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"A boutique festival with major festival feel, great production great little hidden venues and a proper party crowd, if you don't know, then get to know!"
BARRY ASHWORTH | DUB PISTOLS
Welcome to Wilkestock - probably the best festival you've never heard of!
Yes we started small (just 30 people in a field!) and have grown like many other festivals, however, the home grown ethos and donating all profits to charity has never changed. What started off as a place for the various bands in our family to perform some 11 years ago has snowballed massively, through huge generosity of many people’s time and skills to create something we thought would never be possible. Back in 2007 with a small stage made out of milk crates borrowed from the local milkman and some scraps of plywood the Wilkestock era was created.
Many years followed, cobbling together equipment and people’s time all on a shoestring has created something incredibly unique to the UK festival scene. Gone are the milk crates, but the enthusiasm and passion strongly thrives more than ever. Here we are, in 2019, selling out of early bird tickets and gearing up for our 11th anniversary. We can’t remember much about the first few but I guess that is a side effect of the many festival antics the Wilkestock field has produced! We are again donating all of the profits to charities close to our family’s hearts, Leukaemia Research (Beating Blood Cancer) and Keswick Mountain Rescue.
We are a compact festival here at Wilkestock with different stages just a few steps from each other. How do we do that I hear you ask, surely the sound from each stage clashes? Not here! We use dense straw bales like no other festival in the country, walk from stage to stage in a matter of seconds...
Lounge on one of our many recycled sofas with a fresh beer in hand or head down the front and dance your socks off! The natural amphitheatre allows prime viewing from any spot bringing energy and passion like you were onstage yourself, yes you can get that close!
Chill out on the bean bags and listen to top acts throughout the day in this intimate venue. Previously hosted by Pixie Lott and BBC introducing has see the likes of Tom Grennan grace this underrated stage. This years see the best of UK emerging talent brought to the stage by local award winning independent venue The Horn & Juicebox Live. Get in there early for a good spot!
This stage never sleeps, get lost in here for the whole weekend if you wish! Top tunes from top DJ’s from across the county new and old including legendary Stanton Warriors, DJ Hype, Ed Solo, Dub Pistols & Rodney P, Krafty Kuts, JFB. This year also features a full day of female DJ's playing the latest breaks, electro swing, ghetto funk and everything either side!
Huge local music powerhouse and pop up nightclub the ‘Dog House’ takeover will be of course filling the tent to the brim. With Garage legend Artful Dodger putting down an awesome set in 2017 this stage is not to be missed, sets from top house act Prok & Fitch have also featured in this jump and put your hands up venue.
The smallest of the stages, but often packing the heaviest of tunes! Small and intense, bring your tunes and sign up on the day for a set on the decks! Huge takeovers from DJ's see the morning in packed to the rafters.
Tunnel through the festival to Berry's Wood our newest live stage hosting local acoustic artists. Sit back and relax on the hay bales to the mellow tunes gracing your ears. Maybe even a little down time before the night really takes hold.
Kick back and put the kids in the kids zone for the day! Inflatables, crazy golf, cinema tent, face painting and more! Don't worry the kids area is not miles away from all the action, main stage viewing is just meters away along with the main bar so you can dip between the two all weekend long! Day pass just £8 or the whole weekend for £12, book online when ordering your festival tickets.