The Bakewell Music Festival 2013 Welcomes You

The Bakewell Music Festival was a 3 day family friendly festival featuring acoustic music from across the world. Set on the show ground in the market town of Bakewell in Derbyshire, England, this music weekend offered all music from Folk, Latin, Country and Bluegrass right through to Acoustic Jazz, Rock and Blues. Beginning in 2010, the final Bakewell Festival was held in 2014. For several years this was the website where fans could learn the latest news about the lineups of artists, dates, times, and directions as well as purchase tickets for the Bakewell Festival. I eargerly looked forward to the festival every year it was held.The only one I missed was the last in 2014. I was in the US helping my parents move from their family home in Baltimore to a senior citizens retirement community. By using local Baltimore movers who had been recommended by their neighbors, I did not have to scramble when I arrived to find a moving company. The whole team form VonParis Moving and Storage where great. They had a Senior Move management division that is dedicated to assisting senior adults transition into new living situations through personalized move assistance services and support. They developed a move plan, organize and sorted my parents’ belongings along with downsizing and de-cluttering, stage the house to sell, coordinated all moving details, packed belongings and unpacked and set up in their new apartment. They even assisted with the utility transfers. My parents hardly needed me for the move planning stage or for the move. But being with them for this major transition from the home they had lived in for 55 years was very important from an emotional standpoint. I did have a friend who video taped a lot of the acts at the final Bakewell Festival, so at least I was able to enjoy them when I returned to England.

Eventually this site's domain registration expired and the site, just like the festival disappeared.

Recently I discovered that the domain was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its original content from archived pages. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing it for something that had nothing in common with the original music festival. I wanted to keep the spirit of the original website intact.


Since the site will not be exactly as you remember it, please be indulgent
Now let's take a nostalgic stroll back to 2012-2013 and the promotion surrounding the 2013 Bakewell Music Festival.


Set in the heart of the beautiful National Peak Park
FRIDAY 16th –SUNDAY 18th August 2013


FAQs Bakewell Music Festival 2013


THEME: This is a Family orientated Festival, come as you will, enjoy the artists, the music,the setting in the Peak District and the atmosphere!

Dear Festivalgoer,

This is our fourth year of the Festival and we have put together a list of answers to the questions and subjects you have previously shown most interest in!

Tickets may only be purchased either directly from ‘online ticket shop’ or from the Ticket Agencies shown on the Tickets page.
We use the secure PayPal Banking System for the sale of Tickets to our events.
There are NO booking charges when buying via our website.

To purchase Tickets, you do NOT have to have a PayPal Account but can choose to use either:-

A) Your Credit/Debit Card.
The PayPal System offers secure payment by VISA, MASTERCARD, MAESTRO, SWITCH, DELTA or VISA ELECTRON
NOTE: The PayPal system does NOT accept Amex or Diners Card.
B) Purchase through your PayPal Account ( if you have one ).

On completion of a purchase of Ticket/s, a PayPal confirmation ‘Receipt of Payment’ and a Confirmation email from Bakewell Music Festival 2013 will be emailed direct to the email address given at the time of  purchase- THIS IS YOUR TICKET/S

We keep a record of every Ticket sale and can check our records - if there are any problems.

NOTE: If your Pay Pal confirmation or confirmation email from us do not arrive when expected:(CHECK YOUR SPAM FILE FIRST-Just to see that it is not lying in there ) - if not found then please email:

‘All ticket confirmations’ will be exchanged at the Festival entrance for a Wristband.

WRISTBANDS: You will be given your wristbands at the gate of entry

NOTE: Children under 16 accompanied by an adult are admitted free ( we reserve the right to check ID )

1 - Dogs are permitted only on the Showground Campsite.
2 - With the exception of dogs assisting the visually impaired, no animals are permitted into the ‘Festival licensed Tented area and its immediate surrounds’ of the site.

1 - NO Personal ALCOHOL can be brought into the ‘Festival licensed Tented area and its immediate surrounds’ of the site

1 - The Showground Site will be:
Open from 9am Friday 16th August 2013
You can stay until 12pm Monday 19th August 2013

2 - A)  Camping is £5.00 per person  valid for the whole weekend ( when you present your Festival Ticket ) - under 16's are free .

B)  Car Parking is Free provided you have parked in the Festival site.

3 - Yes you can park your car next to your tent.

4 - There will be a Family camping area set aside.

5 - We will have Toilets, Standpipes ( showers ) next to campsite

6 - We will have St John Ambulance ( or similar ) in attendance.

7 - Apart from normal ‘off the ground’ barbeque equipment - no open fires are allowed.

