Something for everyone at Belper Goes Green Festival

Pete Castle is part of the Belper Goes Green line-up
Pete Castle is part of the Belper Goes Green line-up

The fourth Belper Goes Green ECO Festival takes place this weekend at Belper Rugby Club.

From traditional ballads and storytelling of Pete Castle to the funky blues of Blackfish, this year’s line-up should have something for everyone.

Headlining on the Saturday will be Headsticks, whose latest album Feather and Flame blends folk roots with punk energy. Combined with the lyrics and vocals of Andrew Tranter, they are an act to watch out for.

Local artists will also feature strongly with Robyn Johnson a major attraction, while acoustic acts will also include Dave and Chris, Joel Davis and Sue Mcfarlane.

And no Belper Goes Green line-up would be complete without Peter Rollings – aka Experimental Sonic Machines.

Friday night will also feature a strong line-up with Moon Bullet, Water For Dogs, Red Ruff – with a slightly altered line-up – and The Fat Valley Brothers.

The whole weekend will build to a rousing rock and roll finale on Sunday, spearheaded by Kitty and the Cadillacs and The Cassettes.

There will be some new faces too this year with Itty Bitty Committee and Annette Oakes making their festival debuts.

Further acts have recently been added including Juneau, Barney Rubblez, Motormouth, Chris Butler, Songsmiths, Matt McGuinness, Familiar Roots, Backseat Harmonies, Sunflower Thieves, Leo Swarvett, Nick Glyn Davies and Tony Stark.

Folk Friendzy will return to demonstrate the art of formation dancing and the Twisted Tongues spoken word collective will pop up where you least expect them with surprising renditions.

As well as the music, the festival will also feature workshop where you can make flowers from junk to add to the hundreds already made at schools and other workshops for thea spiral pattern creating a walkway to the centre circle.

Have a go at stone balancing with Carole Beavis in the health and wellbeing area or contribute to the recycled scrap.

Richard Bett will also be helping people repair items using Milliput, which will stick anything together and can be sanded, sawn or painted.

If you have broken something bring i along and see if it can be repaired.

Creative Intentions will be leading circus skills fun and games in the kid’s zone, while DerwentWISE and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be offering taster sessions in pole lathe turning and dry stone walling’

Peak and Dukeries Greenwood Workers are setting up their Bodgers Camp for greenwood crafts,pole lathe turning and rural crafts, as well as a light display at night.

Rita Kappia will be running her unique happy doll-making workshops, a creative recycling activity for adults and children, while Weaveknitit’s Woolly Roadshow will help you learn basic crochet and spinning skills to disguise yourself with a beard, dreads, wig or a moustache.

The event runs from Friday, June 3 to Sunday June 5.

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