The Linton Music
Festival, now in its 13th year is held in the
grounds of the Alma Inn, Linton, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire.
Twice awarded CAMRA pub of the year for Herefordshire (2002
and 2005) and featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
The rear of the
pub provides the perfect venue for the music and real ale
festival. Rows of straw bales are provided for seating on
land that gently slopes down to a permanent purpose-built
stage. This natural amphitheatre and the professional sound
system ensure a good view and great sounds for everyone.
Surrounding the amphitheatre are a series of tents and
marquees to provide cover in the event of rain. Sitting
above the amphitheatre on the site of the Almaís car park is
the catering area. A wide range of food was available,
suitable for all tastes including a barbecue, hog roasts,
cake and coffee stall and Indian, Chinese and vegetarian
cuisine. The bear tent offered a wide range of superb real
ales, lager, cider and soft drinks.
There were large
car parks just a few minutes stroll from the venue and
disabled parking at the front of the Alma Inn. Camping was
available for £10.00 per night or £18.00 for the whole
festival. Merchandise was available adjacent to the stage
and the volunteers of the St Johnís Ambulance had little to
do other than administer Paracetamol for headaches and a
case of toothache! Back stage artistes were given a warm
welcome in the hospitality tent, which included a fine array
of fresh foods (quite a rare treat these days!).
The music was
broad-based ranging from funk and soul through to the blues
- as a Ďmusicí festival, there was something for everyone.
The committee are to be congratulated for their
organisational skills in generating an atmosphere of
well-being for the event and building a strong base from
which to take the festival further. The quality and range
of music, catering, parking, band turnaround, overall
timing, ticket sales, P/A and M/Cís ran smoothly with only a
few delays, a generator failure on Friday evening
(necessitating the use of the stand-by generator for the
rest of the evening) and a short on-stage sound balancing
problem on Saturday. All in all a very enjoyable and well
The festival is a
non-profit-making event and donations are made to various
local causes and charities. The festival sponsors are to be
thanked for their generosity and support. Thank you and
well done Linton!
2,500 festival goers, staff, guests, volunteers and artists
over the 3-day festival.
Fact:- over 1,000
pork baps, 200 jumbo sausages, 500 cheeseburgers, 400
faggots and chilli meals.
quantities of:- pasties, pies, sausage rolls, Indian,
Chinese and veggie meals, cakes and pavlovas.
8,280 pints of real ale; 1,152 pints of cider; 1,080 pints
quantities of:- soft drinks, tea and coffee.
1,500 gallons of human waste removed from the festival site
over the weekend along with 80 bulging domestic-sized bin
bags of rubbish.