Headstock Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Newstead and Annesley, Notinghamshire, England, UK
Festival Contact Information

Email: info@headstockfestival.com

Festival Description

The laid-back festival atmosphere offers a family-friendly setting that features an eclectic line-up. The roster of artists include headline acts as well as up-and-coming local talent. The community based event aims to promote the local ecomony through reasonably priced tickets that re-invests in the future of Headstock as it continues to grow and develop into a multi day event. Camping is available on site set for a variety of camping options. See the web site for more details. The organizers strongly encourage festival goers to keep in mind the conservation of the area through its greening initiatives. Volunteers are an import part of the festival team therefore please contact the festival office about becoming involved.

Festival Dates September 2012 postponed
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Festival Story:

Last year’s Headstock was runner up for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards and received rave reviews from media and festival attendees. This years Headstock grows from a one-day event to two days and three nights. The Festival is situated in the community’s own stunning 230-acre eco-park, with the main stage sitting in a natural amphitheatre and camping available on site at Newstead and Annesley Country Park. The venue is situated nine miles north of Nottingham city centre. It is 200 yards from Newstead train station and 15 minutes from Junction 27 of the M1. Visitors can access the park from Tilford Road in Newstead village. For satnav purposes the postcode is NG15 0BS.

Other attractions at the festival include street theatre, circus performances, DJ workshops and light installations. There’s a dedicated children’s area called Kidstock, and the Lambhorse Cabaret will be wandering around the site entertaining the crowds. They’ll also be bringing along their unique photo booth — a decked-out caravan full of costume pieces and props for people to dress up and be snapped in. A bar will serve real ale and cider at reasonable prices and home made food from local traders will be available.


Festival Events:

Lineup 2011:
  • Echo & the Bunnymen — Saturday headliners
  • Craig Charles
  • Tunng
  • Nick Harper
  • African Head Charge
  • Aistagucca
  • Seas of Mirth
  • 25 Past the Skank
  • Royal Gala
  • The Halluminati
  • C.W. Stoneking
  • Alberteen
  • High Llamas
  • Tilted Smile
  • Highness Sound System
  • DiY & Smokescreen
  • UDS & Desert Storm
  • Muzika!
Artist features 2011:
  • The Lightning Seeds and The Herbaliser Band join a line up of over 100 acts, spread across 5 stages and dance arenas. There will be an entire stage of up-and-coming regional talent. The Lightning Seeds will close the Main Stage on Sunday, while The Herbaliser Band also join the bill in a UK exclusive. The Lightning Seeds who enjoyed a string of hits including “Pure”, “The Life of Riley”, “Lucky You” and the number 1 “Three Lions” join Echo & the Bunnymen who headline on Saturday night — in supporting this not-for-profit independent quirky festival which provides support to an inspirational former mining community.


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2011:
  • Early Bird Day Tickets have now sold out, but there are a few Weekend Tickets still available at £50. Youths 12-17 enjoy discounts and under-12’s are free when accompanied by an adult.
  • Newstead & Annesley Country Park


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