The Shrewsbury grassroots music festival has been awarded 'Best Festival' at this year’s Shropshire Music Awards.
LOOPFEST launched in September 2022 right here in the town, celebrating new music from Shropshire and beyond.
This year, on Saturday, July 8th, against a backdrop of relentless rain, LOOPFEST returned with live music across 25 venues throughout the day and an influx of attendees at Shrewsbury Train Station.
At the Shropshire Music Awards on August 28th, the festival was up against established festivals such as Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Farmer Phil's Festival, Heal Festival, Camp Bestival and numerous others. But it was LOOPFEST that was crowned ‘Best Festival’ - a testament to its commitment to fostering grassroots music venues and building artists' profiles.
Jamie Smith, the organiser of LOOPFEST, said, “It's an absolute honour to win this category amongst so many incredible festivals.
“We've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into building LOOPFEST as a respected regional festival that champions grassroots music venues and developing artists.”
Smith also extended his gratitude to Tim Rogers, aka Trademark Blud and his team for creating the Shropshire Music Awards, commending their work elevating the Shropshire music scene to new heights.
Preparations for the next LOOPFEST are already underway. Scheduled from Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th 2024, the festival is set to be the most ambitious yet.
To ensure the majority of the festival remains free, LOOPFEST will run ticketed events featuring renowned artists at Shrewsbury Castle over the festival weekend in May 2024. The proceeds from these events will underpin the sustainability of LOOPFEST, fuelling its mission to develop an incubator for supporting up-and-coming artists to reach far beyond the Shropshire area.
To find out more about LOOPFEST 2024, visit loopfest.co.uk.