Keep Cadstock Alive

Cadstock, the best free outdoor music festival in Barry, is calling on our community to keep it alive.

The weekender, which took place on August 17th and 18th last year, is one of the focal points of the Barry calendar. Founded in 2009, it has almost trebled in size so that 2019’s decade celebration was one of the biggest and bestest ever seen.

Hosted by the Vale of Glamorgan Parks Department plus the Friends of Victoria Park, and very much driven by local man Jonathan Greatrex, the Festival now needs some funds.

Success has meant that some costs have risen but the organisers are determined not to pass this on to music lovers and keep the event for the community.

The absolute ethos of Cadstock, which takes place on July 18th and 19th next year, is that it is a free, family-friendly, and, for everyone.

So if all us hundreds of music lovers who attend each year, or even those who just pop in now and again, could drop a couple of coins in the pot they would be very gratefully received. 

A early call out for support to make this year’s event happen has has already led to a whole host of offers with a Keep Cadstock Alive event planned for early next year.

Organised by promoter Karl Webb, the event will be held on Saturday February 1st 2020, at the Savoy, Broad Street. Our bestest Barry musicians are already lining up to take part in the fabulous fundraiser.

Massively popular favourites Black Jam Circus are to headline the Gig. The rock chick favourites Stonehouse, and the Modtastic Second Chance are on the bill. And there will also be stints from Me and Him, Falling From Grace, and Ben Nicolas.

Bro Radio’s Dean Caldwell will host with his colleague Nathan Spackman as DJ. Raffle prizes are flooding in, Scott Walter, owner of SW Flooring will be master of the Auction, and the trusty Dean Snooks will be on hand to cover security.

Well known Gig organiser Bobby Kenny, has already kindly offered some sponsorship for Cadstock 2020 itself, as well as The Butterfly Collector owner Gareth Slattery.

Gareth is also now selling special Cadstock Cask Ale – a delicious a grapefruit infused potion that sees 10p from every pint go to the Keep Cadstock Alive Campaign.

Tickets, priced just £6, are available at The Butterfly Collector, The Savoy, The Barry Music Shop, through the Cadstock facebook page or by calling KWEBB events on 07746514901.

There will also be an online sales site for the digitally minded – details coming soon.

Also, following the success of last year’s Anniversary T- Shirts, Cadstockers can also show their support for our favourite free music festival by getting one of the Cadstock beauties on your bod! 

Priced at £10, they are special order so please call 01446 736056 or order on line here.

Every Tee and Vest sold will help keep Cadstock going strong, so please dig deep.

And you can always show off your purchase at a planned at ‘Carry on Cadstock, the planned 2020 After Party’ too – watch this space.

Thanks to all who make Cadstock the cracking success it is.

Let’s keep our free, family-friendly, fun Cadstock alive for everyone. 

Please also contact the Cadstock fb page if you can help in any other way.

Thank you for your support – the Gig is going to be a Goodie!

Speak soon.



Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist.

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