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Watchet Music Festival Live 2019

Behind the Scenes at Watchet Music Festival

James Taplin

James is a regular volunteer at Watchet Music Festival and has been supporting this event since it moved to the new site at Parsonage Farm over ten years ago. I called in to see James after work one evening and have a chat with him about his volunteering.

James has live in Watchet for the last 15 years and his parents run the Bell Inn in Watchet (always are a warm welcome at the Inn). James got to know Jackie and Mark Bale Festival Directors and offered his services to help out with the electric on the festival site after he had completed his apprenticeship as an electrician.

James said the festival has evolved over the years. He enjoys working on site with a team made up of Dan and Mark Mossman and Paul Raymond and Bob Hornby.

I asked James what he most enjoyed in general about the festival and his volunteer work.

“ The festival has a great feeling, is good to see and know so many people at the festival, the atmosphere is very friendly, and although it has grown in size it still retain its local connection with the community. I also enjoy the music and am looking forward to seeing Embrace and the Lightening Seeds this year . The Ten Pound Suit Band played on the Udder Stage last year and they were great. I enjoy bringing something into the community and being involved. I like to volunteer and help out. The most important thing to me is community spirit, everyone pulling together and seeing something that is self generating work. Also the support the festival gives to local charities particularly Elliott's Touch".

"There are challenges , this can be the weather if its windy, and each year the dynamics of what is required change. The festival is a testament to Jackie and Mark and I am more than willing to volunteer to keep this great event Watchet Music Festival going “.

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Here's one for the kids...
Lets make some posters for the festival, these could be hand washing, picking litter up etc..
If these are done on a4 pieces of paper we can laminate them and use them on site.

7 days ago

Farmer Phil's Festival

turn your heads to the side and have a listen to these folk that will hopefully be joining us in August xx ...

How's everyone enjoying #selfisolationSaturday? We mentioned this earlier in the week and we're delighted now to bring you the official Farmer Phil's Festival 2020 Spotify playlist.

It's the next best thing to being in the field with us - your new favourite artist/band is waiting for you to discover them! Please share this far and wide, and let us know who you're enjoying the most in the comments!

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MY BABY, T'pau/Carol Decker, Mungo Jerry, Piston, The Kaizens, Mighty Vipers, Joe Dolman, Tin Pigeons, You Dirty Blue, Hunted By Elephants, Captain Stingray's Groove Machine, Beki Brindle Band, BIG JOE BONE, Drowning Days, The Adrenaline Rush, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos.

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Hey guys!
Brighten up our day and post your favourite pic or memory of farmer phil's over the years ☺️

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We love you Farmer Phil’s 💚🌍♻️

Can’t top this Dinosaur loving a muddy dance floor ⧊

And that one

me & my boys, Pint, Half pint & tot

This was at least 12 years ago. Possibly longer Clare Passey

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Thank you all for your supportive comments following our COVID-19 statement yesterday. We remain optimistic that this year’s Farmer Phil’s Festival will still go ahead. Please keep checking our website and social media channels for the latest updates.

In the meantime, Steve has been putting together a Spotify playlist for this year’s artists and we hope to be able to share this with you in the coming days.

Stay safe and look after each other x

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If it doesn't happen this year we'll have to make 21 one hell of a knees up eh

Jeanette Brookes let’s be hopeful for this one xxx

You too x

All the best to you folks! Just thinking outside the box a bit. Could we pre-pay for the beer tokens and save cash handling on site.

Really hope it is on but if not we will survive and just have to make next year the best ever. 🎉😎

Love the spotify lists thank you xx

Matt Williams

Really hope this year goes ahead. Still waiting for our fridge magnet from the advent 😂 x

Thank you for keeping us informed. Fingers crossed you can go ahead. I’m happy for you to roll over our ticket money until next year but please can we have the same line up. I was so looking forward to My Baby.

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