Before I get down to the grimness I’ll put a full stop on the current  thread extoling the talent and success of Emma’s Imagination and it’s succinctly put. Following getting signed to Gary Barlow’s Future records her Album Standing Still is released on January 10th and a new single version of This Day is released on Monday January 3rd.

Now for the hard bit.

Here’s a blog that I never thought I would write.

I’ve quit Solfest and my heart is heavier than it’s been for many along year but I don’t feel that I’ve been left with any other choice.

Changes have taken place in the way the organisation runs which in some ways is a good thing, I have been advocating a change for a long time. But the changes as they now stand have been I feel hurriedly made without full consideration of the implications and the structure of the organisation not fully fleshed. I don’t believe it will make for a better festival.

When long standing bands split the reason is often given as “musical differences” usually this is a euphemism for “personal conflicts” of some form or another and I think in this case it’s probably apt too.

So I thought it’s better I go and let people get on with rather than sit filled with negative energy and make a bad situation worse, I will miss Solfest more than I can express here and the sense of bereavement I now feel knowing that my beloved Drystone Stage will no longer be a part of my life and will be in someone else’s hands.

I will not put down here those personal feelings I have against some who I feel are now involved in the festival, they are my feelings alone and I am as susceptible as anyone to getting it wrong. I am sure that if you asked some of them they would declare that they are so passionate about Solfest that if you cut them in half they would have Solfest written all the way through. I’d prefer it if it was heart on display and I worry about the quality of the event this year.

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2 thoughts on “FAREWELL TO SOLFEST

  1. I’m really sorry to hear this Wiz, I do hope you will at least be showing your face and saying hello. You know I would always welcome you back to the old main stage to have a ramble at the crowd every now and then, assuming I’m back this year of course 🙂

  2. That’s a real shame, thanks for all the hard work that you have put in.

    Gary Ward
    (Gone Beggin’)