FESTIVAL-GOERS are set to turn out in their droves for a packed line-up of top-quality artists.
Dovefest takes place in Doveridge’s Sand Lane playing fields on Saturday, with everyone getting in for free.
Three marquees will be erected for the main stage, a bar and a crafts section.
The Advertiser spoke to organiser Martin Rogers, whose band, Judge Fudge, are playing the main stage.
He said: “We’ve had to secure a lot of funding to get the festival going and pay the bands so everyone can get in free.
“That’s the main thing we’re keen to continue and we want to ensure this is a fun day for all the family.
“For youngsters we’ll have a huge 38ft bouncy slide and the crafts fair will have something for the more creative festival-goer.
“We’ve got acoustic acts on in the Cavendish Arms and a jazz stage at Doveridge Village Club for those who aren’t into the louder stuff on the main stage.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with the acts we’ve managed to book, which includes JJ Rosa, a rapidly-growing artist signed to Warner Brothers.”
The running order for the main stage starts with Salford act Death to the Strange, whose latest video was produced by actors from ITV soap Emmerdale.
The rock band have appeared on television with an interview on the channel’s This Morning show.
The Paradimes, a ska band featuring former members of The Specials will follow.
Uttoxeter band The Shelter, whose members are largely comprised of popular covers band The Cavemen, are next on stage.
Mr Rogers said: “They now play all their own material, which is indie stuff with a lot of anecdotes specifically about Uttoxeter.”
Judge Fudge are on fourth and will wow audiences with ‘downright dirty rhythms’ influenced by bands including the Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and the Rolling Stones.
Special guest Brian Nash, a solo artist formerly with 80s pop superstars Frankie Goes to Hollywood, will fill the slot after Judge Fudge.
Main support will be Fat Digester, who played the festival last year. They are championed by DJ and Red Dwarf actor Craig Charles and play jazz, funk and hip-hop fusion with a huge live band.
Mr Rogers is particularly looking forward to headliner JJ Rosa, whose sound has been described as ‘the offspring of Prince and Amy Winehouse and raised on a diet of Hendrix and gospel’.
He said: “JJ Rosa is created a huge buzz since moving to London from her native Stockport.
“Tipped for success on both sides of the Atlantic, her catchy melodies combine stomping hip-hop-influenced grooves and infectious funky guitar riffs, layered with her breathtaking soulful vocals.”
Freedom Brewery is at the festival again and Leatherbritches Brewery has created a new ale, the Dovefest Dazzler, for the event.
Further information is available online at www.facebook.com/Dovefest.