West Fest gearing up for another big year

Truck Stop Trixies. Picture by Colton Halls.

Truck Stop Trixies. Picture by Colton Halls.

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THE team of volunteers behind this year's West Fest are hoping even more people support the community event.

A day of live music, dancing and merriment will fill West Malvern playing field from 11.30am to 10pm on Saturday, July 5, with the finishing touches being made to the varied line-up of entertainment.

Fifteen bands will be split across the main and acoustic stages, with 10 other acts, such as the Chase Jazz Band, Malvern Cube and West Malvern Voices will feature on the Andy Dakin Diversity stage, followed by the return of the silent disco.

Tony Poyner, of the festival committee, said: "The committee are looking forward to this year’s event after the great success of 2013 - it makes all the hard work worthwhile so we are going to make 2014 a terrific event, with even more money going to local community groups and charities.

"We are hoping the attendance will beat the 2,500 who attend last year.”

The main stage welcomes Black Heart Angels, Boy and Bicycle, Clumsy, Hump da Bump, the Matt Woosey Band and Miss Pearl & the Rough Diamonds.

While the acoustic stage will house headliners Truck Stop Trixies along with Appleby Kinsey, Flatworld, Hennesea, Lounge Toad, Malvern Hillbillies and the Ray Mytton Band.

Children can make the most of inflatable games, a bouncy castle and slides along with face painting,hair braiding and crazy golf.

The arts and crafts marquee will exhibit work from talented local artists and a selection of local caterers, plus teas and cakes should keep people fed and watered.

The beer tent will be serving ales from West Malvern Brewery as well as cider from Barbourne Cider, lager, wine and soft drinks.

The West Fest team has also just completed the distribution of last year’s profits to local community groups,some £5500 in all.

Funds have been contributed to Colwall Rotary Club for youth projects, Mathon Tennis Club to resurface their courts, the Hills Echo to cover printing costs, West Malvern British Legion to update their facilities, and both Arcos and Malvern Scouts to cover general costs.

St James CE Primary School and Willow Children Group plan to buy equipment, West Malvern Baby and Toddlers Group will use their share for general funding and Hanley Castle High School’s PTA also benefitted.

Entry is £7 for adults, under 18s £4, £16 for families and under fives go free.

For more information, go to west-fest.org.uk.

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