Positive response to ForfarFest wristbands and discount offers

ForfarFest organiser Ian Whyte with Stef Williams of Stef's Barbers, one of the local businesses signed up to offer wristband holders' a discount.
ForfarFest organiser Ian Whyte with Stef Williams of Stef's Barbers, one of the local businesses signed up to offer wristband holders' a discount.

Festivalgoers attending Forfar’s annual free music event will enjoy added value this year with the introduction of new wristbands for the weekend.

Local businesses are also being encouraged to get involved with the Friends of ForfarFest scheme which will offer discounts to anyone attending the festival who buys one of the silicon bands.

Leaflets have already been delivered to businesses throughout the town and Ian Whyte, festival organiser, said that so far the response has been positive in terms of local shops acting as outlets for the sale of the bands, which will cost £2 and offering discounts.

He said: “We had a meeting of the venues recently. Everyone was keen and people generally have said ‘yes’.

“I’m hoping that everyone out and about that weekend will have one, and the discounts really give added value to it, whether it’s a beauty treatment or a half-price Sunday breakfast for the morning after the night before and we have a broad range of businesses supporting it.”

Mr Whyte said that he also hopes the sale of the bands will provide valuable income to off-set the costs of the festival.

He continued: “It’ll be a completely new way of funding the free music festivals, which do struggle.

“The pubs put on these bands, but don’t expect to make very much out of it as the margin on the drinks isn’t as much as it used to be. By the time they’ve shelled out for the bands they’ll probably be making as much as they do on a normal Saturday night. This is the way forward.

“I’m glad to say everyone else has been in agreement and thinks it will work. If we can shift 1000 of these we could do so much, and if it works in future years we can have more music with less cost with better music advertising outwith the town and perhaps outdoor and youth events.

“We might even be able to have more family events away from the pubs. This money could go a long way.”

The wristbands will be available for sale from the start of May and any business keen to get involved can contact Ian Whyte on 07983 705183 or e-mail ianwhyte@hotmail.com