Are you ready for ‘Cloggerfest’ 2014? In just a few days time (on the last weekend of this month), Cresswell’s very own free, outdoor music festival returns for its annual two-day mix of family rock ‘n roll merriment.
With a clubbing & dance night event on the Friday evening, a family fun event on Saturday day, and with fifteen local bands (yes, fifteen!) on the music stages from 2pm onwards on the Saturday, there won’t be a dull moment…
It all takes place on the Blythe cricket ground in Cresswell (just 100 yards from the Izaak Walton pub) on August 29th & 30th – with camping overnight for those who don’t fancy the long walk home at the end of the evening.
The whole event is the brainchild of musician Dave Owen, who got together with Blythe Cricket’s treasurer Angie Heathcote to make the dream a reality.
And… a lot of the motivation is to raise money for good causes. The cricket club is of course hoping to raise funds to help it build its new community pavilion, but various other events across the site on Saturday daytime will be raising money for Douglas Macmillan Homes and other charities.
Already news of this free-festival has penetrated the world of the web, and local music enthusiasts will be coming from all over Staffordshire. A huge variety of styles is on offer – form rockabilly to folk-rock to indie to rootsy singer-songwriters. Last year’s Cloggerfest did not attract a huge crowd – but the promotion this year has started much earlier, and a good turn-out now looks assured.
For a list of all the bands performing, and the times that they will be on stage, just scroll down this page.
If you do fancy camping, it’s as well to book your place in advance – for a car & tent, the fee is just £5. Email Dave for details of camping and any other aspect of the festival.
For latest details consult the Cloggerfest Facebook page.
Highlights (…apart from the bands!)
+ The Marquee Mash Up on Friday evening features top club djs Philip Lloyd and DJ Daniel Cashmore – free entry!
+ On Saturday morning at 10am, Jo Stanier is running a Charity Zumba Class in the GreenMan Marquee – your donations (£3 is suggested) will go to the Save Our Soldier charity
+ On Saturday day, Kat Durber is providing face & body painting. Kat is a professional theatre & film make-up artist and recently worked on ‘Mothertown’, the zombie film based in Stoke on Trent. The mind boggles….
+ As it’s on a cricket ground, there will be cricket activities, including the traditional Cloggers vs Sloggers match. (What they lack in expertise, they make up for with enthusiasm…!)
+ There will be three bars at the festival, including a specialist Cider Bar. Buskers, Poets and Balladeers are especially welcome in the Pavilion Bar, where an open-spot operates all day
+ Rob Shaw is returning to defend his title as Cloggerfest Gurning champion – the contest gets underway at 11am in the Pavilion Bar. All are welcome – but you’ll have to have an extremely rubber face to beat Rob….
Bands running order
Bands are due on stage at these times on the Saturday…
Venus Rising 2-2:30 / Baxter 2:40-3:10 / Oli NG 3:20-3:50 / Richard Clough 4-4:30 / Wilcox-Hulse 4:40-5:10 / The Robin Pierce Band 5:20-5:50 / Hollie Vee and The Hubkaps 6-6:30 / Gaz Williams 6:40-7:10 / Paul Henshaw and The Scientific Simpletons 7:20-7:50 / Barrelhouse Jukes 8-8:30 / Arms and Hearts 8:40-9:10 / Lost in Space 9:20-9:50 / Pickering White 10-10:30 / Headsticks 10:40-11:10 / Sons of Clogger 11:20-11:50.
+ The sound & and lighting engineer will be Wayne Lucas
See you there!!