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Woodfunk Festival in Alton promises "good behaviour"
by Laurence Mozafari, Website Contributor

A Woodfunk reveller
The festival includes various DJs and bands

The organisers of the annual Staffordshire new music festival, Woodfunk Weekender, will crack down on noise and bad behaviour after complaints in previous years.

Woodfunk, previously based near homes in Leek, has moved to Alton; and will have stricter ticketing and security.

Matt Hermiston, Woodfunk's co-organiser said: "Either we picked up our act - or got equipment taken from us".

The festival will have dance DJs and bands playing for up to 500 revellers.

Following complaints from the Woodfunk event in the summer of 2008, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council threatened the organisers with Noise Abatement notices if problems re-occurred.

Matt Hermiston admitted: "We've got away with murder in the past".

Line up

The Woodfunk Weekender is set for July on a 250 acre site, at Woodfarm, near Alton.

It takes place over two days, with headliners including house DJs, Inland Knights and Justin Robertson, who is DJing the Snowbombing Festival in Austria.

Simon Hambleton, who also organises Woodfunk said: "It's taken off more since clubs in Hanley like The Void and Fluid, which were real centres for house and dance music, shut down.

"There is still a crowd out there for the music, so we thought why not get out there and throw a party? We haven't got a club, so let's do it outside."

The festival's music is mainly focussed on less mainstream versions of house, dubstep and reggae.

Hard work

Woodfunk's other headliners include Crewe based band the Dead Wasps, DJs Groove Federation and Coldplay tribute act, Coldplayer.

Simon added: "It gets stressful to say the least, but it's worth it in the long run, as we just want to promote a good festival and open up people's minds to what's out there.

"Nick Sheldon who used to be on Signal Radio will be DJing old-school dance. So any old school ravers out there, get your gasmasks on, get up there, and come have a rave!"


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