13:20 Thursday 07 March 2013

Osfest grows to a weekend of music


A VILLAGE pub is set to host its first weekend-long music festival.

The Ostrich Inn at Longford will be the venue for Osfest, a showcase for musical talent from the area, which will be held on Friday, July 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday, 28.

The outdoor festival is set to feature 29 acts performing a range of music from the rock, pop, blues, indie, folk and soul genres.

The festival began as a small one-day music session in 2009 and has since grown into what, this year, will be a weekend-long feast of live entertainment.

Paul Kirkley is the music fan who has helped organise the event along with The Telephones frontman Any Richardson and musician Tim Dawson. Mr Kirkley said: “We are very proud and passionate about putting on this event.

“The event has been growing slowly since 2009 and following the success of last year’s event, this year’s OSFEST will take place for the 1st time over three days.

“On the Saturday we have two stages in operation. We have a main stage for the bands and also an acoustic stage for singer-songwriters and stripped down band performances.

“Bands and artists will travel from as far afield as Norwich, Essex and London to play the event.

“Local live music venue owners, promoters, sound engineers and stage managers this year have also all offered support and assistance to ensure this year’s event runs seamlessly and is the success we are striving for.”

Osfest will be a free festival, offering visitors the chance to listen to acts such as Derby band Escape to New York, who will headline the Friday night and last year played the Leeds and Reading festivals.

Tilted Smile from Burton on Trent headline on the Saturday night alongside The Fontana Instincts, while Matt Henshaw will be the main act on the acoustic stage.

The event will close on the Sunday with a performance by headliners The Sons.

Supporting acts on the weekend will include The Telephones, Castro, Karl and The Marx Brothers,Point of Suspense, Antonia Barrett-Norton and West of The Sun.

• A video of Graceless Bird by The Telephones is available at www.ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk.

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