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On 30th December 2019, we learnt the sad news that Neil Innes, long-time friend and supporter of the festival, had sadly passed away.

Festival Director Chris Daniels made the following statement about Neil:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Neil’s sudden passing.

“Neil was more than just a patron and a regular guest at Slapstick Festival, he was a real friend to us.

“His satirical genius through his songwriting, his eloquent lyrics and wonderful, intelligent observations engaged everyone who met or worked with him. You couldn’t wish for a more generous, good-hearted and warm natured human being.

“We will sorely miss his presence as one of the great satirical musicians of our time.

“Our hearts go out to Neil’s family.”

– Chris Daniels