Staffs Fest, brought together by Stafford based LR Partnership, is 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 with the genre of Rock, Blues, Britpop, Glam Rock, Folk and Soul. In 2018 we introduced a second marquee to house Northern Soul DJs playing only on 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 2 Tone.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 community groups including Bombay Jam, Balliamo Belly Dancers, Dance Fusion, Dance Nuvo and Stafford Salsa plus drumming workshops by Rocky Amoo. There will be a range of food and drink vendors and retail stalls, clothing and ethnic outlets, whilst the beer marquee promises to never run out of beers and spirits throughout the weekend; all drinks will be at pub prices As befitting a family orientated music festival, provision is made for younger members in the audience 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 (under 16 free only with accompanying responsible adult and their tickets must be requested at the same time as paying adult)
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 on the 28th of April and 5th of May 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 Erndor 50 Promotions, Dean Phoenix 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 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 trade's people, for trade's people. Website https://www.bandofbuilders.org/ Stafford College Media students will be filming the festival as part of their college course criteria as they need three days off college campus work experience
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
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