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ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary 2017 Winners Announced

The independent music and arts festival Samphire has been announced as the winning recipients of this year’s ID&C £2500 Grass Roots Bursary. The bursary, donated annually by wristband suppliers ID&C, offers small to medium sized UK festivals the chance to win £2500 towards their security wristband and accreditation. The online competition has been created to lend a helping hand to the festival industry young-guns and recognise festivals which relay the grass roots ethos; engaging their local community and proving themselves dedicated entirely to the fans.

This year’s recipients Samphire Festival is the brainchild of couple Flora Blathwayt and Josh Beuachamp, who have had a busy year since the festival debuted last summer. Through hard work and determination, they broke a Crowdfunder record, had a sell-out event, and went on to win ‘Best Small Festival’, all without the help of an outside investor. Their journey following the daily highs and lows had been documented in an engaging honest video blog ’56 seconds of Samphire’, which has been shared across social media.  

Organiser, Flora said "When ID&C called and told us we’d won the Grass Roots Bursary it was the most cracking news and such a fab confidence boost to know that someone believes in us. Thank you so much ID&C Wristbands".

Josh added “We couldn’t afford festival guides last year which was a real shame as it’s something a lot of festival goers (including myself!) really love but winning this bursary will enable us to bring them in which makes us very happy".

ID&C director Matt Wilkey said: “Every year it gets harder to decide on one winner, as festival organisers clearly work so hard and put in such effort to make these events a success.”

He added: “Samphire Festival’s application was impressive. From their mission to involve their local community in Porlock, rural West Somerset to their dedication to educate their fans on environmental responsibility and sustainability, in our opinion they are worthy winners of the bursary.”

The Grass Roots Festival Bursary is rolled out yearly and open to applications from new festivals with a single day ticket allocation of no more than 15,000. Over 30 festivals applied for the bursary in 2017, with Samphire Festival awarded as the winners.

To apply for the 2018 ID&C Grass Roots Bursary, click here.

ID&C: 22nd May 2017 15:15:00

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