Covid-19 gave the Woo Fest team a big dilemma - cancel or try and do something on-line.
We went for the latter, after all we are the reigning Best Small Festival in the UK (UK Festival awards 2019) and we also wanted to ensure we still raised money for St Richard's Hospice during the insanely challenging year of 2020. However how we would put on a decent professional virtual experience was something we didn't know how to do!
That's when the amazing people at DRP Group stepped in and offered to run the day from their incredible studios and with their custom built-systems. We ran the day similar to a comic relief, free to view but with donation options on-line, by text and even our own phone line!
As with any Woo Fest the line up was incredible, a mix of genres with pre-recorded "lock-down" recordings and live performances in an acoustic studio set up as an outdoor festival scene and a full on band stage in a 2nd studio. We were also able to get in 24 different acts including over 90 musicians and included a few famous faces as well as great local acts. Our comperes for the day Rich "Hursty" Hurst and Nina Das Gupta kept the day flowing incredibly well and kept us informed of the fundraising total whilst sharing messages and photos from our wonderful supporters at home. Our supporters at home went the extra mile, creating festivals in their own gardens complete with decorations and a great time had by all.
We were thrilled to raise just under £14K which is the 2nd highest Woo Fest total in its 6 years, taking our total fundraising to over £71K
Everyone loves a real festival however, if you had to do one virtually this was how to do it and we have the great team at DRP and it's owner Dale to thank for their incredible support and army of talented technicians and producers.
Highlights video can be seen here
Woo Fest returned for its 5th year of music at the Drum & Monkey in Upton. We raised an incredible £20,404.55 for St Richard‘s Hospice, an astonishing increase from £12.4K the previous year and thanks to all our customers, bands, sponsors and volunteers!
This year it was an extended event as the fun started on Friday night with Arcadia Roots and Stone Mountain Sinners kicking things off. See below full line up
We even held an impromptu jam session with musicians from different bands and punters getting involved - it was many people‘s highlight
New! – Friday Night Live
Stone Mountain Sinners
Saturday Line up
Vincent Flatts Final Drive
Connor Maher Quartet
Chimp on a Bike
The Hill’s Angels
Immy & The Boatman
The Lost Path
OddBox Eric & the Guitar Social
There was loads for kids too with a play area with bouncy castle and slide, jungle jiggle, forest school, crafts and face painting! As well as wonderful food created by our chefs with every penny going to the hospice, including hot food, pizza, and hog roast!
100% of the cost of every ticket went directly to St Richard’s Hospice, and Smiths News also donated £10 for every adult ticket sold before the end of May!
Full Weekend Adult with camping: £39.50
Full Weekend Adult without camping: £28
Saturday only Adult with camping: £29.50
Saturday only Adult without camping: £22
Under 14’s go free
No booking fees!
On the door price: £27.50 (plus £7.50 for camping)
Video by Mark Newton with music live by Loose Lips
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Photographs by Andy Dawson Photography, Richard Purvis Photography, Red images Photography, Firefly Aerial Images and Totally Taken (unless stated)