September 19 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Friday, August 22, 2014
The sixth Goatfest music festival in Codicote kicks off this evening (Friday) with a free acoustic evening.
One of the region’s biggest annual charity music events returns to The Goat Inn, in Codicote, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
And this year’s fundraiser for Welwyn Garden City’s Isabel Hospice will take place over three days, with more than 25 acts performing over the weekend.
There will be a new acoustic evening at the High Street pub tonight (Friday, August 22), starting at 5pm.
This is a free showcase featuring acoustic talent from the area.
The evening will be headlined by The Skeltons featuring Andy Skelton, who has played for the one and only Dolly Parton.
The likes of Lawrence Hill, Jamie Chalmers and Sara Ashley will also due to perform during the evening.
Revellers can enjoy music from noon until late at night on Saturday, with the day headlined by the amazing Are You Experience?, the UK’s number one Jimi Hendrix tribute.
Goatfest, which has raised nearly £20,000 for Isabel Hospice over the years, will draw to a close on Sunday, August 24 with a performance from a Michael Jackson tribute act.
Mitchell Joseph Thompson will thrill festival-goers on the final night of the three-day music bash with a tribute to the King of Pop.
As well as the headliners, organisers also have plenty of other acts playing, including a 70-piece choir, a Bhangra band and some local favourites, including Rockface, Roadrunner, Indi and The Vegas, and Allergy to name but a few.
Event organiser Rowan Patel said: “I’m really looking forward to the event, a lot of hard work goes into making sure people have a great time and enjoy all the acts.
“Most importantly though, of course, is the charity that we are raising funds for and the vibe and excitement that comes to the whole village, which makes me feel proud.
“Myself and the team are looking forward to hopefully making it another record-breaking year as the event goes from strength to strength. So come on down and enjoy the party.
“Also a big shout out to the sponsors again for supporting the event and helping make it happen.”
The Ace of Herts Entertainment promoter added: “We have now raised just short of £20k for the hospice, so barring a nightmare we will exceed that number this year no doubt.”
Ticket prices are £5 per day on Saturday and Sunday, or £8 for the whole weekend.
Admission is free on the opening Friday.
* Tickets are available from The Goat, Codicote, or online at www.aceofherts.ticketsource.co.uk