More than 250 sounds to pick from at festival

MUSICIANS are converging on Todmorden on the first weekend in August - and all for free!

Todstock, the music festival which started life as a new year’s resolution to bring a free Glastonbury style event to the region, is now in its second year and will play host to over 250 artists, including Manchester legends Graeme Park and Tom Hingley and The Lovers.

Taking place over two days during the first weekend in August - between noon and 9pm on Saturday, August 6, and from noon to 6pm on Sunday, August 7 - at the town’s Centre Vale Park, Todstock is a large scale community festival that offers music and activities for the whole family in beautiful surroundings and a chilled atmosphere.

With 11 stages covering every type of music, the event celebrates musical talent from across the region with an equal mixture of both live artists and DJs.

Co-organiser Craig Baillie, the man who had that original idea, said although the event is free, it will raise money for local charities by collecting donations on the day.

All profits from the event will be distributed to local charities such as The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Overgate Hospice.

The stages confirmed are Jack’s House Bandstage, Herbidaceous Big Top, Tim Owen presents Terrazza Tent, Anonymous Sounds of Rave, Axis Sound System, Hole Note Acoustic Club, Bad Influence Urban Tent, OGG Live Tent, Psybase Tent, Collision Tent and Duck Pond Chill Out tent.

Other activities on offer include a full funfair, lots of market and food stalls, music workshops, giant inflatable rides, holistic therapies and more. The funfair will also be open on Friday night.

Craig said: “Last year’s event was a resounding success, attracting more than 4,000 people from across the region and raising over £2,500 for local charities.”

Headlining this year are local legends Graeme Park in the Terrazza tent and Tom Hingley and The Lovers on the main stage.

Graeme Park was resident DJ at the Hacienda for six years and has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over 25 years. Tom Hingley is probably best known as the lead singer of Inspiral Carpets, but his new band, The Lovers, featuring members of The Fall have also released two albums to critical acclaim.

Regarding the good causes which will benefit, Craig said: “Since Sophie Lancaster’s death on August 24, 2007, following the horrific attack on her and her partner Rob in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, a foundation was created in her name to focus on creating respect for and understanding of different subcultures in our communities.

“It aims to create a lasting legacy to Sophie, to provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and tolerance towards people from alternative subcultures and to campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures, or lifestyle and dress.

“Overgate Hospice in Elland provides specialist palliative care for adults in the Calderdale area. All patients have a life-limiting, advanced, progressive illness.

“It provides support for their families and carers. Treatment is based upon an approach that treats each person as an individual, caring for the ‘whole person’ including their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.” Craig said those attending the festival should note that no glass bottles are allowed, no alcohol will be sold on site and there is no camping on site.