EjectorSeat music and arts festival in Southampton cancelled after funding blow

Daily Echo: Major city music and arts festival cancelled Major city music and arts festival cancelled

A FREE music and arts festival set to take place in Southampton next month has been cancelled.

The organisers of EjectorSeat have decided to pull the plug on the June 14 event after failing in a bid for funding from the Arts Council.

Daily Echo:

The annual event in Palmerston Park features a line-up of local musical, artistic and poetic talents.

Acts set to perform at this year's event were Spiraltones, The Rabsons, The Paper Trains and the Southampton Ukelele Jam.

There was also going to be a spoken word tent and gallery, as well as a host of children's activities.

Daily Echo:

But announcing the bad news, festival coordinator Mac Ince said: “Sadly we have to cancel this year's festival due to us being unsuccessful with a major funding application.

“Despite the various income sources that we've developed with food vendors, contractors, in-kind donations and sponsors the costs of the festival are too high for us to put it on without the help of funding.

Daily Echo:

“It has been great to hear from many of you about the value you place on the festival, and how much it means to the local community, and we look forward with a positive light and hope that we are able to deliver another great festival for next year.”

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1:38pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ToastyTea says...

Typical Southampton, shame.
Typical Southampton, shame. ToastyTea
  • Score: 21

1:40pm Sun 1 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Typical Southampton, shame.
Yipee! Now let's carry on being a boring sh1thole!
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Typical Southampton, shame.[/p][/quote]Yipee! Now let's carry on being a boring sh1thole! 03alpe01
  • Score: 18

1:49pm Sun 1 Jun 14

vag says...

That's a shame, it would have been nice to see something resembling culture in Southampton, and not be talking about mould.
That's a shame, it would have been nice to see something resembling culture in Southampton, and not be talking about mould. vag
  • Score: 17

2:08pm Sun 1 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

How much did they apply for? Perhaps Southampton council could make up some from the evening parking charge. Only joking.
How much did they apply for? Perhaps Southampton council could make up some from the evening parking charge. Only joking. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 12

2:10pm Sun 1 Jun 14

issacchunt says...

Call it multi-cultural or minority and you'll get the funding. Disgusting to put an event on the majority may enjoy, it has rightly been dropped.

could the fine southampton university not fund it, as a whole it owes us all for the ignorant takeawy gobbling,;cheap drink guzzling students we suffer let alone the ravages of decent building space and carbpark for faceless student blocks.

come on uni dip in your pocket.
Call it multi-cultural or minority and you'll get the funding. Disgusting to put an event on the majority may enjoy, it has rightly been dropped. could the fine southampton university not fund it, as a whole it owes us all for the ignorant takeawy gobbling,;cheap drink guzzling students we suffer let alone the ravages of decent building space and carbpark for faceless student blocks. come on uni dip in your pocket. issacchunt
  • Score: -8

2:28pm Sun 1 Jun 14

downfader says...

Shame they cant do this on Kickstarter...!
Shame they cant do this on Kickstarter...! downfader
  • Score: -1

3:56pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Highfielder says...

Even though I don't think this music and arts festival would be to my taste, I think it is a real shame that the event has been cancelled .We used to get very enjoyable brass and town band concerts in Palmerston Park on Sunday afternoons in the summer. I recognize these are not as popular as they would have been a few years ago, but it was clear to me as a regular attender that those who came thoroughly enjoyed them. The Council withdrew its small funding about seven years ago.

After years of wash-out weather the annual Melah finally managed to become a big success, but what really does Southampton offer in the way of public musical or arts events? Even the colourful Chinese New Year display outside the Civic Centre seems to have disappeared.

