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Headstock festival review

17 September 2010

This year’s Glastonbury, Reading and V festivals may have long gone, but it wasn’t time to wave goodbye to the wellies just yet. Not when I had the Headstock festival to go to…

The day – Saturday. The location – the beautiful Newstead and Annesley Country Park, nine miles north of Nottingham. And the weather? Grey and drizzly of course! But nothing was going to put a dampener on Headstock, made possible thanks to the Village SOS initiative.

Run by the Big Lottery Fund and the BBC, Village SOS is funding rural villages to develop new business ventures to breathe life into their areas. Newstead was one of the lucky villages, and Headstock Festival was a major part of their year-long project. 

As a BIG member of staff, I’d been asked to MC on the BBC Introducing… stage – the line-up being new, emerging acts, including Alberteen, who’ve just finished recording with Tjinder Singh of Cornershop fame. What a buzz! It was great fun meeting and rubbing shoulders with all the acts, albeit hungry work. Sausage sarnie definitely needed to keep my energy levels up…

While I was enjoying the ultimate backstage pass and soaking up the festival atmosphere (and the sunshine – the blue sky had emerged!), my colleague Mick was meeting the familiar faces from the Village SOS project, who were all excited and proud of the festival and its achievements. I’m sure at one point I clocked him doing a bit of bad ‘dad dancing’… but don’t tell him I told you that…

He also noticed Ecoworks, another BIG-funded project, selling food from a 1960s Citroen catering van. It’s always a pleasure to see our funded projects out in the field – so to speak!

The verdict? Headstock in its first year had achieved an awesome festival vibe and the coverage from the BBC will really help it next year. Would the pair of us go again? Without doubt. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

Review by Sean Tizzard, Regional Policy and Partnerships Manager.

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