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Balstock 2019: Full line-up announced for Baldock festival's return

PUBLISHED: 12:02 17 August 2019

Balstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan Gill

Balstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan Gill

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The Balstock 2019 line-up has been announced, and is set to be one of the biggest events yet with more than 200 acts confirmed to perform in venues across Baldock from September 13 to September 15.

The popular charity music festival, organised entirely by volunteers, returns this year following a break in 2018.

The highly-anticipated 2019 instalment of Balstock brings some old favourites along with some new faces to the stage.

The festival will see 215 varied performances - from music, to drama to burlesque - across pubs, shops and cafés in Baldock's High Street and Whitehorse Lane.

Each year, funds raised from the weekend are donated to local causes.

In the past, charities and causes such as Addenbrooke's Breast Cancer Appeal, North Herts Sanctuary, the Herts Women's Centre, Baldock Girl Guides and Baldock Town Hall have benefitted from donations given by festival-goers.

This year, money raised from the free entry event will be split between Mind in Mid Herts, Darcie's Wish, the Lister Hospital Maternity Unit, Luna Animal Rescue, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and Baldock Town Community Sports Facility.

Applications to perform at Balstock were open to local performers and bands, closing on July 18.

After deliberating, organiser G La Roche and his team whittled the 319 bands and performers who applied down to 215.

At the time, G took to Facebook and said: "Considering our humble beginnings and the fact we ask you all to play for charity makes this a phenomenal feet and we do appreciate all that took the time to sign up."

The festival took its first 'fallow year' in 2018 after Balstock's treasurer and organiser G's mum Elaine passed away suddenly in April 2017 from breast cancer, aged 62.

G said: "There was, and still is, a huge void in the festival, the Baldock community and our hearts.

"We mark her loss and achievements with a permanent memorial, and The High Street stage will be known as the Elaine LaRoche (ELR) Stage, overseen by London Road Studios, who are long-term supporters of the festival, based in Baldock.

"We are returning with a bang in 2019, with what looks to be the biggest Balstock ever!

"This will be our 13th ferociously independent music festival, introducing over 200 acts playing in 14 Baldock venues over three days."

As well as a stage in the High Street, the event will span across 14 pubs and venues in the town.

These include The Old White Horse, The Boot, Baldock Town Hall, The White Hart and Stylus Lounge - which will take part in the festival for the first time this year.

Headline acts include Transmission - a band from Hitchin - who will perform on the Friday night at The Orange Tree.

Stevenage's Connor Wells is also a headline act and will take the stage at the White Hart on the Saturday night.

For the full line-up and timetable, go to balstock.co.uk, or search Balstock Music Festival on Facebook.

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