9.7 – Music in the Woods
A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. They are commonly held outdoors and are often inclusive of other attractions such as food and merchandise vending, performance art, and social activities. Many festivals are annual or repeat at some other interval. Music in the Woods (MITW) is one such festival held annually in Sepid Wood.
MITW started off as a festival for those who enjoyed the more sedate and classical style of music. It was meant to raise funds and bring publicity to artists that would otherwise not get exposure for their talent. It also had the added benefit of highlighting local wildlife issues. Although the animals who reside in the woodland are now few and far between, the surrounding areas have benefited greatly from the increase in funds and protection the festival brings.
Over the many years the festival has been going, it has grown from its humble beginnings to a massive source of income, not only for the local land owners and businesses. As festivals go it is one relatively free of dangers and violence, as they are keen to point out. Drugs, minor crimes do occur, but, as of yet, nothing major has occurred. Now it covers almost all types of music but heavily favours the more classical and so-called “folk” music.
At the end of the festival, they hold a massive “clean-up party” to restore the woodland to as close to its original nature as possible. Those who help get their tickets costs refunded with extra bonuses, such as memorabilia and props for those who can prove they cleaned up the most and helped restore the woodland to the previous state.
Hooks & Rumours
- The owners of Sepid Wood want to sell up for development. A cash donation drive is being organised to help raise funds so the land can be purchased and preserved for future use by the festival.
- A few people have been bringing extra rubbish along with them for the clean-up party at the end of the festival to help increase the chances of them getting their tickets paid for.
- The tickets prices have always gone up every year, but the last 2 years have seen a massive price hike. Some are saying that the organisers are being greedy as the increased funds are not going to pay the artists or local wildlife charities.
- A very vocal number of locals are protesting the festival, as they have ben doing each year for the last few years, claiming it is disruptive to not only the locals who live there but the environment. Some are starting to suggest it is, in fact, being organised by those who work for the festival as a publicity stunt to help drive awareness.
- The tickets to the festival have gone missing only days before the time they are scheduled to be sold. No-one has any idea who stole them and they are not even appearing on the black market
- During the clean up party, a tent was discovered in which 3 dead bodies were discovered. As of yet this is being kept under wraps, but it is only a matter of time before the news gets out. The organisers want to discover not only who the people where, but who/what killed them.
Inspired by: Music Festival
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