Music and fun at Weldonfest

Weldonfest last year

Weldonfest last year

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Weldonfest, Corby’s annual celebration of local talent which has raised more than £90,000 for charity, is set for another successful event.

The music festival takes place at Corby Rugby Club on Saturday, June 21, featuring 65 acts, DJs and children’s entertainers.

In its eighth year, the festival, organised by a committee of volunteers, supports local charities, good causes and community projects.

Robert Burke, one of its founders and a member of the organising committee, said: “We hope the people of Corby will come along and support us.

“We want to put on a great day for families, raise money and give it away. It’s that simple. The more people who come along, the more we can raise.

“We like to support the people and projects that can’t get help from anywhere else. It’s all about supporting the community.”

As well as raising cash for charity, the festival is a platform to showcase local talent.

This year it boasts four stages and a bigger children’s activity tent. The main stage will feature The Replicats, The Brink, The Rooters, Dirty Money, Crabby and the Boys, Heroes & Cons and New Priorities.

The Live Lounge will showcase B-Movie Blitz, The Crooked Empire, First Wave, Annette Berlin, Stonepit Drive, Family of Noise, Cretin ‘77 and Go. Fly. Win.

In the Wildfire acoustic tent there will be Rocky Road, Adele Kirk and Mark Gill, Vincent J Rigny, Mick Panter, Steve Jones, Patrick Cheatley, Kenneth J Nash, Jen Dobson, Rob & Dean and Eloise and Callum.

The dance music arena will feature Urban Diversion Drum & Bass, Pioneer66 and Ibiza Sessions House Musik.

This year organisers have expanded the activities available for children and their tent will include crafts, Crazy Guitars, lords and ladies hats, origami sessions, Weldonfest T-shirt-making, football demonstrations and a skills workshop.

Last year more than 3,000 attended Weldonfest which is now one of the county’s biggest not-for-profit music events.

Tickets for the festival are £12 for people over 18 and £6 for 13 to 17-year-olds.

They are now on sale at The Chocolate Shop and The White Hart Inn in Corby Old Village and from Corby Radio in Corporation Street. They can also be obtained online at www.wegottickets.com/event/271979.

Robert said: “It’s a great family day out and the ticket price means people are paying just 25p an act.”