Festival History

A few words from Rick Holden, Buckfest mastermind and the "one who cracks the whip!"

I started Buckfest to tie in with Feast Week. There were always things happening on the field on Feast Day, but it all ground to a halt at 5pm. I felt that if we put on a mini music festival then people would stick around longer and continue enjoying the day. It went really well, and soon people were asking, "Are you going to do it again next year?" and I decided that I would. The following year Feast Week was no more, so Buckfest filled the void with a borrowed stage and PA. We started at 2pm and went through until midnight.

In 2012, myself and Scott Kitson decided to operate two stages in an all-day event. Over 500 people attended, and this showed us that we were on to something really good.

2013 was our first year to put both stages outside. We had around 700 people attend, and from thereon we have never looked back. We are now, in my opinion, the best small music festival in Cambridgeshire, and, continue to go from strength to strength.

Without the following people we would not be where we are now; Graham Ling, Scott Kitson, Jon Hill, Nicky Warnock and Garry Plant... My heartfelt thanks to you all!

Supporting Charity

2018

3 Pillars Feeding The Homeless supports homeless people in Peterborough, and would like to be able to serve other towns/cities in and around Cambridgeshire. They visit every Tuesday and Thursday giving out hot food and drink, clothing, sleeping bags, tents and basic personal hygiene products, Usually helping between 60 -80 people each visit.

2018

Malcolm Whales died of Bowel Cancer in 2008. He was a keen fitness fanatic undertaking long distant walks. Following his death his son Damien set up The Malcolm Whales Foundation to support sufferers of and families coping with cancer. They make donations primarily near Huntingdon but where a good cause is identified have donated further afield.

2017

Acorn Cancer Support offer help, support and advice to local cancer patients and their carers, as well as free relaxation therapies and social activities.

2017

Tommy's Wheels is a Buckden-based charity set up in 2016 with the aim of keeping local amputees moving.

2016

Little Miracles is a support group within St Neots and the surrounding areas for families who have children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

2016

The Elouise Keeling Asthma Trust was set up in memory of Elouise Keeling to fund asthma awareness sessions in schools and community groups.

2015

Magpas supports the Ambulance Service by providing the Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance and a Magpas specialist medical team, despatched to cases of life-threatening illness or major trauma within the East of England.

2014

East Anglia's Children's Hospices support families and provide care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

2013

The Woodslands Centre at Hinchingbrooke hospital provides outpatient treatments for cancer patients in Huntingdon and the surrouding areas.

2012

Magpas supports the Ambulance Service by providing the Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance and a Magpas specialist medical team, despatched to cases of life-threatening illness or major trauma within the East of England.

Committee Members

Rick Holden

Rick Holden

Buckden resident for the past 20 years, and involved in the local music scene as a musician and promoter for the past 10 years. Trying to put something back into a great local community. Cycled RideLondon in 2016 to raise money for Macmillan.

Nicky Warnock

Nicky Warnock

Project Manager by day, Nicky loves live music, real cider and volunteering, and has been involved with Buckfest for 3 years. Nicky also volunteers for CAMRA, supports various local community events and was proud to be a 2012 Torch Relay volunteer.

Scott Kitson

Scott Kitson

Buckden resident of 20 years. Information Manager in the Civil Service for the past few years. Lover of live music and proud to provide something back to the local community. Involved with Buckfest Music Festival for the past 6 years.

Jon Hill

Jon Hill

Former biscuit designer and dolphin polisher, Jon now works in further education. Buckden resident of 7 years and Buckfest Graphical Guru, Jon also provides the beats for local band Treble Damage, using whatever time signature he feels like!

Ian Brasher

Ian Brasher

Ian managed the Lion Hotel in Buckden for 5 years and has over 20 years' experience in the Hospitality and Catering industry. He has helped with several charity events and cycled from London to Paris in 2015 to raise money for the DSA.

Simon Sherratt

Simon Sherratt

Buckden resident for 21 years, on a permanent sabbatical from work after 40 years of Banking. Lover of music, festivals and the occasional beer. Cycled 100 miles on a Memorable day in 2017 to raise funds in memory of his Dad.

Volunteer

Volunteers are the life-blood of Buckfest, without them we couldn't run the festival. From the organising committee who spend months planning the event, to the volunteers who help out on the day of the festival itself — we are extremely grateful for the time and effort that everyone puts into making Buckfest a fantastic day out for all the family. The festival has grown year-on-year, and with it our numbers of volunteers has grown too — we hope that we make it an enjoyable experience, and we're very lucky to have people who come back and help out every year. (So we must be doing something right!) Buckfest really is very special, and it's the people who make it what it is. Our heartfelt thanks go to all of our volunteers who have been involved over the years.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities please contact us at info@buckfest.org.

We ♥ our volunteers!

Wow, what can we say - Buckfest 2016 was an amazing success! Our huge thanks go to everyone who supported the main event and also our two Battle of the Bands nights.

In just one day we featured 23 bands and artistes over 3 stages, representing many genres - from punk to samba! Money raised on the day will help to support Buckden Village Club - a key community asset for the village - and also our two nominated charities for 2016, the Elouise Keeling Asthma Trust and Little Miracles. We made our formal cheque presentations to them at our Thank You Night in October. We're also very grateful to Andy Kitson whose kind donation (together with money collected on the day) will help fund activities for Southoe and Buckden Explorers. Buckfest is very proud to be able to support so many good local causes!

With thanks to Fi Stimpson for allowing us to use her fantastic background photo for this update.