This year, marking its 18th anniversary, Dronfest, the music festival that just keeps on giving, is back. And, this time it’s bigger and better than ever.
Boasting one of the biggest, most diverse line-ups yet, Dronfest is set to be headlined by Dreadzone, one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, who are set to blow festival-goers away with their own unique and inimitable take on dub - mixed with aspects of dance, sublime guitar riffs, folk roots sentiments and breakbeat bass styles.
Taking place on Saturday 5 August at the new venue, Cliffe Park on Callywhite Lane, festival organiser and local businessman John Aspinall is delighted to be welcoming such legendary headliners.
“It is a privilege and an honour to welcome a band entering an impressive third decade on the scene. Since their inception in 1993 Dreadzone have been releasing underground storms of albums, always blowing audiences away and steadily earning for themselves the best possible reputation as a live act in the process.”
The music kicks-off at 12pm, with a combination of ten acts on the main stage and eight acts on the acoustic stage, with various genres of music to satisfy everyone's taste.
In addition to the main headline act, blues rock three-piece, Wille & The Bandits, voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1, are set to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.
Another great scoop for Dronfest is the fresh new talent from Northern Ireland, Ryan McMullan. Ryan has been commanding the attention of a rapidly growing fan base and attracting the attention of established artists alike, and is currently opening up a 31-date tour with chart sensation Ed Sheeran.
As usual, the festival will be host to the talents of many local (and a few not so local) musicians. Appearing on the main stage this year are multi-instrumentalist and guitar aficionado, Chris Firminger with his band, the insanely talented Jack T. Harper ft Zootz, high-energy Dronfield based band The Recroots, and, back by popular demand, Sheffield band Liberty Ship, with plenty more talent completing the line-up.
On the acoustic stage, you will be serenaded by the likes of Ray Kinsey, Wildwood Flower, Iain Hughes, Paul Fletcher, Andrew Morley and Another Fine Mess, with more to be announced.
This year’s event will raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre, St John Ambulance and Dronfield Cardio Club, along with donations made to other smaller local groups and charities. Following the incredible £15,000 raised in 2016, the total figure donated to local charities and groups now stands at almost £85,000, and is growing year on year.
As always, the festival will be catering for families and there will be a bouncy castle and inflatable games, face painting, ice cream and children's workstation, as well as a treasure hunt for the younger ones. In addition to this, following feedback from previous years, Dronfest will be organising a range of other crafts and activities for children who fall into the slightly older age bracket.
As for Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandad, there will be various offerings of food and drink, along with a variety of stalls including Tombola, hair stylists from Harley's of Chesterfield, clairvoyant, massages from the Nurture Clinic and henna tattoos. The festival bar will also provide alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and all proceeds will be donated to the supported charities.
“We hope the success of the event will continue into the future and as always we are looking for sponsorship and help from people, young or old, who would like to get involved in any way they can.”