Wall's well... If Glastonbury tickets have eluded you, how about a festival closer to home? The Walled Garden Music Festival will take place at Thoresby Hall, North Notts, in July. Nottingham promoters James Windsor and Glenn Sayward of Cosmic American Music, talk to sue atkinson.
Thoresby Hall Where did the idea for the festival come from? Harvey Glenn, the executive director at Thoresby, is a regular attendee of the Cosmic shows in Nottingham. He approached us in the summer to ask if we would be interested in arranging a music festival, as he thought our repertoire of acts would be perfect for such an event. Cosmic American have already done something similar at the Y-Not Festival on a smaller basis, so we agreed and started to plan it there and then.
What's the format? There'll be one outdoor stage and another stage inside a marquee. The festival promises an eclectic mix of music from Americana, roots, rock, blues and even some New Orleans jazz and will feature some of Cosmic American's long-standing acts as well as many new and upcoming artists. The festival starts with a very special Friday night session inside the marquee including USA band Vandoliers and a host of local bands. The main festival will run from 11.30am until 11pm on Saturday, July 11, and finishes at 10pm on Sunday 12.
Why the Walled Garden? The five-acre walled garden once provided all the fruit and veg for Thoresby Hall but had become overgrown and has been derelict for many years. The Thoresby Park Estate wanted to bring it back to life and what better than a weekend of fabulous music to kickstart the renovations to the 300-year-old walls as well as what will be an annual music event.
Who else can we expect to see onstage? Over the course of the weekend there will be over 30 acts on the two stages. Though some artists are still to be confirmed we can tell you that there will be not only the aforementioned but also Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, California Feetwarmers, Steel Blossoms, Otis Gibbs, Wreckless Eric, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Danni Nicholls, Amy Rigby, Peter Bruntnell, Fargo Railroad Co. Local acts include The Most Ugly Child, Derbyshire's country rock outfit The Rogue Embers, Leicester's Jersey Budd and Rutland troubadour Paul McClure. We cover the map! Some of the acts are those who appeared at The Maze way back when and some of them were among the first influential acts at the beginning of the Americana scene 20 years ago.
Where can we stay? There are plenty of options. You can camp for free with your own tent. We are also partnered with Pink Moon Glamping, a local Nottingham company, who are providing luxury glamping only 200 metres from the walled garden venue. You'll even be able to charge your mobile up with them. Or you can really live it up with a special deal at Warner Leisure Hotel at Thoresby Hall if you fancy that instead!
The location sounds fantastic. What else can I expect? It will be difficult to tear yourself away from the music but because of the historic Sherwood Forest location you can also enjoy walks, cycling, Segways, a photography course and the delightful Courtyard at Thoresby. Inside the festival site there'll be two bars with traditional and craft beers, artisan foods and many stalls selling various products.
What do you expect the audience to take away with them from the festival? This is the first of what will be an annual event and given the array of artists and the superb location, we know that festival-goers will take away amazing memories of terrific music, beautiful surroundings and wonderful experiences that will leave them looking forward to returning for year two!
| Walled Garden Music Festival, Thoresby Hall, Thoresby Park Estate, takes place from Friday, July 10, until Sunday, July 12. Early bird tickets are available until Saturday, February 29.
Prices: From PS59 for full weekend ticket including three nights' camping, walledgardenmusicfestival.co.uk.
The Rogue Embers