Richmond Live – An announcement
It is with great sadness that we announce, the end of Richmond Live.
The show that we produced this year was, we believe, the biggest and best Richmond Live ever. We are rightly proud of what we achieved, in the face of considerable adversity, in bringing to our little town one of the biggest bands in the land and a show which brought together people from all over the country.
It was an amazing show, and one which was produced in considerable adversity. Many will be aware of the rapid rise flood which happened on the Tuesday before the show which wiped out much of the preparation work we had done. It was only through the supremely determined efforts of our volunteers that we were able to go ahead when many assumed we would have to cancel.
We have been producing Richmond Live now for 21 years, and in that time the costs have risen considerably. This year, the show cost over £75,000 and we barely broke even. Unfortunately, that is just not sustainable given that it is us, the members of the Richmond Live Team, who ultimately bear the financial responsibility.
It’s just become too expensive to continue.
There are many ways in which we could reduce costs, and we have given a lot of thought to this, but in every case the end result would be something less than we could be proud of. We could, instead, increase the ticket prices, but we’ve always prided ourselves on being an affordable event, and that just doesn’t feel right to us.
There is also the question of the sustainability of the venue. The Batts is one of the most beautiful areas in our town. With the backdrop of the castle, it is a wonderful place to hold a celebration of live music. But it is next to the fastest flowing river in England and prone to flooding. The rapid rise event that we experienced this year was small in comparison to some that have happened in the past, but it threatened us financially and threatened the safety of those working on the site.
With what we know about climate change we can only conclude that those events will become more frequent and more dangerous.
The Batts has been our home for 21 years and we have no heart to use another venue.
It is for those reasons that we have decided to bring a close to 21 years of Richmond Live.
We know that there are many people who will be greatly disappointed by this, and none feel that disappointment more than ourselves, but we feel the time is right.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with producing Richmond Live over the last 21 years, all the previous members of the Richmond Live team, all our volunteers, all our sponsors and all the local authorities who have helped and supported us over the years, but most of all, the people from Richmond and beyond who turn out in their thousands every year to support us. We literally couldn’t have done it without you!
For all of us involved it has been a long, sometimes challenging, and frequently emotional journey. It is, however, a journey which has given us some of the best times of our lives. A journey which we will look back on with a great sense of pride and achievement. A journey which has been a huge honour and a privilege to partake in.
It is fitting I think, that we make this announcement on the anniversary of the very first Richmond Live which was held, on the Batts on the 26th of September 1998.
Thank you, Richmond.
The Richmond Live Team