Jonathan is the founder and organiser of the Blackpool Music Festival, a free urban festival held on the Fylde Coast. Now in its sixth year, the festival has covered 20 venues involving nearly 300 artists and over 40 volunteers. Although the festival spans over four days, Jonathan and his team work all year round to deliver the festival on time and on budget, holding several briefings, committee meetings and volunteer meetings throughout the year.
Radio Lancashire’s BBC Introducing hosted a series of shows featuring BMF acts throughout August and September. The festival has raised several thousand pounds for Streetlife Blackpool, a local charity providing shelter and support for vulnerable young people, a charity that Jonathan also helps by cooking and delivering a meal for every fortnight.
Although he has almost single-handedly delivered this festival, Jonathan has gone to great lengths to ensure that everyone involved gets credit for their efforts.