Stuart Woolfenden is a solo artist from Redditch, Worcestershire and this will be his third year appearing at the festival. His music is a unique blend of punk, pop and indie, and his catchy lyrics discuss his experiences growing up in the twenty-first century.
His song ‘I’ve Seen It All’ was handpicked by Tom Robinson for his BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 in September 2015. He released a music video for ‘I’ve Seen It All’ in early 2016, on his eighteenth birthday. Woolfenden has had a total of eleven different original songs played on BBC Introducing, including on his local station BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester. In November 2015, he did a BBC Introducing session and performed four original songs, which was aired on his local station.
In 2016, Woolfenden was shortlisted by Jamal Edwards MBE (founder of SBTV), Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones), and Rob Da Bank (Founder of Bestival) in 2016 to open the main stage of Bestival along with nine other artists. At age sixteen, he was also shortlisted by Birmingham Mail to open for James Blunt at the Barclaycard Arena.
Woolfenden has done an abundance of gigs and festivals across the West Midlands and beyond. He has performed at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the National Rock and Pop Festival. He also performed at Rock the House at The Bedford in Balham, South London after being put forward to represent his constituency by his local MP. As well as this, Woolfenden has played at the O2 Academy in Birmingham three times, The Robin 2 twice in Wolverhampton supporting Dave McPherson of InMe, and It’s A Beautiful Day from San Francisco. He has also played at numerous festivals including the Sunshine Festival (formerly Upton Festival, alongside acts such as UB40, Gabrielle, Chas and Dave), Morton Stanley Festival, Worcester Music Festival, Severn Sounds Festival, Stafford Blues Festival with a touch of ROCK and more. He has had a lot of press and media coverage over the last few years. Woolfenden was featured as Band Of The Day by Counteract Magazine in 2014, and regularly has features in the Redditch Standard and the Redditch Advertiser.