In light of recent events regarding the cancellation of some rather large festivals around the country and with Glasto taking it’s holibob, it seemed as if the UK would suffer a fairly bleak year for summer music events. Nothing however could be further from the truth in Leicester, with Summer Sundae, White Noise and Strawberry Fields going from strength to strength, and a myriad of new festivals springing up every weekend it seems.
Latest on the list and in the calendar at Mono Towers is A Lost Weekend Festival, coming to Rutland over the weekend of 20th – 22nd July. With the beautiful banks of Rutland Water, the festival will take place at a carefully chosen site at Sykes Lane outside of Empingham, just off the main A606.
ALW will attract up to 4,000 festival goers to the event this summer and with the absence of this year’s aforementioned Glastonbury and Sonisphere festivals, A Lost Weekend will certainly provide a gap in the summer music event calendar.
Acts confirmed so far include English pop/rock band The Hoosiers whose debut album ‘A Trick To Life’ made it to No1 in 2007. Dodgy, who rose to fame in the 90’s with hits such as ‘Staying out for the Summer’ and ‘Good Enough’. Other acts and bands confirmed are Wilko Johnson, Hugh Cornwall, Toploader, The Blockheads, The Selecter and The Boobytraps, who will headline The Osprey stage.
Festival Director Richard Garton comments: “The line-up has evolved into what we believe is an amazing live event for an amazing location, we will be showcasing artists across all music genres, & rest assured there will be something for everyone.”
A fully licensed outside bar service will be provided by local brewers The Grainstore Brewery. Festival organisers are looking for volunteer assistance to help out with duties such as artist reception and administration, stewards, car parking attendants and festival ambassadors. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the organisers through their website. In return for volunteering some of their time, free weekend passes are on offer!
Weekend tickets to include camping are priced at just £75. Day tickets are also available. For full festival details including line-up, onsite facilities and ticketing, see www.alostweekend.co.uk or search out the event at Facebook.
In the meantime, get yourself into the spirit of the festival and join the organisers at The Grainstore Brewery on Sat 28th April, for a drink and a taste of the event. The launch night is free!
The festival is dead, long live the festival!