Twelve hours of music at El Festivo Pacifico
El Festivo Pacifico organiser Eugene Wilson
After some six years in the planning, a one-day festival that will feature 12 hours of live music is set to get under way.
El Festivo Pacifico takes place at Moaney Moar Farm, at Cronk y Voddy, on Saturday next week (September 10).
The event is the brainchild of Eugene Wilson, a nurse practitioner in hospice palliative care who has been raising money for Anthony Nolan ever since his daughter died from leukaemia.
Proceeds from the festival will be split between Anthony Nolan and Hospice Isle of Man.
Eugene told Island Life: ‘This is I a project I have been planning for many years now and finally it is coming to fruition.
‘I’m excited and quietly nervous about it coming together.’
The diverse line-up of music and dancing has been chosen for its feel-good factor.
The line up is as follows: 12.05pm Colin Brew; 12.45pm Denise and Brian; 1.30pm Perree Bane; 2pm Cate Tonks Trio 2.30pm Winchester Acoustic Session; 3pm The Fecktones; 4pm Shanela Macorking; 5pm Ian Thompson; 6pm Relative Impact; 7pm Eoin and Lauren Molyneux; 8pm Frantic4Quo; 10pm Looney and the Vikings.
The family-friendly event will also have a range of stalls including face painting and henna tattoos.
Hospice staff will be offering complementary head and hand massages in return for a donation.
And there will be a range of food and drink vans, with vendors including candy floss and home-made cakes with tea and coffee. It’s a bring your own bottle event.
Eugene said: ‘It’s going to be a fantastic day and night.
‘The gate opens at 11.45am - please come and enjoy yourself and inadvertently raise money for charity.’
Eugene is no stranger to organising fundraising concerts. He organises an annual 12-hour guitarathon.
Asked whether he hoped the festival would become a regular event, he said: ‘I’m not planning anything for next year but I’ll never say never...’
Tickets (£10 for adults, £5 for children aged eight-plus) are available online at hospice.org.im/festivo
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