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Hexham Bluegrass Festival

Funded on Spacehive 26 June 2023 Delivered 30 July 2023

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Hexham Bluegrass Festival

Hexham Bluegrass Festival By Hexham Bluegrass Festival

To fund a free community Bluegrass music festival in Hexham, Northumberland in The Sele Park and in free venues around the town. There will be performances , workshops and sessions for all ages

Hexham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 26 Jun 2023!

Hexham Bluegrass Festival will bring music, workshops and opportunities to play Bluegrass to Hexham. It will involve amateurs, professionals, youth groups and venues in the town over a 3 day period. It will bring the town alive and help to establish Hexham as a centre for Bluegrass music in the North East. It will stimulate local business but all events will be free to the public. The festival builds on the success of the Bandstand Sessions which have run for the past 2 years every Sunday in the Summer and a pilot afternoon festival held last year.

What we'll deliver:

  • 3 days of free music
  • Paid employment for musicians and sound technicians
  • Sound system Hire
  • Audiences having a lovely time

Why it's a great idea:

The benefits of this festival will be: Providing a free festival accessible to all, showcasing music that is not normally available to lots of people. Establishing Hexham as a centre for Bluegrass Music in the North East. Building the Hexham bluegrass community. Providing paid employment for musicians and technicians Stimulating the local economy. Building a sense of community in the town by bringing people together in a public space. To provide volunteering opportunities.

Steps to get it done:

  • Booking the bands
  • Publicity
  • Making a food Map of businesses in the town

In conjunction with the Bandstand sessions, which are free summer concerts showcasing local musicians, a pilot afternoon Bluegrass festival was held in 2022. Over 400 people came and 40 musicians performed, both amateur and professional. Evaluations done on the day demonstrated an appetite for a bigger festival this year. The bandstand sessions are funded by Hexham Town Council who will be making a contribution to the 2023 Bluegrass festival. The principles governing the Bandstand sessions are: that the music should be free, held in publicly accessible space( The Park in the centre of the town) and that the musicians should be paid. These principles also govern this festival.

Location Hexham

About the space

Hexham Bandstand, The Sele and the centre of Hexham


Northumberland Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,711

24 x musicians@ £140 - £3,360 (59%)
Sound and lighting technicians - £600 (11%)
Tutor fees for workshops x3 - £420 (7%)
publicity and art work - £300 (5%)
Meeting rooms and Publicity - £300 (5%)
Core Music Venue Hire @£10 per hour - £120 (2%)
Publicity - £100 (2%)
Publicity - £100 (2%)
Community Centre venue hire for ceilidh - £95 (2%)
Other - £316 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

24 x musicians@ £140
Sound and lighting technicians
Tutor fees for workshops x3
publicity and art work
Meeting rooms and Publicity
Core Music Venue Hire @£10 per hour
Community Centre venue hire for ceilidh
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation

Total £5,711

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