Networking over the summer holidays we had chance to get talking and meeting with Jordan, the main man behind PandaFest in Cornwall.
PandaFest has been running a number of years and more recently has moved from the pub carpark and into sprawling country fields on an old Manor in Lanivet that attracts up to 3,000 each year. It`s a 1 day music festival that features local bands, supported by Sharps Brewery and has a good reputation for a fun day out.
Our invitation to have space there for PolyRhythm was very welcome as we know that Team PolyRhythm get so much out of the festivals and the participants. Also, being just 4 miles from our shop, its local, it will help stir interest in the library and it would get more members. It's also great for the festival goers as they seem to really enjoy the chance to get involved with playing various instruments while there. The feedback we get from these types of events is fantastic as it's really does give benefit and enjoyment to so many attendees.
For PolyRhythm we had 2 new team members joining us for the day, Tom who is 16 and studying A level music + an avid drummer and Bex who runs the Jam sessions for us and loves to sign at any given chance; they had listened to the stories from us about the last festival we took part in and they were eager to help out on this one. For me, the hard work is setting up the day before and the takedown on the day after. The festival is the easy, fun bit but the hard work either side is really worth it.
The Event was a great turn out even though it had been date changed this year to go along with the Covid Restrictions that were enforced during the earlier planned date in the summer. Obviously, any outdoor events held in late September give worry in Cornwall and especially over the weather. It was good to see the sun make an appearance late morning and for it to stay dry for us during the event. What it means for us is that we can spill out of our main tent and provide for more people to join in with us.
We ran the music session from 10.30 until 7.30pm when we just about ran out of steam. It was really enjoyable and we met so many people but it was noted that we either need more people to help out or that 10 hours is that maximum time we can do per day with our team and to be honest, 10 hours is really enough.
For us, Pandafest is on the menu again for next year we hope. They have some great plans going forward and the mention of the opening slot of the festival for any bands we are involved with gives us great ideas and helps us plan the future with youth in mind who are screaming for these opportunities.
All in all, If you haven't been then you might want to think about it for next year. It should be earlier in the year and I think they have some exciting news to release over the coming months regarding their plans. As for us, we are spurned on to seek out more events for next year to take part in as it simply ticks all our boxes. Watch out for further releases of where to find us in a field near you next year.