A fantastic day was spent with friends, family and great music! Better still, we were allowed to mingle, dance and sing again!

Planning for the 2022 Music Festival began as the dust had barely settled on the 2021 event! We were hopeful that we would be able to hold a ‘normal’ event with no restrictions on group numbers or space, and so it turned out. As such, we were excited to be able to build on our success of the first year and make the Great Dunmow Summer Solstice Festival bigger and better in its second year.

Feedback was noted from the 2021 event, and changes were made; two stages were booked along with local Bands and our exciting headline acts Nine Below Zero, Miss Disco and DJ Danny Rampling.

A team effort

Under the watchful eye of our Field Manager Ross Karklins, the 727 fencing began to arrive and the big build began on the Rec on the Friday, in sweltering temperatures of 30* plus! Giggles were had putting up the marquee for the YFC Bar and late afternoon the two trucks with the stages appeared having been held up by traffic on the M25! Now we were starting to look like a music festival!

An early start on the actual day for all with lots to do; Peter Noble of Sound One Events was especially busy with his production team setting up the stages with lights and sound.

Others were putting up gazebos, hanging our Sponsors banners, numbering the ‘pods’, directing Facecreate and the Food and Drink vendors into their positions, running about putting directions signs up and before we knew it, it was 11.30. Our Security Team and St Johns Ambulance and Cadets had all arrived and it was time for the Marshalls to don their Hi Viz jackets and assemble for the safety briefing. The gates opened promptly at Midday and there it was: Festival time!

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Live music all day

Popular local duo Afterglow opened the Event on the sunset stage with a lively acoustic set, followed by Jumble of Chords playing rock and pop covers on the sunrise stage. Next up was Mick Wilson with his new material off his album ‘Chameleon’, as well as classics from his 10cc lead singer days, The Lackeys entertained with modern classics and playing iconic, era-defining songs, Oompahfessional Band had toes tapping and the beer flowing, The Kopy Katz – Rockabilly Band rocked us with originals & cover songs by The Stray Cats, 50’s rockers, T.Rex & more, Mash Up Society did what they do best – mashup your favourite songs, Nine Below Zero, one of Britain’s Leading Rhythm and Blues impressed with their vocal and musical talent and delivered a fantastic set that got everyone on their feet, Miss Disco with their Dazzling costumes, slick dance routines high energy Disco set had all ages dancing and finally ‘THE’ Danny Rampling to finish the day off with a fantastic DJ set!  What a day!

You can see the full gallery here of the day’s photographs.

Great Support

A big thank you to all our sponsors, to all the volunteers who helped before, during and after the Music Festival, Dunmow Young Farmers who ran the main bar, 727 for providing all our fencing , Activ Digital Marketing, AlloyFabweld, Becky Wood Creative, Byford & Hammond, Capture House, Chameleon Café, Daniel Brewer, Dons of Dunmow, Dunmow Baby Club Ltd, DVM Logistics, 5M Veterinary Books, Feast21, FlexiGroup,  GB Revill Builders, Hashtag Creative Media, Hashtag Travel, iPad & iPhone Screen Repairs Michele Brooker Physiotherapy, Offsite Digital, P&A Wood, Pete Sparks Sound-One events, Rebel Strength, Shepherds Physiotherapy, Steeles Family Butchers, Tailored Candles, Tesco, Weston Homes. And to the local companies that donated some fantastic prizes to our raffle; The Angel & Harp, Balti Spice, The Boars Head, The Curiosity Shop, Dunmow Ironing Parlour, Jaranya Thai Massage, Lloydwaters, Little Monsters House of Fun, Luckins Wine Store, One Life Out There Sports, The Rose Garden, Saracens Head, Scarlett and Stone, Wardrobe, We Love Stoves, Money raised by the Festival was presented to The Town Mayor Patrick Lavelle to his 2021 nominated charities, Buffy bus, Felsted Aid (UK) and Uttlesford Community Travel.

Finally, thank you to all who came this year, we hope you enjoyed it, if you weren’t able to, you missed a fun music filled day, so please put next year’s dates in your diary:

SATURDAY 24th June 2023

Watch out for Social media announcements re super-earlybird tickets and the lineup

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21st June 2025

After careful consideration, we have decided that the next Music Festival will be in 2025 on Saturday 21st June!
So in 2024, Great Dunmow can focus on the Flitch Trials, and the GDSS team can work hard on producing an even bigger and better event. We want even more people to enjoy the music!