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Exmouth Gusto jamboree looking for backers

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 31, 2014

Gusto Jamboree organised by Exmouth DJ Alex Warren

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Sponsorships is being sought to ensure a music and arts festival in Exmouth can trump last summer’s hugely successful inaugural event.

The second Gusto Jamboree will take place on Saturday, August 2, and this year organisers hope to secure funding to quadruple the capacity and attract even more top performers.

The festival will showcase a fusion of talented regional musicians and DJs as well as feature live graffiti artists, break dancing demonstrations, children’s activities, hot food and a licensed bar.

It has been put together by events organiser and DJ Alex Warren with help from Becky Baker and is backed by Exmouth Town Council.

In addition to organising the debut festival, the innovative and dedicated 28-year-old was instrumental in securing thousands of pounds of funding for the revamp and re-scaling of the town’s popular skate and BMX park and organising a successful launch event.

The Gusto Jamboree is not-for-profit event and has so far secured £1,500 of funding from the town council as well as around £1,000 from Devon County Council ward members, councillors Eileen Wragg, Bernard Hughes and John Hone and the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership.

All profits over and above the £5,000 loan from the town council, which has made staging the event possible, and its costs, will get ploughed back into next year’s event.

Last year, all 500 tickets were sold and this year the all-day festival is anticipated to attract around 2,000 young revellers – but only if a further £4,000 can be raised.

Alex explained that in order to increase the capacity for this year’s family-friendly bash, the event license is considerably more.

“This year the idea is to expand the event so make it more accessible to more young people and hire a headline DJ,” explained Alex.

“Gusto is a community event and a lot of people are involved for little or no money.

“We are appealing to businesses of whatever size to support the event and make a contribution.

“There will be the opportunity to promote their business and have their logo on the 10,000 brochures as well as the event website and to hang a banner at the event itself.”

Ticket holders can expect a wide spectrum of music including acoustic, rock, funk, reggae and dance. Instead of being at the rugby club it will be staged at the Imperial Recreation Ground.

In the run up to the festival, a series of community youth engagement events are planned giving creative young people in the town the chance to contribute art work at the event.

“I think it’s really important to cater for the interests of young people which aren’t represented so much while providing a festival experience to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity,” added Alex.

The event will take place from midday until 10pm. Tickets are £8 or £4 for under 16s or free for under 10s.

For more information visit the event Facebook page, The Gusto Jamboree.

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