CORONAVIRUS UPDATE- STAFFS FEST - 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
Following a further review by myself, Matt Sargeant and the core team at STAFFS FEST it is with much regret, sadness and a few tears that I have to announce that the 4th STAFFS FEST will no longer be taking place this year and will be postponed until 2021 (Friday 28th to 30th May Spring Bank Holiday).
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation over the past few weeks and have explored all options. It has become increasingly evident that it would be both irresponsible and unfeasible to continue with the event this year, during these uncertain and challenging times.
This difficult decision has not been taken lightly, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors, traders and staff is always our primary concern. Its seems from the news that Boris’ announcement next Sunday will not be as extensive to allow mass gatherings within our time frame for the festival, which we all guessed but hoped would be different. We offer our sincere apologies to all involved and I can assure you that we at STAFFS FEST are equally as disheartened and disappointed. We have asked all the bands booked for 2020 to play in 2021 and we plan to have the biggest and best STAFFS FEST to date next year.
For those of you who have already booked tickets and/or camping in advance for the 2020 event, these bookings will remain valid for the re-scheduled event in 2021, this will happen automatically. Alternatively, should you prefer a refund for the 2020 show, please contact us at email@example.com quoting your Order Number and we will arrange this as soon as possible.
We will conduct a virtual event over the planned weekend for this year so please tune into Facebook page STAFFS FEST to see some of the excellent bands due to play this year and now playing in 2021 We were so looking forward to welcoming you all to this year’s show but sadly it is not meant to be. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you all for your continued support of the STAFFS FEST and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021. Keep safe everyone and look after yourselves.
Kind regards Lorraine Conkey Festival Director, Staffs Fest Ltd
Voted Best Staffordshire Music Festival 2019 and in 2020 by What's On Readers and Special Recognition Award for Festival of the Year 2019 by The Mark (Pub news and live music guide). STAFFS FEST is a popular annual music festival that has already made its mark on the UK music scene in the West Midlands attracting local, regional and national musicians and audiences from all over the UK.The festival which celebrates its fourth year in 2020 is held at Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge near Stafford ST19 5RE Junction 13 on the M6
Initially using single large performance stage to host all acts, the festival has expanded to four huge marquees hosting a multitude of genres of music, Rock, Britpop, Glam Rock, Pop, Folk, World Music, Gospel and Soul. The Lack of Commitments, Used Blues, Hammered, Hairy Eyeball and The Sicknotes to name but a few bands (full line up listed on other page) . Northern Soul All Dayer DJs playing vinyl only on Saturday from 3pm in theMillie Bea Marquee with Jam Session hosted by local musician Paul Brindley (The Loveless)
The festival is not one dimensional, in addition to the wide ranging live music on offer, there will be displays and workshops from local community groups including Bombay Jam, Balliamo Belly Dancers, Dance Nuvo, Bhangra Blaze and Stafford Salsa.
La Maison du Vin Marquee
There will be workshops throughout the morning into the afternoon ranging from yoga and Chi Gong to musical workshops even a kids disco. Into the evening the Marquee will house some great talent with music from around the world
Staffs Fest also incorporates the Beats & Feats Marquee hosting a mixture of Reggae, Ska, Gospel and 2 Tone. Musical Youth and The Beat Goes Bang will be headlining
There will be a range of food and drink vendors and retail stalls, clothing and ethnic outlets.
A true family orientated festival where children under 16 are free a with accompanying responsible adult (their tickets must be requested at the same time as paying adult).Free camping ticket one ticket per tent,camper or caravan to be booked at the time of admission ticket
Gates open Friday 22nd May at 4.00pm and music starts at 5.00pm
Promoting young Musicians in the Midlands
A special annual competition organised to promote and support young local music talent within the West Midlands area. Star for Staffs competition for under 18’s. Star For Staffs this year will be in association with Slater’s Stafford, heats will take place at Slaters Bar in Stafford. Finalists will have the chance to win the chance to play live at the festival, the winner will be picked by a panel of judges,the main prize of 2 days recording in a music studio with the production of a CD from sponsor Tower Studios in Stone.
'Introducing Stage' sponsored by Erndor50 Promotions
Sunday 12 - 6pm in the Millie Bea Marquee a chance to 'show' off you talents and enter a competition, voting by the public with the winner securing a place on the Main Stage in 2021 (Open to all ages and genres) Please email John Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
LR Partnership and Staffs Fest have been very active in supporting worthy causes within the local West Midlands community initially the Festival championed the Millie Bea’s Walking Wish Charity which helped raise funds and awareness of the money needed for operation to help Millie to walk;£75,000 as the operation and following physiotherapy wasn't funded by the NHS. Millie Bea attends the festival each year with her family and one of the Marquees is named after her.The following year money was raised for AED Donate a charity for distributing defibrillators. In 2019 the charity championed was The Band of Builders a fantastic charity, like DIY SOS.
We are delighted to announce that our charity for 2020 is cancer support charity Terrible Titties & Other Bitties
Stafford College Media students filmed the festival as part of their college course criteria and work experience and will be back in 2020
Bring your Pooch
Dogs are welcome at Staffs Fest but must be kept on a lead at all times. We even have a designated walking area
All ticket types evening only day/evening and weekend tickets includes separate basic camping in a field, so bring your tent, caravan or camper van along. (Showers and toilets onsite - no electric hook up)
Weekend ticket holders may arrive Thursday evening through until Monday afternoon. Please book free camping ticket at the same time as festival ticket, one ticket per camping 'unit.'
Should you wish to stay longer please ask at Lower Drayton Farm direct 01785 713045
The 76 or the 76A service run by Arriva bus from Stafford to Wolverhampton passes the festival site. Lower Drayton Farm has its very own bus stop at the top of the lane so just ask your driver to drop you off there. Once you are at the top of the lane its just a short walk down towards the festival site. Please take care as its a single track road so lookout for vehicles.
Both Stafford and Penkridge have train stations which you can then catch the connecting 76 bus service or a taxi to get to the festival site.
One mile from Junction 13 of the M6
Lower Drayton Farm is an active and working unit so heavy machinery maybe coming down the tracks, also because the festival is situated in a field you may find some of the areas of the ground uneven.
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