Campsite open to public noon Thursday 28th May until noon Monday 1st June 2020
Box office open between 9:00am & midnight
We followed the classic trajectory in forming and becoming a festival - the unwitting group of friends who put on a party only to see it grow and grow. Way back in 2009 a group of friends who played and shared a love of Folk, Old Time and Bluegrass music began to visit the farm, brought together there by a certain Fiddle Player who used to live on the farm. We had many a fine evening jamming and sitting by the fire. The farm was then owned by an amazing woman called Marianne. She lived on the farm for over 25 years, and before that lived in the Felin down in the valley. In her more active years, Marianne ran a riding school at the farm, and still has many horses on the farm - this is the primary function of the farm.
It had been a while since the farm had been used as a riding school, and as a consequence, had fallen into a less than perfect state of repair - mainly problems with roofs of some of the outbuildings. Spurred on by their love of folk music and outdoor activity, and seeing potential in a farm not used to it's full potential, and with the blessing of Marianne, a plan was concocted to hold a small gathering to raise some money and get volunteers together to help get the farm into better shape. It began with an April "work week", where 20 - 30 vounteers came together on the farm to begin the journey of a big tidy up and clear out. In return for their efforts, and to raise funds (oh how we laugh at that now!), bands were booked, ale was ordered from local breweries, and invites sent out. In wanting to be "above board", some bright spark thought it necessary to get a license... and so we did... and then, we needed a name, and we chose "Fire in the Mountain", suitably named both in fitting with the location and after an old time Appalachian fiddle tune.
2020 will be the tenth festival on The Farm, Cwmnewidion Isaf. We are proud to have created a wonderful and sustainable folk and roots gathering on a beautiful farm in a beautiful country.
The festival now has a core team of 30 people working on it all year round managing all the different areas. We attempt to be a "self-managing" and non-hierachical organistion, having taken inspiration from Frederic Laloux's book, Reinventing Organisations.
Fire in the Mountain Festival LTD is a registered Not-For-Profit Company. This means we do not have a share capital, and all and any profits after modest wages can only be used to further the aims and objectives of the event. Our aims and objectives are simple: "to hold a folk music festival on a farm in return for maintenance and repairs to the farm on which it is held". We can not sell all or any of the festival to corporate companies. We can only give the festival to another organisation with similar aims and objectives.
Running a community focussed event would not be possible without a dedicated team of organisers working for below market rates of pay supplemented by a wonderful bunch of volunteers to make the event happen. Get involved! firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're a not-for-profit organisation running a festival made possible by loads of people working for dirt cheap or for free, so why not prove it? We made a commitment a long time ago to publish our accounts. To Know for Whom you Toil.
The show is costing more and more... it gets better and better.
Summary of Budget Increases 2017-2020. Despite limiting our capacity to 2000 people, the event has got more popular and established. Our production costs have risen significantly in order to run a safe and well organised event. We are hiring in more marquees and yurts, as well as some of the best festival infrastructure on the scene - The Travelling Barn and Timber Stage. More and more families come and more and more people are driving to the event as our audience matures. We are having to spend a lot more on parking cars - hiring a field, paying professional parking marshalls to deal with the number of cars and putting down heavy trackway. In order to this, and a lot of the build, we now need to hire heavy plant. Our build team has always been overstretched, and we have now introduced wages (only £50 per day + travel) to the 10 - 15 people who arrive on site 2 weeks before the event to get everything working - this alone has added £10K to the budget. Our back of house teams and front of house systems have improved with more people helping, relying less on a few stressed out organisers! We are spending a lot more on radios, security (due to tent thefts that now don't happen), lighting and power. We are booking more "famous" bands too, and have increased the size of the music team to run the sound better, facilitate the artists and get all that running smoothly. A big increase over previous years is the evolution of The Procession, with professional artists, musicians and performers now hosting an incredible inclusive spectacle. As the show evolves the real costs of running an event are emerging as we quest for efficiency and safety. Thank you to all our loyal attendees for supporting the festival over the years.
2016 Predicted Expenditure
Campers. Why is there a charge for campers? Answer: People who bring their vans tend to bring all their own food and most of their own alcohol. We need this income, and thus there should be a charge. They are also costs associated with campers coming and going. We need to pay wages or professional parking stewards to ensure that people park sensibly and everyone can fit in. In 2015 we invested over £8000 in "trackway", special and bloody expensive (and heavy) stuff we put down on the grass to stop vehicles getting stuck in the mud. The festival is in Wales right? It'd be gross negligence not to!
Are the repairs to the farm any good? Answer: We have embarked on substantial building work such as repairing and re-slating roofs, restoring stonework, and works to the land. A lot of time and effort goes into the maintenance and upkeep of the farm all year round. Most of our volunteers can only come for 3 - 4 days before the event to help out. We have made do with very limited budget in this project and tremendous works have been achieved. If there are any multi-millionaire benefactors out there who want to bottom line a 10 year plan, please get in touch!.
None of your bands are that famous, why the expensive tickets? Answer: In our opinion, we book some of the best Folk bands in the world, and loads of bands that are not represented on the bills of more mainstream festivals. We have a strong artistic vision and have been praised for booking the best in up-and-coming and emerging folk bands, as well as established folk artists. We are not a pop festival. We strive to pay decent wages to all booked musicians who play, regardless of their chart hits or re-tweets. We at least aim to pay MU Rates to the bands we invite to play. There is no reason why we should not aim to pay a living wage to musicians we respect, just as we would any other labourer. In addition, we have about 1000 applications for 40 slots, so some bands have to play for free.
Is there a local discount? Yes! The best way we could think of to fairly administer a discount to locals was to sell them locally to the festival. Andy's Records was nice enough to help us sell tickets, in Aberystwyth. They are sold in person only (not on the phone please).
Only big festivals charge over £100. Why do you? We still have huge overheads just like any other festival. This is why we've published the budget for all to see. We could sell twice as many tickets for the same infrastructure, but we prefer a lovely small intimate festival. This was a decision we made long ago - not to grow. Ever. We've seen too many festivals we love grow and grow and then turn into something else. We aim to be a sustainable small local event and stay the same small festival everyone has come to love. Please support and respect the festival, and we hope you understand that the ticket price reflects everything we need to make the event safe, fun and accessible for all.