Racing start for Bankswood Festival

A band performing on the main stage at Bankswood Music Festival in 2011.
A band performing on the main stage at Bankswood Music Festival in 2011.

After last year’s washout, Bankswood Music Festival is back next weekend, bringing with it ten hours of live acts and an unusual start to the proceedings.

This year, the two-day event, at Bankswood Park, in Hadfield, will be kicked off with a soap box derby, where entrants will race downhill in homemade carts.

The festivities commence at 9.30am on Saturday, August 31, with riders racing in teams on a course mapped out by hay bales before bands take to the stage from 1pm.

The free festival was founded in 2010 by Jay Beard, Duncan Wright and Steve Massey, but hit financial trouble last year, when poor weather forced organisers to pull the plug.

After enlisting backing from Glossop and District Round Table and the Glossopdale Trust, Jay said he hoped 2013 would have “a more professional feel”.

The weekender will play host to two stages, a beer tent run by Howard Town Brewery, as well as food stalls and fairground rides, and bands will play until around 6pm on both days.

Headliners the Gramotones, will be joined on the main stage by the Bankswood Battle of the Bands winner These Mortal Cities and runners up Archives.

Other confirmed acts include Stirzaker, Kingfishers Catch Fire, Victorian Dad and WithiN.

While on the acoustic stage Mike Parker, The Curragh Sons Acoustic, Tony Auton, No Less Days, and Steve Roberts, from Toa of Steve, will be performing.

He said: “It’s looking to be bigger and better than anything Glossopdale has seen before! This will definitely be the last time you will be able to see The Gramotones at an event of this size, they are off playing round the world later this year.”

To enter the soap box derby, visit for more details.

All donations go towards putting on the show next year and any profits will go to local charities.