Martlesham: Popular Music on the Green festival will no longer take place – organisers say it was a “victim of its own success”

Music on the Green at Martlesham Heath  Pictured are Bean Stalk performing on stage in front of a large crowd Music on the Green at Martlesham Heath Pictured are Bean Stalk performing on stage in front of a large crowd

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
11:32 AM

The organisers of a popular Suffolk festival which attracted thousands of music lovers every year today announced that the event will no longer take place.

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Music on the Green at Martlesham Heath

Pictured are some of the thousands of visitors to the eventMusic on the Green at Martlesham Heath Pictured are some of the thousands of visitors to the event

Music on the Green, in Martlesham, started 13 years ago as a small village day but rapidly grew to a stage where it attracted crowds of about 10,000 people.

Chairman of the organising committee, Stuart Gordon, said the achievements of the festival has been its downfall as huge crowds led to calls for it to be toned down and to close earlier at future events.

Mr Gordon added: “This real concern, along with the additional burden of higher costs and a shorter day, brought enormous pressures on the volunteer committee.

“As such we decided that we would no longer run the day. It is a real shame as it brought great pleasure to thousands of people and raised significant donations to EACH and other charities over its life. It was a community event run by the community for the community.”

Committee member, Steve Lamb, added: “The early closure stipulation also created another problem of the security of both the Green and the equipment.

“If we finished in the early evening, hundreds of people would stay around enjoying the summer night. This gave us a real concern as to who was responsible after the Village Day finished”.

The committee has decided to donate its remaining funds to charity.

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15 comments

  • This is such a shame as it was always a great day. Those from the village who complained about noise should hang their heads in shame. A music day, for ONE DAY a year, and always finished by 10.30pm, and yet some people cannot help but whinge and moan. It's unfortunate that the big losers in all of this are the children's charities.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • That's a shame as this was always a good event. Though I do feel that Brian's comments are a little harsh, I don't live in Martlesham but I don't feel that I am not entitled to go as a result! It's a shame that the actions of a few have meant that this event was asked to be toned down and finish early .....I'm assuming by residents but as I don't live in Martlesham I wouldn't like to comment on the impact this event used to have, though as others have said, this is only 1 day a year so its a shame the organisers feel this cannot continue.

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    JustMyOpinion

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • brian you sound like a mean old git.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Having helped run the Douglas Bader for 13 years up to two years ago i can assure readers that MOTG was CERTAINLY a victim of its own success. Unless you were involved i do not think anyone can appreciate the very hard work involved in staging this event . Staff from the pub and volunteers and the commitee worked endless hours before and on the day to make this event successful. I can assure you all that it may seem that the pub was very busy and doing a roaring trade but i know for a fact that the pub did not make profit on this event as they helped pay for the security which was needed even the day before the event as it became more popular year after year and portaloos for the event and for many other things that you would not even dream about . I myself am very sad this event will no longer occur and would like to thank all who have been involved with MOTG for all their very very very hard work.

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    Karen Andrews

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Lets get someonepeople to run it. Charities are losing out if this doesn't happen.

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Some heart warming comments Brian. Speculative and ill informed too, I might add.

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    martleshamblue

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Another sad day, another day that brought the community together for a good cause gone. I have enjoyed the past 9 years since i moved to kesgrave & heard about it. It has been getting bigger & bigger with this year having more people than ever.

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    dockboy

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • The Kesgrave one still manages to run with no issues? Come on MOTG, get yourselves sorted.

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • This is such a shame as it was always a great day. Those from the village who complained about noise should hang their heads in shame. A music day, for ONE DAY a year, and always finished by 10.30pm, and yet some people cannot help but whinge and moan. It's unfortunate that the big losers in all of this are the children's charities.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • And yes, I did live there for years, my parents still do, so I know for a fact that a few, very few, in the village actively campaigned to have this event stopped and put undue pressure on the committee. These selfish people obviously have no sense of community. Shame on them.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Let's face it , it's not the ideal event to hold in a built up area with residents of all ages. Much to big and noisy. We could hear the music very clearly in old Kesgrave last year. Goodness knows what is like in the Martlesham area. I' m not against holding these functions but why do they have to be held so close to housing.

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    Sirius

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Where to start with Brian's comments; 1) I live on the Heath, have for nearly 30 years 2) You have no way of knowing how many of the 10,000 are from the Heath and this is not hugely relevant, undeniably a large portion are - certainly the shops and the pub did very nicely out of the day 3) The attendance is not about vanity it is about maximising donations to charity (seems to have been forgotten in this) and giving bands an opportunity to play in front of crowds 4) I took my young child and had no such fears about being trampled by "yobs" 5) Burgalries - should we link any crime on the same day as MOTG to the event, if so what radius of the Green? Clearly any crime is sad and regretable. 6) The vast majority of local people enjoyed the event and the monies provided to EACH were important I am sure. Certainly, some people were inconvenienced for a day but to say that this one day made peoples lives unpleasant is totally without foundation. In this day and age people should be more concerned with what they can give back rather than what it takes away and I for one and saddened that this decision had to be made.

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    martleshamblue

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Using anecdotal evidence about someone being burgled really doesn't back up whatever point it is you are trying to make. There was a spate of burglaries on the Heath a few years ago, I suppose they were because of MotG as well.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Lets get the facts right, there is no longer a Kesgrave music day that was cancelled for the same reasons. Secondly i live on Martlesham Heath and out of the apparently 10000 people who attended no more than 1000 of them would have been from Martlesham Heath. Dont forget the arrests for fighting and the burglaries,two of which were in my road alone. When village day as it was originally called first started it was just that,a day for the residents of the Heath at which very young children could go along to play a take part in activities without the fear of getting trampled on by some drunken yob, if the weather was favourable it really was a nice way to spend the afternoon and evening, until that is it was invaded by heavy rock bands and morons intent on drinking as much alcohol as possible and making peoples lives who LIVE on the Heath unpleasant.

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    BRIAN

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • You are right Martleshamblue i dont know how many of the 10000 were from the Heath, but i too have lived on the Heath for over 30 years and i can honestly say apart from my Wife i didnt recognise anyone. However 'the attendance isnt about vanity' what on earth is that suppose to mean! You must have already read the response from Mr White regarding the charitable donations so i trust that that will put your mind at rest. As far as giving bands an opportunity to play in front of crowds, since when has that been what the original Village Day is all about, ther are plenty of venues in IpswichSuffolk more suited to that.As far as burglaries are concerned the ONLY time in the 30 years that i have lived on the Heath when a burglary has occured in my Road it coinsided with Music on the Green so do the 'math' as they say.As far as the vast majority who enjoyed it are concerned certainly the two households who were the victims of crime in my road didnt enjoy it. Nor did the people who were witness to violent and drunken behaviour. If your so concerned about making charitable donations then do so,you don't need Music on the Green to do it. So you think attending this event makes you feel good about 'giving sometback' how does that work? What are you giving back.?

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    BRIAN

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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