It may not quite be the world famous Glastonbury festival and there is no chance of an appearance by U2 or Jay-Z, but right on the doorstep of our headquarters in Gloucestershire, UK, is a great little music festival that is rapidly gaining a reputation for attracting nationally recognised artists.
'Nibley', as it's just been re-branded, takes place in the small village of North Nibley on July 2nd; an annual not-for-profit event that is completely organised and run by volunteers. Billed as 'The Friendliest Music Festival in the Cotswolds', we have just announced a long term sponsorship of Nibley, part of which will see the festival's second stage named 'The Renishaw Stage'.
This year’s headline act is The Beat, a band that enjoyed a string of top ten hits including ‘Tears of a Clown’, ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’ and ‘Can’t Get Used to Losing You’, and helped start up the UK’s Ska music scene. Also on this year’s billing are rapidly emerging acts currently enjoying national UK airplay, including Rob Cowen and The Dissidents, Kill it Kid, and singer-songwriter Natalie McCool, who has received plaudits from a host of luminaries including Sir Paul McCartney and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Chris Gordon one of the Nibley organisers says, “Yet again Nibley Music Festival has proved it can unearth musical gems and the fact that we are now being recognised as a good gig by record companies and agents is testament to the hard work we put in to finding top acts. We are delighted we have now also got a world class organisation as a partner too – the fact that Renishaw is locally based and has shown commitment to many other local voluntary organisations over the years was key to us wanting to team up with them.
We now have over 1,500 employees within the County of Gloucestershire and aim to support events that benefit our staff, their families and the wider community. Nibley is a great example of a local festival with high quality music and family entertainment, and therefore we're very pleased to become a long-term sponsor.
Find out more details about the festival at www.nibleyfestival.co.uk.(Image: Ranking Roger, lead singer of The Beat)