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Making The Meadowfest Music Event

27th June 2019

Have you heard about Meadowfest?  Malton’s brand new music festival on Saturday 20thJuly 2019 from 10am – 10pm.

Set beside the River Derwent in the beautiful meadows and gardens on the edge of Malton, Meadowfest brings you a summer music festival of uplifting sunshine bands, all day feasting and dancing under the stars!

Sit back, relax and enjoy an eclectic mix of ska, reggae, funk, blues & much more. Featuring some of Yorkshire’s finest bands and special guests, get ready for a family festival of top music, sizzling street food, all set in the most stunning of settings.

This week, we met with Mark Brayshaw who has helped our owner, Tom Naylor-Leyland with his dreams of organising this event.

Tom, the brains behind the annual Malton Food Lovers Festival, has long wished to host a music festival in the town, with music and art being his next passions, after food.  Music has always been a successful part of the food festival and creating a music event was the next step to take this further.  The goal was to create an event with the same family, laid-back atmosphere of the food festival, with the focus on music.

The idea to position this in the meadow was largely fortuitously logistical, due to the area being accessible and large enough to accommodate festival-goers without disturbing the town centre; as such the idea for Meadowfest started to get some momentum.

Another appeal of the meadow area (the grassy area below the Talbot car park) was that it incorporates a view that not many people have seen, making the scenery even more stunning than the well-known Malton vistas.  The stage will be positioned diagonally across the field to give the best views, and visitors will be able to sit on deck chairs on the lawns, hay bails in the grounds, or even in a picnic area on the bank.

Take a look at Tom’s video of the area here >>

Mark is a bit of a music-man at heart, having previously written the music features in the Yorkshire Evening Post, and also having had a music show on Minster FM. He also has years of event and project management under his belt, making him the perfect person to help Tom bring his music festival goals to a reality.

Having organised music festivals in the past, Mark was keen to avoid a lull between acts, especially if there is a heavy amount of set-up or de-rig required with the band equipment.  He suggested having 2 stages, which would alternate acts to keep the atmosphere going throughout the event.

The music chosen is an eclectic mix of reggae, salsa, ska, acoustic and more – carefully choreographed to create the fun and lively, yet relaxed atmosphere desired for the event.

The headline act is Levi Roots, who is a friend of Malton having performed at the food festival in the past.  When discussing Meadowfest, Tom was keen to replicate the feeling that Levi had generated previously, and no matter who they discussed, the topic always came back round to Levi, until eventually they decided that there was nobody better for the job than Levi Roots himself!

Click here to see the full line-up >>

Malton has a host of volunteers who have helped out at events over the years. This time though, they have all been invited to attend Meadowfest as guests as a thank you for their support in the past.

In addition to the music acts, Tom has invited a host of street acts including a pavement artist to make Meadowfest an event for all the senses.  Of course, food and drink had to play an important part, and as such we have invited some food festival regulars to provide sustenance to the crowds.  The Talbot will be providing a gin and fizz bar to get you in the festival spirit.

This year will be the first ever Meadowfest, but if this year goes as well as we anticipate, the hope s that this will become another annual event for the town, and that it might develop into an even bigger and better event over the years. The hope is to increase the number of tickets (this year is limited), and possibly extend the event over a full weekend.

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