TUCKED away amid the woodland at Rosliston Forestry Centre is a purpose-built outdoor arena, known as The Glade in The Forest.
For those of you who haven’t visited, it is the idyllic setting for a perfect wedding or special event.
It also comes into its own as a first-rate music venue. Intimate. Electric. Foot-stomping fun oozes out of every pore.
So the news that Gladefest, bringing together the best of local bands, is returning for a second year gets the goosebumps tingling.
Forget V Festival. Forget Glastonbury. Forget Leeds and Reading. This is where the magic is happening this summer.
Fifteen acts will be supplying more than eight hours of eclectic music from 2pm until 11pm on Saturday, August 31 — an event which is not to be missed.
Gladefest is designed to be a music festival for the whole family. Two stages are showered with energetic, exciting and imaginative raw talent.
Headlining the Main Stage is the Burton-based The Roz Bruce Infusion, who played their unique brand of alternative rock at the first Gladefest to much acclaim.
Vocalist Roz Bruce, who also plays guitar (occasionally with her teeth), believes the audience should expect the unexpected as the three-piece pull out all of the stops.
Described as the female equivalent of Jimi Hendrix, she said: “The set up at Gladefest is excellent and it is somewhere we really enjoy performing.
“The line up is brilliant and we want to put on a show for everyone who turns up. We are going to have a CD for sale for the first time, which is exciting.
“Our sound is psychedelic rock with a punky edge and when people see us they tend to stick with us. We can’t wait to get started.”
Headlining the Acoustic Stage is Julia Mosley, a gifted singer and songwriter renowned for her hauntingly beautiful voice. Other acts include Tilted Smile, a fast, edgy rock ‘n’ roll trio that have shared the bill in the UK with well known names such as Feeder.
They will be joined by Wildfire Folk, Green Fortune, Fantastik4, The Nanateas and Doomsday Outlaw.
Paul ‘Lavy’ Latham (pictured right with The Roz Bruce Infusion), one of the event organisers, is certain the assembled cast will go down a storm with everyone who attends.
He said: “The music never stops at Gladefest. As one act finishes, another one starts, so it is pretty much paradise to music lovers. I am really looking forward to it this year and I hope everyone else is too. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to turn this from vision to reality. It is going to be high quality. There is such a mix of performers and there is something for everyone to enjoy.”
When you enter the arena, you will be given a wrist band that allows you to wander in and out of The Glade when you like.
This means you can take advantage of the other facilities available on site, such as the crazy golf course, play area and bouncy castle. Refreshments are available from The Hub Café, a bar and a barbecue.
Forestry Centre manager Debbie Chesterman said: “We’re delighted to announce such an impressive extravaganza of music from the local scene and further afield.
“Gladefest promises to be an amazing, atmospheric occasion for everyone to enjoy and we are looking forward to a bumper turnout.”
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for under-18s and for those aged under four entry is free.
For tickets and information contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre on 01283 222848 or Rosliston Forestry Centre on 01283 563843.