ButeFest to work with local groups on festival site’s future

Wet weather at the start of the inaugural ButeFest in July turned many parts of the festival site - used by sports clubs and community groups throughout the rest of the year - into a mudbath.

Wet weather at the start of the inaugural ButeFest in July turned many parts of the festival site - used by sports clubs and community groups throughout the rest of the year - into a mudbath.

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The chair of the ButeFest music and arts festival says she’s looking forward to working together with the local sports clubs and community groups which use the festival site.

Melanie Dalton spoke to The Buteman after attending a meeting with Argyll and Bute Council over the future management of the Public Park, King George V playing fields, Charlie’s Park, the Hospital Park, the Pony Park and the Meadows.

The meeting - at which representatives of the island’s cricket, football, shinty and pony clubs, the Bute Highland Games committee and the Bute Agricultural Society were also present - was called after wet weather during the first ButeFest in July left parts of the venue unuseable for weeks thereafter.

Part of the Agricultural Society’s show had to be moved to an alternative field nearby after the sheer number of people at the event turned the already soggy playing fields into a quagmire.

Mrs Dalton said: “As a group we recognise we can get a lot more done, and can be of a lot more help to the council, by working together.”

The meeting was held in the week that ButeFest confirmed the dates for their 2016 event, which will take place at the same venue as this year, on July 29, 30 and 31.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 27, though no further details on who will be appearing have yet been made public.

* More on this story in the November 20 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.