Glossop People's Festival

Acclaimed singer-songwriters and a showcase of local acts of all ages are just some of the highlights of a new festival set to take place in Glossop in October. Glossop People’s Festival brings together the best in folk/Americana music alongside art, film and comedy. The festival will take place at the Oakwood pub on High Street West from October 18-21st and features acts such as Peter Bruntnell, Kirsty McGee, Harp and a Monkey and Vinny Peculiar.

This boutique community festival has been organised by a bunch of mates and like all good ideas had it's beginnings over a few pints in the pub. “We thought it would be great if we could bring some bigger names in music to play alongside some of our local talent.” says Matt Hill, one of the organisers, who as Quiet Loner will also be performing at the festival “Although the emphasis is on folk and Americana music we also wanted film, art and comedy so we've added those elements. “

Aware that the economic climate makes it hard for some people to go out to live music some elements of the weekend are free. “We think £15 is an amazing bargain for a weekend of quality music” says Hill “but we also recognise that, even £15 is a lot of money for many people. So we've laid on some free entertainment, with an emphasis on our local community.“

One of the free events is called the Seven Ages of Glossop and brings together local performers of all ages from the Ukelele Strummers – still in their teens to the oldest performer June Davies who is in her eighties. All ages in between are covered. “We wanted to challenge the idea of the generation gap and do something to bring the whole community together”.

Amongst the festival highlights are 

•Peter Bruntnell – hugely acclaimed singer songwriter, especially in USA where Rolling Stone magazine called him “One of England's best kept musical secrets” 

•Kirsty Mcgee – BBC Folk award nominee and relentless road musician. 

•Jokewood – stand up comedy night featuring the best in breakthrough comedy acts. 

•Short Film Festival – local filmmakers, both amateur and semi-professional showcasing their work

•Spaces Between – a specially commissioned art show that draws together fine art techniques with craft elements

•Local History – display of local history and a special “People’s History” guided walk of Glossop by local expert Matthew Cox.

Glossop People’s Festival runs from Thursday 18 October to Sunday 21 October at The Oakwood, High St West, Glossop. Weekend tickets are £15, Day tickets also available and some events are free.

See GlossopPeoplesFestival.co.uk for more details