Tell us about what to expect at the festival this year?
You can expect more live music this year. We’ve added back the second stage, which will be positioned at the opposite end of the main marquee. We’re alternating the stages so there should be continuous music throughout both days. One stage finishes, the next starts. We’re also adding a DJ Tent for the first time. It’ll feature a selection of local DJs playing a diverse range of genres all faithful to people who love to dance.
We’re really pleased to be working with the very popular Farmer’s Market where there will be a selection of over 20 very varied stalls to browse. There will be food for all tastes from local vendors from several outlets. The real ale bar will be selling a selection of local ales and ciders. The clubhouse will be home to a children’s activities area featuring face painting, puppet shows, craft and storytelling workshops.
There’ll be a selection of bouncy castles, slides and fairground rides from The Jaimie Clark Fairground as well as sporting activities from the local junior football and netball teams.
Where is the festival held?
This will be the second year the festival will be held at Consett AFC’s new stadium. The astroturf guarantees there is no mud and the quality of the facilities there really make this the perfect venue.
Why has the festival been so successful in Consett?
If I had to guess I’d say it’s because it’s really the only thing of this nature to be held within Consett itself. The mixture of entertainment for all ages and a wide range of musical genres makes the festival appealing to a lot of people. Plus we try our best to keep the prices as affordable as possible and make sure that any profits we do make go to local charities and youth club/sports teams.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Sunshine! Ha ha. Really it’s going to be the two stages in the marquee and I’m quite excited to see how well the new DJ tent goes. Also the Farmer’s Market will be great to wander round.
How will the festival be better than ever?
Other than the two stages bringing more live music, we’re also adding a DJ/Dance tent for the first time. This tent will offer a variety of upbeat ‘club’ music on the Saturday and a more chilled out selection of Funk/Northern Soul music on the Sunday. We’re adding more food options in the form of a Vegetarian/Vegan friendly vendor and another making fresh waffles and thick milkshakes. Also this year we have a Children’s storyteller to add to the popular craft workshops.
What should people bring to the festival?
We have a 70’s themed fancy dress competition on the Saturday night. In keeping with our headline act this year, the Sleeze Sisters. A really good fun, glam rock/disco covers band that were a huge success last year. Festival goers wearing 70’s style clothing are in with the chance of winning T-shirts, tickets for the next festival, Champagne and other goodies. If dressing up isn’t for you then just bring a warm family friendly attitude with you and we’ll all have a great time!
What is the cost?
You can pay on the gate each day at £8 for the Saturday, £4 for under 18’s. Sunday £5 for adults, £3 for under 18’s or if you buy tickets in advance a weekend ticket is only £10 for adults and £6 for under 18’s. As always under 13’s are free entry with an adult.
Dates / Times?
Saturday 4th 11am – 10pm
Sunday 5th 11am-6pm