Two days of sounds brought thousands

Some of the Todstock crowd
Some of the Todstock crowd

DESPITE heavy rain on Saturday morning and rain on Sunday, nearly 4,000 people came to enjoy the second Todstock music festival.

With 12 stages and 250 artists performing over the two days, the event brought people from all over the region into the town with an estimated 3,000 people turning up on Saturday for the event at Todmorden’s Centre Vale Park and about 800 on the Sunday, say the organisers.

Todstock co-ordinator Cheryl Thomas said: “Once again, the atmosphere has been fantastic, with a great mix of all types of people mingling together and finding music they love. We had no trouble and everyone who came thoroughly enjoyed it.” The event showcased a wider variety of music this time, with the emphasis still on local talent, although some artists travelled from London and even as far as South Africa to perform.

Tom Hingley and The Lovers rocked the Jack’s House main stage and the other Saturday headliner, Manchester DJ Graeme Park, who was a top name at the city’s famous Hacienda, proclaimed it “the best festival he’d been to in years” after finishing his headline set in the Terrazza tent.

However, donations were down on last year, and an increase in costs will leave the event barely breaking even.

It may mean a re-think next year with a small charge having to be made to ensure costs can be covered.

Todstock organiser Craig Baillie said: “Its a shame, really. On average, we received a donation of just 40p per person who attended, which is not enough to sustain an event of this size.

“We may have to rethink next year and charge a small amount to ensure we cover our costs.”

In terms of interest and in the quality and range of music on offer, Craig said the festival was an undoubted success.

On the Jack’s House stage Insult To Injury opened a show which also included local favourites like PaperPlane, the Bambinos and Dirty Fakirs over the two days.

Craig Priestley, of Hebden Bridge’s Hole Note club, provided another top quality bill of acoustic music.

The Terrazza and Paradise Lost tents covered a range of dance music, the Herbidaceous Big Top featured punk, ska, indie and reggae, Over Grown Gnome’s act included more local favourites such as James Bragg and Owter Zeds among the bill, and there were more specialist musics at the Axis Sound System, Psybase, Collision, Bad Influence Urban Vibe, Anonymous Sounds of Rave and Duck Pond Chill Out tents, as well as an array of market stalls, a fun fair and music workshops.

Craig said: “We’ve proved that there is an appetite for a large music event in the area and have created something that is increasing Todmorden’s profile within the wider region.

“Research from the taxi firms show people have come from Rochdale, Halifax, Bury, Leeds, Manchester and further, just to enjoy this event.

“I think we were unlucky with the weather on Sunday as rain never helps an event like this, but everyone who came had a blast.

“The layout worked better this year, creating less noise pollution too. We’ll just keep refining it each year until it’s the best that it can be.”