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Praying for the Rain at Stainsby Festival
Praying for the Rain at Stainsby Festival

Performers and punters are looking forward to a festival of music and merry-making.

Bands such as Praying for the Rain, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Seize the Day and local favourites Grassoline are among the acts who will perform at this weekend’s Stainsby Festival

Domenic DeCicco, co-founder of Praying for the Rain who will headline Saturday night’s show, said: “It’s always a pleasure to come back to Stainsby. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of old friends when we come up for the concert.

Frontman Domenic said: “The atmosphere in the marquee is always a treat to play in. The crowd are ever attentive to all the performers which makes it a joy to share our music with and they are always up for letting go when the beat inspires them.”

Tony Trafford, chairman of the festival, said: “Dizraeli and the Small Gods was a huge pull for our teenagers and twenty somethings and we’re really lucky to have got them back this year. Some time soon they’re likely to be out of our price range. So we’re flaunting them while we’ve got them.

“In the same vein, acts like This Is The Kit, are up and coming bands that we think will start to take off soon, as well as sleepers like The Female Thief, who have a really quirky set that is either haunting or weird depending on your taste.

“On the traditional front we have great performers like singer songwriter, Steve Tilston and duo, Vicky Swann & Jonny Dyer and the much admired Roger Wilson.

“Again this year we’re also introducing organised singarounds on the new Hat Block Stage led by Lester Simpson and Mick Peat.”

Stalls, children’s activities, camping and a real ale bar are among the features of the festival, which runs until 10pm on Sunday night.

The three-day festival kicks off tomorrow, Friday, at Brunts Farm, Stainsby, near Heath, Chesterfield.

For more details contact www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk