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X-Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent Tickets

X-Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent Tickets

  • Gold Seat Area C £29.50 +£2.95 bkg. fee Sold Out! 
  • Gold Seat Area D £29.50 +£2.95 bkg. fee Sold Out!
  • Gold Seat Area E £29.50 +£2.95 bkg. fee Sold Out!
  • Rear Standing Adult £19.50 +£2.50 bkg. fee £22.00
  • Rear Standing Under 16 £17.50 +£2 bkg. fee £19.50
  • Side Standing Adult £24.50 +£2.75 bkg. fee £27.25
  • Side Standing Under 16 £19.50 +£2 bkg. fee £21.50
  • Family (2+2) Rear Standing £69.50 +£5.95 £75.45
  • Family (2+2) Side Standing £83.50 +£7.50 bkg. fee £91.00
  • Family (2+2) Gold Seats Area C £99.50 +£7.50 bkg. fee Sold Out!
  • Family (2+2) Gold Seats Area D £99.50 +£7.50 Sold Out!
  • Family (2+2) Gold Seats Area E £99.50 +£7.50 Sold Out!
  • Wheelchair space £24.50 +£2.75 bkg fee £27.25
  • Sunday Car Park space £3.00
  • Sunday Motorcycle space £1.00
  • Sunday Camper Van space £7.50
  • Sunday Minibus parking £10.00

Description:
Sunday 20th June 2010 – Gates open 1 p.m.
Why not give this ticket as a gift with a personal message in a gift presentation pack for Christmas or birthday?

The X Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent with Diversity, Leon Jackson, Ruth Lorenzo, George Sampson, Eoghan Quigg, Signature and Stavros Flatley!. Plus one of the finalists from this year’s X Factor.

Hi-Roller and VIP tickets covers THE WHOLE DAY (the afternoon and evening). Also why not make a day of it, purchase a COMBINED CONCERT TICKET: and save money!

Gates open 1 pm
Starts 1.30 pm
Finishes 4.00 pm

Ticket Types – please note these descriptions only apply to Sunday afternoon

Rear Standing
Mojo barrier starts approx 50 metres from the front of the stage. As well as video screens left and right of the stage there will be two giant screens directly above the Mojo barrier. The Park is naturally sloping towards the stage position so in effect is ‘looking down on it’. Complimentary programme.

Side Standing
This is from the left and the right of the stage back to the Mojo barrier. Complimentary programme.

Silver Seating
THERE IS NO SILVER SEATING ON THE SUNDAY FOR EITHER SHOW, ALL STANDING IN THIS AREA.

Gold Seating
All seats have an unobstructed view directly to the stage. Complimentary programme.

VIP Ticket
Commences Sunday 12.30. This ticket covers BOTH the AFTERNOON and EVENING shows. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Entertaining Host for the evening in VIP Marquee. Luxury Summer Buffet early evening with an interesting twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne teas, coffees and soft drinks. Slightly wider seats directly behind the Hi-Rollers seats and within a few metres of the stage. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after show hospitality.

Hi-Rollers Ticket
Commences Sunday at 11am. This ticket covers BOTH the AFTERNOON and EVENING shows. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Entertaining Host for the afternoon and evening in Hi-Roller spacious and totally exclusive Marquee with celebrity guests mingling. Luxury Summer Buffet Luncheon with an entertaining twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne, teas, coffees and soft drinks. Afternoon show. Back stage tours whilst artists’ rehearse. A draw will take place to have a personal ‘Meet and Greet’ with the performing artists on both the afternooon and evening shows and obtain autographs and photographs etc . Wider, comfortable seats directly in front of the stage in the afternoon. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Early evening Luxury Summer Buffet and entertainment and complimentary Champagne etc. Corraled Standing in front of the stage in the evening. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after show hospitality.

Disabled
There will be a raised platform for ALL four shows. Subject to demand, each wheelchair user will be allowed one person to sit with them (ticket price is the same as for disabled/side standing). The disabled parking is close by to the tent, please see the site layout plan, and toilet will be close to the platform area. There will be a designated Steward and also Paramedics and St John’s Ambulance staff will be in attendance for chronically disabled. Disabled ticket prices are the same as Side Standing. For the U16 concession please phone 600 600.

Bus Ticket
Bus Tickets are for return travel on special services between Ramsey, Peel and Port Erin. Pick-up times will be approximately one hour before the gates open at the Frestival. You will be sent appropriate tickets for your post code (please contact us if your pick-up location is not the same as your ticket delivery address). The buses will leave for their return journey 15 minutes after the last artist leaves the stage.

Last Night In The Park Party – Very Best of the 80s….from £39.50 +BF

Last Night In The Park Party – Very Best of the 80s….from £39.50 +BF

  • Standing Adult £39.50 +3.75 bkg. fee £43.25  
  • Standing Under 16 £35 +£2.75 bkg. fee £37.75
  • Wheelchair space £39.50 +£3.75 bkg fee £43.25
  • Sunday Car park space £3.00
  • Sunday Camper Van parking £7.50
  • Sunday Motorcycle Parking Space £1.00
  • Sunday Minibus parking £10.00
  • Sunday Bus Ticket Return Sold Out!
  • Sunday Bus Ramsey Return £10.00
  • Sunday Bus Peel Return £10.00
  • Sunday Bus Port Erin Return £10.00
  • VIP Ticket £99.50 +£8.50 booking fee £108.00
  • Default £0.00

Description:
Sunday 20th June – Evening. Gates open 7 p.m.
Why not give tickets as a gift for a birthday or just that very special gift?

