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Stroud & Proud – Dan Burner: From the smell of Glastonbury, Seb Fontaine on speed dial and Kevin Costner’s doppelganger


Dan Burner is a former care worker and mental health nurse turned event promoter and festival organiser, record label owner and entrepreneur.

Currently part of the team responsible for The Stroud Festival of Food and Drink taking place in Stroud from May 20th to 22nd and the popular Chalfest music festival.

We put Dan under the spotlight.

When are you at your happiest? 

With my family at a festival or seeing the smiling faces at Chalfest. 

What has been the scariest moment in your life?

Handing back the keys to our house in the late 80s when interest rates hit 17%. Married with a child and homeless wasn’t fun.

What has been your biggest disappointment? 

Giving people the benefit of the doubt and being let down.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Love a musical.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Seb Fontaine.

What is your favourite smell?

Everything at Glastonbury (except the toilets).

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Kevin Costner. Looked similar back in the day, I’m told.

What do you like most about living in the Stroud area?

The creativity amongst our communities.

What would you improve about Stroud?

Paint all the buildings in the town centre in funky colours. A friend has done this in a residential street in Gloucester and the community love it.

What is your ideal weekend?

Stroud market, dog walking, pub lunch, seeing family, a gig.

What is on your bucket list?

I ticked off running the London Marathon last year. A bit of a world tour with the family would be next.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

It’s in your own hands and don’t let the buggers get you down

What book and song would you take with you if stranded on an uninhabited island? 

The Complete Michael Palin Diaries.

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths (Favourite song, favourite band, first gig, best gig!).

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