Acoustic Festival of Britain is only a matter of weeks away now, the spring sunshine is ordered for the annual un-plugged pilgrimage to the heart of Britain.
This year’s May festival sees a mix of old and young artists featured, from headliners The Hollies and The Proclaimers to the youthful footstompin Rusty Shackle and young musician of the year Polly Money.
The prestigious national acoustic festival is now truly settled at the Uttoxeter racecourse and town centre, with this it’s 4th festival .
A town centre free stage in the market square has 24 of the best regional artists and bands playing, plus several morris dance teams.
The rootsy feel is welcoming to the folk music fans who can see some of their favourites, Rory McLeod, award winning songstress Patsy Matheson and the Irish music band of the year The Rovin Crows. The infamous John Otway and former anarchist folksters Martin Stephenson and Sex Pistol Ed Tudorpole will create a grin on faces over the Saturday with their witty songs and stories. A chuckle or two will be heard from the huge late night marquee with comic genius Phil Cool and magician Criss Cross seeing the night out.
Several generations will have favourites to look forward to seeing, Curved Air from 70s then the Christians and Belle Stars from the 80s and 90s, The Quireboys from the millenium and stars from the last decade include Gareth Gates, Baka Beyond and American guitar supremo Rodney Branigan. Two of Britains got talent stars will feature, Pelico the acoustic group and 13 years old guitarist and singer Laura Thalia, both play on Saturday, as do the fabulous Babajack , winners of both British and European blues band of the year, as featured on Jools Holland .
Childrens entertainment is as always a big feature at the event, this year an added bonus of a Big top is welcomed, to go along with the scores of workshops, painting, bubble mania and fun palace .
Children are only £1 entry.
see www.acousticfestival.co.uk for information.