‘Fantastic’ new home for festival

Loscoe State Opera bring their infectious brand of folk-rock to the Whitworth Easter Folk Festival.
Loscoe State Opera bring their infectious brand of folk-rock to the Whitworth Easter Folk Festival.

THE popular Belper Music Festival is back – but this year with a slightly different name and at a new venue too.

The now renamed Belper Exile Music Festival has relocated to Sabine Hay, off Oldfield Lane, Darley Dale, for its 2011 event, which will take place on July 1-3.

Previously held in the grounds of Belper Rugby Club for the past seven years, organisers have decided to make the move to pastures new and have plumped for a beautiful wooded hillside location which they feel offers more space, a

better environment for festival goers and extended opportunities for showcasing the best of local and indie music from the area.

There are around 20 bands on offer over the course of this year’s three-day festival. Highlights on the Friday include The Paul Evans Trio with The Bad Apples. Saturday is headlined by Seven Little Sisters with The Balkan Bandits, following the festival’s Saturday afternoon showcase for young musicians including Remand to Vegas with Evangeline.

Sunday serves up yet more treat with Loscoe State Opera, The Boot Hill Toe-Tappers and more. On top of that, all the usual delights of a small family friendly festival will be available, including a picturesque camping location, workshops, stalls, real ale and vegetarian food.

Other bands and musicians who have already confirmed that they will be taking part include The Cactus Room, Carol Ann Robinson, Left Hand Drive, Sophie Revell, Spit n Strings, The Valtra Spring, Nic Achurch, Pete Morton, and Notts Alliance, to name just a few.

Tickets for the Belper Exile Music Festival can be bought online. Advance adult weekend tickets are £40. Advance family weekend tickets are £90.

Under 13s get in free with an adult. Advance tickets are available at a reduced price up until June 15. Free camping is available with all adult and family weekend tickets.

The organisers have stipulated that, unfortunately, no dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed on the campsite.

There is space available on the adjacent car park field for those wishing to use either campervans or caravans.

Organiser Gareth Jordan explained: “We’ve had to find a new venue for this year’s festival and it’s not in Belper, hence the change of name. but we feel we’ve found a fantastic site at a beautiful spot that we hope people will enjoy.”

Further information about the event is available by visiting www.belpermusicfestival.org.uk.