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The popular weekend-long event, Rothbury Traditional Music Festival has been going for 43 years and showcases the best of Northumbrian music and musicians from far and wide.  This year’s offering featured the likes of Martin Carthy, Cathal Hayden, Northern Company, 422 and the Newcastle Kingsmen but like many other festivals has had to postpone the show due to the UK Coronavirus lockdown. However, unlike a lot of events, the acts and artists who were booked to play will all be offered their fee, paid in advance of the rescheduled Festival, which will take place in July 2021.

Musical director of the Festival, Ian Stephenson, had the idea to frontload payments for the people who would have been taking to the stage this year in response to seeing his social media flooded with musicians who had lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve got enough money in the Festival account to subsidise a really bad year.  So we thought that if these acts were happy to come back and play in a year’s time, then all we’re really doing is giving them a cash injection at the point at which they need it, rather than the money just sitting in our bank account.”

It’s an idea that’s been welcomed by the musicians who were due to play and the good news does not stop there as the Festival team are also planning a string of streamed performances on the Festival website and social media channels between now and July.

To enjoy the performances, keep your eye on the Rothbury Traditional Music Festival website and the Facebook page.

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