It’s Exile Music Festival this weekend

Picture by Phil Richards

Exile Music Festival is probably the best kept secret in Derbyshire. 

Nestled in a beautiful wooded valley, on privately-owned land, in Darley Dale this family friendly music festival takes place June 28-30. 

It features an eclectic group of performers such as Bonfire Radicals, Granny’s Attic and Leatherat to name but a few. 

The ‘Exile Introduces’ competition showcases upcoming local musicians. The six competition finalists will perform on the Sunday afternoon, with the winner receiving a paid gig at next year’s festival. 

Aside from the music, there’s plenty to do; guided walks with the promise of an ice cream stop en-route, various activities for the chuldren including storytelling, games, face painting and plenty more bedsides. 

For the young at heart, Fancy Dress Saturday will have a Space theme to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing.

Several traders will be present to tempt you with their wares. If retail therapy is your thing, you’ll certainly enjoy browsing the stalls for that must-read novel or hand-made leather goods. As usual Oxfam will set up their pop-up shop – a real Aladdin’s Cave of things you absolutely can’t do without. 

The bar is hosted by The Fishpond at Matlock Bath.

Exile Music Festival takes place at Sabine Hay, Darley Dale. 

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