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  • School in a Bag 1:55 pm on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bands, , charity music festival, , Early Bird, earlybird, , , , festival goers, Glastonbury, happy, , June, , musicians, , , , tickets,   

    Home Farm Fest Earlybird tickets, and the future of the festival 

    Next year’s Home Farm Fest will be no different in many ways; still the second week of June, still School in a Bag’s biggest annual fundraiser, still a little gem on the festival circuit, still a weekend full of fantastic music, lots of fun and a brilliant place to come with family and friends…

    HFF13 Earlybird tickets on sale now!

    HFF13 Earlybird tickets on sale now! Click image to buy them…

     

    What is changing though (apart from the music line-up so we can introduce you to some more amazing musical talent, some additions here and there and a few tweaks to make general improvements), is that we have come up against the beast that is VAT. What that means is unfortunately and very regrettably, our tickets prices have to increase in order for us to be able to pay the bill, and whilst we are doing all we can do keep them as low as possible (to the point where we, the charity, won’t be making any more money from 2017’s ticket prices compared to 2018’s), there will be more than our usual £5-ish annual increase.

    Soooo, what does that mean for us and you?

    Well we hope that this is understood by you, as a festival goer, and that we as a charity can’t do anything about it, but also that you are able to keep supporting us as you have done in the past. We rely heavily on the funds Home Farm Fest brings in to support our charity, School in a Bag, and without it, we will suffer the consequences.

    Although it takes months of hard work and a lot of people giving up their time too make it happen, it is something we all love doing and we know from feedback that you love it too!

    As a little bit of compensation to this news, we’d like to make you fully aware that you can get your Earlybird tickets at THIS year’s prices, and will be saving yourself a few more quid than usual by doing so! We have moved the very popular ticket portal, Eventbrite, rather than through our own in-house database, as we get to use a system that is being used worldwide and proven itself to be hugely affective, we get 24 hour support (which we’re hoping we won’t need to use too much!) , but, we are in control of the information that goes out to you, the customer, we get to update it as and when we need to, and we get lots of information back that we can use to help make your ticket-buying experience as smooth and easy as possible.

    All that’s left really, is to encourage you to get your tickets before 11.30pm on 31st December, get all you friends and family to come along too, and enjoy what really is the party of the Summer! If you need any more nudging to get them, or haven’t been before – maybe you’re hesitant as you’ve got young children who have never been, well this is THE perfect first festival for families as it’s not a vast expanse of field after field, our licence finishes at midnight so music isn’t carrying on until the early hours at high volume, and if you’re local and don’t fancy camping, it’s really easy to pop home to sleep and then come back the next day – our car parking field is next to the entrance.

    Oh, and there’s no Glastonbury in 2018 so why not try us instead?! :)

    Thank you to everyone who supports us year after year, we love seeing the regulars, and of course welcoming newbies too and making Home Farm Fest what it is. We can’t thank the musicians enough for giving up their time for free, and all those who volunteer before, during and after the festival too to make it happen. You’re all awesome!

    You can get your tickets HERE

    We hope to see you in June!
    The Home Farm Fest team x

    Ps If the festival toilet situation is holding you back from coming along, then fear not, as we have our very own Poo Patrol team – three of the nicest toilet cleaners you’re ever likely to meet and possibly the cleanest festival toilets you’re ever likely to use!!

    The HFF Poo Patrol team. From L-R: Luke, Jules and Darren

    The HFF Poo Patrol team. From L-R: Luke, Jules and Darren

    Please allow to be introduced to Luke (actually School in a Bag’s Founder & CEO), Jules (a teacher, when he’s not cleaning toilets) and Darren (the Mayor of Yeovil!!) – no job too big for these fine men, they’ve even been know to help retrieve ‘lost’ phones from the portable loos – although please don’t make this a habit as the phones don’t work so well after…and one last tip, don’t shake their hands if they’re wearing their big red gloves…!!

     

     
  • School in a Bag 2:12 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple Music, Bands, Chiang Mai, Child, , , December, , International Schools, iTunes, Piers Simon Appeal, Prem Tinsulanonda International School, , Spotify, Thailand, The Odd Gods   

    *CORRECTION* SIAB ‘Blog in a Bag’ No.27: School in a Bag has its own Charity Music Single 

    One of the things I love about working in the charity sector is the unexpected – each and every day there is always the potential for someone or something to pop in to our School in a Bag life – it is what makes running a charity really exciting.  Well, this is exactly what happened on October 10th at 4.01am when a message popped into my Messenger inbox.  Who would have thought that almost 13 years on, School in a Bag has managed to bag (pardon the pun) a first and the inspiration has come from the roots of our inception in Thailand….

    Hi Luke, 

    This is Michelle Ring in Chiang Mai in Thailand. We know each other from Prem International School (where I, Luke, worked from 2004 – 2007). Both my girls went there, Danielle and Frances.  I hope you are well.

    I have been watching with interest your charity Piers Simon Appeal/School in a Bag and love the work you do.  I manage my husbands band, The Odd Gods, here in Chiang Mai. All of their music is original and we have a song that is now in its final mixing stage called ‘Child’.  I’m sending you the rough mix so you can listen to it and then if possible, are you available sometime today or tomorrow to chat more about the song ‘Child’ being used to raise money for School in a Bag? We have over 17,000 fans on Facebook so we can reach a wide audience.

    We are looking at a release date at the end of November or the 1st week in December so I really need to get the logistics sorted as soon as possible.  We would like the song to raise funds for your charity for 12 months from its release date and for each online sale of the song, 50% will go to School in a Bag.

    I look forward to hearing from you.  Love to the family.

    Michelle

    How amazing is that?  Well today is the day that we can start the promotion of the single ‘Child’ by The Odd Gods which is due for official release on Saturday December 9th.  Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite…

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    ‘Child’ will be available to purchase from iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify  and many more outlets – we will post a full list of these with a link to purchase the single on Saturday December 9th.

    Huge thanks must go to Michelle and the band members from The Odd Gods for choosing to support School in a Bag through the single.  It is a wonderfully catchy song that would make an excellent Christmas present…and who knows, The Odd Gods may even make a guest appearance at Home Farm Fest 13 0n June 8/9/10 2018??

    “Let them be a child…”

    Luke – Founder and CEO

     

     

     

     

     
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