8 - Bakewell Town is 5mins from site with Supermarkets and Restaurants.

9 - There will be a nice selection of food, bars and general stalls available on site + some items of interest for younger children on site and in our separate Acoustic tent

10 - We have a separate Acoustic tent – don’t forget to bring your guitars and Ukeleles.

DIRECTIONS TO: The Bakewell Show Ground Site

1 – The site CAN ONLY BE ENTERED from the main A6 Bakewell to Matlock Rd. See on location map DE45 1AH- Zoom slightly out and you will see the main road entrance from the A6 . ( NOTE:Whatever your Sat Nav shows you tells you there is NO entrance via the narrow Coombes Road at the rear of the Bakewell Showground site - turning/reversing is difficult )

ARRIVAL AT SHOWGROUND SITE:( 5 minutes from the centre of Bakewell )
There will be Festival signs to guide you and a yellow jacketed Marshall at the showground A6 entrance. Please follow the Marshall’s directions as we are allowed only certain areas of the Showground for caravans, camping and parking – the rest of the Showground comes under DDDC Parking Charges.
RAILWAY STATIONS: Nearest Matlock 6 miles, Grindleford 10 miles , Chesterfield 12miles and Buxton16 miles
BUSES/TAXIS: There are services from Matlock, Chesterfield and Buxton to Bakewell

As we know many of you will be travelling long distances and then setting up your camping space - we will not be starting the Shows on Friday night till 18.00 ( )

ARTIST Timings and appearances please check our

ARTIST latest Signings please check our - which we will update frequently.

If you have any further questions or ideas for improvement or suggestions for our Website etc - please

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Earlybird tickets are now available!

Note when Buying Tickets   

1- Children under 16 Free which includes Camping.
2 - Promo Codes available from our Ads in leading Music Mags.
3 - No Alcohol or Dogs allowed in the Licensed Music and Bar Area.
4 - Your Ticket is your Pay Pal Receipt and our Confirmation Email.
( If not received immediately please check your Spam File before you contact us).
5 - FAQs contain many other answers to your possible questions.
6 - Disabled Toilets facilities. Hot Showers this year.


About Some of the Artists Who Will Be Appearing


Kel Elliott:

“Can it be true? Well-written songs sung "LIVE", great bass lines and all with such great enthusiasm and love for performing. Kel Elliott is a unique & original artist that gets me grinning with pleasure. She swings, plays and sings in tune too! Blimey! Now there's a thing,” Danny Thompson (Double Bass - Kate Bush, Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Gabriel, Richard Thompson)
Kel is a sassy singer who uses her life experiences and views of the world, to hammer out a stage performance packed with humour, irony and a touch of mischief. Kel’s big voice and feisty bass playing, accompanied by guitar, keys and drums from her talented band, have audiences offering thunderous applause and crying out for ‘more!’
Thanks to a considered stage show, including personal stories and wide audience interaction Kel delivers a show, which brings people back to watch her time and time again. Kel possesses the wonderful ability to make her audience feel involved and part of something, which quickly endears them to her.  

Drawing on three widely applauded studio albums and five years together, the seven members of The Old Dance School may seem fresh faced but the diversity and scale of each one’s musical journey is quite remarkable – from international jazz festivals to European opera tours, film score commissions to classical recitals, green festivals to tattoo conventions.

Appearing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall on Friday, March 22, the members of The Old Dance School have performed, recorded and toured with artists such as Martha Wainwright, Cerys Matthews, Graham Coxon, Zoe Rahman, Michael McGoldrick, Neil Yates, Jim Perrin, The Destroyers, Kevin Dempsey, and Chris While.

The Old Dance School came into being in 2006 at the old Betty Fox School of Ballet in Birmingham, then a legendary party venue. Five years, 50,000 miles, many dozen festivals, and several trips to A & E later, the band’s 2010′s breakthrough album “Forecast” delivered a startling take on contemporary folk that was both firmly-rooted and unashamedly forward-thinking.

Performing at the Maltkiln Road Venue in conjunction with Mad Dog Folk, Mick Harding said:  “This is folk music but not as you know it, one minute rip-roaring, then next beautifully delicate. This will be an amazing night, do not miss it!”


Leon Hunt – Banjo

As one reviewer once observed ‘being the best 5-string banjo player in the UK must be rather like being the fastest ‘fast-bowler’ in Virginia’.

Leon Hunt has, for more than a decade, continued to confound that notion (and the many stereotypes that attempt to confine the 5-string banjo to Bluegrass music) by making his living playing alongside some of the world’s top musicians from a number of musical styles, backgrounds and disciplines.

