Kidsgrove's newest music event Music in the Park took place yesterday at Birchenwood Country Park, Mount Road, Kidsgrove. The event was organised by Newchapel Residents Association which was selling tickets for £6 in advance and £8 on the day.
The Music in the Park event got off to an interesting start with local residents claiming that the fun fair that was advertised on the Mount Road Car Park for Friday and Saturday, simply did not appear on the Friday evening. This caused initial disappointment to many youngsters and parents in the local area, whilst also raising questions with many local residents about what they could expect for the main event on Saturday. Again on Saturday the fun fair was the main talking point with residents questioning how small it was and how early it was packed away. Shane Davies told Whitehill Online "Is this it? I was told we were having a fun fair, but all we have got is 2 rides to go on."
Whitehill Online is led to believe that the problems with the fun fair was not the organisers fault, with the lack of a permanent path to access the Birchenwood Playing Fields being the issue why the fair was unable to setup site on the fields. We were also told that the current path was making it difficult for the service vans to get off the site, something that needs addressing by Newcastle Borough Council (NBC) if Kidsgrove is to make best use of one of its prime sites.
The weather did not help the event which was changeable for most of the day, however this should not be used as an excuse for the low turnout that was experienced. Whitehill Online Forum Boards have been full of discussion regarding the promotion of the event and it ultimately appears that this is what could have been the reason for the low turnout.
Most common questions raised about the Music in the Park event seem to be:
It seems like these are all questions that come down to the marketing of the event. It appears to be the case that the promotion of the Music in the Park event has been the main failure here and otherwise the organisation of the event was good. Portable toilets, fencing and a stage with good sound system were all in place as well as a good level of effort and dedication by the organisers. It is a great shame that the event did not pull in the potential crowds that were easily possible and we hope that the organisers and the Council think about doing something similar again in the future, learning from their mistakes.
At the current time no details regarding costs of holding the event or any profit/loss made are available.