Major New Music Festival Set For St Martin’s

daymark festival 2015Details of a major new music festival on St Martin’s have been confirmed. Island-based music promoter and Radio Scilly Rock Show presenter, Warren Neill, is behind the Daymark Festival on 4th and 5th April.

Warren has already used his extensive industry contacts to bring acts like Dodgy to Scilly and last October he arranged a film festival on the island.

Warren used to host music events when he lived in London and although he says he moved to Scilly for some “peace and quiet” he admits that he “soon got itchy fingers.”

When Warren heard that Piers Lewin had moved the Folk Festival from April to May, Warren says he seized the opportunity to create a music-based start to the season.

He believes that Scilly can be part of bands’ main music touring circuits and they should add the islands to Westcountry tour dates, as we’re “just a hop across on the ferry.”

From Radio Scilly

Warren Neill tells Radio Scilly about the new music festival coming to St Martin’s

The Daymark Festival is about making a connection between Scilly’s musicians and mainland talent, says Warren, and the acts have been keen to come over.

Warren says you have to discount the bands that want “big money” to come and says many have actually contacted him to get details.

Warren says he wants to grow this event slowly.

He doesn’t rule out the Daymark Festival growing in size into something the size of Camel Rock or Aggy Fest in the future, but that brings extra pressures, like bad weather contingency.

He says he wants the first festival to be manageable and to work within his means.

The two-day event at the Sevenstones Inn promises “a bit of everything” but “all good music” says Warren.

And the confirmed programme includes Scilly regulars The Barnacles, The Rough Island Band and Road Runner, with mainland performers like Far North District.

That Devon-based band supported The Kinks last year and describe their music as similar to Fleetwood Mac.

Other acts include Joe Murphy, who plays pop, rock and folk and The Little Unsaid, a singer/songwriter from Yorkshire.

Warren is working on more performers, as yet unconfirmed. He says he’s doing his bit to extend the season with the October film festival at the other end of the holiday period.

And he hopes that the gigs will bring more visitors as the events are being marketed through “correct channels” and in festival guides.

Entry will be with a wristband, priced £7.50.There are limited spaces and Warren advises early purchase.

There’s more info at Warren’s website here.