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★☆☆☆☆

“Be Carefull Booking!!”

Written on: 10/03/2012 by acousticrant (1 review written)

In 2007 I booked and paid for tickets for all my family to attend and camp at this festival in Nantwich. We never got a festival and we never got a refund! It was cancled the day before we were due to travel there. Despite returning the tickets by recorded delivery, as requested, and being very patient, all we got were excuses and promisses of a refund "after the next festival". This went on for over a year, initially I some sympathy for the situation the promotors were in, but as time went on… Read Full Review

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“We have been to this festival each year from it's...”

Written on: 24/05/2011 by Nigel Morgan (1 review written)

We have been to this festival each year from it's beginning in Nantwich.
Great relaxed atmosphere. Good sized camping/caravanning site. Clean toilets, hot showers. Family orientated, the kids can go off learning to use a diabloe if they don't want to watch the Bands.
Good line-up of bands and artists. If you don't want to listen to the Bands on the main stage you can wander around and catch artists you have never heard of and be pleasantly surprised. Highlights this yeat for me were seeing… Read Full Review

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Acousticrant's Response to Nigel Morgan's Review

Written on: 10/03/2012

How did you go to the Nantwich festival? It was cancled the day before it was due to start!! Are you sure you are reviewing the right festival?

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Guest's Response to Nigel Morgan's Review

Written on: 08/07/2012

It's clear that money has been made from this festival since 2007 and not a penny of this has gone to compensating the families who lost large sums of money in 2007 through no fault of their own. I don't think this is right and I would not buy a ticket or support this event, sorry, but I don't believe in customers being treated in this way, it shouldn't be allowed for organisers to call themselves a different company and dodge all responsibility.

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Nigel Morgan's Response to Nigel Morgan's Review

Written on: 14/03/2012

The very first festival was held in Nantwich in 2006 and was a success but quite low key. The following year it was cancelled at short notice due to the adverse weather conditions. Tickets purchased were valid for the following year(2008)at a different venue (Catton Hall) which went ahead successfully. The venue was changed again the following year to Uttoxer Racecourse where it has been held for the past 3 years.

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★★★★★

“Thought this was a great little festival - good...”

Written on: 23/05/2011

Thought this was a great little festival - good relaxed atmosphere, music was impressive, was good to see icons of the 60's/70's like the Strawbs and Wishbone Ash. Hazel O'Connor was fab, impressive acoustic version of Eight Day, even though the sound was a bit hit and miss in the big top venue. Liked Steve Harley, better than expected and really enjoyed Sheelanagig, Seven Little Sisters and Hayseed Dixie.

Loads of space for camping and the loo's were great, flushing, ceramic, never ran out… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“humm? well gave it a try as like steve harley, ( he...”

Written on: 22/05/2011

humm? well gave it a try as like steve harley, ( he was great) as was john parr (wow) but you would enjoy it more if you re over 50 and bearded! male or female!! was a bit too old hippy for us but a bit of fun andbeer was ok . toilets yakky, sad cos they are mentioned in the flyers as being ok!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Second year at this festival. Fantastic, friendly...”

Written on: 02/07/2010

Second year at this festival. Fantastic, friendly people, great bands, good food and amazing weather both years.
2009: Favourites were Baka Beyond, Aziz, Ed Tudor Pole, Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds.
2010: Too many to mention but a few are - Aziz, Mike ? and Amy ? (she played harp), Piste Artistes
Great facilities even though the hot water ran out on the Sunday (it was soon sorted out).
Although I don't have children, this is a great festival for kids - not too big and plenty to keep… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“As the Sun would say,"Phew, What A Scorcher!" ”

Written on: 18/06/2010 by stig1959 (1 review written)

As the Sun would say,"Phew, What A Scorcher!"
Couldn't have planned better weather for going to our first acoustic festival. The venue was great, as were the camping facilities. The festival site was well laid out and not too big. My only concern was the dome stage being too small for some of the bands playing(3 Daft Monkeys and Leatherat nned more space). Most main stage acts were really good, but what was Donovan on! I know he is laid back, but his set was embarrasing, lots of people left… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Good site close to the town and railway station. Good...”

Written on: 30/05/2010

Good site close to the town and railway station. Good Car Parking and access and Camping next to your car. Excellent bands both known and unknown. Nice clean toilets and showers. Litter free site. Lots for the kids - football workshops, face paining, juggling, drumming. Very laid back. One of the best "small" festies. Unfortunately, Tescos ran out of ice, the weather was so hot… Read Full Review

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“Donovan was great, like in a living legend sense, but...”

Written on: 27/05/2010

Donovan was great, like in a living legend sense, but was a bit ropey at times. Really enjoyed 3 daft monkeys as always but the real standout for me was a group in the beer tent on Saturday called GHOST TRAINS. Just ace songs, really, really good. Has anyone heard of them playing anywhere else?… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great Festival! this was my first time going and I was...”

Written on: 26/05/2010

Great Festival! this was my first time going and I was really impressed. The atmosphere was brilliant and good fun for all the family, staff and security were both helpful and friendly. The toilet and shower facilities were very clean too. The entertainment was great all around, The Hampsters and Kate Rusby deliverd a most enjoyable set on the main stage, but there were also some more fantastic bands & artists on the other stages too.

SURPRISE OF THE WEEKEND: I saw an amazing band called The… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“First time ive taken my family to a festival, we are...”