We are told that the city will soon have a new arts and cultural centre in Above Bar (usually described as going to be 'vibrant' even though it hasn't been fully built yet).Quite frankly I think Southampton has no cultural scene worth speaking of. Simply building a cultural quarter isn't going to create one. Despite a population of over 200,000 and with two universities and 30,000 students what little is on offer is just pathetic.
Even though I don't think this music and arts festival would be to my taste, I think it is a real shame that the event has been cancelled .We used to get very enjoyable brass and town band concerts in Palmerston Park on Sunday afternoons in the summer. I recognize these are not as popular as they would have been a few years ago, but it was clear to me as a regular attender that those who came thoroughly enjoyed them. The Council withdrew its small funding about seven years ago. After years of wash-out weather the annual Melah finally managed to become a big success, but what really does Southampton offer in the way of public musical or arts events? Even the colourful Chinese New Year display outside the Civic Centre seems to have disappeared. We are told that the city will soon have a new arts and cultural centre in Above Bar (usually described as going to be 'vibrant' even though it hasn't been fully built yet).Quite frankly I think Southampton has no cultural scene worth speaking of. Simply building a cultural quarter isn't going to create one. Despite a population of over 200,000 and with two universities and 30,000 students what little is on offer is just pathetic. Highfielder
  • Score: 17

4:36pm Sun 1 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

rather it went to a hindu festival no doubt !!
rather it went to a hindu festival no doubt !! mickey01
  • Score: -9

5:05pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

mickey01 wrote:
rather it went to a hindu festival no doubt !!
Yes, let's make this into a race issue for no reason at all.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: rather it went to a hindu festival no doubt !![/p][/quote]Yes, let's make this into a race issue for no reason at all. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

issacchunt wrote:
Call it multi-cultural or minority and you'll get the funding. Disgusting to put an event on the majority may enjoy, it has rightly been dropped.

could the fine southampton university not fund it, as a whole it owes us all for the ignorant takeawy gobbling,;cheap drink guzzling students we suffer let alone the ravages of decent building space and carbpark for faceless student blocks.

come on uni dip in your pocket.
Maybe idiots like you should dip into their pockets, after all you've annoyed me in some way. This is basically your line of thinking: some students have irritated you, ergo the university somehow owes you something.

Morons the lot of you.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Call it multi-cultural or minority and you'll get the funding. Disgusting to put an event on the majority may enjoy, it has rightly been dropped. could the fine southampton university not fund it, as a whole it owes us all for the ignorant takeawy gobbling,;cheap drink guzzling students we suffer let alone the ravages of decent building space and carbpark for faceless student blocks. come on uni dip in your pocket.[/p][/quote]Maybe idiots like you should dip into their pockets, after all you've annoyed me in some way. This is basically your line of thinking: some students have irritated you, ergo the university somehow owes you something. Morons the lot of you. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

5:47pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Linesman says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
How much did they apply for? Perhaps Southampton council could make up some from the evening parking charge. Only joking.
When some essential services have had to be cut because of a cut in the government grant, I think that if the City Council had said that they would fund it, there would be an almighty outcry.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: How much did they apply for? Perhaps Southampton council could make up some from the evening parking charge. Only joking.[/p][/quote]When some essential services have had to be cut because of a cut in the government grant, I think that if the City Council had said that they would fund it, there would be an almighty outcry. Linesman
  • Score: 3

5:48pm Sun 1 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Highfielder wrote:
Even though I don't think this music and arts festival would be to my taste, I think it is a real shame that the event has been cancelled .We used to get very enjoyable brass and town band concerts in Palmerston Park on Sunday afternoons in the summer. I recognize these are not as popular as they would have been a few years ago, but it was clear to me as a regular attender that those who came thoroughly enjoyed them. The Council withdrew its small funding about seven years ago.

After years of wash-out weather the annual Melah finally managed to become a big success, but what really does Southampton offer in the way of public musical or arts events? Even the colourful Chinese New Year display outside the Civic Centre seems to have disappeared.

