Headstockers can camp free after trains hit the buffers

Jessica Driver takes centre stage at the first-ever Headstock festival
Jessica Driver takes centre stage at the first-ever Headstock festival

MUSIC lovers heading to this year’s Headstock Festival in Newstead will be allowed to camp for free — after surprise news broke that Robin Hood Line trains will not be running over the weekend of the prestigious event.

The second annual three-fay festival will again be held at the newly-created Newstead and Annesley Country Park from Friday September 9 until Sunday September 11.

Headline acts include Echo And The Bunnymen and the Lightning Seeds.

Thousands of revellers are expected to descend on the site for the attraction, which last year was voted runner-up in the Best New Festival category at the UK Festival Awards.

For the inaugural event, East Midlands trains put on extra services to Newstead station, which is just 200 yards from the Headstock site.

But this year, trains will not run at all on Saturday and Sunday on the whole of the Robin Hood Line, which runs from Nottingham to Worksop and serves Hucknall and Bulwell. This is because of essential engineering work. Instead, replacement bus-services will be laid on from Hucknall, Bulwell and Nottingham.

To soften the blow, Headstock organisers have decided to allow visitors to camp for free, provided they have a valid ticket. Those who have already paid to camp will be offered a refund.

Trains will run as normal next Friday night, with the last one leaving Newstead at 11.05 pm. Normal services will resume from Monday September 12.