Friday 9 September 2011 — Sunday 11 September 2011
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Headstock Festival was set up in 2010 by a group called Newstead Enterprise. It’s part of a bigger endeavour to create a sustainable future for the village, which suffered severe deprivation after the coal mine closed in 1987. Newstead’s plight was recognised by the BBC and the Big Lottery Fund, who joined forces on the Village SOS project. The BBC is filming the journey of the villages, including the regeneration of Newstead, for a primetime BBC One show to be broadcast this summer.
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, with DJ performances on Friday evening.
Headstock 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. Early Bird Day Tickets have now sold out, but there are a few weekend tickets still available at £50 for the weekend, Youth Tickets at £35 and under-12’s free.
Other attractions at the festival include street theatre, circus performances, DJ workshops and art installations. There’s a dedicated children’s area called Kidstock, and the Lambhorse Cabaret will be wandering around the site at will, getting up to all sorts of vaudeville silliness. They’ll also be bringing along their unique photobooth – a decked-out caravan full of costume pieces and props. Photos will be available through the Lambhorse’s website and a portion of the profits will be donated to Headstock’s festival fund.