Sunday, September 24, 2023

Belper Goes Green – Full Line-up Announced

Transition Belper are delighted to announce an incredible line-up of, mainly, local talent to keep festival goers entertained at the 4th Belper Goes Green ECO Festival to be held at Belper Rugby Club, Derby Road, Belper on 3rd, 4th and 5th June.

From the traditional ballads and storytelling of Pete Castle to the funky blues of Blackfish, this year’s line -up should have something for everyone. Headlining on the Saturday will be Headsticks whose latest album ‘Feather and Flame’ skillfully blends folk roots with punk energy. Combined with the lyrics and vocals of Andrew Tranter, they are clearly an act to watch out for.  Local artists will of course feature strongly with the songwriting and vocals of Robyn Johnson a major attraction. Acoustic acts will also include Dave and ChrisJoel Davis and Sue Mcfarlane. And of course, no Belper Goes Green line up would be complete without Peter Rollings aka Experimental Sonic Machines – straight from his underwhelming reception on Britain’s Got Talent. Friday night will also feature a strong line up this year with Moon BulletWater For DogsRed Ruff – with a slightly altered line – and The Fat Valley Brothers.

Robyn Johnson

The whole weekend will build to a rousing rock ‘n roll finale on Sunday spearheaded by Kitty and the Cadillacs and The Cassettes. If you were lucky enough to be at Belper Rugby Club’s Christmas Benefit Party, you will know what to expect. Some new faces too this year with Itty Bitty CommitteeAnnette Oakes and making their BGG debuts.


Further acts have recently been added including JuneauBarney RubbelzMotormouthChris ButlerSongsmiths, Matt McGuinness and Familiar Roots. 

Two stages and the full spectrum of contemporary music. And, oh yes, Folk Friendzy will return to demonstrate the art of formation dancing and the Twisted Tongues spoken word collective will pop up where you least expect them with surprising renditions. On the second stage Nick spins the platters plus Backseat HarmoniesSunflower ThievesLeo Swarvett, poets, Nick Glyn DaviesTony Stark and more.

This year the main stage will be powered by an array of solar panels provided by V3 Power. The second stage will be powered by 8 bicycles – 6 adult and 2 children’s so we’ll need volunteers to keep the pedals moving to keep the sound groovin’.

The running order is as follows:

Friday 3rd June (from 6.00pm)

Red Ruff

Fat Valley Bros

Moon Bullet

Water For Dogs


Saturday 4th June

12.00pm Experimental Sonic Machine

1.00pm Juneau

1.50pm Annette Oakes

2.40 pm Folk Frenzy

3.40 pm Blackfish

5.00 pm Barney Rubblez

6.00 pm Motormouth

7.00 pm Itty Bitty Committee

7.50 pm Chris Butler

8.30pm Headsticks


Sunday 5th June

11.45pm Sue Mcfarlane

12.30 pm Dave and Chris

1.20 pm Joel Davis

2.00pm Songsmiths

2.45 pm. Experimental Sonic Machines

3.30 pm Robyn Johnson

4.15 pm Pete Castle

5.00pm Matt McGuiness.

5.45pm Familiar Roots

6.40 pm Kitty and the Cadillacs

7.30 pm The Cassettes

Second stage: Nick spins the platters plus Backseat Harmonies, Sunflower Thieves, Leo Swarvett, poets, Nick Glyn Davies, Tony Stark and more

One thought on “Belper Goes Green – Full Line-up Announced

  • sue Sturt-bolshaw

    The line-up has been revised since this was published .

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