We are told that the city will soon have a new arts and cultural centre in Above Bar (usually described as going to be 'vibrant' even though it hasn't been fully built yet).Quite frankly I think Southampton has no cultural scene worth speaking of. Simply building a cultural quarter isn't going to create one. Despite a population of over 200,000 and with two universities and 30,000 students what little is on offer is just pathetic.
I agree. There used to be so much cultural events going on. Until they were all mysteriously stopped by the Council. Power in the Park, the Balloon Festival and the bands in Palmerston Park.

Anyone who thinks that the new 'vibrant' Arts and Cultral Quarter will be anything of half reasonable value think again. It is just another excuse from the Council for even more flats and restaurants to go up. The other facilities will be so heavily used by nearby Solent University that ordinary folk won't get much if any a look in at all.

Also, to the person who said that had this been an ethnic minority festival then it would have got funding no problem- didn't the festival for Chinese New Year suffer from the same sort of problem? As I understand it, it was either scrapped or largely scaled down due to funding issues.

I do agree that there needs to be more going on here though. A City with a population of about 240,000 which includes some 30,000 or so University students and so little on offer is just wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Highfielder[/bold] wrote: Even though I don't think this music and arts festival would be to my taste, I think it is a real shame that the event has been cancelled .We used to get very enjoyable brass and town band concerts in Palmerston Park on Sunday afternoons in the summer. I recognize these are not as popular as they would have been a few years ago, but it was clear to me as a regular attender that those who came thoroughly enjoyed them. The Council withdrew its small funding about seven years ago. After years of wash-out weather the annual Melah finally managed to become a big success, but what really does Southampton offer in the way of public musical or arts events? Even the colourful Chinese New Year display outside the Civic Centre seems to have disappeared. We are told that the city will soon have a new arts and cultural centre in Above Bar (usually described as going to be 'vibrant' even though it hasn't been fully built yet).Quite frankly I think Southampton has no cultural scene worth speaking of. Simply building a cultural quarter isn't going to create one. Despite a population of over 200,000 and with two universities and 30,000 students what little is on offer is just pathetic.[/p][/quote]I agree. There used to be so much cultural events going on. Until they were all mysteriously stopped by the Council. Power in the Park, the Balloon Festival and the bands in Palmerston Park. Anyone who thinks that the new 'vibrant' Arts and Cultral Quarter will be anything of half reasonable value think again. It is just another excuse from the Council for even more flats and restaurants to go up. The other facilities will be so heavily used by nearby Solent University that ordinary folk won't get much if any a look in at all. Also, to the person who said that had this been an ethnic minority festival then it would have got funding no problem- didn't the festival for Chinese New Year suffer from the same sort of problem? As I understand it, it was either scrapped or largely scaled down due to funding issues. I do agree that there needs to be more going on here though. A City with a population of about 240,000 which includes some 30,000 or so University students and so little on offer is just wrong. 03alpe01
  • Score: 12

6:51pm Sun 1 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

Most people here seem to agree that the loss of this year's event is a great pity. They also pinpoint the need for adequate funding to support initiatives like this. However, identifying the sources for this funding poses a bigger headache.

Given the massive cuts in the Council's budget by central government since 2010 (we're talking a 40% reduction by 2015 here) it would be a big ask of them to fund this.

Those people who think the Council should fork out might like to suggest where they should find the money. In the absence of central government grant the only other potential sources of income to the Council are increases in Council Tax or from additional fees and charges. I don't detect a huge popular groundswell of support for such measures so - unless we can find sponsorship from other parties (business, university, arts council) - sadly wonderful little boutique festivals like Ejector Seat will fall victim to the Government's relentless support of austerity measures
Most people here seem to agree that the loss of this year's event is a great pity. They also pinpoint the need for adequate funding to support initiatives like this. However, identifying the sources for this funding poses a bigger headache. Given the massive cuts in the Council's budget by central government since 2010 (we're talking a 40% reduction by 2015 here) it would be a big ask of them to fund this. Those people who think the Council should fork out might like to suggest where they should find the money. In the absence of central government grant the only other potential sources of income to the Council are increases in Council Tax or from additional fees and charges. I don't detect a huge popular groundswell of support for such measures so - unless we can find sponsorship from other parties (business, university, arts council) - sadly wonderful little boutique festivals like Ejector Seat will fall victim to the Government's relentless support of austerity measures FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 6

7:47pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Matt Probert says...

