ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
2017 will be the 8th year of LodeStar’s very family friendly festival that attracts all ages. It’s home is on my family farm at Lode. I have purposely called what is most of the farmland the “Fields of LodeStar”. As a teenager they always called out to me to have live music floating across its huge skyline along with a deep need to bring people together. The world seems to always be a troubled place, for individuals as well as countries. I cleared the fields to offer a moment in time to free us from everyday life and let the emotional power of music capture a memory for us. LodeStar is an independent festival, it may not offer big headline acts but every artist on its lineup is chosen for their quality of music, how the songs make you feel and take you on a journey over three days to discover new music. The experience here is of a really special atmosphere and such an intangible thing is difficult to convey to you in writing. This is what I can tell you, in our global commercialised world you shouldn’t miss LodeStar so be a part of it!
The festival takes its name from the village and the LodeStar, Pole Star or North Star, used for navigation over centuries, a steady guiding star “showing you the way to the festival”. Close to Cambridge, Lode is situated in the heart of East Anglia on 200 acres of countryside. Book your tickets now and start your journey to LodeStar, discover live music, family fun, activities, workshops to entertain and more! Being here helps to support your community, charities and maybe make a small change in how we view life and treat each other. I’m Doug the founder and organiser but maybe on life’s journey more of a curator, thank you.
Top British and International acts across three stages.
3 DAYS OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Including crafts; theatre; comedy; and more!
Food and drink options to please the whole family.
A SECURE ENVIRONMENT
A fun and safe environment for your whole family.
Health and nature – local, sustainable food and outdoor activities
Cultural activities – platform for music and performing arts
Supportive – supporting local initiatives and charities and economy
Community – bringing people together, making a stronger community
Family friendly – safe, fun, enriching experience
Organic philosophy – organic fields, sustainable produce
WORDS FROM THE ORGANISER:
I have worked in the fields of my family’s farm since a child; from my teenage years I always had a vision to put on a festival here. There is a special atmosphere that builds over the days of LodeStar and it is felt deep inside by all who attend. Artists say it’s the best festival they have ever performed at. The Fields of LodeStar are expansive and cared for all year round. Special fine grasses were planted and are kept cut like a bowling green to make a perfect camping area. Work at LodeStar never stops so all is prepared for your arrival. I am pleased festival-goers show they care about the fields as hardly any trace is left. With no light pollution at night you can look up at the millions of stars in the wide open sky. The “big dipper”, as a farmer I say the “great plough” with its last two stars pointing you northwards to the LodeStar. After harvests long gone by I have always looked up at these stars, this also happens to be LodeStar’s time of year. Being here under the night sky feeling the earth under your feet the Fields of LodeStar evoke a feeling of something special, even spiritual. It pulls at you making you feel that you are at the centre of LodeStar’s Universe! We live on this small planet together and much that happens is sad. LodeStar is to make time for people to be together, “for lovers of life”. Music is powerful and emotive, songs influence our thoughts and emotions through life, which I have found invaluable. It is amazing when you think how young artists such as Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel were. LodeStar has no single genre of music, narrow purpose or any political, religious message. It is for all who come to make of it as they will, that we are all equal and our time together is precious.
That is LodeStar’s ethos, created for a memorable time and to just be.
OUR FRIENDS INCLUDE:
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