“Everywhere I looked I saw expressions of love, expressing God’s love and Father Heart”
KingsStock Music Festival has just celebrated its third official year with its best festival yet.
This increasingly popular two day event played host to a wide selection of Christian bands and solo artists from the local region, as well as some from much further afield.
Mercifully there was a break in the very wet weather that has so far dominated the summer with KingsStock only experiencing a couple of showers which were enthusiastically embraced by both the crowd and musicians alike – even the Glastonburyesque mud did not hold back the fun and the music!
“Thank you for such an amazing weekend.”
All the performances took place over two nights on three stages at a venue full of rustic charm hiden away in the farmland of Cambridgeshire. The Impact Stage, KingsStock’s main stage hosted Empire Nation, Keith Hammond, Tall Trees Rising, The Following, Jelz Music, Feza, Paul Bell, Rudy Cullen, The Daves, and Warren Du Toit. On Friday night the main focus was on worship style music and the Saturday embraced a variety of styles, however most of the bands sung about their personal experiences of God. The DJ Stage had sets played by DJ Phrendly and Oliver Needham; the entertainment mainly came in the form of a “Silent Disco”, with festival goers able to use headphones to tune into one of two music sets being played simultaneously creating the curious sight of people dancing together in silence, but not necessarily in time with each other.
“I loved hearing the variety of musical deliveries from the different artists”
The third stage is everyone’s favourite – The Acoustic Orchard Stage! Many of the artists who played the main stage also insisted on playing the Acoustic Orchard Stage too. Performances where provided by Mel Stamp, Tom Webster, Michael Lawrence & Susan Saunders, Maria & Jon Cullen and Laura Keen who delivered a highly creative and highly interactive story telling of the Gruffalo by firelight.
The Acoustic Orchard Stage is made from recycled materials and has no mains electricity making it quite the eco stage. The stage is located in a Cherry and Walnut orchard and has a wonderful fairytale feel about it with candles and a fire pit, as well as all the trees being adorned with ribbons, chandeliers, and all sorts of other weird and wonderful objects.
“Great chill factor and bags of unique heartfelt creativity”
KingStock is not run for profit and this year were able to make donations from the ticket sales to Street Pastors and the A21 Campaign. One of the festival's key aims is to provide a platform for local up and coming Christian bands to perform alongside more established Christian performers from across the UK. This was done with great success this year and many of those that performed asked if they could return in 2013 for next year’s festival.
KingsStock's founder, James Stevens, and the growing support team, have a heart to impact the UK’s festival scene by demonstrating Christianity in a relevant and understandable way that engages people who may have written-off Christianity as being an old fashioned religion and not seen it as a contemporary life of faith that is hugely significant in this modern world. If you feel a “ministry” to festivals is something you would like to explore then KingsStock would love to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org.
“What you have is something very unique and I am excited about its growth... it will not be like any other! It is out of the box and makes me feel excited!”
The date and venue have not been set for KingsStock 2013 at the time of writing as the festival have outgrown their current premises and are seeking a local host with a couple of acres they would be prepared to use for this fantastic Christian gathering. Please contact KingsStock directly if you think you can help? email@example.com.