BEST VALUE IS AN ALL WEEKEND FESTIVAL PASS….equals only £4.17* per band per adult or £3.83* per band per U16!! *plus booking fee to see ALL 30 artists/bands over the WHOLE weekend.

3.5 hours of non-stop total hits from the 80s. Dance yourself silly and sing yourself hoarse at one stonkin’ final party!! ‘Last Night In The Park’…

Starring: Boy George, Rick Astley, Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde, Cutting Crew, The Real Thing and Curiosity Killed the Cat

Gates open 7 pm
Starts 7.30 pm
Finishes 11.30 pm

Combined Concert tickets also available so you can see X Factor meets Britain’s Got talent in the afternoon and Very Best of the 80’s Last Night In The Park in the evening with standing tickets from only £52.50 plus booking fee of £4.50, total £57!

THIS IS AN ALL STANDING CONCERT

General Standing
As well as video screens left and right of the stage there will be two giant screens directly above the Sound Desk area. The Park is naturally sloping towards the stage position so in effect is ‘looking down on it’.

VIP Ticket
SUNDAY EVENING ONLY. Commences at 4.30pm. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Summer Lunchtime Buffet. Entertaining Host for the day in VIP Marquee. Peter Dickson, Voice of the X Factor and now the Voice of the Manx Telecom Bay Festival (and a man of great hilarity!), will be sparring on the VIP stage each day with the MC and mingling with VIP guests. BACKSTAGE TOURS DURING INTERVALS. Luxury Summer Buffet early evening with an interesting twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne teas, coffees and soft drinks. Standing only as it is party night directly in front of the stage. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after show hospitality.

Hi-Rollers Ticket
Commences 11am when the artists arrive for rehearsals so you experience ALL the day’s excitement. This ticket covers BOTH the AFTERNOON and EVENING shows. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Entertaining Host for the afternoon and evening in Hi-Roller spacious and totally exclusive Marquee with well-known celebrity guests mingling plus festival artists who have arrived early for other nights or stayed over (a number already confirmed). Luxury Summer Buffet Luncheon with an entertaining twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne, teas, coffees and soft drinks. Back stage tours whilst artists rehearse and in between acts – see and experience what the artist experiences from the main stage with a full production! Early evening Luxury Summer Buffet and entertainment and complimentary Champagne etc. A draw will take place to have a personal Meet and Greet with the performing artists on the particular day and obtain autographs and photographs etc. Where possible autographs will be sought if requested for all Hi-Roller guests. Wider, cushioned seat seats directly in front of the stage. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after-show hospitality with entertainment.

Disabled
There will be a raised platform for ALL four shows. Subject to demand, each wheelchair user will be allowed one person to sit with them (ticket price is the same as for disabled/general standing). The disabled parking is close by to the tent, please see the site layout plan, and toilet will be close to the platform area. There will be a designated Steward and also Paramedics and St John’s Ambulance staff will be in attendance for chronically disabled. Disabled ticket prices are the same as General Standing. For the U16 concession please phone 600 600.

Bus Ticket
Bus Tickets are for return travel on special services between Ramsey, Peel and Port Erin. Pick-up times will be obviously staggered and approximately one hour before the gates open at the Festival. There will be dedicated collection/drop off points along the way. You will be sent appropriate tickets for your post code (please contact us if your pick-up location is not the same as your ticket delivery address). The buses will leave for their return journey 15 minutes after the last artist leaves the stage. All bus tickets have to be pre-booked 7 days before the event.

The Park is naturally sloping towards the stage position so the audience is in effect ‘looking down on’ the stage.

Sunday Both Concerts X-Factor and Very Best of The 80’s…from £52.50 + BF

Sunday Both Concerts X-Factor and Very Best of The 80’s…from £52.50 + BF

  • Rear Standing (aft) & General Standing (eve)£52.50 + £4.50 bkg fee £57.00
  • Side Standing (aft) & General Standing (eve)£59.50 + £4.95 bkg. fee £64.45

Gold Seat Area C (aft) & General Standing (eve) £64.50 +£5.50 bkg. fee Sold Out!
Gold Seat Area D (aft) & General Standing (eve) £64.50 +£5.50 bkg. fee Sold Out!
Gold Seat Area E (aft) & General Standing (eve) £64.50 +£5.50 bkg. fee Sold Out!

  • Hi-Roller Area A both shows £350.00 + £15.00 bkg. fee £365.00
  • Hi-Roller Area B both shows £350.00 + £15.00 bkg fee £365.00
  • VIP Area A both shows £195 +£10 bkg. fee £205.00
  • VIP Area B both shows £195.00 + £10.00 bkg fee £205.00
  • Family (2+2) Rear Standing (aft) & General (eve) £199.50 +£10 bkg. fee £209.50
  • Family (2+2) Side Standing (aft) & General (eve) £212.50 +£12.50 £225.00
    Family (2+2) Gold Seats Area C (aft) & Standing (eve) £234.50 +£12.50 Sold Out!
    Family (2+2) Gold Seats Area D (aft) & Standing (eve) £234.50 +£12.50 bkg. fee Sold Out!
    Family (2+2) Gold Seats Area E (aft) & Standing (eve) £234.50 +£12.50 bkg. fee Sold Out!
  • Sunday Car park space £3.00   
  • Camper Van parking £7.50
  • Motorcycle parking £1.00
  • Minibus Parking Sunday £10.00
  • Bus Ticket Ramsey Return £10.00
  • Bus Ticket Peel Return £10.00
  • Bus Ticket Port Erin Return £10.00

 

Description:
Sunday Combined Concert X-Factor and Last Night In The Park – Very Best of The 80’s
PLEASE NOTE: THE HI-ROLLER & VIP TICKET COVERS BOTH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING

Why not give this ticket as a gift with a personal message in a gift presentation pack for Christmas or birthday?

