Friday, 13 July 2012

New arrangements mean Castle gig goes ahead

A popular annual music festival at Stafford castle is going ahead this weekend.

Plans have been put in place following the severe weather to make sure the Live @ the Castle, which features 10 hours of live music, will still take place on Sunday (15 July).

The borough council have made arrangements for a free park and ride service to take music lovers to the Castle from the nearby Stafford Rugby club. The same arrangements are already being used for the Shakespeare Festival after the rain made it impossible to use the usual parking at the Castle.

The conditions have also prevented the normal ‘truck stage’ being driven on to the Castle grounds so bands will be performing on the stage used for Shakespeare. This means festival goers will be able to use the covered seating around the set.

Will Conaghan, spokesperson for the borough council, said: “We weren’t going to let the weather beat us for the Raw Talent and Party in the Square last weekend – and we are determined to make sure it isn’t going to stop us putting on this really popular live music event.

“The rain has made it impossible to drive the normal truck with staging onto the site so we have improvised by using the set of this year’s Romeo and Juliet. The new free park and ride arrangements have worked well to get people to Shakespeare at the Castle.”

Normally people would have to pay £5 to park at the castle for the live music event but there will be no charge for the park and ride service.

The event runs from 12 noon until 10pm and costs only £2 to enter. People can use the park and ride throughout the day from 11.45am. Details of the changes and the event can be found from

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