From Royal Albert Hall to Dronfield for Andy and his band

Andy Fairweather-Low's band Low Riders, appearing at Dronfest 2015
Andy Fairweather-Low's band Low Riders, appearing at Dronfest 2015
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Dronfest

It started as a silver wedding party and has become an annual fixture in the music calendar in Dronfield, raising almost £70,000 for local charities over the past 16 years.

Dronfest returns on Sunday when Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders top the bill on a field behind the Coach and Horses off Sheffield Road, next to Sheffield FC’s ground.

It’s the most ambitious event yet for the organisers, who are aiming for an attendance of around 1,500.

For headliners, they have secured Andy Fairweather Low and his band the Low Riders on a break from a tour schedule that includes Madison Square Garden in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London as support to Eric Clapton.

There will be 10 acts on the main stage and seven acts in the acoustic tent between noon and 11pm.

Organiser and music enthusiast John Aspinall said: “As well as being a music festival, it really is a family fun day.”

Attractions range from the obligatory bouncy castle and inflatable slide to tombola and food and drink.

John and his wife, Jackie, brought the idea to Dronfield for their silver wedding after seeing a similar party being held on a beach in Whitstable, Kent. It grew in stature to become Dronfest.

Also appearing at Dronfest are Nigel Clark, lead singer and frontman of 90s band Dodgy, local duo Rita Payne, Mark Mathews and The One T’s, Gonzo, Vigilante,

Tommy R Jones, Little BigWood, Ramble Gamble and Seven Tors.

Money will be raised for St John Ambulance, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Dronfield Cardio Club and other groups.

Details: www.dronfest.co.uk.