We all like to do our bit for charity and henfest this year gives us a chance to help a worthy cause but also to hear some excellent music
Local music festival Henfest has announced what we all think is a superb line up for their friendly festival.
Alongside raising money for a worthy cause the organisers have gotten themselves some of the areas best bands.
Friday night kicks off the festival in style with the excellent Quinns Quinney, The Darwins and headlined by local ska favourites Rat Race. My favourite DJ 'Dapper Dan' closes the evening with what is sure to be a barnstorming set.
Saturday is a day packed full of the very best that Dorset has to offer with more acts than space allows me to mention so if you don't get a shout out then please don't take it personally!
You need to get there early to see the wonderful Fearne who by that time should have their new album out. It's sure to be a wonderful disc so their live set will be worth checking out.
If you've been suffering a hangover from the night before then by early afternoon you should be back in full health which is just as well because the Awesomely Amazing Black Water County are on and I guarantee there will be dancing, merriment and randomness aplenty.
Later we get the technical brilliance of Will McNicol and the loop pedal mastery of local favourite Tom Clements.
Also worth checking out has to be Lily of Barbary AKA Hannah Marshall. We saw Hannah last year when she won the Purbeck Folk Rising competition with a truly exceptional and original performance. Likewise Citizen Perez is a must given that he is probably the best exponent of the Kazoo this side of Ringwood. The alter ego of Steve Perry, Perez is a highly enjoyable performer who always imparts fun into any room.
One of the best folk acts we've seen for quite a number of years has to be Kadia. Original, technically great and annoyingly good looking they will no doubt wow the assemblage.
Headliners for the Saturday and of the festival, Empire Affair will need no introduction to aficionados of local live music. These guys have a catalogue of catchy indie songs but this is allied to one of the best live performances around in the shape of frontman Neil Tallant. Remember their name.
The line up
The Half Dead Darlings,The Darwins,Palms and Pelicans,Sound the Siren,Quinns Quinney,Rat Race,DJ Dapper Dan,Electric Panda,Fearne,Cathy Burke,HUNCK,Kirstie Tancock,Black Water County,Will Pope,Kirstie Tancock,Will McNicol,Tom Clements,Raffle,Jenny Wren,Cordelectra,Kadia,Grizzly Rhys Morgan,Sons,Empire Affair,DJ Dapper Dan,Beth Harris,Guitar Master class with Will McNicol,Nathan Potter,June’s Tiara,Citizen Perez,Lily of Barbary,Raffle,The Darwins
Get your tickets now
Alongside the music there is some smashing food and real ales although of course we are teetotal so we won't be going anywhere near the beer tent (*cough)
This is a small festival so book now and make sure you don't miss out on a veritable feast of musical entertainment.
You can get your tix here http://henfest.org.uk/#tickets
It's an incredibly good value festy with a ticket not only including music but also camping at the beauty spot. Friday is a tenner, Saturday £20 and a two day job is only £25. Bargain IMHO.
Remember this is a festival that directly helps really good causes so please share and get your friends along