Keep Cadstock Alive Campaign

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.

Local man Karl Webb who recently ran the Mod and Ska Festival Charity Event in the Tramshed is organising a Benefit Gig.

Hopefully to be held on February 1st 2020, at the Barry Island Sports and Social Club, local musicians are already lining up to take part in the fabulous fundraiser.

A local radio station had offered to host, raffle prizes are flooding in, and Gareth Slattery, of The Butterfly Collector, plus well known Gig organiser Bobby Kenny, have already kindly offered some sponsorship for Cadstock 2020 itself.

Tickets for the proposed February fundraiser will be £6 with all proceeds going to the ‘Keep Cadstock Alive’ Campaign.

Please contact Karl Webb if you can support the Benefit Gig in any way.

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 2020 beauties on your bod!

Priced at £10, they are special order and won’t be available on the day 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 ‘Cadstock 2020 After Party’ too – watch this space for more details on that.

Find out more about the free, family friendly, Cadstock Music Weekender here.

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

Thanks to all who make Cadstock the cracking success it is. Let’s keep our free, family-friendly, fun Cadstock alive for everyone.

Thank you.




Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.

As a founding member of #KeepCadstockAlive, Sue promotes the Campaign to keep the much-loved local music festival free, family-friendly, and for all. And also acts as both Media Lead, and Communications Advisor, for the Fundraising Group.

Mrs SVJ, Barry’s Boldest Blogger, can be contacted here.