Wow…camping concert tickets sold out

Camping tickets for Derby's only free-music event have sold out within days

Music-lovers have snapped up all of the early bird camping tickets for Derbyshire’s free music festival, Osfest – just three weeks after they went on sale.


Organisers say that they are delighted all of the 120 tickets have sold out so quickly.


Around 500 music fans attended last year’s event which is held at Broughton Health Golf Club, Church Broughton, near Derby.


Festival goers were signing and dancing along to the 34 bands that performed at Osfest 2017.


Osfest is free to attend throughout the day but there is small fee for camping and parking.


The rest of the camping tickets for the event, which was nominated as one of the best free festivals in the UK this year, will be released from the beginning of January.


Any profit made from the festival goes to charity, last year’s money went to the St Giles Hospice, a local Derbyshire charity who are dedicated to providing care for those with incurable illnesses.


Highlights from Osfest 2017 which is held at Broughton Health Golf Club, Church Broughton near Derby. Video footage curtesy of: Bad Apple Media Image credit: Kirsten Goodall


Paul Kirkley, aged 51, who has been running Osfest for 10 years, said: “We want to keep improving the festival, but with baby steps.”


He added that the capacity of 500 is set to increase slowly, but surely, as he wants to ensure the quality of the festival remains as it grows.

Organiser of Osfest Paul Kirkley, entertained the crowd on the main stage by playing the bongos. 


Paul said visitors having a good time is at the heart of the festival and precautions are taken out to guarantee that everyone has an enjoyable weekend.


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One festival-goer, Emma Jennings, aged 34, Derby, said: “Osfest is a fabulous family, dog friendly and well-organised festival.


She added: “It’s an excellent venue with welcoming hosts.”


South Street Food is one of the stalls that served food during Osfest 2017 and is set to return in 2018.


The festival offers a platform for many musicians and music to cater for a variety of tastes, all performed by tribute acts as well as upcoming bands.


Last year Twister, an original band, performed Indie Rock music and 5 Heads performed tribute songs from artist such as Green Day and The Who.


Rock band Twister were one of the first groups to get the crowd going on Saturday morning of Osfest 2017.


Band member of 5 Heads, Gary Smith, age 54, Derby, said: “It’s great that there’s original bands for something new and the tribute bands get the audience going.”


Related: Get to know Derby tribute band: 5 Heads


More than 400 acts applied to play at the free festival this summer and with only 34 places, the organisers said it was extremely difficult to narrow them down and choose a diverse line up.


Festival goers enjoyed relaxing on the fields of Broughton Health Golf Club in Derbyshire and listening to the diverse range of music. 


Bands even travelled as far as Newcastle upon-Tyne and the south coast to play at the non-profit festival.


Paul said: “The people that play could really make it, some of the bands have gone on to play at the Leeds and Reading festivals.”


Osfest 2017 sign was signed by music-lovers in Broughton Heath Golf Club in Derbyshire’s countryside.


Next year’s festival will take place on August 25, 26 and 27.


Camping tickets and free day passes will be available at the beginning of 2018, visit…