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The eighth annual Whatstandwell Festival returns this year on Saturday, July 2, in the barn at Hankin Farm, New Road.

There will be five bands playing live, including Propeller, Last Date, James Warner Prophecies, Alex Blood and the Diggers, and David Bewlay and the Scary Monsters.

Propeller are an original and covers band with a great following. They play some covers and some of their own material in their set. Propeller are a band not to be missed.

Last Date are an alternative rock band from Belper who formed In October 2009 and are recording their first album soon. Last Date are always writing new tracks so they have a variety of material for their show where they are trying to create something that people will love to listen and sing along to, but also create something unique with what they write.

The James Warner Prophecies are a hugely original local band, mixing heavy rock, acoustic, folk and indie with thought-provoking lyrics and a sense of tongue-in-cheek fun. Their unconventional sound, incorporating flutes, mandolins, violins and harmonica, is balanced with a gift for writing great tunes that genuinely stand out from the rest.

Alex Blood and the Diggers mix rap music with big guitar riffs and can easily be described as a genre-mashing band with a plot under their belt, and not just one for growing veg in.

Alex’s individual rhyming style resulted in him receiving a guest vocal slot on Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson’s Valerie remix and he joined Ronson on tour promoting his hugely successful Version album, going on to support US rap superstar Jay-Z in his UK tour as part of Ronson’s band.

Finally, David Bewlay and the Scary Monsters are a new tribute band, presenting a collection of classic David Bowie songs in a show that captures the image and dress of the late 70s into the early 80s. The show will climax with a faithful recreation of Bowie’s 1985 Live Aid performance. Drawing on a wealth of material from The Man Who Sold the World to Blue Jean, they perform the ultimate collection of Bowie’s greatest songs. David Bewlay is no mere pale imitation of the Thin White Duke, while the Scary Monsters make other bands look like Absolute Beginners!

A licensed bar will serve a range of locally brewed traditional ales, farmhouse cider, lager, wines, snacks and soft drinks.

The entrance fee is £5 including free souvenir glass. Gates open at 2pm and the fun starts at 4pm. The festival goes on until 11pm.