DRONFIELD may not be widely recognised for its contributions to live music but this summer the Derbyshire town has truly outdone itself.
With several stages, activities and even a marching band, Dronfield Charity Music Festival is a hugely varied event.
The line-up includes Sheffield’s Ruberlaris, who play ska, punk, reggae, dub and indie to create frantic, lively ditties, Stonerun, also from Sheffield, who are constantly touring the UK with their heavy rock and metal repertoire, The Hope Explosion, who play rock with big, Led Zeppelin-style riffs and huge drum beats and The Boobtraps, Leicester’s indie popsters dubbed as ‘the next Kasabian.’
But it’s not all rocking. In contrast to the big licks of The Hope Explosion, Stonerun’s rocky metal and Ruberlaris untamed ska sound is Charlie Barker, a BBC Folk Award semi-finalist who plays alt country rootsy folk. And if Barker didn’t add enough variety to the bill, there’s also the Anything Goes Orchestra, a ukulele five-piece, The Hallmark of Harmony – the chorus of the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club, who sing popular variety songs – and the St John Marching Band.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to St John Ambulance, The Dronfield Cardio Club, Bluebell Wood, Neuro-Care and the Meningitis Trust, in addition to the Dronfield Air Training Cadets.
Dronfield Charity Festival takes place on Sunday at Dronfield Woodhouse Recreation Ground.