Abertillery blues festival cancelled

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A LEADING blues magazine has expressed disappointment after council chiefs pulled the plug on a major festival which has attracted stars from the UK and overseas.

The 10th Abertillery Blues Festival was to have been held this summer but Blaenau Gwent Council confirmed yesterday it had cancelled the event as it sought to save £20m in three years.

Alan Pearce, the founder of the bi-monthly magazine Blues Matters, said: “It is a great sadness for blues fans from all over the country who come, on what has become for many, a regular journey to Abertillery for the blues festival.

“Blues Matters magazine has supported it from day one and we have watched its reputation grow year on year.

“Let’s hope that next year a generous sponsor can step up to the stage.”

Blaenau Gwent council said it had decided to transfer the management of its leisure and cultural services to a non profit organisation called the Life Leisure Trust.

A spokeswoman said: “The council has had to look long and hard at what services it can continue to provide. So, a decision has been made not to hold the festival.”

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7:16pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Realist UK says...

That's right, cancel another well attended leisure event knowing people will be bitterly disappointed in the hope we blame the cruel Tory cuts. Cut the amount of councillors for goodness sake, do we really need so many?
That's right, cancel another well attended leisure event knowing people will be bitterly disappointed in the hope we blame the cruel Tory cuts. Cut the amount of councillors for goodness sake, do we really need so many? Realist UK
  • Score: 11

10:47pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Abertillery29 says...

Very, very sad that the council has pulled the plug on a well supported event whilst the councillors keep their snouts in the trough.
Very, very sad that the council has pulled the plug on a well supported event whilst the councillors keep their snouts in the trough. Abertillery29
  • Score: 7

11:43pm Fri 28 Mar 14

kez1968 says...

Cut backs again!!! Yet they have increased the salary for an education executive from 80 to 95 thousand, it will be a great day when these shysters are all sacked.
Cut backs again!!! Yet they have increased the salary for an education executive from 80 to 95 thousand, it will be a great day when these shysters are all sacked. kez1968
  • Score: 7

5:30am Sat 29 Mar 14

Fairy Nuff says...

There's 4 or 5 venues doing live music in the town, the Blues Club should approach them and also the Life Leisure Trust to get a bigger band in The Met.
In 1921 the population was over 38,000 and there were less councillors then than there are today. This council has no respect whatsoever on the streets of Abertillery.
There's 4 or 5 venues doing live music in the town, the Blues Club should approach them and also the Life Leisure Trust to get a bigger band in The Met. In 1921 the population was over 38,000 and there were less councillors then than there are today. This council has no respect whatsoever on the streets of Abertillery. Fairy Nuff
  • Score: 8

6:44am Sat 29 Mar 14

john.hall1000 says...

It was alright to buy new flag poles and hire a private contractor from Yorkshire to clean the pavement around the church , just because prince edward was coming to Abertillery , do what the people want,not to make the councillors of Blaenau gwent look good
It was alright to buy new flag poles and hire a private contractor from Yorkshire to clean the pavement around the church , just because prince edward was coming to Abertillery , do what the people want,not to make the councillors of Blaenau gwent look good john.hall1000
  • Score: 7

11:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Deviant.66 says...

Had it been the Ebbw Vale Blues Festival, I have no doubt it would have gone ahead.
Had it been the Ebbw Vale Blues Festival, I have no doubt it would have gone ahead. Deviant.66
  • Score: 2

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