Voted Best Staffordshire Music Festival 2019 & 2020 by Whats On Readers, STAFFS FEST 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
Having used a single large performance stage in the first three years to host all acts, the festival has expanded to several marquees hosting a multitude of genres of music, Rock, Britpop, Glam Rock, Pop, Folk, World Music and Soul.
Friday Night is Rock Night in the Main Marquee I
On the Millie Bea Marquee with Back to School Disco night with DJ and radio presenter Dave Thomas playing those tunes you love form the 70s, 80s and 90s
Le Vino Maison Marquee – open mic night, all welcome
On Saturday in the Millie Bea Marquee Northern Soul All Dayer with DJs playing vinyl only on the Saturday from 3pm (specially made wooden floor)
Staffs Fest also incorporates Beat & Feats Marquee which will host a mixture of Reggae, Ska, Gospel and 2 Tone coordinated by Demenus on Saturday & Sunday
We are very excited to announce this year we are having a fourth stage Le Vino Maison Marquee with many workshops for all ages and music from around the world in association with Reggae Winehouse
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 plus many different workshops for all ages. 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). Workshops and child friendly activities planned during the mornings and afternoons
Gates open Friday 28th May at 4 pm and music starts at 5pm , amplified music finishes at 11 am each night, bars are open until 12.30 am
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 Slater’s 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 Phoenix Music Studio Gaol Road in Stafford. On the panel of judges there will be John and Jan Davis from Erndor 50 Promotions, Dean Phoenix from Phoenix Music Studio and Jon King of The Rock Dogs.
Erndor 50 Introducing Stage
Erndor50 Promotions and Staffs Fest are working together at Staffs Fest 2020 The Erndor 50 Introducing Stage where you will have a great platform for your music and a chance for you to go global.Open to for both up and coming musicians and bands and the more experienced; no age limits
Competition via public vote The three tacks you play will be filmed and your choice out of the three will be uploaded onto Staffs Fest Facebook page. The musician/ band with the most views after a week win Sunday 23rd May 12 – 6pm Winner with overall hits will play on the central main stage in 2022. Please call John Davis 07775 714280
LR Partnership and Staffs Fest have been very active in supporting worthy causes within the local West Midlands community 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 the Northern Soul Marquee 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 2021 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 a ticket 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’ book the camping when booking your festival ticket
Should you wish to stay longer please ask at Lower Drayton Farm direct 01785 713045
Disabled visitors are welcome with access to a disabled parking bay which is located inside the main arena. The organiser’s try to make the area as easy to access but do take into account the main arena is situated on a grass field.
Parking at The Staffs Fest is totally free.
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
NB 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, while we ensuring your safety is upmost in our minds, we do not accept any liability for any injuries or accidents of any kind
For more information or to pre order tickets for 2020- http://staffsfest.co.uk/