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Bands wanted as Balstock music festival set for September return

PUBLISHED: 16:51 14 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:51 14 March 2019

Balstock organiser G La Roche entertained the crowds at Baldock's Oktoberfest last year.   Picture: Karyn Haddon

Balstock organiser G La Roche entertained the crowds at Baldock's Oktoberfest last year. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Balstock Music Festival is set to return to Baldock this September following a hiatus in 2018.

Balstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan GillBalstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan Gill

It has been announced on the festival Facebook page this month that the popular charity music event is welcoming applications for bands to perform at one of the venues lined up this year.

The three-day event has provided a stage for local musicians while raising money for charities in the area since 2006, and has seen performances from more than 200 acts across 13 stages within three days.

In the past it has supported charities such as Garden House Hospice Care – based in Letchworth – The Fire Fighter’s Benevolent Fund, Headway the brain injury association, The Valley School in Stevenage, Friends of St Mary’s in Baldock, Help for Heroes and Baldock Town Hall repairs.

Balstock organiser G La Roche told the Comet in January last year: “We will still be helping out at fundraisers, plugging local music and hope to be back refreshed and kicking for 2019.”

Balstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan GillBalstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan Gill

Now, after a much-needed break, G and the Balstock committee have been back working on securing venues across the town and inviting bands to apply for a performance slot on the weekend.

G said: “We’re buzzing to be back in 2019 – that’s me and my committee members.

“We have about 14 venues lined up who want to take part and the band applications are open on our website until March 23.

“The year off was much needed, but it’s time to get back on the Balstock train.”

Balstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan GillBalstock 2017. Picture: Peter Alan Gill

The 2017 fundraising total was £12,200, beating its previous record of £5,000.

The money raised was shared between five causes – Baldock Girl Guides, Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Herts Women’s Centre, Stevenage Haven and Magic Moments Nursery School, all receiving £1,220 each.

The remaining £6,100 went to the Addrenbrooke’s Breast Cancer Appeal, a cause close to G and the committee after the death of G’s mum Elaine Roche and the father of Balstock committee member Shane Wilson, Tim, both from cancer.

Balstock will take place at a number of venues across Baldock, including the Orange Tree, from September 13 to September 15 this year.

Applications for bands will close on March 23. To apply to perform at Balstock, go to balstock.co.uk/info/playing-at-balstock-music-festival.

The chosen charities will be announced at a later date.

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