Cockermouth Rock Festival – well done!

Not only is this one of the most exciting small festivals we’ve ever had the pleasure to speak to, it also has the best name for a festival ever. ‘CockRock’ – yes, that’s really what it’s known as.

Taking place in the Lake District between the 20-22 July, the 5000 capacity event stood-out amongst 42 other festivals, impressing us with its dedication to charity, support for its local music scene and devotion to the experience of its fans.

I spoke with CockRock festival chairman, Clint Stamper who was delighted to hear they had won, “We’re really chuffed to receive the recognition for CockRock and this kind of financial contribution is worth its weight in gold!”.

Originally a barbecue fund-raiser, the first event attracted a couple of local bands who offered to play for free and within hours, over 400 people showed up and helped create what its fans now call CockRock!

Seven years on and the festival has raised an incredible £44k for the Cumbrian Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance services.

The not-for-profit and self-penned ‘recyclable festival’ builds most of its equipment, storing and loaning it out to other events throughout the year.

“We’re definitely a thrifty festival. Our ‘DIY’ approach means we can develop other areas of the festival like the line-up and toilets!” said Clint.

The festival faced cancellation in 2010 when storms flattened the site on the eve of opening. But hundreds of fans showed up, offering to re-build their beloved CockRock following a plea on a local radio station.

As well as being able to reward CockRock with this amazing prize, it has been a fantastic competition to run. There are so many small festivals out there doing great things for their community and we feel honoured to hear all about them.

Our Grass Roots Festival Competition will be back in 2013 without doubt, but until then check out the CockRock website and keep an eye on this blog for a feature we’ll be doing on site at CockRock this summer.

Bye for now.