The Raising Spirit Festival is a brand new music event coming to Dorset 18-20 June 2021. We caught up with festival organisers to discover the inspirational story behind the event and how they’re raising funds to support Dorset musicians affected by the pandemic.
The Raising Spirit Festival story
The music industry has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Many festivals and gigs have been cancelled, whilst pubs and music venues have been closed. Launching a new music festival in this environment may seem like an impossible task. But Weymouth born musician Ben Waters thinks that now more than ever is the time for action.
“A lot of [Dorset] musicians are totally reliant on the money that they earn doing 6 or 7 gigs a week. Their income as has my own has been decimated. They have lost a huge amount of work. I felt compelled to do something about this. I decided to run a festival celebrating our brilliant local musicians, rather than getting expensive well know acts in to headline each night.” Ben Waters
Shopping local…the musical way
Raising Spirit builds upon that idea of supporting your local community. Like the ‘shop local’ movement, the festival is encouraging everyone to support their local Dorset musicians. Dorset is home to a great many wonderful bands and artists. In the summer, Weymouth alone is host to over 100 gigs a week. The Raising Spirit Festival will be a lifeline for these artists, paying half their fee in early 2021 and the other half just before the event.
Date: 18 – 20 June 2021
Venue: Came House, near Dorchester
Tickets: £200 – but early bird tickets are £150 for first 100 customers
Price includes: Festival entrance. Free drinks – all beer, wine, cider, soft drinks, tea and coffee are included. Free camping (tents and camper van slots).
VIP tickets: Priced at £300 and include all above, but also backstage passes, VIP lounge and cocktail bar.
Children: Kids under 12 go free when accompanied by a full paying adult (they must still be registered).
Tickets available from: Raising Spirit Festival
Accommodation in Dorchester
If camping isn’t your thing then you could always stay in Dorchester and use the free festival shuttle to travel from your hotel. There’s a Premier Inn, Best Western or a wealth of B&Bs and hotels in the town.
Raising Spirit Festival COVID restrictions
At the time of writing, Raising Spirit Festival is planned for 18-20 June 2021. As outlined on the festival website, it will meet UK COVID guidelines and be socially distanced and kept to groups of 6. If for any reason the festival can’t go ahead, they will not be able to give refunds as they will have paid the musicians, but in this circumstance, the event will reschedule for 2022.
Further details on Raising Spirit Festival
Find out more about the festival and see the full festival line up at Raising Spirit Festival.
Disclaimer: Westcountry Weekender is not connected with the Raising Spirit Festival. All details here are for information only, rather than a recommendation or endorsement of the event. Please refer to the festival website for information on social distancing and COVID-19 precautions. Also, see the Raising Spirit Festival website for policy on tickets and refunds.
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