FollyFest remains a free to enter event. Despite being run entirely by volunteers, and none of the bands or acts being paid, the weekend costs around £ 13,000 to put on. We raise funds throughout the year and during the festival, but without the generous and flexible sponsorship from our donors it would not be possible.
Our Headline sponsor and stalwart FollyFest supporter, Perry Bishop has been key to the continuity of our festival by providing consistent, year on year support. As a prominent local Estate Agent they help spread the word about the festival to new residents and remind experienced festival goers of our presence throughout the year in their marketing taglines.
Every year, and for many years, FTC has been a key catalyst to FollyFest, providing a cash grant, building space (Old Town hall, Corn Exchange, Jubilee Room), traffic diversion signs, electricity and lots of moral support.
Another local company who has supported us for many years, Shaw Cities’ expertise in health & safety have been instrumental in creating our approach to organising the music, stalls, fringe events and traffic safety. Their MD was a past committee member and we are grateful that Shaw City continues to support us financially.
Whilst new to FollyFest, Second 2 None and their sister company Brake Innovations are well known across Faringdon as the go-to independent garage in the town. We are proud to have a local, successful and growing company like this be a sponsor of FollyFest. Bob Hopgood and his team will be around the festival promoting his new venture Brake Innovations, be sure to congratulate him when you see him!
As well as hosting the Bell Stage, Drew and George are well known as supporters of all kinds of community cohesion activities in the town centre, notably the coffee-shop-with-no -name. The Bell host FollyFest committee meetings, provide refreshment-at-cost to all the Marshals and band members (that’s a lot), host fund raising events and organise a festival after party for all those who volunteer for the weekend.
Hosting the Crown Stage, which this year will be giving out a dancing vibe with a slew of DJ sets, the current Crown owners have taken on the very much needed face lift to the town centre by restoring the Crown to its former glory, and bringing more eating out options to Faringdon in their 80-seat restaurant. We wish them all the best in this much anticipated endeavour and thanks them for their in kind and cash support to FollyFest.
As well as providing free copy space, the Advertiser are providing a cash donation to FollyFest this year. As our media partner, The Advertiser are key to raising awareness about the festival and making sure that everyone in Faringdon knows what’s on and when – Check the pull out schedule in the July copy!
We are grateful for the donation to FollyFest from the Vale District Council, and for their flexibility in holding it over for 3 years because of successive Covid lockdowns! The community grants cash contribution is an important component of keeping FollyFest a free-to-enter festival.