GuilFest Acoustic Stage team going it aloneBy Andre Langlois
February 06, 2013
THE organisers behind the GuilFest Acoustic Stage have set up a new production company to take the stage to other festivals.
Trevor Rapson and James Dorset made the acoustic stage one of the event’s most popular attractions. In their five years they put on top names including Newton Faulkner and 10CC.
Trevor said: “We started running the acoustic stage in 2008 and ended up with a very nice crew of people and a very successful stage. Before GuilFest went into administration we decided to set up our own company.
“I think GuilFest has been a fantastic thing for Guildford and I’ve been involved for 14 years. Obviously the weather destroyed it this year.
“We’re grateful to Tony Scott for giving us the opportunity to run the acoustic stage. We’re fully gutted because it’s been such fun to do. To not be doing it anymore is a shame.”
The new production company, Motley Stage Crew, is approaching festivals to collaborate running stages and has already had interest from Redfest and Weyfest.
A launch party at the Boileroom on Saturday featured James’s father Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry making a surprise appearance to sing his number one hit In the Summertime with swing skiffle band Charley Farley Sunday Four. The other acts on the bill were indie band The Salts, who Trevor predicts are “going places”, True Deceivers, Shotgun House and The Crosstown Trio. All five acts played at Guilfest last year.
The next show in Guildford will be on May 10 at the Boileroom.