Back with a bang for the eleventh year running, ‘Staffordshire’s blues, rock and folk event for everyone’, the Middle of Nowhere Festival, is set for another rocking weekend of music with the announcement of its 2015 line-up.
Taking place at its established residence, Lower Drayton Farm near Penkridge, from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July, the festival will bring together internationally renowned acts and locally celebrated artists for three days of unforgettable music.
Kicking off proceedings as the headline act on the main stage on Friday night will be the world’s premier Bon Jovi tribute band, Bon Giovi, performing hits such as ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, as well as many more from the back catalogue of the New Jersey rock gods. Fronted by leading Bon Jovi impersonator, Andrea Oggiano, these guys are sure to get the festival off to a flying start with their high-energy set of well-known stadium anthems.
Elsewhere, Friday night will see local band .44 Pistol perform their mix of classic blues and original songs in the unique up-tempo, rough and ready style which has established them as one of the leading lights of the burgeoning Staffordshire music scene. Other Friday acts include Rockabilly veterans Built for Speed, local three-piece family folk-pop act Waiting for Susan and Gin Sunday – a vocal and guitar trio with roots in blues, soul and country.
Fronted by Mott and The Hoople and Bad Company guitar superstar Mick Ralphs, the awesome Mick Ralphs Blues Band will head up the Main stage on Saturday, alongside other standout acts including local supergroup H.C.B.B. (Holt, Campbell, Blanks and Browne); up and coming blues sensation The Laurence Jones Band, Birmingham-based ska and reggae infusion band The Broombusters and Stafford rockers Loveless.
Saturday will also see multi-instrumentalist Heidi Brown – billed by BBC Introducing in 2013 as one of 25 unsigned UK acts tipped for future success – bring her enigmatic fingerpicking style and jazzy vocals to the Marquee stage. Energetic acoustic contemporary folk/roots duo Emma and the Professor, Anglo-German folk duo Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer, folk ‘n’ Roll trio George Harris and the Melody Makers, veteran singer and acoustic guitarist Chris B and rock tribute act Floyd Pink complete Saturday’s lineup.
This year Sunday will also feature a strong billing of acts. Headed up by the superbly talented Dave Day Band acts include indie singer- songwriter Rose Redd, Midlands music scene stalwarts Pelo, high-energy Hammond Organ trio The After Dark Fonksters, Stafford folksters High House, young Penkridge “acoustic indie” duo Jack and Jordi and the festival’s very own ‘supergroup’ the Jam Band.
In addition to great live music, this family-friendly festival offers a host of other activities. Circus workshops, children’s craft activity area, fairground rides and the farm’s family fun farm attraction with its adventure playground, Maize Maze, friendly animals and pony rides – are sure to keep revellers busy.
Day and weekend camping tickets are on sale now with special ‘early bird’ deals if bought in advance available online via www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk. Tickets also available by calling 07817 691352.