34th Monmouth Festival to begin today

By Ross Gazette reporter   |   Reporter   |
Friday 22nd July 2016 6:00 am
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Monmouth Festival is a free, nine day event that takes place at the end of July each year in the shadow of the medieval Monnow Bridge.

This year the event will take place from today, Friday, July 22nd until Saturday, July 30th.

Now in its 34th year, the festival is considered to be one of the longest running free events in Britain and, over nine days will present 46 acts on the main stage and at venues in and around the town centre. In addition to this, Monmouth Carnival and the Monmouth Busking Festival will take place during the first weekend. There will also be free workshops that are open to all throughout the week.

Monmouth Festival is organised by a team of unpaid volunteers and is funded by sponsorship, advertising and donations from members of the public. With the exception of a small grant for the Carnival from Monmouth Town Council, the festival receives no financial support from the local authorities or any government body.

The organisers have made every effort to produce a wide and varied programme to create an atmosphere of inclusivity and to ensure that there will always be something for everyone.

The main festival site is a glass free environment and wherever possible all rubbish collected at the end of each evening is recycled.

The bass guitarist of Wednesday evening’s headline act, The Computers is Tom McMahon, who was born, raised and educated in Ross-on-Wye. His parents, Rob and Mary McMahon were the highly popular licensees of the White Lion Hotel, Wilton during the 1980s and 90s.

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