The Linton Music
Festival, now in its 15th 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 ale
festival. Rows of straw bales are provided for seating on
land that gently slopes down to a purpose-built stage. This
natural amphitheatre and the professional sound system
ensure a good view and great sounds for everyone.
Surrounding the amphitheatre is a series of tents and
marquees to provide cover in the event of rain. Sitting
above the amphitheatre on the site of the Alma’s car park is
the catering area. A wide range of local food was
available, suitable for all tastes including a barbecue, hog
roast, Indian, Chinese, a stall with sandwiches, cakes, tea
and coffee. The beer tent offered a wide range of superb
real ales, plus lager, cider and soft drinks.
There are 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 £12.00 per night or £20.00 for the whole
festival. Performers’ merchandise/CDs were available
adjacent to the stage along with the now famous Linton ’T’
The music was
fairly broad-based ranging from rock and soul, through to a
slightly more bias this year to the blues (hoorah); as a
‘music’ festival, there was something for everyone. The
committee are to be congratulated for their organisational
skills in generating an atmosphere of wellbeing for the
event and building a strong base from which to take the
festival further. The quality and range of the music,
catering, parking, band turnaround, ticket sales, P/A, and
M/C Dave Butler all outstanding.
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!
Has anyone ever
wondered what goes on beyond the strong solid green fencing
either side of the stage that requires security guards to
monitor access? Let me take you back-stage! Once through
security (back-stage pass essential) one finds approximately
a half-acre compound. Directly behind the stage are the
bands’ kit/equipment holding tents administered by the
bands’ team – an eight strong young dedicated team of
volunteers who unload the bands’ vehicles on arrival into
the holding tents. As required this team transfer the
kit/equipment on/off stage between each bands’ performance
and back onto their vehicles. These turnarounds can now be
achieved in 20-25 minutes – some going and its backbreaking
holding tents is the hospitality tent. Run by Liz
Muncey and aided by three assistants Lyn, Chris and another
Liz. Between them over the three days they provided approx.
170 covers of special dietary needs; vegetarian, vegan and
diabetic buffet style catering to the Rider Specifications
provided by the bands’ management. These requirements also
specify ample towels and bottled water for the bands when on
hospitality tent is the resting area of tents for the
recreational use of all performers and as changing rooms.
Showers and toilets follow on at the bottom of the compound
and adjacent is a parking area for VIP cars and the bands’
Please be aware
that some 30 volunteer stewards and 25 back-stage staff all
work relentlessly to make the festival a success and the
only paid personnel are the 6 security guards hired 24/7
following an historic incident on the camping site. These
volunteers and the unpaid committee cannot be thanked
enough, without which the event could not go on.
The star that shined brightest throughout the festival was
the much consumed and admired bread-pudding baked by