Make a day of it! Combine both of these great shows above. Featuring 15 different acts (a total of over 40 individual artists in one fantastic day!) and save money!

The X Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent with… Diversity, Leon Jackson, Ruth Lorenzo, George Sampson, Eoghan Quigg, Signature and Stavros Flatley! and then in the evening…

Last Night In The Park – Very Best of The 80’s – 3.5 hours of non-stop total hits from the 80s – Dance yourself silly and sing yourself hoarse at one stonking final party!! Starring… Boy George, Rick Astley, Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde, Cutting Crew, The Real Thing and Curiosity Killed the Cat

Ticket Types
Please note these descriptions only apply to Sunday afternoon. Please see below for Sunday evening descriptions.

Rear Standing
Mojo barrier starts approx 50 metres from the front of the stage. As well as video screens left and right of the stage there will be two giant screens directly above the Mojo barrier. The Park is naturally sloping towards the stage position so in effect is ‘looking down on it’. Complimentary programme.

Side Standing
This is from the left and the right of the stage back to the Mojo barrier. Complimentary programme.

Silver Seating
THERE IS NO SILVER SEATING ON THE SUNDAY FOR EITHER SHOW, ALL STANDING IN THIS AREA.

Gold Seating
All seats have an unobstructed view directly to the stage. Complimentary programme.

VIP Ticket
Commences Sunday 12.30. This ticket covers BOTH the AFTERNOON and EVENING shows. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Entertaining Host for the evening in VIP Marquee. Luxury Summer Buffet early evening with an interesting twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne teas, coffees and soft drinks. Slightly wider seats directly behind the Hi-Rollers seats and within a few metres of the stage. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after show hospitality.

Hi-Rollers Ticket
Commences 11am when the artists arrive for rehearsals so you experience ALL the day’s excitement. This ticket covers BOTH the AFTERNOON and EVENING shows. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Entertaining Host for the afternoon and evening in Hi-Roller spacious and totally exclusive Marquee with well-known celebrity guests mingling plus festival artists who have arrived early for other nights or stayed over (a number already confirmed). Luxury Summer Buffet Luncheon with an entertaining twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne, teas, coffees and soft drinks. Back stage tours whilst artists rehearse and in between acts – see and experience what the artist experiences from the main stage with a full production! Early evening Luxury Summer Buffet and entertainment and complimentary Champagne etc. A draw will take place to have a personal Meet and Greet with the performing artists on the particular day and obtain autographs and photographs etc. Where possible autographs will be sought if requested for all Hi-Roller guests. Wider, cushioned seat seats directly in front of the stage. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after-show hospitality with entertainment.

Disabled
There will be a raised platform for ALL four shows. Subject to demand, each wheelchair user will be allowed one person to sit with them (ticket price same as for disabled). The disabled parking and toilet will be close to the platform area. Disable ticket prices are the same as Side Standing.

Ticket Types – please note these descriptions only apply to Sunday Evening
THIS IS AN ALL STANDING CONCERT

General Standing
As well as video screens left and right of the stage there will be two giant screens directly above the Sound Desk area. The Park is naturally sloping towards the stage position so in effect is ‘looking down on it’. Complimentary programme.

VIP Ticket
Commences Sunday 12.30. This ticket covers BOTH the AFTERNOON and EVENING shows. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Entertaining Host for the evening in VIP Marquee. Luxury Summer Buffet early evening with an interesting twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne teas, coffees and soft drinks. Corraled Standing in front of the stage. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after show hospitality.

Hi-Rollers Ticket
Commences 11am when the artists arrive for rehearsals so you experience ALL the day’s excitement. This ticket covers BOTH the AFTERNOON and EVENING shows. Complimentary priority parking. No queuing entrance. Complimentary programme. Entertaining Host for the afternoon and evening in Hi-Roller spacious and totally exclusive Marquee with well-known celebrity guests mingling plus festival artists who have arrived early for other nights or stayed over (a number already confirmed). Luxury Summer Buffet Luncheon with an entertaining twist! Private bar. Complimentary Champagne, teas, coffees and soft drinks. Back stage tours whilst artists rehearse and in between acts – see and experience what the artist experiences from the main stage with a full production! Early evening Luxury Summer Buffet and entertainment and complimentary Champagne etc. A draw will take place to have a personal Meet and Greet with the performing artists on the particular day and obtain autographs and photographs etc. Where possible autographs will be sort if requested for all Hi-Roller guests. Wider, cushioned seat seats directly in front of the stage. Interval complimentary Champagne, teas etc and nibbles. Private bar. Plus after-show hospitality with entertainment.

Disabled
There will be a raised platform for ALL four shows. Subject to availability, each wheelchair user will be allowed one person to sit with them (ticket price same as for disabled). The disabled parking and toilet will be close to the platform area. Disabled ticket prices are the same as General standing.

The Park is naturally sloping towards the stage position so the audience is in effect ‘looking down on’ the stage.

Bus Ticket
Bus Tickets are for return travel on special services between Ramsey, Peel and Port Erin. Pick-up times will be approximately one hour before the gates open at the Frestival. You will be sent appropriate tickets for your post code (please contact us if your pick-up location is not the same as your ticket delivery address). The buses will leave for their return journey 15 minutes after the last artist leaves the stage.

The Park is naturally sloping towards the stage position so the audience is in effect ‘looking down on’ the stage.

