THOUSANDS of music fans are set to converge on Croft Farm Waterpark at Bredon’s Hardwick in May for the inaugural Lakefest festival.
The line-up is full of artists who have enjoyed considerable chart success, including Reef, the Levellers, EMF, Toploader, Dodgy and The Roving Crows.
The festival – from Friday, May 18th, to Saturday May 19th – follows on from the success of Croft Farm’s 2011 Cider Festival which featured The Wurzels.
Organisers have now decided to make it an annual event but on a much bigger scale.
Lee Martin, one of the key players behind Lakefest, told the Bredon Hill View: “We are hoping to sell 4,000 tickets and I think this is a fairly realistic target as we are consistently getting 500 unique visitors hitting the website a day.”
Festival-goers are promised “a quality event with great facilities, plenty of entertainment for all ages, and some great bands!”
Centred around a waterpark site with permanent facilities, not too many festivals can offer you canoeing as an optional extra!
In an interview with Festivals for All, Lee said: “We’ve decided to grow the event but still keep it really nice, if you know what I mean. We’re working with the same people as last year and they’ll be providing solar powered marquees and the like, and we’ll have loads of street entertainers and, of course, the same huge choice of real ales and ciders.
“We are going to have two areas to the festival: an area with everything the big artists and audiences expect, but we’ll also have an area for a lot of local artists and events which we are calling ‘The Roots’ because that’s the roots of the festival, and as long as I’m involved with the festival we’ll never get away from that.”
So what of the artists? “We’ve really invested heavily in the bands and we’ve hopefully picked bands that defined an era and generation and also attract a certain audience,” added Lee.
“Just for example – take the Levellers. We know they attract the hippier, really nice people, who, you know, appreciate the littler things in life. The 3 Daft Monkeys are another. They will attract a certain crowd to the festival and we know they will really engage the audience and get them up dancing.”
There is also likely to be huge local interest in seeing EMF, who came from the Forest of Dean and had a massive 1990 hit with Unbelievable.
“EMF are a bit special aren’t they?” said Lee. “There is obviously huge local significance with EMF. They are one of the Gloucestershire bands and they have legendary status were we live. It was a real coup for us getting those guys and they have generated massive interest locally.”
Ticket prices for adult weekend including camping is £79. For full details go to www.lakefest.co.uk
Bredon Hill View is offering one lucky punter a ticket to the Lakefest festival at Bredon’s Hardwick by answering the following question: What was Dodgy’s biggest chart single called? It reached number 4 in the charts in 1996. Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org The closing date for entries is March 31st.