top weekend in store for music fans

Music fans are in for a memorable weekend thanks to the return of the Bakewell Music Festival.

The popular event, now in its fourth year, runs from Friday, August 16, to Sunday, August 18, at Bakewell Showground.

Headlined by Gypsyfire, Lancashire Hotpots, King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys (pictured) and Leon Hunt, the event offers a wide range of live music, from light rock to blues and bluegrass, through to folk on the main tent stage, and 20 new artists on the separate acoustic tent stage.

The festival prides itself on being a family-orientated event, where under 16s can get in free, when accompanied by an adult.

Over the last few years, it has built itself a fine reputation as a small and intimate festival attracting a regular group who have come back because they enjoy the laidback atmosphere, good music, food, drink, relaxed camping area - this year including hot showers - plus children’s entertainment and much more for all ages to enjoy.

In addition to the headliners at this year’s event, others among the list of 48 artists appearing will be Little Rhumba Band, The Old Dance School, Wes Finch, Kel Elliott, Remi Harris, Vipers, Phil Langran, Please Y’self, We made things didn’t we?, Soul Funkful and Dooberies, not to mention Most Ugly Child, String Driven Thing, Bo Walton, Adam Sweet, Sophie Revell, Cadbury Sisters and Jack Martello.

The festival also includes a shopping village, locally sourced ales, ciders and some top quality festival food.

Bakewell Music Festival has been founded by Stuart Carter-Smith - who also runs the International Guitar Festival (Gossington) in Gloucestershire - and Jonathan Rowlands who has previously managed Rod Stewart, and promoted Tom Jones and Nina Simone, among others.

For ticket information and more details on this year’s festival, go to