3-day Festival Rear & General Standing Ticket…£125 + BF

Ticket Types
Standing Adult £125 + £8.50 bkg fee £133.50
Standing Under 16 £115 + £8.50 bkg fee £123.50

 

Description:
Superb value ticket for all 3 days to see 24 artists/bands – equals £5.56 per adult per band and £5.15 U16. Rear standing at Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon’s concerts plus General Standing on Sunday evening. This ticket is also available on the DISABLED platform subject to availability, please phone 600 600 to check, thank you.

Please note that UNDER 14’s MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. A maximum of six Under 14’s will be admitted to the Festival per accompanying adult. Full Terms and conditions HERE.

Why not give this ticket as a gift with a personal message in a gift presentation pack for a birthday or just as a special gift?

X-Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent

X-Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent

Enter our new X-factor competition…
Vote here to see one of your favorite artists from this year’s X Factor finalists at the Bay Festival. Voting closes on 30th November. One vote per week per person.

Diversity

Stavros Flatley

Leon Jackson

Eoghan Quigg

Ruth Lorenzo

George Sampson

Signature

Last Night In the Park – 80s Stonkin’ Party

Last Night In the Park – 80s Stonkin’ Party

Rick Astle   

Belinda Carlisle

Boy George

Kim Wilde

Cutting Crew

The Real Thing

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris

PLEASE NOTE TICKETS WILL NOT GO ON SALE FOR CALVIN UNTIL THE HEADLINE IS ANNOUNCED SHORTLY – HOWEVER YOU CAN PURCHASE FESTIVAL TICKETS WHICH ALLOWS ACCESS TO ALL 4 SHOWS (3 DAYS) INCLUDING THIS NIGHT

Now, are you ready for the weekend? Opening up the festival weekend is… Calvin Harris, yes…Calvin Harris. The highly acclaimed electronic musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. His debut album, ‘I Created Disco’, was released in 2007 and contained the Top 10 singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”. His debut performance was in support Faithless and Groove Armada.

Having written and produced records for other recording artists including Kylie Minogue’s X and his number 1 collaboration with British rapper Dizzee Rascal, “Dance Wiv Me”. His second studio album Ready for the Weekend was released in August 2009 and reached number 1 in the UK Album Charts August. It contains the number 1 single “I’m Not Alone” the UK Top 5 Single “Ready for the Weekend”, which was released on 10 August and the track “Flashback” which was released as the third single from the album on 2 November.

In 2007, Dragonette released their cover of Harris’ “The Girls” retitled “The Boys”, during which the band alludes directly to him: “I even like those scrawny, Scottish, into pop music but not like sorta like pop dance electro music.” It was Dragonette’s version of the song, however, that made its way onto Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 2008 runway show.

In 2008 he collaborated with Dizzee on Dizzee’s song “Dance Wiv Me” performing an acoustic version for the BBC as part of the Glastonbury Festival 2008 coverage. The song was released digitally on 30 June 2008 and went straight to number 1 in the UK. On 18 October 2008, he was also featured on Radio 1’s Essential Mix with a 2-hour set.

In 2009 he produced Dizzee Rascal’s next single entitled “Holiday”. He was supposed to make an appearance in its music video but objected to dancing along in some scenes, wearing a certain shirt for the video and not wearing his “fly eye” glasses.

The first single, “I’m Not Alone” was exclusively performed in Sydney, on New Year’s Eve. The new single debuted on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show and was released in April 2009. It debuted in the UK Singles Chart at number 1 on Easter Sunday on downloads alone, then stayed on top for a second week after the physical format had been released. On its release, his single “Ready for the Weekend” went to number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

In June he appeared at the Summertime Ball at the Emirates Stadium and performed “I’m Not Alone”, “The Girls” and “Acceptable in the 80s”. He then brought on Dizzee Rascal and Chrome and performed “Dance Wiv Me”. Harris went on as a guest appearance with Tiësto’s song “Century “on his new album Kaleidoscope.

His remix catalog is vast with collaborations which include artists such as the Kaiser Chiefs, Faithless and Kate Perry to his credit. This NBE award-winning musician is simply incredible!

Are you ready Isle of Man for the weekend with Calvin?

Flashback – from his latest album

CHAPTER FOUR – Phew…I’m glad that’s over!

CHAPTER FOUR – Phew…I’m glad that’s over!

Have you ever tried dealing with music agents and booking 24 artists/bands? No? Well, I suggest EVERYONE should spend at least 3 months giving it a full time go and then they’ll fully appreciate how ‘normal and stressless’ their lives really were before they started!

In fact the very small number of people, the same usual handful of suspects (who spend all their time on websites loving to moan nothing ever happens on the Isle of Man and ‘how rubbish it is here’ and then as soon as something does they spend all their time loving to try to ‘rubbish it’….it’s a shame really, I genuinely feel sorry for them as they really do need to do something positive with their lives that actually contribute to improving the quality of Island live…we ALL need to do our bit!) should actually run THEIR own festivals. After all, it is free world….nothing stopping them…..in fact, I can give them a whole load of telephone numbers and email addresses of a whole load of agents to get them started! (you read it here first!)

Well, there you go, what else could I really have expected? Raise your head above the parapet? ‘Get…. back….in…. the…. basket….. yessir!’ In fact I find negative comments very inspirational, it gives me that extra spur I need to get me even quicker off my backside (JLS stands for (did I tell you JLS are coming to the IOM next year?…not sure where they are on it but I’ll get back to you (also did I tell you we are going to run a comp early in the New Year and the winners get to meet JLS? No? as I say, I’ll get back to you) …anyway JLS stands for Jack the Lad Swings! Well, I’m JFY, Jack Flash Yessir. Boy, when I get going just watch out, you won’t see me for the dust. In fact, I’m so crazy no one in their right mind would get up at 3.30am to write this rubbish (oh no, I’ve just done a ‘Gerald Ratner’!! Damn, too late now….spoken word, sped arrow and all that…oh, just remembered I’m typing this…does anyone know how the delete button works? It just goes forward on mine).

