Wilkestock started small (just 30 people in a field!) and have grown like many other festivals, however, the home grown ethos and donating all profits to charity has never changed. What started off as a place for the various bands in our family to perform some 10 years ago has snowballed massively, through huge generosity of many people’s time and skills to create something we thought would never be possible. Back in 2007 with a small stage made out of milk crates borrowed from the local milkman and some scraps of plywood the Wilkestock era was created.
Many years followed, cobbling together equipment and people’s time all on a shoestring has created something incredibly unique to the UK festival scene. Gone are the milk crates, but the enthusiasm and passion strongly thrives more than ever. Here we are, in 2017, selling out of early bird tickets and gearing up for our 10th anniversary. We can’t remember much about the first few but I guess that is a side effect of the many festival antics the Wilkestock field has produced! We are again donating all of the profits to charities close to our family’s hearts, Leukaemia Research (Beating Blood Cancer) and Keswick Mountain Rescue.