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Dovefest is now just a week away

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

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A TOP artist fresh from touring with Stevie Wonder will headline a free festival attracting thousands of music fans.

Dovesfest takes place on Saturday, August 30, and will feature blues and soul virtuoso singer and guitarist JJ Rosa.

Joining her will be former Madchester hero and Inspiral Carpets singer Tom Hingley, at the top of the bill.

The huge community event, which is funded purely through grants, will also host a range of workshops, innovative food vendors and guest ales.

Children can enjoy rides, bouncy castles and jumbo inflatable assault courses during the event, which is held at Doveridge playing fields, in Sand Lane.

Fringe stage the Cavendish Acoustic Stage, at the Cavendish Arms, will play host to acoustic acts, while indie-rock bands will perform on the Downpage Stage in Doveridge Village Club.

And, for the first time, on-site camping will be available for those who want to enjoy the full festival experience.

Organiser Martin Rodgers said: "We've got an amazing line-up coming down and we're delighted to welcome back JJ Rosa.

"She's fresh of tour with Stevie Wonder and that tells you what a coup it is for us to have got her to come back.

"Tom Hingley was a huge part of the Madchester scene and the front man of one of the movement's most iconic bands.

"Aside from the music, we'll also be providing workshops on skateboarding, African drumming, circus skills and crafts.

"And Freedom Brewery and Leather Britches Brewery will be providing bars in our beer tent to compliment a brilliant selection of food stands.

"And it's great that all the profit we raise goes straight back into the community to Doveridge Primary School and pre-school and Friends of Doveridge Playground.

"Last year we raised £4,000 for those causes and we're looking to do even better this year."

Also on the bill for the main stage are Uttoxeter acts The Shelter and Judge Fudge.

They will be joined by Funk Soul Collective, a group of session musicians who are 'one of the tightest bands in the UK', Stoke-on-Trent up-and-comers The Llight, hotly-tipped acoustic duo Bones and indie-rock band Refried Radio.

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