BUSINESSES in Cirencester are being asked to get behind the town’s Phoenix Festival to help them raise another £20,000 for the event.

The free festival held in Cirencester’s Abbey Grounds has attracted visitors from far and wide and put the town on the musical map with local acts taking to the stage over a weekend over the last few summers.

Festival organiser Glen Moreman said that the team behind the weekend were extremely grateful for the support they had already received but were still shy of their target.

He said: “We are very grateful for all the support received so far and have just enough funds to go ahead but to be really successful the Festival needs a total of around £50,000.

“So it would be amazing if we can just raise another £20,000 to make The Phoenix the music event that Cirencester truly deserves.”

Volunteer festival funds coordinator Suzanne Ford added: “To date the Festival has received financial support from a number of grants, including the Arts Council, Winstone Charitable Trust and Cotswold AONB Conservation Board, as well as some local businesses, such as St James Place Foundation and The Marlborough Arms in Cirencester.

Above is a video from the 2014 festival, showing the highlights as recorded by Cirencester-based HeatsProductions.

“We are extremely grateful for their support as clearly without it there is no Festival at all but if anyone else feels they can help make this year as special, or even more special than last year, then please do get in touch.”

There are various funding options available from advertising on the main stage to sponsoring a barrel of beer.

For details of how to get involved with supporting the festival visit for a fundraising pack.