Staxtonbury – ‘the best yet’

THE organisers of the third annual Staxtonbury music festival say it is set to be the best yet.

Running from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, it is based at Manor Farm, just off the A64 west of Staxton.

About 20 acts are sharing the bill on the main stage and in the acoustics tent.

This year’s Staxtonbury virgins include Snatch, Ali and the Beachcombers, Stairwell 17 and Stray Scene.

Returning to the festival are Grand Urge, Blue Alibi, Big Me, My Forever, Swagger and the Shamrockers.

Co-organiser Ray Roberts says the first two festivals sold out.

He says the ethos of this year’s event remains the same as the first two – to promote local up-and-coming musicians, giving them the experience of playing on a festival stage in front of lots of people, amid a friendly family atmosphere.

He says: “Staxtonbury is friendly, safe and good fun, and the bands tend to step up to the mark when they feel the atmosphere this creates.

“With camping available on site, it gives families a chance to sample a music festival in a beautiful setting and in a safe, relaxed environment”.

The festival will be hosted by Jez Pratt and former Miss Scarborough contestant and Gladiator competitor Hannah Creelman.

There will be disabled and baby-changing facilities, a bar, food stalls, a hog roast, a bouncy castle, slides and a playbus. Dogs are allowed if they are on leads.

The music will be played from 6pm to midnight Friday, 2pm to midnight Saturday and noon to 4pm Sunday