Staffs Fest a three day Music & Arts 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, Pop, Blues, Britpop, Folk, Glam Rock and Soul.
In 2018 we introduced a second marquee to house Northern Soul DJs playing only on vinyl over Saturday and Sunday.
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.
The festival is not one dimensional however. In addition to the wide ranging live music on offer, there will be displays and workshops from local groups, a range of food and drink vendors and gift stalls , clothing and ethnic stalls providing all manner of things suited for a typical music festival audience, whilst the Beer Tent promises to never run out of beers and spirits throughout the weekend. As befitting a family orientated music festival, free access to Lower Drayton Fun Farm, which includes everything from animal feeding to adventure playground. As with previous years, LR Partnership/Staffs Fest are allowing all children under 16 free admission throughout the festival weekend.
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 18s. Heats will take place at Slater’s Stafford call Rich on 07977 982884 to nominate a musician/band
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.
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 has currently 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.
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 tradespeople, for tradespeople.19, Staffs Fest will champion a new charity challenge Band of Builders. https://www.bandofbuilders.org/
Bring your Pooch
Dogs are welcome at Staffs Fest but must be kept on a lead at all times. EWE even have a designated walking area
All ticket types from an evening only to the weekend ticket includes camping, so bring your tent, caravan or camper van along
3 marquees Friday 18.00 – Sun 23.00
The Main Marquee – Live Bands Rock, Britpop, Blues and pop
Mille Bee Marquee – Northern Soul & Motown
Reggae Rockz Marquee – Reggae, Ska, Bluebeat, plus workshops
Under 16’s FREE
FREE Car parking
FREE Access to Lower Drayton Fun Farm
Food vendors, retail stalls and fully stocked pub priced bars
Friday 6.30 Pig man and the Rubber Band 8.00 Hairy Eyeball 9.30 Hammered
10.30 Star in Staffs Final
12.00 Weston Rd 1.30 Sonic Harmony 3.00 Imaner 5.00 The Endings 6.30 Gin Sunday 8.00 Used Blues 9.30 Slyder
12.00 Juniper Wolf 1.15 My Stage Academy 2.15 Toasted Bones 3.30 JR Harbidge Band
5.15 Ellie Jones & the Giants 6.45 The Clays 8.15 The Lack of Commitments 9.45 Greg Murray & The Seven Wonders
Marquee 2 Reggae Rockz Marquee
Drum workshops from 1pm
4.00 Candace Gabbidon & Jason 4.30 Ras Joseph Acoustic 5.30 Reggae Whinehouse 6.30 Cutchi-I
Drum workshops from 1pm
5.00 Black Symbol & Band 6.00 Bobby Woods & Band 7.00 Thomas O’Flaherty 7.45 Rocky
8.30 The Gabbidon Band
Various personal appearances
Marquee 3 Mille Bea Marquee Northern Soul Weekender
Dave Thomas, Les Beaton, Hitsville Chalky, Daz McQueen,Natalie Nicholls, Paul Cross, Dave Allen, Mitch Higginson, Ken Onions, Peter Leek, Jamie Carr.
Mick Oakden, Mark Morris, Derek Banks, Julie McCormack,Woza Bennett, Bill Ward, Laurence Proxton,Mick Moylan,Si & Kiera Robinson, Gary Lees, Little Scotty
Vinyl only, OVO is down to the individual
A variety of food vendors, licenced bar,stallholders, workshops and performing arts displays
Children under 16 free only with accompanying responsible adult and their tickets must be requested at the same time as paying adult
Optional camping is included on all ticket types with separate basic camping field for tents caravans and campers (Showers and toilets onsite – no electric hook up) Weekend ticket holders may arrive Thursday evening through until Monday afternoon. Please book free ticket at the same time as weekend ticket one ticket per ‘unit’
Should you wish to stay longer please ask at Lower Drayton Farm direct
Not camping, you can come and go freely from the festival
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times
NB Lower Drayton Farm is a working farm while we ensure your safety is upmost in our minds, we do not accept any liability for any injuries or accidents of any kind