Review: Crowds lap up songs and sun at Stainsby Festival

The long standing folk festival of Stainsby is one held close in many people’s hearts, and it’s easy to see why.

This friendly, family orientated weekend offers drums circles, morning yoga, comedy, philosophy lessons and of course, lots of talented people singing with acoustic guitars.

Seize the Night play on the Hat Block stage at Stainsby.

Seize the Night play on the Hat Block stage at Stainsby.

The Friday night started with a bang as one of the headline acts, Dizraeli, grabbed the audience with brilliant rapping and singing about politics and Cornwall. After that came the modern folk band, The Natterjacks.

Whilst the slightly more flexible festival goers enjoyed their yoga lesson, we started Saturday with a talk about the philosophy of logic.

Next we caught Robin and Bina Williamson, who performed traditional and medieval style folk songs, sprinkled with jokes and stories.

But the main headliner of the night was the 80s rock band Big Country, who had a big sound but an even bigger fan base.

The Sunday was perfect for enjoying the craft stalls and local beers that were on offer. There was also great comedy, children’s entertainment and sunburn wherever you looked.

The combination of these elements makes Stainsby a festival not to be missed.Even if folk music isn’t your bag, the relaxed atmosphere means you’re bound to have a weekend like no other.