Exmouth to host two-day H Fest - a music festival aiding injured troops' rehab
PUBLISHED: 11:50 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 22 August 2018
Exmouth is to host a two-day music festival to celebrate the role music can play in the rehabilitation and recovery of wounded service men and women.
H Fest, on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1, at Lower Halsdon Farm, adjoining the Exe Estuary cycle trail in Exmouth, will raise funds for the Hasler Recovery Centre, the Royal Marines Charity and Exmouth-based military mental health charity, Rock 2 Recovery.
Event organiser Captain Paul Fleet, operations officer for Hasler, said music had helped him cope with ‘pivotal’ points in his life and helped recovering colleagues make ‘huge progress’.
Cpt Fleet said: “We have seen instances where guys have sustained gunshot wounds in Afghanistan and recovered to a point where they could go back into service, but unfortunately had to come back into the rehab cycle again.
“It might be the case that the guys can deal with the various pressures their bodies have been under throughout the conflict, but after a number of years they take their toll, and we’re often dealing with residual mental health problems as a result of Afghanistan.
“Sometimes people think they are coping, but then it gets too much, and what we have to remember is that their families are going through it all with them so they need support too.
“H Fest is about providing a recovery experience for our wounded guys, who are involved in every element of the event from stage management to setting it up, as well as raising awareness about the rehabilitation process and bringing the Corps family together with the community.”
More than a dozen rock, pop or acoustic musicians, plus bands from across the Westcountry will perform from 3pm until midnight on Friday and from 10am until midnight on Saturday, including a Café Mambo style DJ sunset set.
There will also be a children’s village, beer tent hosted by Exmouth’s Spoken Bar and The Grapevine Brewhouse, food stalls and other activities.
Funds from the event will help with the continuing work at the Hasler Naval Service Recovery Centre - a rehabilitation unit for Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel, suffering physical or mental trauma, based at HMS Drake in Plymouth.
Day tickets are £7.50 (under 16s are free), two-day tickets are £10 and camping is £5 for a tent or £10 for a van. Parking is £5 per night. For tickets, or more information, www.hfest.co.uk