Festival 2020 Update

It is with a very heavy heart we have to inform you that the committee have made the decision to not proceed with the Festival this year in its normal format.  The decision was not made lightly. We need to support our local businesses at a time like this and we would put a financial drain on their resources if we were to pressure them to donate funds.  Although the festival is many months away decisions to commit financially have to be made now and we do not want to jeopardise future years by risking the festival this year.  We really hope you understand the situation we are in.  We will however monitor government guidance and if we are able to have an alternative party that weekend of some sorts then of course we will try and put something on. We are forever grateful for your support.



Brightlingsea Free Music Festival was established in North East Essex in 2001. Its aim was to provide a platform for new and established bands from across the mainstream spectrum of popular music.


The festival thrives on its status as a free event and aims to attract an audience of all ages and showcases a mixture of new established bands.

It’s developed from using a lorry trailer as a stage in its first 2 years, to providing a purpose built 15 meter orbital stage in the following 3 years.


The original audience of 2000 has increased steadily year on year.

The festival itself is now held in the heart of Brightlingsea, at Hurst Green, making it truly part of the Brightlingsea scenary.


Although the festival is free, it does cost around £15,000 each year to run and so we rely on sponsorship from local businesses….which is a lot harder to find than you may imagine! So please support us by coming to this year’s event.


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Sponsors: Orsted, Brightlingsea Town Council, Academy Windows, Colin Gould
Suppliers: Stage Tec - Stage, Bright Sparks - Electrics, Production Intelligence - Sound, Tom Canham - Generators,

A&B Storage – Road Signs and Barriers, Britau Scaffold Ltd - Fencing, EWD - Waste Disposal Services,

Colne Community School - Tables, Chairs & Equipment, RJ Osborn - Programme & Posters, Town & Country - Advertising Boards
Paul Hickman – Web design, Brightlingsea Food Bank - Tea Tent, The Railway Tavern – Volunteers hospitality, Gary Hill & Lilly Blackwell - MCs

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