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yes, in 2007, for the Peel Bay Festival, I was deluged with comments from the ‘yessirs’ (yes I am part of the ethnic minority, my mother’s maiden name was Quirk and my relatives have lived in Peel for seven trillion years. In fact organising things has always been a genetic defect in the Quirk ancestry, my very first relatives in Peel were heavily into the clubbing scene here, usually on the Vikings!)…where was I, oh yes – mainly circulating around ‘you’ve bitten off more than you can chew this time fella’ (as I used to organise Viking Festivals (keeping the clubbing genetic instinct going) on Peel Beach for a few years, building entire forts etc, culminating in bringing over one year one of the stages from the Glastonbury festival and building it on Peel Beach and having 2 ‘tribute nights’ with 7,000 people attending over the two nights. In fact, as soon as I came up with that idea I had even more soothsayers saying “that’s total rubbish that”, “I’m not buying any tickets as it’ll never happen” etc. I think you are getting the flavor/direction by now this is heading.

Anyway I found years ago when I first started trying to do my bit to turn the fortunes/perception of Peel around by renovating/ building sympathetically in the conversation area of this fair city (at a time when most people genuinely twinned Peel with the wastes of Higher Foxdale) that I had people saying to me I was ruining Peel… by trying to save these old buildings falling into the ground. When I converted the ‘Viking Longhouse’ (a very visible old Victorian warehouse that lost its roof about 50 years ago and the residue left was rapidly falling apart and giving any visitors to Peel an impression that Peel is a ‘complete dump’ and explains the reason I had to discount house prices when I first start by 15% compared to Douglas as no one wanted to move here) there was actually an article printed in the local ‘rag’ saying I should leave it alone as it was part of Peel’s ‘heritage’. In fact, the structural engineer’s report stated that this piece of ‘heritage’ was going to be a pile of ‘heritage’ sandstone if nothing was done to the building within 18 months.

So I learned a long, long time ago that I can’t please all the people all the time. So why am I organizing the Manx Telecom Bay Festival with my son, Jamie (ably supported by Cheryl)? I just don’t know, answers please on a postcard! No, no, yes, yes, yes….yes I do know, I’m just trying to improve the quality of life on the Island (that is why I renovated/saved old buildings in Peel at a time when I was taking a hit of 15% on prices in Peel compared to Douglas when it would have cost me the same money to renovate property in Douglas as it did in Peel).

I’ve never set out to win any popularity polls (probably just as well!), but what I did set out to achieve with the Manx Telecom Bay Festival was giving the people of the Isle of Man, some on incomes that cannot afford the prohibitive costs associated with seeing major artists across in the UK, the ‘big’ festival experience and seeing a full range (24 artists/bands) on their doorstep. (Yes there is also the instinctive desire to recoup some of the massive losses associated with the PBF in 2007! If we turn this around we can all go clubbing). Anyway, why should the Isle of Man be disadvantaged? We should be able to showcase to the rest of the world that the Isle of Man is as good (if not better) than anywhere else!

Go on name me an artist, any artist/band (that most people will have heard of), go on and I’ll tell you who the agent is and why they are not available (even most of this took me 3 months to find out as most (not all, I’m not tarring here) but most agents don’t respond to 1,2,3,4,5,6… (you get the idea?) emails and/or 1,2,3,4,5,6… (I think you’ve got the picture now!) phone calls. However one agent, who proved extremely helpful when I finally worked my way through the maze, who is part of the largest music agency in the world, said to me 4 weeks ago (which just added to the stress levels but made me realise I wasn’t alone) that ALL promoters are worried about next year as the VAST majority of artists/bands are off the road. They may consider one-offs but want a big premium which pushes the fee level way beyond most venues budgets apart from the larger festivals. However, it would have been just as easy and less frustrating for most of these non-respondent agents to send me a quick email saying ‘not available’ and then job ‘sorted’ rather than me clogging their inboxes up or switchboard. Still, the Lord moves in mysterious ways.

Now the best investment I made six weeks into this battle, which I purely stumbled across by sheer good fortune, is this American software package that tells me who the agents are for which artist anywhere in the world, who their manager is, record company with all the contact details and inside leg measurements. It also gives me the Box Office history of where they have played over the last few years, the size of the venue, the percentage of tickets sold to venue size etc. That was an absolute Godsend. You name me an artist/band any artist/band and I can tell you all, however, what it didn’t tell me was how to get that agent to respond! “Hello, can I speak to Razor Smith?”, “He’s in a meeting at the moment please send him an email (stock reply!)”, “I’ve already sent him 6!”, “Well send him another one”…I think you are getting a clearer idea now!

Anyway, those problems are now behind me for this year (but most of the major artists are back out in 2011) and I’ve got to say (even though I say it myself!) I’m WELL pleased with the eventual artist line-up!! (you can’t see this but I’m actually patting myself on my back…my clubbing ancestors will be very proud…). This line-up literally provides something for EVERYONE! This festival could never be just aimed at just ONE musical interest as It would be financial suicide. However, I feel we have the mix absolutely right.

So the 2010 festival is going to be fantastic, not only do we have some fantastic artists but we have all sorts of improvements on the PBF 2007: the stage next time will be 40 metres wide (20 metres before), 4 massive projection screens, one either side of the stage and 2 above the mojo barriers halfway down the tent (2 only smaller ones in 2007 by the stage), more camera positions, more lights to give the ‘shock and awe’ effect, stage effects such as ice fountains, smoke machines, glitter cannons, pyrotechnics etc. This is to add the ‘WOW’ factor to the X-factor and the Y factor (Y indeed?) to the ‘shock and awe’ factor for every single day…oh, it’s all getting very exciting!

