Punks miss out in festival grants first round

The Nice 'n' Sleazy punk festival could miss out on town council funding in 2015.
The Nice 'n' Sleazy punk festival could miss out on town council funding in 2015.

An award winning punk music festival could be starved of council funding in its 10th anniversary year.

Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, winner of The Visitor’s 2014 Sunshine Entertainment Award, was given no cash in the first round of decisions on Morecambe festival grants.

A Dragons’ Den-style panel said organisers needed to instead do more to target sponsors and generate income from ticket sales at the punk music event, held each year at the Trimpell Club.

However most of the other Morecambe festival organisers The Visitor spoke to, said they were happy with the first round of decisions on grant cash.

Music promoter Steve Middlesbrough, who received no money from Morecambe Town Council last year, could be given £10,000 for five music festivals in 2015 under the current proposals.

The Festivals Advisory Panel, made up of five town councillors and four members of the public, made recommendations which have to now be approved by a Morecambe town council sub-committee.

Final decisions on 2015 festivals funding will be made at a council meeting on November 20.

Those earmarked for festival cash, with the amount they requested in brackets, are:

Bare Festivals £1,500 (£2,000)

West End Lantern Festival £2,000 (£1,500)

West End Festival £1,500 (£2,000)

Vintage-by-the-Sea £18,000 (£22,000)

Promenade Concert Orchestra £1,600 (£2,000)

Catch the Wind kite festival £4,000 (£5,000)

Country Kickback £2,000 (£3,000)

Blueswater £2,000 (£3,000)

Morecambe Jazz £2,000 (£3,000)

Motown Magic £2,000 (£3,000)

Morecambe Live Weekender £2,000 (£2,000)

North Lancs Soul Festival £3,000 (£4,850)

Morecambe Food and Drink festival £2,000 (£2,500)

A Splendid Day Out - Steampunk event £3,000 (£6,000).

The Morecambe Zombieville horror-themed music festival and a water sports event called ‘Push the Boat Out’ were given no grant cash.

The Tutti Frutti 1950s festival is not going ahead in 2015 but will be considered for cash in 2016.

All festival promoters who were bidding for cash gave presentations to the panel last Monday.

Total funding of £41,600 was awarded towards major festivals leaving £13,400 left over in the budget, while £4,500 was allocated for smaller community festivals with £500 remaining.