Ripley Music Festival, one of the area’s most popular summer events, is gearing up for another week-long stint of entertainment.
Running from Sunday, July 6, to Sunday, July 13, the fifteenth annual festival will see pubs, parks and public spaces taken over by a host of musical maestros.
Almost every musical genre will be represented, with performances from diverse groups including, Matlock Brass Band, Pye Hill Male Voice Choir and folk legends Kelly’s Hero’s.
The festival was co- founded in 1999 by councillors Steve Freeborn and Mick Wilson, with the help of Peter Clay, landlord of Ripley’s Angel pub.
Leader of Ripley Town Council Cllr Freeborn said: “The festival is a brilliant week because it caters for many musical tastes. It’s a brilliant community event as folk from all around the town, and from all walks of life come together and have fun.”
It costs £10,000 to stage and is funded through weekly jam nights, donations and fundraising initiatives.
Some of the line-ups you can enjoy this year are:
Rock’n’Roll Night with Tomkatz and Ready Steady 60’s at The Regal, Ripley, on Tuesday, July 8, from 8pm onwards, entry is free.
Picnic in the park with Licksquid, Executive Crew, John Doherty, and Red Nation, at Crossley Park, Ripley, on Saturday, July, 12, from 1pm to 3pm, entry is free.
Jam Night, a free after show party at The Holly Bush, Ripley, on Sunday, July 16, from 8pm. All are welcome and entry is free. For more information contact Cllr Freeborn on 01773 749000.