30th Jul - 1st Aug 2021
Near North Rigton, between Leeds and Harrogate
£110 Adults / £75 No alcohol adults / £40 kids
Just a 25% deposit to secure your place. Balance due 1st June!
What's the crack?!
In the summer of 2018 Helen and I put on a festival themed weekend to celebrate our 40th birthdays and 10 year wedding anniversary. Months of hard work and planning came good and honestly, I couldn’t have been much happier with how it went. The next day after the dust had settled I marked it off as a success but one that I wouldn’t be attempting again; a week later the dust had settled a bit more and I started planning site visits for Hopestock 2020! And then Coronavirus…. and 2020 became 2021. And now, officially confirmed…. IT’s ON! We’re back this summer with an incredible line up of bands across two days, we’re going to rave in a field fueled on by all-inclusive drinks and the kids are going to have the time of their lives! This is your weekend of the summer packaged up and ready to go!
For those who were there in 2018, this year will be bigger, better and more like a proper festival. We have a new site located near Almscliffe Cragg, between Leeds and Harrogate – a perfectly sized field in a very picturesque spot. There’s loads of flat space ideal for camping so bring your own tent or treat yourself to a bit more luxury with a spacious glamping bell tent. If camping isn’t your thing there are a good number of BnBs and Air BnBs very close by and the site is near enough to Leeds for people to day trip it by taxi whilst also being more accessible than last time for those travelling from further afield.
Tell me more!
The event will very much be a small festival with all that you’d expect from that. We will have large marquee tents to provide cover for both the bar and our seating area, a proper festival stage, festoon lighting to light up the festival area and of course conveniences like toilets.
The attendance ticket is all inclusive of drinks with a fully manned bar serving up quality cocktails, spirits & mixers, wine and fizz. There’ll be self-serve hand pull real ale from our friends at Ilkley Brewery and cold boxes full of lagers, craft beers and ciders.
This year we have moved the date into the school holidays to allow us to make it a genuine 2 day event and we have loads in plan for both adults and kids! It all kicks off after lunch on Friday with an afternoon of live music before the DJs take over and then Saturday is a full day affair with kids’ activities in the morning before another afternoon and evening of live music and partying. Our live music offering this year is taking a serious step up! Visit the What’s On page for more info but highlights include Haggis Horns: Leeds top funk band; Gary Stewart’s Graceland: a full 9 piece line up performing Paul Simon’s seminal album; Louis Louis Louis: getting you dancing with a mix of Jump Blues, 50s rock n roll and ska; Soulful reggae from Majesty and much, much more!
We will have a few more attending this year, largely to help keep the price affordable with the extra costs involved doing a field based event. I must stress though that the ethos of the event remains the same: this is a private event, a coming together of friends where the kids will have a ball and can safely run free whilst the parents can party over a decent length of time and enjoy awesome music, food and drink!
See you there!
So why are you doing this?
“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.”
– Nanea Hoffman
^^^^ That right there is my favourite quote and one I try to live my life by.
When I look at my friends, most people who’re going to get married have done so, the 40th parties are mostly done so we’re thin on excuses to get together and I don’t see most of my friends as often as I’d like. Throw in the kids into the mix and it gets even more tricky. So imagine a weekend where kids and adults alike can have a riot, we can let our hair down, spend quality time together, get trousered and have a dance to some awesome music: well here it is.
I am running this as a non-profit event. If it makes any money I will likely re-invest for future events and / or do a charity donation. In fact in doing something of this scale I am shouldering a hefty financial risk and committing to putting in a huge amount of time. And you know what? I’m weighed in 100%. So why am I doing this? Because: life. Let’s do this!
We are looking for an event team of 10 people to help run the event in exchange for FREE ATTENDANCE.
As a team member across the weekend you will be asked to:
> Do 5 x 1 hour bar shifts (2 people on the bar at any given time)
> Check the 10 bins on site on 2 occasions to see if they need emptying into the skip
> Help with one of: Thursday set up, Friday set up / welcome or Sunday clean up / break down
Please indicate your interest in joining the team on the sign up form
Team members must be 14 or older with parental consent to prepare alcoholic drinks (Photo above for illustration only ha ha)
**EDIT (dated March 2021)**
Event team now FULL
PERFORM / ENTERTAIN THE KIDS
It’s a team effort! We are looking for:
> DJs. If you can fit in with what’s planned – and we’re mainly looking for people who can play an eclectic party set – we may be able to get you involved!
> Live performers / bands. Whilst the live music schedule is already pretty well developed we have room to accommodate some more suitable acts. Loosely speaking, anything in the funk / reggae / soul / rhythm n blues sphere would be great.
> Kids entertainment. Could you do any of the following for an hour or two: Face painting, Glitter tattoos, Hair braiding, Bracelet making, Treasure hunt, Races / obstacle course, Musical entertainment, Slime making, Something else?
Contributors / performers get £60 off the price of their attendance.
Please indicate your interest in contributing on the sign up form
**EDIT (dated Dec 2020)**
We have a very full programme and nearly everything we need on this front now. Please do suggest what you have in mind when completing the ‘sign up’ form but I can’t promise to include everything from this point…