Let’s hear it for big event No.7

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THE seventh show will go on with an added extra – that’s the message from organisers of the Acoustic Gathering in Peasholm Park, Scarborough.

A day-long event will take place on Sunday September 9 plus there will be a concert on the evening of Saturday September 8.

Budget cuts threatened to put a halt to the festival, which has relied on council funding, and for the first time an entrance fee will be charged.

Sunday’s ticket will cost £5 although children will get in free.

Organiser Steve Dickinson said: “Of course we would love to keep it as a free festival, the team volunteer a vast amount of their spare time every year because we want it to be free, but that just isn’t possible in the current climate.

“What we hope people will understand is that without any external funding, we needed a new plan to ensure its continued success. We have kept the price as low as we possibly can, £5 per ticket won’t even cover the costs for Sunday, which is why we are adding the Saturday night to make up the difference.”

The addition of a feature concert on the Saturday night has been in the pipeline for some time. “We’ve been working so hard over the last few months to make sure that this year surpasses anything we have ever done. We have one of the biggest indie/pop bands of the 90s lined up to headline the Saturday night which we will announce as soon as we can. When people see what we have in store, they will be blown away,” said Mr Dickinson.

The headline act for Acoustic Gathering on the Sunday will be Cornish folk band; 3 Daft Monkeys. An announcement on the line-up for the Saturday is expected in the next two weeks.