Midlands newest music festival arrives


  All aboard for new Midlands family music festival Legendary singer Tony Christie, pop group S Club and boy band Boyzlife are among a number of big-name acts confirmed for a new boutique music festival set to hit the Midlands this summer. The Statfold Barn Festival will take place August 9-11 at Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth, Staffordshire.  

Tony Christie, who lives in Staffordshire, is most famous for his classic track, Is this the way to Amarillo, which flew high in the charts in the 1970s and again in 2005. Tony’s career includes more than 40 albums, 70 singles and countless live performances. Festival organisers are also thrilled to welcome Boyzlife, comprising of Westlife’s Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, to the line-up. Brian and Keith from two of the biggest boybands in history will be performing a whole host of their biggest chart hits.  

Also on the bill at the Statfold Barn Festival will be S Club – famous for hits including Reach, Don’t Stop Movin’ and Bring It All Back – now a threesome with original members Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Tina Barrett. Other artists confirmed include eighties star Kenny Thomas and Ocean Colour Scene’s Andy Bennett. Tribute acts Oasis Experience, Abba Reunion, Rod Stewart Experience and Cliff As If will also be entertaining the crowds.   More big-name acts will be announced in the coming weeks.   

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Not only will the Statfold Barn Festival showcase a generation spanning musical line-up to appeal to the whole family but will also feature incredible street food and drink, comedy, fairground rides, as well as plenty of other attractions for the whole family.   Visitors are being encouraged to book camping and glamping which will be available on site for the whole weekend.  

Set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking Staffordshire countryside, the Statfold Barn Railway is home to a narrow two ft gauge railway and extensive private collection of 30 historic steam locomotives. The Round House Museum will be open at certain times during the festival for visitors to look round.  

Tamworth-based promoter, Alex Farrell, said: “We are delighted and very excited to be teaming up with the owners of Statfold Barn Railway, Graham and Carol Lee, to launch this brand-new festival which we are planning to make a permanent fixture in the outdoor music calendar.  

“We’ve chosen acts who we know will appeal to festival goers of all ages and bring new visitors to the area. And we’ll be adding more star names to the line-up in the coming days. But we will also be showcasing the best in local talent with singer/songwriters from across the region performing.  

“However, it’s not just about the music. We are appealing to the whole family and there really will be something for everyone including comedians, children’s entertainment, top quality street food and drink and a brilliant mini fairground.   “And we really want visitors to make the most of their weekend and take up the opportunity of booking a camping spot, one of our exclusive yurts or by bringing their caravan and campervans.

  “This festival promises to be one of the highlights in the Midlands this summer and I can’t wait to welcome everybody to the stunning location that is the Statfold Barn Railway.”   Michelle Lees, Events Manager, Statfold Barn Railway, said: “We are all extremely excited to have been selected as the venue for the festival and will be working alongside the organisers of this event to make it an outstanding experience for all who attend.   “Statfold Barn Railway hosts many events throughout the year and I’m sure this annual festival will be one of the events we will look forward to!”  

Tickets for the Statfold Barn Festival go on sale 10am, Friday 5 April, on the festival website here.



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