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All set for Acoustic Festival of Britain at Uttoxeter Racecourse

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Above, Mike Stevens, organiser of the Acoustic Festival of Britain. Left, Matt Cardle, one of the many national acts set to perform at this year's event.

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The prestigious Acoustic Festival of Britain is back, with more unplugged excitement than you can shake a wooden guitar at. Situated in the grounds of the Uttoxeter Racecourse, the feel and vibe of the festival works in perfect harmony with the surrounding beauty of this olde' world racecourse.

The residential caravan club and first rate campsite is a huge positive for this clean family weekend break.

The Festival is literally packed full of fantastic live music, great atmosphere, weird and wonderful performances and music and drumming workshops that invite a lovely sense of community. Play guitar, ukulele and drums with fellow festy goers. Master class guitar workshops from Jon Gomm and Rodney Branigan and Chris Woods on each day, an open mic tent and vintage T tent sees Lonnie Donegan and George Formby tribute acts.

A sessions marquee will host various Folk and Blues clubs throughout the three days, promoting the club itself and hosting to a new audience in a two hour session, each afternoon and evening.

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The two Real Ale tents host two of the stages, so revellers can sit and enjoy their favourite tipple while enjoying the intimate atmosphere and performance. There will be a breakfast club held in a marquee, with daily papers to read.

The atmosphere is alive and vibrant, with several Morris Dancers and belly dance teams performing as you walk around the festival and plenty of activities that all the family can get involved with. All the above and there's the top acts which have been lined up for this year's festival including Fairport Convention, Steve Harley, Matt Cardle, Ben Waters Big Boogie Band, Seth Lakeman, The Illegal Eagles, The Animals, and Cockney Rebel to name but a few.

This prestigious festival is so far removed from the festy vision of many: its clean, well kept and a 50/50 split in male and female with a mature audience, no dance tents, no boom - boom sound systems.

A campers haven, where the accessibility for caravan and campervans reflect the influx from motor home clubs. Parking next to the tents and caravans within 100 yards of event site, is an added attraction.

A child friendly area plays host to many varied workshops, free face painting, fairy house and open play areas.

The festival will run from May 30 until June 1. www.acousticfestival.co.uk.

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