By Alan Davies
Sunday, September 8, 2013
A NEW music festival on the Hertfordshire circuit will open its gates for the first time later this month.
The Folkstock Acoustic Festival is being held in Hertsmere at Aldenham Country Park, Elstree, on Saturday, September 21, from 10.30am.
The family friendly one-day event – as mentioned live on air by Cerys Matthews on her BBC Radio 6 Music show – has been organised by the Folkstock Arts Foundation, a new community interest company set up to promote talented artists from across the county.
It will incorporate two main stages and two tented areas, and promises to be a joyous fusion of the many different strands of acoustic, folk and roots music.
Featuring more than 70 artists, including Lucy Ward, Reg Meuross, main stage headliners Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne, Said The Maiden and The Folk, the line-up ranges from BBC award-winning performers through to local singer-songwriters who are being offered their first festival slots.
Founder Helen Meissner said: “Folkstock will be a stepping stone for the many unsigned independent musicians and I am sure that most will go on to gain the recognition and boost they need to break into the national consciousness.”
Anyone wishing to buy tickets for the event should visit the website www.folkstockfestival.com
Tickets are priced at £25 for adults, £12 for students over 16, and £6 for children aged five to 15.
The Folkstock Arts Foundation provides a framework of support that acoustic bands can access.
It invites musicians to apply for places for a six-month programme and offers free help with gaining local press exposure, credible gig opportunities, interviews on local radio stations, reviews from respected online magazines, promo photos and video footage the musicians can use to promote themselves, guidance on band business issues and assistance with recording, producing and releasing their music.
And this month’s Folkstock Festival is its flagship event, with profits split equally between Cancer Research UK and Folkstock Arts Foundation.
* Folkstock is offering four lucky Welwyn Hatfield Times readers group passes – for up to four people each – to the festival.
To stand a chance of claiming one of the free passes, simply like the Folkstock Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Folkstock and message the festival, mentioning the Welwyn Hatfield Times, by September 13.
Four people will be picked at random for the group passes and winners will be notified by Folkstock organisers directly.