Written on: 25/05/2010

First time ive taken my family to a festival, we are local so thought this would be perfect. We didnt camp but the facilities on site i.e toilets showers looked lovely and clean. The food was of a high standard and value for money. We went saturday night and sunday all day, the weather was simply exausting, but still wonderful. Saw Donovan saturday night. im not a fan but he was suprisingly good. Sunday was a Great day for music the highlight for me was seeing a band id never even heard of… Read Full Review

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“only made the sunday but really enjoyed the atmosphere...”

Written on: 25/05/2010

only made the sunday but really enjoyed the atmosphere ,music, company and the sun.hope it comes to uttoxeter again.very frendly staff and great to see the bands mingle with the crowd watching the other acts and talkng to the audience.the hamsters as always were polished.the caldicot morris dancers scarey.beetroot kings as good as anyone that i saw on the day.
roz bruce great local talent,eddie tenpole worth watching just for his sound check alone,the big fibbers were completely bonkers and… Read Full Review

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Smithy29's Comment

Written on: 25/05/2010

totally agree, i only went suday too, beetroot kings were totally class. first time ive seen them they gave me a cd and signed it for free! real cd too not a copy. tops bunch of lads.

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★★★★☆

“Great festival, but ACOUSTIC? Quite a lot of it wasn't!!! ”

Written on: 24/05/2010

Great festival, but ACOUSTIC? Quite a lot of it wasn't!!!
Best surprise act - Peace Artistes, who were fabulous fun, great musicians and most certainly acoustic! More roving players would be welcome next year - they were a brilliant surprise.
Nicest touch - the free face painting for the children. It was superb artistic quality work, not the usual standard provided for kids at all.
Leatherat were great, even though they were NOT acoustic, but it was spoiled by the fact that the stage they… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“A very friendly family atmosphere. Loved seeing the...”

Written on: 26/01/2010 by robthewood (1 review written)

A very friendly family atmosphere. Loved seeing the kids doing their football workshops and the mums and dads at 8.30 Yoga Classes. Great being able to camp next to your car. Interesting stalls and great food. Best toilets and showers I've ever seen on a festival site. Friendly Staff and Security. Good Value for money.
2010 looks even better at the new site at Uttoxeter Racecourse with Donovan and The Levellers headlining. Got my earlybird tickets already… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Acoustic Festival of Britain was good value, it...”

Written on: 21/11/2008

The Acoustic Festival of Britain was good value, it was a good weekend break with great artists and good drink / bar prices. Highly recommended… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Great idea, went in 06 and it's getting better. Lots...”

Written on: 20/11/2008

Great idea, went in 06 and it's getting better. Lots of acts and in covered areas that helps. Good setting very calm and picturesque along the trent river bank. I can see this becoming a 'must go' festival as the artists are a good mix, you see them in a different un-plugged way. And the pricing is very good… Read Full Review

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“Some great performances throughout the weekend. Boss...”

Written on: 17/09/2008 by Another guest (1 review written)

Some great performances throughout the weekend. Boss Hoss, Nathalia, Marsden & Murray, Glen Tilbrook and The Animals spring to mind. And some pretty bad ones (I'll refrain from mentioning names to protect the innocent).

Considering the battering the place was getting from the weather I thought the organisers did pretty well. I'll be going back next year… Read Full Review

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“Overall I think the festival tried to be too grand. I...”

Written on: 24/06/2008 by voodooxtc (1 review written)

Overall I think the festival tried to be too grand. I think it would have benefitted from having fewer acts. There was a lot of poor quality, tribute or 'tribute' style acts (the Acoustic Beatles and Whitesnake being examples of both) that the festival could quite easily have done without (and who booked Tiny Tin Lady & The Toy Hearts???). The disruption caused by the weather and the main stage being closed meant that the organizers were fighting a losing battle trying to fit so many acts into… Read Full Review

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“Was only at The Acoustic Festival of Britain Sunday...”

Written on: 12/06/2008 by nearlylocal (1 review written)

Was only at The Acoustic Festival of Britain Sunday and Monday, but had a great time. Enjoyed most of the artists. The weather wreaked havoc of course and it would have been good to have chalk boards in each of the marquees or beer tents to give us the latest on who was going to play where and at what time. Big sympathy for those rushing around organising the best possible outcome in the circumstances tho.
Shame that a fantastic set by Midge Ure was lost to bad sound quality. Don't want to list… Read Full Review

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391016_Adreena2000's Response to nearlylocal's Review

Written on: 11/08/2008

I agree with most of your comments, the lack of communication was very poor & FAR too many tribute bands and clapped out has-beens (Midge Ure).
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<br/>Can't agree with you on Tiny Tin Lady though. Along with Jah Wobble, Fairport, Tull & Giltrap, they were one of the real highlights. Genuine talent, really class. Well done to whoever booked them, I say.
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“I would love to see this festival succeed as its such...”

Written on: 04/06/2008 by FAIRPORTNICK (1 review written)

I would love to see this festival succeed as its such a good idea… Read Full Review

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“I went to the first Festy in Nantwhich.. it was great,...”

Written on: 31/05/2008 by purpleone (1 review written)

I went to the first Festy in Nantwhich.. it was great, just the right size, where it was suppose to be last year as well.. The organisers have tried to go big and it didnt work!! Yes some of the bands didnt turn up but not very many!! I waited 5 hours for Melanie to play she was vocally great as I thought she would be, but she seemed a tad 'Prima Donna'.. She hasnt changed the world that much!! NOW whiles waiting for her 'ladyship' the most fantastic HAZEL O'CONNER appeared!! WOW what a humble… Read Full Review

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