So that’s it for another year; one year on from our successful re-¬launch of Folklore at Val De La Mare, over 3,000 people joined us to soak up the fun and music on offer on Sunday afternoon. What can we say? It rained, it shone, it rained a bit more, it fogged, but eventually, the sun came out for good midway through the afternoon.
Such is the unpredictability of island weather, but we felt it was all very much worth braving the early drizzle for the sake of being treated to some incredible performances from The Levellers, The Charlatans, Dubioza Kolektiv, Molotov Jukebox and a whole host of other acts on the Main Stage, Islands Stage, Fungi Stage and the entertainment within the Family Zone.
Most of you will have been aware of the last minute line up changes on the Main Stage, and for the issues behind them, but for those of you that weren’t, we’d like to fill you in: two much-anticipated acts, the quite outstanding Showhawk Duo and Slamboree, sadly were not able to make it into the island in time, due to flights being delayed, flights being cancelled, or flights attempting to land in Jersey and turning back – due to the aforementioned fog.
This was also the reason for the late swap on the Main Stage; we’re extremely grateful to The Levellers for giving up their headline spot to enable The Charlatans to perform at a later time, enabling Tim Burgess and his band to all arrive in the island in time to play. The Levellers, we salute you, and hope to repay the favour some day!
We like to think we made the best of a challenging situation – in place of Slamboree we enjoyed an extended set by the remarkable Dubioza Kolektiv who, to put it in vernacular terms, smashed it. And in the absence of The Showhawk Duo, we were able to promote to the Main Stage one of Jersey’s finest young talents, the wonderful Monty Taft, an artist who we’ve long championed, and who will make his Glastonbury debut on the famous John Peel Stage later this month.
To all those performers, technicians, members of artist management and backstage staff who worked tirelessly to help us handle an ever-changing and fluid situation, and to deliver a great day of music and entertainment under challenging circumstances, we would like to say a king-sized THANK YOU. And of course, we wouldn’t dream of signing off from this message without extending that thanks to all of you that joined us on Sunday to make it another fantastic Folklore. Your warmth, friendly natures and love for the music and activities we offer you are what makes Folklore so special, and we look forward to welcoming you back next summer for more of the same – minus the fog!