Stainsby Festival gets off to a scorching start

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Blistering beats in tropical temperatures brought music fans flocking to the opening night of Stainsby Festival.

Attendance at the launch of the 45th annual event was up on last year and organisers are hoping that the good weather forecast for the rest of the weekend will pull in the crowds.

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit

Big draw in the main maarquee last night (Friday) was Scottish legend Dick Gaughan who got a standing ovation at the end of his set.

In the Hat Block marquee, young musicians were given the chance to air their creations. Blue Wallpaper, a band of 17-year-olds from Wirksworth, went down a bomb with the audience. Gabriel Barrett-Lawton from the band said: “It is the best gig ever. It’s been a dream come true for me...I have been coming to the festival for years and years.”

Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Youth Theatre made its debut at the festival, launching events in the Spoken Word tent. Their comedy improvisation was based on shout-outs from the audience, including what would happen if a tornado hit Stainsby Festival. For two members, Claudia Otter and Josh Welsh, it was their last performance with the company.

The fun continues today (Saturday, July 20) with Chesterfield band Grassoline launching the afternoon concert in the main marquee and Elbow Jane closing the evening concert. Sunday afternoon’s main marquee concert opens with Agent La La and closes with Jiggerypipery.

Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan

Stainsby Festival is at Brunts Farm, Stainsby, near Heath, Chesterfield.