Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival cancelled

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival cancelled

An annual fixture in music lover’s calendars since 1997 that fills the streets and venues of Limavady with top quality Jazz and Blues acts both local and from around the globe will not go ahead this year in what organisers say is due to a funding shortfall.

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council turned down the application, a spokesperson said.  

A spokesperson said "Plans were well underway for a weekend in June, however we had held back from any announcement of dates, acts or venues until we had secured the funding necessary to hold a festival worthy of its name.

"Unfortunately, our local council has opted to turn down our application for funding this year. Our application for financial support has been successful in all of the festivals previous 23 years.

"The DBJ&B committee will be seeking further clarity from council as to how this decision has been reached.  Regardless, to ensure the future of “our wee festival”, we hope to run some fundraisers later in the year and we hope you will be able to come out and support those events and the local acts and venues that will be participating. The festival simply does not happen without you.

"Once again, our apologies and we sincerely hope to see you all at a Jazz & Blues festival gig in the future."

A council spokesperson said : "The Council's Tourism Events Grant Funding Programme is a competitive grant funding programme involving the assessment of the event, based upon information supplied by the applicant.

"Council staff did meet members of the Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival prior to the programme opening, to support the development and writing of their application for grant funding.

"However, unlike the successful applicants such as the NW200, SupercupNI, Stendhal Festival, Armoy Road Races and the Foyle Cup, the Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival was unable to provide the necessary evidence to reach the minimum scoring criteria required to justify grant funding the event."

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