I am deeply saddened to tell you that I have had to cancel LodeStar. Ticket sales were far too low to run the festival to the standard I wish for. Over the past 7 years I have always offered far more at LodeStar than ticket sales covered to build the event and hope each year people would return. And always offered the best music before most knew of the artist. Despite efforts to get local company support there was none forth coming.
I have worked, lived and breathed LodeStar for 11 years working 90 plus hours a week and at great hardship for all my family and friends. My late Grandfather use to say about farming a wet piece of land, “it would break a young man’s pocket and an old man’s heart”. With LodeStar I have had both. I am just a small farmer who as a young man was passionate about music who had a calling, a dream, to bring people together with music. To be true and simple in my message with no false marketing and keep integrity in its purpose and a safe event for all. Something so intangible is hard to convey in getting people to buy tickets. it was only those who decided to come along and experience it who knew what it was like. I believed in people and stepped way out of my comfort zone willing to risk all for our community. I cleared my fields but as you now know not enough people came.
Regarding refunds please bear with me as I go through the cancellation process.
Thank you to all who came and enjoyed LodeStar in the past and understood its ethos and aims of this festival and the special atmosphere it held, it was you and all those who helped me who made it so. It was a truly family friendly event. Its purpose was also to be a significant event to support up and coming artists, families having under 15yr olds free and lots of activities, many of which had a charity fund-raising purpose.
It was always important for me (more so than ever these days) to bring people of all backgrounds together in a wonderful environment void of everyday troubles, placed with the emotive power of music. I did my best to support health related charities, individuals and your community in every way I could. It’s not only a sad day personally but a sad day for the loss of such a unique independent event that was born for all the right reasons.
Devastated is an understatement. Doug.
SO, WHAT IS IT?
LodeStar Festival is a wonderful three days full of the best live music performances of worldwide mixed genre acts, fun entertainment, crafts and workshops, theatre, sports and exciting outdoor activities. There is a range of quality local wholesome food and drink plus much more; for all of the family to enjoy. 2016 is LodeStar’s 8th year and continues to offer the latest live music, family friendly fun, top entertainment and more! Situated in the heart of East Anglia and held on the Fields of LodeStar covered in special fine grasses. It’s a massive 200 acres of great British countryside, just over an hour from Kings Cross, off the A14, the Festival is easily accessed from across the UK.
ARTISTS AT LODESTAR IN PREVIOUS YEARS INCLUDE:
Kitten ○ Femme ○ Lucius ○ RÜFÜS ○ Sir Bob Geldof ○ Cage The Elephant ○ Razorlight ○ Public Service Broadcasting ○ Catfish And The Bottlemen ○ The Sunshine Underground ○ The Go! Team ○ The Magic Numbers ○ The Ramona Flowers ○ The Datsuns ○ Frankie Forman ○ The Hoosiers ○ Ryan Keen ○ Dragonette ○ VV Brown ○ Paper Aeroplanes ○ As Animals ○ Kimberley Anne ○ Son Of Jack ○ Katzenjammer ○ Lucy Mason ○ El Perro Del Mar ○ BIGkids ○ Tibet ○ Michele Stodart ○ My Baby ○ Norma Jean Martine ○ Little Barrie ○ Imperial Mammoth ○ The Hearts ○ Eleanor Friedberger ○ As Elephants Are ○ CSS ○ A Genuine Freakshow ○ Lady Lamb The Beekeeper ○ Leddra Chapman ○ Kill It Kid ○ LVLS ○ Victor Vellocette ○ Tigers That Talked ○ Life In Film ○ Lonely The Brave ○ Lyla Foy ○ Caracol ○ Mausi ○ Amanda Mair ○ Fickle Friends ○ Worship ○ Jodie Marie ○ Glass Pear ○ Roxanne de Bastion ○ Luminites ○ Team Ghost ○ Candy Says ○ Leslie Mendelson ○ Suzerain ○ Thumpers ○ The Shadow Project ○ Phildel ○ The Travelling Band ○ Rae Morris ○ Mono Taxi ○ The Rocket Dolls ○ Rubylux ○ Face The Ocean ○ The Ouse Valley Singles Club ○ Inouwee ○ Ellie Rose ○ Chasing Grace ○ Goldstar ○ Rubber Kiss Goodbye ○ Amoriste ○ Scoundrels ○ Fractures ○ Karima Francis ○ Submotion Orchestra ○ Myles Sanko ○ The Lost Society ○ Little Night Terrors ○ The Jude ○ The Wicked Whispers ○ Hanging Stars ○ Violet Bones ○ Shake Shake Go ○ Les Bonbons ○ Graeme Lloyd ○ Midas Fall ○ Bailey Tzuke ○ iVienna ○ Hatcham Social ○ From The Sticks ○ Father Sculptor ○ Luisa ○ An Escape Plan ○ Violas ○ Creatures Of Love ○ Rokhsan ○ Miss 600 ○ The Intermission Project ○ Rebecca Clements ○ Will Kevans ○ Offside ○ Eddie ○ The Spector Effect ○ The Vestals ○ Doll And The Kicks ○ Hanshake ○ Invisible Vegas ○ Jon Orchard ○ Tribes Of The City ○ Tiger MCs ○ Rich Lown ○ Secret Company ○ The Foxes ○ Caroline Harrison ○ Lux Lisbon ○ The Scholars ○ Royal Treatment Plant ○ Eden Circle ○ The Cordelier Club ○ Thomas J Speight ○ Reaper In Sicily ○ The Primitives ○ Belle Humble ○ Kerri Watt ○ Last Dinosaurs ○ Fred’s House ○ Jess Roberts ○ Sketches ○ Charlotte Campbell ○ Auction For The Promise Club ○ Grace Sarah ○ Metropolis ○ Xsara ○ Zoe Konez ○ Lowpines ○ Shereen Shabana ○ Leigh Mary Stokes ○ Irene Rae ○ The Pony Collaboration ○ Laura Tapp ○ French Leave ○ Will Robert ○ Dead Wolf Club ○ Baxter ○ Sykes ○ Dirty Kanvus ○ Hidden Charms ○ Moral Soul ○ The Folk ○ WellNorthOfWatford ○ Gema Hadridge ○ The Ghost Of Samantha ○ Charlie Hole ○ The Sherlocks ○ Polymers ○ Rachel Clark ○ Alicia Catling ○ Tom Sutcliffe ○ Sigma Collective ○ The Staycations ○ The Cyriacs ○ Chloe Anna ○ Mark Ellis ○ Nassau Royal ○ Sea Stacks ○ 9Fold Punch ○ The Winter Kings ○ The Ungrateful Guests ○ Johnny Borrell and Zazou
EACH confirmed as official charity for Lodestar Festival
We are very pleased at LodeStar to be supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and we are working hard for this great charity. We feel their work is so helpful to the families as a whole. EACH offer wonderful facilities and importantly wonderful caring staff. We invite you to book tickets for LodeStar, enjoy the fun activities, live music and family entertainment we have for you to raise the needed funds for EACH, let’s do this together!
The charity says, “East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is thrilled to be the chosen charity partner for this year’s LodeStar Festival in Cambridge.”
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Their family centred approach includes specialist nursing care, short breaks, therapies and counselling; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family. As a charity EACH offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), Quidenham (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich). More than half of the care and support provided is delivered in the family home and community, in surroundings familiar and comfortable for the family.
EACH’s hospices aren’t just about end of life care; they’re often very happy and fun places, where young people can live life to their full potential. When time is short, EACH helps families make the most of their precious time together and create memories that last forever. EACH will have a stand at the festival running fun activities and collections will be held throughout – please pop along to say hello and give generously to the bucket collections.
Neil Hamilton-Meikle EACH Cambridgeshire Corporate Fundraiser, said: “We are delighted that LodeStar Festival has chosen to support EACH this year and we look forward to being involved in the festival. EACH has a strong affiliation with music and we know the importance it has in people’s lives. We offer music therapy session as a way of connecting with the children young people and families that we work with and our music therapists are constantly looking for new ways to use music. We are looking forward to immersing ourselves in full festival spirit and hope to work with Doug and his team for many years to come.”