“Wilde” finale for Wentworth Festival

THIS year’s Wentworth Festival will be the last at Wentworth Woodhouse, organisers have revealed.

But Toby Foster and Steve White, who have staged the event for the past six years, said they were determined to go out with a bang before looking for a new venue.

Eighties icon Kim Wilde headlines this year’s festival on September 16, with soul singer Lemar - who played at the first ever festival has been brought back - along with acts like Sleeper, Toploader and Livin’ Joy.

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Toby said: “The festival has been such a success that we have decided we need to keep it running on an annual basis and that means tidying up a few loose ends and looking at the costs that running such a massive show entails.

“No-one else is putting on a gig of this size anywhere in Rotherham, and we need to keep the quality up.

“Wentworth Woodhouse is a stunning venue but as you’d expect, they have substantial costs to cover and we have been unable to mitigate those in any way, so we need to move the festival to somewhere that is more sustainable in the long run.”

The event also has a new music stage, kid’s entertainment tent and a comedy club courtesy of Sheffield’s Last Laugh Club, as well as house and northern soul disco tents.

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Steve said: “We are looking at two other sites, both within ten minutes of Wentworth, so people who have been to all our festivals so far shouldn’t have too far to go.

“In fact, for most people, we may well be nearer.”

Over the years, headliners have included Spandau Ballet legend Tony Hadley, pop band Scouting for Girls and South Yorkshire singing legend Tony Christie, while the festival has also given a platform to up-and-coming acts.

As Toby added: “The entire team is gutted to be leaving Wentworth, we feel like we’ve grown up here.

“To have the festival half a mile from home has been amazing, so we are just going to enjoy 2023, which is already our best selling festival ever and have an amazing finale.”

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