The fields will soon be alive with the sound of music, as the High Peak’s newest music festival announces its latest line-up.
Rec Rock filled Buxworth with bands and life back in 2014. After a one-year break, it returned to Clough Head Farm, on Dolly Lane, and was such a success that organisers decided to make it an annual occurance.
Anna Smith, whose dad owns the farm, said: “My dad got a new barn and my sister got married in there in May 2014 and we were looking around and realised what a good venue space it was. We thought, let’s try and organise something.”
With the help of friend Pam Salisbury and her husband Peter, who was a drummer in The Verve and now plays with The Charlatans, they called in favours and got people to perform.
Anna said: “It was a great weekend and I couldn’t believe we got it all together so quickly. It was only when we did the second festival that we realised how small it had been.”
Since it started Rec Rock has never taken any profit, with all funds raised going to help charities. In the first year alone it raised £20,000 which helped to fund new play equipment in Buxworth park, which held its grand opening on Saturday.
Anna, a mum-of-two, said: “Sometimes I think people forget that, but all the proceeds go to helping good causes and none of the staff take a wage.”
This year Rec Rock will be helping Life Share and Empty The Doorways, two homeless charities.
The boutique festival is family-friendly, which was an important ethos for the organisers.
Anna said: “We want everyone of all ages to enjoy the music and the festival experience, so we have created child safe zones where children get signed in and can have a go of the climbing wall or performance classes, giving parents a chance to watch a band for an hour. And the stages themselves are child friendly too.”
Organising the festival started as hobby, but Anna says it now takes up so much of her time, although she wouldn’t swap it for the world.
She said: “Buxworth is small, but the community spirit here is huge.”
The line-up for Rec Rock 2017
Headlining the festival will be Space, a well-known Liverpool band from the 90s. Songs such as Neighbourhood and Female of the Species gave them top-40 chart hits.
Anna said: “Also taking to the stage in September will be Cabbage who are already playing festivals such as Leeds, Reading and Number 6, and are gigging with The Blossoms and The Charlatans.
“Music lovers will also be able to see the Everley Pregnant Brothers who have signed to play YNOT and Kendal Calling.
“They hit the charts earlier this year with a song called ‘Me Chip Pans on Fire’ that was collaborated with the firefighters to raise awareness.
“EPB mix up well-known classics like No Woman No Cry to – No Oven No Pie, and we are excited to have them play in Buxworth.”
The festival will run from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17 and entry price includes free camping. For tickets and details, visit www.recrockfestival.com