Grimsthorpe Festival will be better than ever this summer

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GRIMSTHORPE Festival 2012 promises to be bigger and better than ever and will have more music and attractions when it takes place this summer.

Organiser Daniel Sumpton has planned many additions to the event which will take place at Grimsthorpe Castle on August Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, following on from last year’s success which attracted nearly 10,000 people.

He said: “After seeing so many people at last year’s festival, I was determined to repay their very kind support by working tirelessly to make the 2012 festival even bigger and better.

“I can now confirm we will be having a beer tent and I am also introducing two more music stages and a spoken word stage featuring comedy and poetry.”

Daniel, of South Rauceby near Sleaford, is also excited about the introduction of an under age stage for bands and artists who are under 18-years-old.

He decided to organise the stage after he discovered many young performers said there weren’t many venues to play at, because pubs and clubs wouldn’t accept underage artists, while he was filming a television documentary about last year’s festival.

Daniel said: “It gave me the idea to create an underage stage at the festival. We have some really talented young people here in Lincolnshire and I really think all festivals should have an under age stage.”

There will be about 100 live performances by musicians and artists from all over the world as well as many national and local bands at the festival, which is a charity fundraising event for first aid charity St John Ambulance and other good causes.

It will be made up of six musical stages including the main stage, folk stage, acoustic stage, world stage, under age stage and the courtyard stage - which will feature jazz and blues bands.

As well as live music during the event, there will be a show arena showing with lots of humorous and entertaining performances.

Daniel is also organising side shows, workshops and displays to entertain festival-goers.

But that isn’t all - more than 150 vintage vehicles will be on display at the festival’s classic car show.

Daniel said there will be lots for people of all ages to enjoy.

It willalso include with a visit from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and will include a fly past by a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

Any young bands or artists who are interested in performing on the underage stage can call Daniel on 07711 705604 or e-mail for details.