Staffs Fest is brought together by Stafford based LR Partnership, a popular annual music festival that has already made its mark on the UK music scene attracting local, regional and national musicians and audiences from all over the UK.
The festival which celebrates its fifth year in 2019 is held at Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge near Stafford ST19 5RE
Having used a single large performance stage in the first three years to host all acts, this year the Main stage caters for Rock, Blues, Britpop, Glam Rock, Folk and Soul lovers. In 2018 we introduced a second marquee which will house 23 Northern Soul DJs playing only vinyl. Staffs Fest 2019 will underline the growing success of the event with the introduction of a third marquee which will host Reggae Rockz 2019 production by Basil Gabbidon one of the founder members of Steel Pulse which will host a mixture of Reggae, Ska, Jazz, Funk and 2Tone . Headlining in the Reggae Rockz Marquee is KIOKO currently touring with UB40.
The festival is not one dimensional, in addition to the wide ranging live music on offer, there will be displays and workshops from local groups, a range of food and drink vendors and gift stalls , clothing and ethnic stalls providing all manner of things suited for a typical music festival audience, whilst the Beer Tent promises to never run out of beers and spirits throughout the weekend.
As befitting a family orientated music festival, provision is made for younger members with free access to Lower Drayton Fun Farm, which includes everything from animal feeding to adventure playground. As with previous years, LR Partnership are allowing all children under 16 free admission throughout the festival weekend and must be booked at same time a responsible adult. Camping is FREE with all tickets types weekend, evening only, day/evening. Not camping, you can come and go freely from the festival. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times
Attracting local and national media interest has increased the profile of this fast-growing festival with the BBC and several regional radio stations together with local press outlets interviewing and co promoting performers, organisers and sponsors.
Promoting young Musicians in the Midlands
A special annual competition organised to promote and support young local music talent within the Midlands area. Star in Staffs competition for under 18’s. Star In Staffs this year will be in association with Slater’s Stafford heats will take place at Slaters bar in Stafford dates to be confirmed to select finalists . Finalists will win the chance to play live at the festival and the winner will be picked by a panel of judges with a main prize of 2 days recording in a music studio with the production of a CD from sponsor Phoenix Music Studio Gaol Road in Stafford. On the panel of judges there will be John Davis from Erndor50 Promotions, Dean Boberts from Phoenix Music Studio and Jon King of The Rock Dogs
Call Rich on 07977 982884 for details of how to enter or nominate
LR Partnership and Staffs Fest have been very active in supporting worthy causes within the local Midlands community over the last few years.
For the first three The Festival championed the Millie Bea’s Walking Wish Charity which has currently raised an amazing £75,000 for a much-needed operation to help Millie to walk. Which she has now had and is doing remarkably well, Millie Bea attends the festival each year with her family and one of the marquees is named after her.
Last year money was raised for AED Donate a charity for distributing defibrillators.
We are delighted to announce the charity we are championing this year at Staffs Fest is Band of Builders A fantastic charity, the Band of Builders is the story of what happens when people unite to help others. It started with one man’s desire to help his friend in his hour of need and has grown into a global movement run by tradespeople, for tradespeople. Website https://www.bandofbuilders.org/
For more information or to pre order tickets – http://staffsfest.co.uk/
Friday 6.30 Pig man and the Rubber Band 8.00 Hairy Eyeball 9.30 Hammered
10.30 Star in Staffs Final
12.00 Weston Rd 1.30 Sonic Harmony 3.00 Imaner 5.00 The Endings 6.30 Gin Sunday 8.00 Used Blues 9.30 Slyder
12.00 Juniper Wolf 1.15 My Stage Academy 2.15 Toasted Bones 3.30 JR Harbidge Band
5.15 Ellie Jones & the Giants 6.45 The Clays 8.15 The Lack of Commitments 9.45 Greg Murray & The Seven Wonders
Marquee 2 Reggae Rockz Marquee
Drum workshops from 1pm
4.00 Candace Gabbidon & Deminus & Riddim Matic Band 4.30 Ras Joseph Acoustic 5.30 Reggae Winehouse 6.30 Cutchi-I
Drum workshops from 1pm
5.00 Black Symbol & Band 6.00 Bobby Woods & Band 7.00 Thomas O’Flaherty 7.45 Rocky
8.30 The Gabbidon Band Various personal appearances
Marquee 3 Mille Bea Marquee Northern Soul Weekender
Dave Thomas, Les Beaton, Hitsville Chalky, Daz McQueen,Natalie Nicholls, Paul Cross, Dave Allen, Mitch Higginson, Ken Onions, Peter Leek, Jamie Carr.
Mick Oakden, Mark Morris, Derek Banks, Julie McCormack,Woza Bennett, Bill Ward, Laurence Proxton,Mick Moylan,Si & Kiera Robinson, Gary Lees, Little Scotty
Vinyl only, OVO is down to the individual
For your ticket and more information http://staffsfest.co.uk/
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