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Dick Dixon - Artistic and Operational Director

Fancy building the festival of the future?

We’ll be back in July with new acts with a new site and a new face at the helm. After a lifetime of bringing top bands and more to the town, festival director Dick Dixon is standing down. And such is the size of the gap his departure leaves that we need not one but two people to take up the reins.

Having started the festival going back in 1980 Dick’s responsibilities grew with each successive year and rather than find a volunteer to take the whole task on, the festival is splitting the job to allow two volunteers to share the load.

A new Artistic Manager will have overall responsibility for programming the festival. Hundreds of performers contribute to the weekend and all will need to be booked, contracted and organised to make the whole schedule run smoothly from the first sound check to the triumphant encores on the last night. 

Working hand in hand with the programme planner will be the Operational Manager. This person will be responsible for making sure everything thousands of festival-goers expect to see at the site is there and working properly. From the giant marquee to the toilet blocks, everything has to be arranged and delivered perfectly. 

Backing up these two new roles is a team which has been responsible for bringing 40 years worth of musical treats to the town. 

“There’s always support there for the people organising the festival. We have bags of experience and some very committed volunteers willing to share the load, so the new leaders won’t be on their own,” said Dick. For full details of the roles on offer – and the kind of people we’re looking for to fill them – click here.