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3rd July 2019

The Vale's Biggest free live music festival Cadstock celebrates tenth anniversary

BY: Nathan Spackman

50 years ago to the day since the iconic Woodstock music festival took place in New York State, USA, Cadstock The Vale's Biggest Free live music festival will bringing to Victoria Park in Cadoxton, as it celebrates own 10th anniversary.

In much the same way as the peace and tranquility of Max Yasgur’s dairy farm was broken in 1969 as the likes of Hendrix, Joplin, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Who took an audience of over 500,000 people into a new music dimension; so too this August 17th and 18th the air above Victoria Park in Barry will thunder to the sounds of 10 local bands playing their hearts out to a music loving audience of all ages.

With the music set to kick off at 1pm on both Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August, the advice as always, is prepare well for all weather conditions and allow plenty of time to find a favoured spot.

The Vale of Glamorgan’s very own Bro Radio will be broadcasting the performances across the county for those who can’t make it on the day.

Cadstock organiser Jon Greatrex modeling one of ten t-shirt designs on Victoria Parks Bandstand


Cadstock organiser Jon Greatrex said: “The weekend of August 17th and 18th 2019 will be very special. Cadstock will be 10 years old and we have chosen to time our anniversary with that of Woodstock’s Golden Anniversary.”

“We are extremely proud of reaching this milestone for Cadstock. Our free live music festival is much loved by the people of Barry and the Vale. It is great to be a part of a weekend filled with so much energy and enthusiasm, love and respect, all against a background of music to sing and dance along to.”

“We’re also very excited about a new range of Cadstock Anniversary T-Shirts that we’re launching for people to show their support for this much loved event. Proceeds from the sale of all Cadstock merchandise will help support and develop our free music festival as well as supporting a number of local charities.”

“Cadstock T-Shirts can be ordered from a local business via www.tshirt-printing4u.com/collections/cadstock. There are a number of designs, colours and styles available and we hope everyone will find one they like. T-Shirts can be delivered or collected from the printers who are just off Holton Road on Castleland Street. We’ll be posting links on our Cadstock Facebook page this week.”



“We have an exciting line up of bands all ready for you this year with headliners Brother Steve rocking and rolling on Saturday followed up by legendary glam rockers 12 Bore headlining and finishing off the event for us on Sunday evening.  Further details of the full line up will be posted soon, so check your local newspaper, follow Cadstock on Facebook, and listen in to Bro Radio for those updates.”

“I want to thank the Vale Parks and Tourism Departments for all their support over the years; we couldn’t have Cadstock without them! The Victoria Park team who do all the behind the scenes work for the event and keep our Green Flag award winning  park looking so lovely all year round, The Friends of Victoria Park group for help, support and delicious cakes. JPL Sound, all the bands, contributors and technicians for making it possible again this year – super job everyone. I hope everyone will come along and have another brilliant weekend”

A full range of refreshments will be available at Cadstock on both Saturday and Sunday with the Friends of Victoria Park will be providing Tea, Coffee, Cakes & Pastries and Barry Round Table will have a BBQ with Burgers and Hot Dogs. RSM Events will have a licensed bar and there’ll be plenty of Ice Cream from Che and Chuckles.

Patrons are free to bring their own food and drink, with Cadstock operating a responsible drinking policy as this is a family event. The organisers want everyone to have a good time in a manner that respects the venue and the people around them.

Retailers and service providers are strongly advised to stock up and have plenty of staff on hand to feed, hydrate and move 5,000 people over the weekend of the 17th and 18th August 2019.

Street parking is very limited around Victoria Park and the advice from The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to travel either by bus or take the train to Cadoxton station and make your way up the hill – follow the sound of the music or the smell of the Hot Dogs – it’s going to be festival time in Barry. Peace, Love and FREE Music…baby!

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