Leon has taken part in several notable ‘transatlantic’ recordings; Miles Apart (2004), Shuttle Diplomacy (2008) and Fishing Music (2009). These projects have included some of the biggest names in American traditional music; Viktor Krauss, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, David Grier and Matt Flinner to name a few.

Beyond proving his Bluegrass credentials, Leon has found himself in a diverse array of other musical settings; occasional live and/or recorded collaborations with Irish traditional music’s Michael McGoldrick and Flook, African Kora virtuoso, Sekou Kieta, Classical mandolin superstar, Caterina Lichtenberg and English Folk singer, Kate Rusby.

Leon has also enjoyed being part of several major theatre productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Rep, and The New Vic (search the web hard enough and you’ll find a very funny picture of him in a powdered wig and tights!!!)

If all of the above name dropping means nothing to you then for the purposes of this biog we’ll have to resort to Anchor Butter’s major 2008 TV advertising campaign (the one with the fuzzy felt cows), that was Leon too!


Gypsy Fire


We are pleased to welcome back the sensational festival favourites.

GYPSY FIRE create stunning acoustic instrumental performances, combining breathtaking musical virtuosity and exhilarating dynamics, breathing new life into music from the worlds of classical, jazz, Latin, rock, blues and beyond. Their music is filled with passion and flair, utterly engaging audiences and surprising with twists and turns of harmony and rhythm.


King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boy

Back for their Second outing in Bakewell Music Festival,  King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys are more than just the world’s greatest swing band, they are an institution!

Big Bear Recording Artists ‘Real Music, Properly Played’

The band have been on the road for two decades playing every European country as well as the USA and Russia and recording ten CDs. Dazzling musicianship, riveting stage performances, more than 50 TV appearances (including, somewhat bizarrely, five episodes of Teletubbies) and 75 radio broadcasts have established them as the Kings of Swing. Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 called them “the hardest act to follow since the parting of The Red Sea”,

Atomic Magazine from New York wrote “To those who say that swing is a musical form best left to Americans, prepare to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet-proof!”

The Guardian said “Behind the fun and rollicking good times lies an outfit skilled enough for the horns to come on with the bite and precision of the Basie Band”

Now Dig This magazine wrote “This is their best, most inventive album to date”

The Sunday Mercury said “A joyous jamboree of Jazz. King Pleasure? King Wonderful!”



Who Are We

The Bakewell Acoustic Music Festival has been founded by two like minded friends that have both been in the music industry throughout their lives. With a passion for all that is good in live music they have endeavoured to stage an event that will cross all genres and be a festival that will be embraced by all music lovers young and old.

Stuart Carter-Smith

Stuart is a full time musician/guitarist in a band called Gypsy Fire. He has toured across the globe for 15 years with various projects but is now fully committed to his latest and most exciting project Gypsy Fire. Gypsy Fire has secured a much coveted recording/publishing deal set to be released early 2012 and has a 6 month release tour to follow.  He has also founded music festivals including “ The International Gypsy Guitar Festival, The Shakedown Rock n Roll festival, Coaley Music Festival” (to name a few ) over the last 10 years. Stuarts passion for acoustic music has led him to play with and meet some of the greatest musicians of our time and he is looking forward (along with Jonathan) to scheduling a truly world class line-up to perform at the Bakewell Music Festival.

Jonathan Rowlands

Having dedicated 40 years of his life to the music industry some of Jonathan's most notable achievements came from his time servedin Artist Management –his first artist Jeff Beck, 2nd Rod Stewart ( 9 years ) then PR for Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone to name but a few.

He also had success with Record production, Song writing and Music Publishing as well as owning Producers Workshop Studios.  Studio projects included artists like Tim Rose ( ‘Hey Joe’ ( yes! Hendrix heard his version ) –‘Walk Me Out in the Morning Dew’.  A chance meeting with 35years ago in a Kings Road Café with Jeremy Lloyd (writer of ‘Allo! Allo!’and ‘Are You Being Served’) turned into Jonathan producing and publishing ‘Captain Beaky and His Band’ – not forgetting 'Hissing Sid'!   ( still selling on the internet to today).

December 11th 2011 culminated in a dream when over 4,000 Beaky Fans turned up at the Royal Albert Hall to support a Captain Beaky Concert in aid of UNICEF UK Children’s fund. Headed by Sir Roger Moore, Vanessa Redgrave, Joanna Lumley, Hugh Bonneville, Alan Titchmarsh, National Youth Ballet and of course Jeremy Lloyd.

He is also involved with Dickensworld (a Charles Dickens entertainment complex in Chatham) and the release of a new climate change game called "Fate of the world" released via

What with these various projects and the Bakewell Music Festival he considers himself actively retired.