Have you got what it takes to take part in a local competition?
Staffs Fest started life as a small scale Blues Festival in Stafford. Since then it has grown into Staffs Fest which keeps on expanding each year. This year, they’ve opened up the genre of the music to include Rock, Soul, Reggae and Blues. The event organiser along with two local bands The Rockdogs from Stafford area and the Sicknotes form Stoke are looking for budding stars in Staffordshire area.
The idea is to contact the organisers to put forward or to enter your friends, son, daughter who either are in a band, soloist or in a duet and between the ages of 14 – 18. The acts will be visited during rehearsals and if selected, they will have the opportunity to play live on stage at Staffs Fest on Saturday, 27th May. A public vote will decide an overall winning act. The winners will receive an amazing prize of £1,000 worth of recording studio time plus the production of their own CD courtesy of Sound Junkies & Cannock Sound Hire,
Ex-Police Sergeant, Jon King member of the Rockdogs said; “We played for the first time this year at the festival and we were totally blown away by the fantastic atmosphere and sense of community spirit. So much so that Steve Greatholder the Lead guitarist and I wanted to become even more involved. Event organiser Lorraine Conkey suggested we spearhead a competition to find young home grown talent and we jumped at the chance.
We want to offer the opportunity to all young musicians in Staffordshire to get involved, so we asked Nathan Janes from The Sicknotes to join us on our search. It’s a brilliant platform for youngsters to showcase their talents and the chance to win this excellent prize.
I want people to contact me on 07890 717815 with details of their nominated band, the location and time they rehearse. We’ll turn up to have a listen and then choose six acts to go forward to play at the festival on 27th May. The public on the day will be asked to vote for the overall winner.”
Staffs Fest begins on May Bank Holiday Friday, 26th May – Sunday, 28th May 2017. It is one of the best value for money festivals around. All tickets include free camping at the site. Under 16’s are free with an accompanying adult.
Staffs Fest is very much a family oriented festival offering outstanding live music from musicians across the country, playing music from a wide spectrum of genres, all under cover at Lower Drayton Farm, near Penkridge. For more details or to take advantage of the Early Bird Tickets go to www.staffsfest.co.uk.
The festival will continue to champion Millie Bea’s Walking Wish, a 2 year old girl from Abbots Bromley whom at the beginning of the year was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Millie’s parents Natalie and Chris Hughes are fundraising so she can have a life changing operation to enable Millie with extensive physiotherapy to be able to walk and have the chance to lead a fully active life. The organisers of the Staffs Fest heard of the family’s plight and decided to help.
There is a fundraising page on Just Giving which you can give directly to Millie Beas Walking Wish. Millie’s parents will be at the festival throughout the weekend fundraising.
The line up for the festival are:-
The Rock Dogs, Black Rose Cadillac The Sicknotes, Slyder, The Shine, Bloke, Rainbreakers, Zoe Green, The White City, Imaner The Troy Redfern Band, Used Blues, Iconic Eye, Cold Flame, Ged Wilson, Bobby KP Woods, Judy Emeline, Blackfish, Voodoo Stone, a couple more bands to be confirmed.
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