I’m pleased to report that tickets are selling very well with a number of products already sold out. People are really voting with their feet! As I write this ‘Gerald Ratner’ early morning of 27th November 2009 we only have a handful of Gold seats left for JLS, plus a few hundred Silver seats and some standing. NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW THIS! But a lot of people think that Friday 18th June it is just purely JLS performing for a short while. They do between 75 and 90 minutes but we have another 2 special surprise artists/bands performing, in addition, to fill up the 3.5/4 hour evening. These very special guests will be announced in February.

‘Sizzling Saturday’ (8 sensational hours and 6 sizzling bands) does not go on sale to pre-registered (get registered!) until 1st December and on general sale from 8 am on 2nd December so I obviously can’t report on those sales. What I can tell you is since Jamie went on Manx Radio yesterday morning and did a really sterling job announcing that the iconic and legendary band Spandau Ballet are headlining (more than ably supported by Calvin Harris and The Feeling etc) we experienced a massive spike in hits on our website which is indicative of the interest shown.

For the ‘X Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent’ all the Gold seats are completely sold out, in fact, that happened after only a few days of going on sale and that is on top of the 500 extras we decided to introduce as blocks were selling out. Side Standing is now close to capacity and Rear Standing is also rapidly filling up.

For the ‘Last Night in the Stonkin’ Park’ party (all standing as a big party night with non-stop wall to wall hits from the 80’s and loads of dancing and sing-alongs…going to be a fantastic night) is now 50% sold out.

Don’t miss the show (literally) please book early! Did I mention what excellent value for money the Festival Ticket is? Including the booking fee, it works out at £5.56 to see each artist/band for an adult and £5.15 for a child under 16. Any of these tickets make a wonderful Christmas/birthday present etc and for a small extra cost, you can even personalize your gift.

So tune in next time for “Good God…. it’s like the Gestapo have arrived”. I might actually finish this story one day….. Support us so we can grow year on year!!!

CHAPTER THREE – A message from my father on announcement eve!

CHAPTER THREE – A message from my father on announcement eve!

After some attempts at writing this as dad would, I have given up and decided to jot down my own thoughts on the last few months! Dad has is own unique style as indeed do I, so here goes at my first attempt at a blog!

Well, it’s 27th October 2009, precisely 234 days until the opening night! It’s the eve of the first announcement for which you will have to tune into Manx Radio at 8.30am tomorrow to hear all the exciting news!! Wow… where did the summer go? Answers on a postcard, please!

Those of you who know Street Heritage will know our slogan, the excitement is building and since dad’s last blog so much has happened to make this first announcement possible, hence the excitement has built and built to an almost boiling point! Notably, over 10,000 people registered for priority booking and good grief that’s over an eighth of the population! I take my hat off to dad! When he puts his mind to it he really goes for it and its all or nothing with him and Boy George it’s everything here! The last few months have proved turbulent but potentially rewarding as I think it’s safe to assume the Isle of Man will never have seen before what we will be announcing tomorrow. It is as if we have something unique, something inimitable something to be factored into father’s day on 20th June 2010! It will certainly provide a variety of talent!

That said, as you will recall from the recent press we had reached an agreement with Boyzone for an exclusive reunion to play Friday, 18th June. The full agreement was just literally agreed at 3 pm on that Friday and then very sadly Stephen Gately passed away on Saturday. This was extremely upsetting for his family, friends, and fans. After the initial shock, it left us with a few headaches for us as promoters. How to fill the void… we were asked to hold it over for two weeks as the band went through their grieving process. The two weeks is now up so we expect a decision anytime now. If they decide not to continue we have a very good alternative band in mind. We are also close to finalizing the Saturday night with hopefully an excellent ‘indie/rock’ band. Watch this space!

However tomorrow, Wednesday 28th October, please tune into Manx Radio at 8.30 am for the first announcement of who will play in the two shows on Sunday 20th June at the festival! I think you will be surprised by the Diversity of talent we will have!

You can start purchasing tickets as from 8 am Tuesday 3rd November (Monday 2nd if you are registered). I would recommend that you book early as our capacity is reduced to 7,000 this year (10,000 in 2007 and we sold nearly 6,000 on the Ronan Keating & McFly night….so not much slack there!). This is due to the only size of the tent we can get on the site is an 8 pole (12 pole in 2007). It is the same width but shorter. Don’t miss out on tickets!! Be prepared!!!

Best wishes,

Jamie Irving

CHAPTER TWO – Hot Sunny Days in the Isle of Man

CHAPTER TWO – Hot Sunny Days in the Isle of Man

Well, it was a blistering hot day but extremely worthwhile – another 400 people registered all collected in the middle of a field in the middle of the country in the middle of the Isle of Man. Who? What? Where?

Yes, you’ve guessed it – it was the Royal Show at Sulby. Manx Telecom (just when you think they can’t do any more to help to make a success of next year’s festival they push that bar even further!!) had their own marquee at the Show and Voirrey (I did say to her I would mention how good she is – which she is!)contacted us a few weeks ago to ask did we want a small marquee alongside theirs and they’ll put up banners for us and all we would have to do is ‘man it’ (or in our case ‘lady’ it – my wife, Diane, daughters Peggy and Lucy….well actually that was yesterday, Friday, but today it is ‘man’ it as it is my son Jamie’s turn and also ‘lady’ it as he is there with his girlfriend Hannah.

