PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Headstock Festival

THE sun was shining, the setting was beautiful and everyone was in high spirits at this year’s Headstock festival which took place at Newstead and Annesley Country Park at the weekend.

The second festival, which is at the former pit site on the edge of picturesque Sherwood Forest, saw thousands of festival-goers from around the country pitch up a tent and enjoy three days of music, workshops, food and attractions.

There was music from 1980s sensations Echo and the Bunnymen, along with the Lightning Seeds, Nick Harper, the Herbaliser Band. African Head Charge and the village’s very own Newstead Brass.

Referencing Newstead’s mining past, The Welfare Stage played host to BBC Introducing which showcased some of the best up-and-coming talent from around the East Midlands - and there was a host of musical genres including electro-swing, hip-hop, breaks, experimental, indie and much more.

Run by volunteers, the not-for profit event was organised by Newstead Enterprise which aims to breathe new life into the village through social enterprise. The project was given a £433,140 from the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with the BBC and was at the centre of a BBC programme called Village SOS, hosted by Sarah Beeny and broadcast on 4th September.

Click on the play icon to see a selection of photographs from the festival by Chad’s Angela Ward.