DOME FEST: Buxton venue to host indoor rock festival

Stockport band The Templars.Stockport band The Templars.
Stockport band The Templars.
A University of Derby student is bringing back Buxton's hey-days as a cutting edge rock festival venue with a line-up in the Dome led by an up-and-coming Liverpool band.

Charlie Brewer’s Dome Fest will have all the feel of a big festival – but without the rain, mud and cold – when it opens its door on Saturday March 4.

He managed to book indie rockers Polar States – a band championed by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq of Radio 6 – as they were putting together a UK tour to coincide with the release of their new record.

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Also on the bill will be Nottingham’s Ashfield, Scruffy Bear from Manchester, The Templars from Stockport and Buxton’s own Oliver Lindop, who will play acoustic guitar.

Indie rockers Polar StatesIndie rockers Polar States
Indie rockers Polar States

Buxton in the late 1960s and early 1970s hosted many up-and-coming bands in indoor festivals in the Pavilion Gardens Octagon and later some rock giants at an outdoor festival at Brandside, including Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, The Faces and Humble Pie.

The Dome floor will be split into performance, merchandising and food areas, just like a big outdoor event.

“It could be minus four degrees outside but no-one will care,” said Charlie, who is studying for a BA Hons in Events Management.

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Dome Fest will be held on March 4, with doors opening at 6.30pm and the event running until 11.30pm.

Tickets are currently on sale for just £3, but range in price up to £16.52 (booking fee included).

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