After each festival we think the line-up has got better and better and this year is no exception. With your help the reputation of Staxtonbury has grown not only with prospective festival goers, also within the music circles and we have literally hundreds of bands from all over Europe asking to come and perform on our stage. More so than ever this year we are sticking with many bands and artists who have supported us over these past ten years, most of whom are local to Yorkshire.
From time to time we invite a few guest bands from further afield to support our locals. These are usually specifically selected and specially checked out to make sure they fit in with you guys. Boomin (from Lancashire of all places) have become one of your favourites and they will be performing this year at a slightly earlier slot on Saturday 7th July 2018, along with the usual favourites, Huge, Soul Rida and a Queen tribute ‘Pure Magic’. To complete this line-up we have invited back the local favourites Friday Street who, after being missing the last few years, are back to their very best according to Dan Green (their lead singer). Staxtonbury wouldn’t be the same without the Shamrockers and Blue Alibi, both of whom are the festival stalwarts having played at all ten festivals. It is a fact that without these two bands doing so well in the early years we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Other popular bands already ‘signed up’ for our tenth anniversary are Snatch, aftermath, the Chris Berry Band, Quikshift, Trip Hazard, the Cloughton Rat Pack, the Woolgatherers, Unit 8, the Nobodys, Five Divide, York Turnpike Trust, Starfish, Dark Lightening (Derbys), Kaya, Polygon, Sub Gents, Travellin Band, Strangers in Paradise, with many more to follow.
On the acoustic side we already have the likes of Jim Taylor, Phil Hooley, the Heavily Bros, Ashleigh McPherson, Jimbo/Laura Kindelan, Walking on Air, March the Ally, Suzy Bradley, Rat Pack, Chris Berry, Kelly Ann Bolland, Tan McKenzie, Dale Spencer, Alan Lewis, Jesse Hutchinson and the incomparable Mark Stanley.
Once again there will be five stages in total, the main stage will be run by Pulse Sound, the marquee stage (which will be even bigger this year) will be run by R & O Sound, the acoustic run by Chappers, who will also keep an eye on the kids stage and Blueskies (Graham) will run the jamming stage.
We do try to cater for every genre of music as we can, and over these past ten years have had everything from opera to country and western and bagpipes to ukuleles, so rest assured whatever you like it will be on one of the stages at some point.
Our entertainments usually get 10/10 and this year we are confident of top marks again. In 2018 we will see the return of top children’s entertainer Magic Mike. He will be supported by the Moo Music group, Fiona will again be running the arts and crafts marquee, the kids disco will be on again, as will the football, tennis and golf coaching. ‘Steve and Juggler’ will be around and the favourite Farmer Tom Haystack will top the bill of the free entertainment section.
Other activities will include a music quiz, tug-of-war and a free to enter 10th anniversary raffle which will include prizes worth over £1000.
There will be, of course, the usual Big Wheel, Twister, Bungees, Air Bubble Football, Waterballs, age ranging Bouncy Castles and Slides, a climbing tower and much, much more.
Our very own Staxtonbury proposal. Many congratulations!
Oh by the way, there will be over fifty bands and 50 acoustic acts to listen to, and as much dancing, laughing and singing as you wish.
Jez and Tim (Yorkshires answer to Ant and Dec) will hopefully be joined by some of the past compares to add even more fun for an action packed party weekend.
We do say this every two years, but should England get through to the latter stages of the World Cup we will try and get a big screen on site.
As usual we will have a great selection of food outlets, usually giving the local food markets a run for their money. Why waste time shopping, cooking and washing up when you can enjoy an international line-up of culinary treats never seen at an outdoor event in Yorkshire before. This year we have fish and chips, Pizza, Thai, Mexican, Spanish tapas, Jamaican, Greek, French, Yorkshire sausage, tea rooms and a burger van, all complimented by local ice creams, crepes, do-nuts, waffles, etc, with a selection of coffees to finish off with.
If you fancy a drink or two, these will be two bars plus a Pimms stall, a gin stall and cocktails.
Other non food concessions will includes ladies hair braiding, henna tattoos, ladies fashion, fairtrade stalls, beauty products, with the Fresh as a Daisy Parlour to help with the finishing touches for your hair and makeup as well a phone charging, etc.
Other concessions will include a few charity stalls which we hope you will be able to support.
NB All our concessions are made aware we are a family orientated event and to this extent try to keep their prices to a minimum.
NNB To help with your budget, this year we will be giving away £10 worth of coupons to spend at the stalls over the weekend.
These coupons will be sponsored by Staxtonbury and the concessions that participate; they will be handed out over the weekend.
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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