Charity festival promise of great bands and fun

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A host of bands are heading to Dronfield for its 17th annual family-friendly charity music festival, Dronfest, this weekend.

Headlining acts at the festival – held behind the Coach and Horses pub in Dronfield – include Dodgy, Liberty Ship and Ferocious Dog, with proceeds raised going to local charities including Bluebell Wood, Whirlow Farm Trust, St John Ambulance, the MacMillan Cancer Care unit at Calow Hospital and Sincere Support.

Funds will also go to other smaller charities and groups.

Dronfest spokesman John Aspinall said: “We have two stages and 19 acts in total, 10 on the main stage and nine on the acoustic stage.

“We feel that this year’s musical line up is the strongest yet, with the young Sheffield band, Liberty Ship, playing for us.”

He added: “In addition we have Ferocious Dog, based in Mansfield and Nottingham, who are the only unsigned band to sell out Rock City in Nottingham and who have played Glastonbury for the last two years – with this year’s performance on the Leftfield Stage being at the request of Billy Bragg.

“We also have the ’90s band Dodgy this year, after lead singer Nigel Clark performed a solo set for us last year.

“The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide.

“They also released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including ‘Staying Out For The Summer’, ‘In A Room’, ‘If You’re Thinking Of Me’ and the top five hit ‘Good Enough’ – still a staple of radio playlists.

“They sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and had an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 just before Radiohead.”

Tickets for this year’s instalment of Dronfest are online and available now at Dron Fest Music Festival

The music at Dronfest 2016 starts this Saturday at noon.

Over the years the festival has raised almost £70,000 for local charities.

Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for over-16s and over 65s. Children go free.