Hearts on Fire festival problems despite overall success
THE HEARTS ON FIRE festival in Glastonbury in July, at which Cliff
Richard, Rick Wakeman, Graham Kendrick and many others appeared, was
deemed a success by the organisers despite making a financial loss and
a 'Wakeman Quits Christian Stage' front-page story in The Christian
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There were also reported problems with a section of Cliff
Richard fans disappointed not to be at the front of the crowd for the
Saturday gala night of entertainment. Organiser Rick Hillard said, "To
run an event like this will naturally cause some problems and believe
it or not, we are not - and do not claim to be - perfect. I confess we
made some mistakes here and there, but the whole event has been very
warmly received by the people of Glastonbury. Over the weekend at the
Friday evening celebration, Saturday family praise, Sunday united
service and Praise And Proms Finale, we had crowds averaging 1,500.
Saturday itself was very good throughout -apart from those who didn't
like our evening entertainment."
The festival has shown a
financial shortfall but, at the time of going to press, the amount
involved was unclear. Rick Hillard will be leaving Somerset at the end
of this month for a job in London so the future of the festival as a
whole hangs in the balance.
Another problem for the Hearts On
Fire organisers highlighted in Christian Herald has been the failure
of the festival to pay a number of the contributing artists. Amongst
those still to receive payment mentioned in the Christian Herald story
were Paul Heyman and Linda Pearce.