Festival’s feast of music

James Warner Propheces
James Warner Propheces

Music will take centre stage in Whatstandwell this weekend – as the village hosts its eighth annual festival.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 2, at Hankin Farm, in New Road.

Five bands will be playing, while local ales, a barbecue and refreshments will be on sale.

The festival will also include children’s games and activities. Gates open at 2pm and music begins at 4pm.

The event will see original and covers band Propeller performing, along with The James Warner Prophecies – an original local band, mixing heavy rock, acoustic, folk and indie.

Also on the bill is Alex Blood and the Diggers who mix rap music with big guitar riffs.

Alex’s individual rhyming style saw him receive a guest vocal slot on Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson’s “Valerie” remix.

He joined Ronson on tour promoting his hugely successful “Version” album, and then went on to support US rap superstar Jay-Z in his UK tour as part of Ronson’s band.

Last Date, an alternative rock band from Belper, will be playing as well as David Bewlay and the Scary Monsters, a new tribute band performing a collection of classic David Bowie songs.

A licensed bar will be serving a range of locally-brewed ales as well as farmhouse cider, lager, wines, snacks and soft drinks.

Festival-goers can also try their hand at drumming during a workshop at the festival.

Camping is available on the farm campsite.

The entrance fee is £5 and includes a free souvenir glass.

The festival takes place until 11pm,