Bands galore at town’s music festival

The Re-Entrants
The Re-Entrants

THE third Bakewell Music Festival return this weekend, from Friday to Sunday.

The popular event hosts a mouthwatering array of bands and musicians over the three days with around 40 acts expected to appear at the family-friendly festival.

There are two tents (main and acoustic) for performances, plus free camping on a first come, first served basis.

Headlined by Seth Lakeman and Gypsyfire, the music event sees a range of live music from light rock, blues and bluegrass, through to folk on the main tent stage and 20 new artists on the separate acoustic tent stage. There are ‘open mike’ sessions and workshops all over the weekend.

The festival also includes a shopping village, children’s entertainment, locally sourced ales, ciders and some of the best festival food in the north, plus free parking as well.

On Sunday, August 12, the Acoustic Idols Competition will take place. If you see yourself as a singing star, bring along your guitar or ukulele and enter the audience-judged competition. The winner will appear on the main stage at next year’s festival. Last year’s winner, appearing on the Saturday on the main stage this year, is Sarah White.

This is a family-friendly event, so don’t forget to bring the kids. Children 15 or under (accompanied by an adult) will be admitted free.

The Bakewell Music Festival has been founded by two like-minded friends, Stuart Carter-Smith and Jonathan Rowlands. With a passion for all that is good in all forms of live music, they have endeavoured to stage an event that will please a live audience.

The list of other artists appearing includes Juan Zelada, Everly Pregnant Brothers, Phantom Limb, Karima Francis, Montuno, Steve ‘Papa’ Edwards, Jake Morley Band, Herbie Armstrong and the Screaming Kidneys, Neon Railroad, The Re-Entrants, String Driven Thing and Bo Walton.

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