Glastonbury Festival is upon us and with revellers preparing to embark on five days of mud, music and mayhem it led me to think about how thankful I am to live in an area with a mainstream festival just around the corner.
I can’t lay claim to being from Somerset (although I have spent a couple of weekends at Glastonbury before!) but I do live just a 15-minute drive from the Isle of Wight festival site which calls Seaclose Park in Newport it’s home.
So what are the pros of living near a festival?
Apart from the obvious fact that we have a world-class music festival on our door step, I find that the Isle of Wight festival brings the Isle of Wight together as a community. From bumping into old friends and spending quality time with family at the festival itself, to observing the almost “comradery” attitude residents take on when welcoming “overners” to the Island.
At the Isle of Wight festival this year, I spotted several properties near the festival site offering hot showers and free use of clean toilet facilities, while others were offering weary party-goers lifts to the local bus station. It’s a sense of unity that can often be forgotten in the usual humdrum of day-to-day life, and I for one am all for it!
What about local businesses?
Having a festival in your local area is a fantastic way to boost the local economy with music lovers flocking from across the UK and beyond. In fact, across the water in Portsmouth, the brilliant Victorious Festival helped to boost the city’s economy by almost £10 million, with 30% of visitors confirming that they would likely visit Portsmouth again in the future. So while you are at your local festival having a good time, remind yourself that you aren’t only having fun – you are helping your community by doing so!
Anything else we should know?
Just one more thing! Festivals are a great way to boost the local arts scene, inspiring a new generation of artists and musicians along the way, with The Isle of Wight Festival proudly promoting local music on several of its smaller stages including the Isle of Wight’s local music college’s Platform One stage, and the effortlessly cool Kashmir Café, sponsored by Newport’s leading arts venue, Quay Arts.
In a nutshell, having a thriving entertainment scene gives local people, and potential new residents, a reason to be proud of their area. Music unites communities – and without it, the world would be a dull place.
To find out more about living on the Isle of Wight, click here.
Feature image credit: Liz Murray