Stainsby Festival celebrates 45th birthday

John Kirkpatrick, playing at Stainsby Festival
John Kirkpatrick, playing at Stainsby Festival

Track down a tent, dig out your dancing shoes and prepare to party because the festival season is here.

If you’re still buzzing from Glastonbury and want to keep that outdoor festival vibe going, check out north Derbyshire’s equivalent.

Stainsby Festival is marking its 45th birthday in style this month with a sparkling mix of top-notch musicians, stalls and children’s activities.

Performers lining up to entertain the crowds include folk troubadour Dick Gaughan, John Kirkpatrick, Maggie Boyle, Alistair Anderson and Elbow Jane.

Home-grown acts are in with a shout too, with performances by Grassoline, The Natterjacks and Abbie Rechert during the festival, which runs from July 19 to 21,

Festival chairman Tony Trafford said: “Several people have been asking us to get Elbow Jane for a while - and we’re happy to oblige, They’re the big draw for headlining Saturday night.

“Merry Hell will headline and bring Friday evening to a raucous finish and Jiggery Pipery will make a welcome return to make a stonking finale to the festival on Sunday.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to Squeezebox Sunday, when we have some great concertina players all on the bill at the same time. The Hut People, Keith Kendrick, Alistair Anderson and the grandaddy of all concertina players, John Kirkpatrick, all coalesce in a great day.”

Input from a young people’s group, involved in formulating this year’s line-up, has resulted in festival chiefs booking Your Average Savages, Blue Wallpaper, Lily & Amy and May KB.

Organisers are hoping to run a late-night cinema in the main marquee for the first time. Cinematic attractions will include the original Doe Lea film, made in 1968 about the nearby pit village, followed by Ken Loach’s Spirit of ’45. Also due to be shown are the original Stainsby Festival Film made in 1973 by Tony Trafford, followed by Summer which was shot in Bolsover in 2008, starred Robert Carlyle and was written by the festival’s vice-chairman Hugh Ellis.

The festival site is at Brunts Farm, Stainsby, near Heath, Chesterfield.

Weekend tickets cost £60 or £25 for under 18s, with individual afternoon and evening concert tickets available. For further information or to book contact 01246 559036 or