In 2010 my brother-in-law Pete went to view his new bungalow in Staxton and the vendor told him there was not much happens in Staxton, ‘they have just started a musical festival, but it won’t last’. How wrong was this man who obviously had not been to Staxtonbury to see all the families and friends meet up, laughing (and sometimes arguing) as they put up their tents and mark out their plots. He hadn’t seen the kids playing with the hay bales ad seen the grannies dancing to the Kinks on a laxy ‘Sunny Afternoon’, or the Beatles having a hard days night. No-one could have imagined the festival would grow into the spectacle it is today. We often get asked how did it all start, why do you do it and how big will it get?
Well, it all started back in 2009, Chappers was the main man in Blue Alibi (well he had the drums, the PA equipment, mics and just about everything else). I was the unofficial manager and the other band members Matt, Graeme, Mike and Nick all agreed to lend their support to see if we could stage a weekend musical festival. We had no budget, nowhere to stage it and no other bands to support us. Luckily Alan Hunnybell at Spital Farm allowed us to give it a go there for one year only, then miraculously friends, family and work colleagues suggested bands and singers and musicians that would perform. We had a great weekend, the sun shone, the word got round and we managed to sell-out our 500 allocation of tickets on the first Saturday afternoon.
After 2009, up stepped Tony and Helen Hill, who as anyone who knows them love a party and indeed love to watch and support local bands. A match made-in-heaven some might say and rest is history. We have been at Manor Farm ever since and will be here as long as Tony and Helen let us. The crowd has grown to around 5000 (which is our licensed limit) and although Tony has more land than Michael Eavis (Glastonbury) we don’t intend to grow any bigger.
As for the middle part of the question, we do it to challenge ourselves to see what kind of festival we can put on with a very limited budget. Make no mistake, without the help we get from our friends, family and local farmers we could not do it. Local businesses including Stockdales, Qdos, Murray Brown, Loos 2 Ewe and Professional Security (now Active Security), Insight Design Solutions, Pulse Sound, UK Bars and IWE Electrics, have all played their parts in helping us stage what must be one of the best music festivals in Yorkshire, and long may it continue. “Long Live Rock and Roll”.
Where We Are!
Again we will be holding “Stackers" at Manor Farm, Staxton, YO12 4SH by kind permission of Tony and Helen Hill, who are the perfect hosts and as we have learnt since getting to know them that nobody likes a party more than they do, the site is ideal for a festival.
Our new system of security fencing will be used again to make sure only bona fide ticket holders can gain access, and a designated family camping area with the extra field for the not so quiet people. Wherever you pitch your tent, caravan or camper van, the most you will be is a few hundred yards from the arena and stages itself so you can park-up next to your tent and leave the car well alone for the weekend without any worries. 24 hour security by Active Security will be maintained, and A Medical Team will be on site during the entertainment periods.
Disabled parking close to the stage is available.
We have over 60 toilets on site including disabled facilities (all cleaned regularly over the weekend by the ever smiling Sharon, she's our hero!) and fresh water supplies, however no electrical hook-ups are available. Sockets for phone charging are available in the Beauty Salon for a small charge.
Getting to Staxtonbury 10 couldn't be easier. Signs for the festival will be clearly displayed, but our location is half a mile west of the Staxton Hill traffic lights on the A64 Scarborough to York Road. The entrance will be well signed and it is almost opposite Ganton Service station.
We are now full on all our stages with numerous bands and artists in reserve. No more applications to perform please.
Thank you everyone who has applied for this years festival including bands from Mexico, USA (3), Ghana, Tunisia, Portugal, Hungary, France and Sweden. Some cracking bands amongst them but we will always stay local when we can.
Also, please no more food/coffee outlets or gin/prosecco bars as everything catering wise is fully booked.
Ray Roberts - 07798655416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Chaplin - 07784233986 or email email@example.com
Charities and Organisations already supported by Staxtonbury this year include; Scarborough D.A.G.S, Samaritans, Tickets for Troops, Scarborough Carers, Cottage Aid, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Greenpeace, Staxton CC, St Leonards Hospice in York, Martins House in Wetherby, Whitby Interactive, Ryedale Mumbler.
Any charities wishing to apply for free tickets for their staff or to use them at fund raising raffles etc should contact Ray Roberts on 07798655416 asap.
Since the first festival in 2009 we have made substantial donations to all sorts of charites and causes and with your help and support we hope to continue this trend to make a real difference to some families and organisations, mainly local but some national ones.
In 2009 we donated £500 to the Alzheimers Society as well as making contributions to local churches, sports clubs and individuals. This was topped last year through the efforts of Steff Little, who with the help of the straw bears going on a trip to the Muston Scarecrow Festival raised £1100 to help a little boy (Ilham) from Scarborough combat a severe illness.
We try to help local charities as much as possible and also regional ones including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, whilst nationally we contribute to the RNIB, The Royal castle Foundation and the Tickets for Soldiers along with Help The Heroes.
Any organisations that might feel we can help them should contact Ray or Mark via the contacts page even if its to ask for some tickets that may help in forthcoming raffles or charity events or even a thank you to volunteers.
For any charity enquiries please contact Ray Roberts 07798655416.
Described by NME as "... with a varied line-up from folk to hard rock, Staxtonbury is easily North Yorkshire's most notable musical event"
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