Totnes town centre is gearing up for another Party in the Town on Saturday 28th September which for one whole day will bring the town together with an astonishingly eclectic line-up of live music across 8 venues – and it’s all absolutely free!
The Festival, now in its fourth year and which was originally funded by Dartington, is now being brought to you by a team of Totnes volunteers who are all passionate about music and who understand the value of bringing the community together to enjoy it. Says team member and musician Lee Friese-Greene: “The value of music for personal well-being is widely documented. In this time of austerity and political turmoil, it is extra important that we make time to come together as a community to share in the things that unite us”.
After running the event for three years, Dartington decided to pull out, and the Totnes team stepped-up to form a Community Interest Company which has been working tirelessly to raise funds from local independent business and enterprises in order to make the party viable. ”We were clear that we wanted to keep to the principle that the event is free to attend, but there are still significant costs to putting on such an event and we absolutely wanted to ensure that all musicians and performers were paid something for their contribution, so we are very grateful to our many sponsors”, says Gillian Modrate who is co-ordinating the Festival logistics and heading-up the marketing campaign.
The event, on Saturday 28th September, will kick off at 1pm in the Civic Hall with a DJ workshop organised by local youth music project Jamming Station, followed by some family-friendly funk, reggae, klezmer and much more!
Meanwhile down in the former town mill building at Coffee Couture, a smorgasbord of singer/songwriters and spoken word artists will be performing between 2pm-11pm. There will be gentle choirs and harpists in the cinema, or, if loud is more your thing, then head to the Barrel House Ballroom where it will all kick-off about 3pm . A spell-binding line-up of bands will captivate audiences in the splendid surroundings of St Marys Church, while The Dartmouth Inn, The Royal Seven Stars and the Bay Horse Inn will all be offering a diverse array of music from contemporary folk, to bluegrass, to ska to shoe-gaze and beyond.
Music Promoter Christian Murison can’t wait; “this is by far the most eclectic line-up for Party in the Town to date. Although it features many familiar names from the Totnes music scene, we have also reached beyond that so there will be plenty of new sounds to discover”.
Music Manager Katie Whitehouse added, “we have worked really hard to ensure we have a 50/50 gender split and also have musicians of all ages from teenage Riot Grrls to retired Prog enthusiasts and everyone in between, who all share our love of music. This is an amazing achievement for a festival of this size!”
In addition to all the fab music around town, there will be an evening food market in the Civic Square, organised by Sima Cutting from the Totnes based Kitchen Table, with all your favourite local caterers plus some new kids on the block! Vegan, vegetarian and meat tastes will all be catered for so you can get your ‘feast on’ between music events! And in the Civic Hall, our friends from New Lion Brewery will be providing the liquid refreshments. Watch out too for some impromptu Dance and Drumming performances in the Square.
There is also an overarching theme of music for wellbeing and wellbeing for musicians and we’re running some workshops in the Totnes School of English on that theme, so whether you’re a musician or not, come to the Gate House and sing, stretch and feel good!
For further details go to partyinthetown.co.uk
To help with the fundraiser go to gofundme.com/party-in-the-town