One can not help but wonder if the Arts Council only funds elitist activities. Perhaps our members of parliament could investigate this matter further on our behalf, and perhaps lobby the Arts Council?
One can not help but wonder if the Arts Council only funds elitist activities. Perhaps our members of parliament could investigate this matter further on our behalf, and perhaps lobby the Arts Council? Matt Probert
  • Score: 7

8:21pm Sun 1 Jun 14

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  • Score: 2

8:30pm Sun 1 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Is it right or wrong to point out that whilst the City Council claim to have no money for frontline services they do in fact have £6.7m to put towards the cost of the Arts Centre?
Is it right or wrong to point out that whilst the City Council claim to have no money for frontline services they do in fact have £6.7m to put towards the cost of the Arts Centre? 03alpe01
  • Score: 6

8:44pm Sun 1 Jun 14

freefinker says...

.. terrible shame. I have so enjoyed this event.
.. terrible shame. I have so enjoyed this event. freefinker
  • Score: 4

12:10am Mon 2 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

Linesman wrote:
BeyondImagination wrote:
How much did they apply for? Perhaps Southampton council could make up some from the evening parking charge. Only joking.
When some essential services have had to be cut because of a cut in the government grant, I think that if the City Council had said that they would fund it, there would be an almighty outcry.
Still does not answer the question of how much money is involved. There is a great opportunity here for a peoples festival here. Musicians turn up, public turn up, have fun. Stuff the **** council
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: How much did they apply for? Perhaps Southampton council could make up some from the evening parking charge. Only joking.[/p][/quote]When some essential services have had to be cut because of a cut in the government grant, I think that if the City Council had said that they would fund it, there would be an almighty outcry.[/p][/quote]Still does not answer the question of how much money is involved. There is a great opportunity here for a peoples festival here. Musicians turn up, public turn up, have fun. Stuff the **** council BeyondImagination
  • Score: 4

12:44am Mon 2 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Is it right or wrong to point out that whilst the City Council claim to have no money for frontline services they do in fact have £6.7m to put towards the cost of the Arts Centre?
A rudimentary grasp of public sector finances enables folk to differentiate between capital and revenue spending. The former is being used to finance the building of a new arts centre in the City and - unless this scheme was scrapped at huge financial and reputational cost to the Council - this money cannot be diverted to fund revenue projects like sponsorship of music festivals. I also suspect that the capital investment in the arts centre includes a large chunk of Arts Council funding which has been made available specifically for this purpose.

People with a philistinic attitude to the city's cultural assets make similar arguments about selling off parts of the arts collection in order to fund frontline services, mend pot holes, subsidize free parking schemes, reduce council tax etc. Such over-simplistic solutions to underlying financial problems facing our public services are as naive as they are shortsighted.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Is it right or wrong to point out that whilst the City Council claim to have no money for frontline services they do in fact have £6.7m to put towards the cost of the Arts Centre?[/p][/quote]A rudimentary grasp of public sector finances enables folk to differentiate between capital and revenue spending. The former is being used to finance the building of a new arts centre in the City and - unless this scheme was scrapped at huge financial and reputational cost to the Council - this money cannot be diverted to fund revenue projects like sponsorship of music festivals. I also suspect that the capital investment in the arts centre includes a large chunk of Arts Council funding which has been made available specifically for this purpose. People with a philistinic attitude to the city's cultural assets make similar arguments about selling off parts of the arts collection in order to fund frontline services, mend pot holes, subsidize free parking schemes, reduce council tax etc. Such over-simplistic solutions to underlying financial problems facing our public services are as naive as they are shortsighted. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 6

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