The Eyes Have It Music Festival reveal plans for 2018 event

The Eyes Have It Music Festival, held in Duffield, has revealed plans for their 2018 event which is to be held 6 – 8 July.

Organiser Simon Clarke posting in local music Facebook groups said, “The comments following this year’s festival have been absolutely fabulous and I am very touched by them. Great responses to the bands,entertainment and general chilled out atmosphere. Common themes have been ‘We’ll be back next year’ and ‘We’ll tell all our friends and family’. These are beautiful words to me.”

He went on to share his vision for the festival, which will be going into its fourth year. He said attendance figures were likely to grow again next year but that he wanted to remain true to his original idea of a ‘nice intimate, family friendly festival’.

While headliners for the festival, held on Eyes Meadow in Duffield, aren’t due to be announced until September Clarke asked for expressions of interest in tickets for the 2018 event in order to gauge the expected increase in interest. As of 19 July he reported that he’d received 300 non-binding ticket registrations.

This year’s three-day festival, held earlier in July, was headlined by The Blockheads, Toyah and The Climax Blues Band and were joined on the line up by local bands including The Ruins. The line-up was created to appeal to a wide audience and Clarke has indicated he intends to continue booking a broad range of local and touring artists.

Speaking in a local newspaper interview earlier in the year Clarke said, “This is a business built out of passion for live music. There’s a lot to take on, but I just love doing it.

“There’s an ultimate sense of satisfaction that comes from seeing other people enjoy wonderful music, and Eyes Meadow is the perfect place to do it.”

If you’re interested in attending next year’s festival find Clarke’s posts in Facebook groups including ‘Derby Music’, and the festival’s event page for this year, for more information.

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