Their mission today, if they accept it, is to achieve another 400 and we will have tipped the level of 7,000 registrants. STOP PRESS The news has just arrived from the North … we have now tipped the 7,000. Jamie has just phoned to confirm that they signed up just over 500 today – (I’m actually pretending today is still Saturday in true journalistic terms, but I’ve had a sleep since then (well not much of one actually as my shoulder has developed some kind of man flu which kept me awake) and I’ve now started again at 6.23am Sunday morning).

There are a load of advantages to being registered but just a few is that if you do you are ahead of the main rush for the tickets and also you won’t have to endure long queues to stand in for hours as you can book from the comfort of your own comfortable armchair and shooting slippers.

Ironically, I understand the Royal Show moves to Knockaloe in 2011 which we were going to share the fields with them. The idea was we ran the Peel Bay Festival in 2008 from there then shared as soon as they moved. But anyone who has followed this saga will know a rerun of the PBF hit the Peel Bay Rocks after a slight fall out I had with the then Minister of Tourism (or ‘Doomism’ as he was christened by one of our merry band). I suppose that fall out was the reason that the PBF is now confined to the annals of history but for those that were there, it is a story worth telling their grandchildren as they are now in an exclusive club. However, we now have a new Minister of Tourism who is very supportive of another festival and is actually one of our registrants! And with the lessons learned in 2007, it means we are going to ensure we deliver an even better festival in Nobles Park next June so you can tell your grandchildren that you were at the very first Manx Telecom Bay Festival….on the assumption you are there of course! (valid tickets only!!)

Have you seen ‘Transition’ yet? If not, why not? It is our promotional DVD that you can view on this site or YouTube (please type in ‘Bay Festival 2010’). It is heavily symbolic and tells the story of….well if you are interested to read on or if not fast forward to the Epilogue – this is where we split transmissions!

SPLIT TRANSMISSION
Are you still there? Anyway Diane gave to me at Christmas ‘Chicane’s Greatest Hits’ (which was interesting as I hadn’t really heard of them before but when I listened to it I realised there was a track on there that was my inspiration to actually kick start this Festival again – ‘Don’t Give Up!’ (a collaboration between Chicane and Bryan Adams) Jamie and I watched on Sky last October, by pure chance, this festival that Adams played at in Ireland in circa 2006 and this ‘trance’ track featured in his set and we found it EXTREMELY infectious and prophetic. We recorded it which received a LOT of replays! Listen to the lyrics – it applies to us ALL and it gave me the inspiration/encouragement to try again (so if this next festival fails through lack of support – thus condemning all such large-scale IOM festivals to the annals of history (as if it doesn’t work in Douglas it won’t work anywhere) it will be my wife’s fault for giving me the CD…so she will only have herself to blame!…no point trying to apportion any onto me! You’ve read it here first!!).

So the track on ‘Chicane’s Greatest Hits’ that I felt fitted our profile extremely well is ‘Saltwater’. It is another collaboration, this time between Chicane and Máire Brennan of Clannad. As you will hear it is a strong combination of haunting Celtic vocals and trance/dance music which I thought sat really well with the ‘vision’. I better warn you now that the video is choreographed EXACTLY to the music and some viewers may find the fast-moving aerial photography a bit disorientating or ‘flashing’.

This CD received a lot of plays in my car as I traveled around with my work but mainly between our house in Peel and the plantation I take our dog for a walk, some 5 miles away. I listened to this track so many times in the car from January to June (trying to come up with the best storyline to fit and then fine tune it) that the dog could hum the tune by June! Which just bears out the news headline I’ve just heard whilst writing this that some dogs are as intelligent as 2-year-old children! Have they met our dog?

Trying to explain to the helicopter crew what I wanted was an interesting experience. I hired the helicopter that was over filming the TT this year for North One, who was extremely helpful in arranging the availability. However, I did feel that the cost of hire for the hour’s filming should have entitled me to shares in the helicopter but that is another matter.

For insurance purposes I wasn’t allowed to go up in the helicopter – even though I thought I owned shares in this by now, but that is another matter. So Jamie and I are sat in the fire station at the end of Ronaldsway airport on the Thursday afternoon of Race Week trying to explain what I wanted. I had written a second by second ‘storyboard’ and gave the Pilot and the Cameraman a copy. I had also prepared a map. “Are you sure I can’t come up with you as it would be FAR easier?” “No sorry mate it’s the insurance!” They were two extremely pleasant and helpful people but rules are unfortunately rules!..even though I thought I owned shares, but that is another matter.

I said “any way the most important bit out of the whole lot by far is when you do 2 circles over Peel you have to make sure your crossover point is EXACTLY the same as when you do your run through to Port Erin i.e. I need to ‘reverse out’ of the footage of the PBF in slow-mo to create the feel of uncertainty of its future and on the crossover point I’ll stop the footage for a split second and then we hurtle forwards off to Port Erin”.

Knowing they had another job to do whilst they were ‘up there’ which they were running late so I had to ‘download’ to them in 3 minutes something I had been living with for 6 months! “So do we turn left here”, “no you turn right, it tells you here on the script…although I admit not very clear ”. “How low can you fly?” “Lower than you might think, do you want me to fly low coming into Peel and rise up as we reach land? We did something similar the other night for the TT broadcast, hovering over the Grandstand.” “Perfect!” I said, “just train your camera on the sea and hold it there until you are near the breakwater.” “Where’s the breakwater?” “You’ll find it”. “Do you want me to enter Port Erin sweeping clockwise or anti-clockwise?” “Anti-clockwise, it tells you here on the script …although I admit not very clearly. Port Erin is anti, Castletown is clockwise, Ramsey is anti and Douglas is anti”. “How many circles do you want of each bay?” “Two, it tells you here on the script …although I admit not very clearly. Are you sure I can’t come with you? I think I now own shares in this helicopter anyway!” “No, sorry but I think we’ve got the gist of it now…. but we’ll have to rush.”

