow
The committee is headed by Mark
Ringer, who runs local rehearsal studios and has played the leading
role in organising the event in previous years, supported by a team of
Mark Ringer commented, "The
Willow Festival is becoming more and more popular each year. In the
past years we have had enquiries from more than 600 bands for the 120
available slots. We are now named on the UK Festival Circuit and
getting enquiries from international acts".
He continued, "Our aim is to
create a showcase for local bands, bring new music into the area while
creating a major attraction for the city".
Support from local businesses is
needed to ensure success of the event and local company Jenny Weston
Promotions Ltd has been appointed to facilitate sponsorship for the
Jenny Weston said, "We are
delighted to be associated with the Willow Festival, and are looking
forward to working with Mark and the team."
Mark Ringer added, "Sponsorship
of this event is an excellent opportunity for any organisation to
achieve a huge profile both locally, regionally and nationally. The
quality of the groups performing is now at the highest level and
already we are inundated with calls from local bands to play".
The 2002 event will once again be
supported and organised in conjunction with Peterborough City Council.
Peter Newman, Principal Cultural
Services Officer for Peterborough City Council said: "The Willow
Festival is a great way in which to end the Peterborough Festival and
for the last 4 years it has been attracting more attention from across
not only the region but the country. The City Council are really
pleased to be working with the new Willow Festival Committee on what
is sure to see another major success by attracting greater media
coverage and an increase in attendance levels. The Willow Festival
creates a great opportunity for local bands to perform alongside
regionally and nationally recognised artists as well as showing that
Peterborough is the place to be in the Eastern Region for good live
To find out more about sponsorship
opportunities or more details on the Willow Festival 2001 please call
the organising committee on 01733 346529 or Jenny Weston Promotions,
01487 830507 or see www.willowfestival.co.uk.