I thought if this turns out ANYTHING like I have scripted it will be an absolute miracle. So I resigned myself to just accepting whatever they gave me (as they were filming in it HD and there was no way I could view it until it was converted and by then they will have left the Island) and writing the story around whatever I had. Anyway, after an hour and a half, they arrived back at the Fire Station, handed me the raw footage and I’m extremely pleased to report that when I eventually viewed it they had done EXACTLY what I wanted – what pros!

However, what was that missile they filmed over Laxey Bay turning back on itself and crisscrossing? Take a look.

The next stage was to cut all this footage from the PBF in 2007 (7 nights worth) and 1 hour of aerial photography into a 3 minute and 35 second DVD. I met up with Peter Duke from Duke Video who introduced me to Simon who runs his editing suite. Simon converted the raw footage from HD into a standard DVD so I spent the weekend viewing it over and over again making notes. But in the meantime, I left the soundtrack and storyboard script with Simon.

On Monday afternoon I went in and was introduced to Mike who had been given the unenviable task of working with me to edit it. The first thing Mike said, “I’ve gone through it this morning and it’s too long at 3.5 minutes, we need to cut it down.” I thought ‘aw Gawd, another potential problem… a battle of wills is going to ensue here’. So I said, “let’s see how my script pans out and if at the end you don’t see the merit then we will look to cut it”. Mike replied, “fair enough, I’m just used to people coming in here not really knowing exactly what they want but I can see you do.“ And from that point on we got on like a house on fire and we bounced ideas off each other and democracy ruled and it just got better and better.

After 3 days we had a ‘rough draft’ and I took it home to show the family. After about 10 reruns we started with ideas: Jamie suggested we show the energy/spirit of the PBF being transported to Douglas; Diane suggested that the energy/spirit explodes into Nobles Park; Peggy suggested we had a load of flame swirling behind the appearing logo and Lucy suggested we all had a cup of tea.

All very useful and welcome comments, especially the tea. I went back to Mike who in the meantime had very brilliantly edited The Who footage to choreograph exactly to the music – please watch it and you’ll see what I mean…especially the bit where Roger Daltrey catches the microphone on the finish of the riff. Also, I like the way that he ‘ghosted’ Townshend and Daltrey over Peel Castle.

The ‘crossover’ bit I referred to earlier from the helicopter was the only thing that didn’t happen the way I wanted. The Pilot had the right path but just too high. I said fly towards the PBF field so we can cut in the PBF footage and then turnaround by the Switchback and fly back over the crossover point and then head to Port Erin. Unfortunately, his entry height to the second sweep of the Bay was too low compared to his fly over heading south. However, Mike did some very clever editing which works probably better than originally intended. At that point, I told him to ‘suck out of the ground’ from the Festival field the ENERGY/SPIRIT ORB and he came up with the idea of the swirling mass you see on the footage which the camera follows in its search for a new home.

So what does it all mean? It portrays the ‘Transition’ between the PBF roots of 2007 and moving all that knowledge and energy to put this event onto a national footing into the heart of the Island’s capital. It starts with the swirling cloud of the ‘pre-birth’, then the idea is born and the cloud starts to break and as the idea starts to develop the ‘fog’ starts to completely clear and we gain some momentum as we sweep in over Peel Bay and then the rush starts to get it ready in time as the flight breaks to the right over Peel Castle and does 2 laps of the Bay and then bang the PBF is in ‘full flight’. There then follows 69 seconds of the actual PBF footage (memorable stuff!) and then the festival is over and there is all the ‘fog’ of uncertainty – will it or will it not happen again? Is it finished forevermore?

After 2 years finally, the decision is taken to hold it again and the ‘fog’ lifts and then all that PBF energy/spirit is to be set free in the search of another home. The search then begins seeking out all the major bays of the Isle of Man and ends up exploding into Nobles Park where it will be held next June between 18th and 20th.

So, in the end, did Mike agree that it was still too long?….No, he thought the timing was just right based on the context. I would like to register a BIG thank you for his good humor, accommodation, and brilliant editing skills – nearly as good as the script!!

TRANSMISSIONS RE-EMERGE
And finally….
”and so who’ve you got for next year then?” is a question I get asked all the time. In fact, if I had a pound for every time I have been asked that it would have gone a long way to plugging the financial hole of 2007. However, the honest answer right this minute (and the next) is NO ONE! However, Lenny Conroy from Triskel Promotions (the chap who is bringing the Kaiser Chiefs to the Island this month)and myself are on to it!

The problem is that all the London agents I used in 2006 for 2007 have all said that they are still trying to sort their artists’ tours for the rest of this year first. And ALL have said, “come back early September”.

So we’ll be there on Tuesday 1st September at 11 am (they start late and finish late) chasing them all to see if we can get our ‘wish list’ to come true. However, we will have our line up finalized by the end of September and be on sale early November…keep watching this space.

So tune in next time for “Good God…. it’s like the Gestapo have arrived”. Er..er..okay… I know I said that at the end of the last Chapter but it is now 8.50PM NOW on Sunday 9th August and I’ve had enough for today and I think you’ve had more than enough if indeed you are still there, after all, it is Sunday and I’m meant to be pretending it’s still Saturday…life is so confusing!

So tune in next time for “Good God…. it’s like the Gestapo have arrived”.