Hopton Court

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Between Ludlow and Kidderminster

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Hole in the Wall Music Festival 2014

Tucked away in the South Shropshire countryside, on the Shropshire Worcestershire border, with easy access from the West Midlands, the Hole in the Wall is a truly unique music festival held in the stunning grounds of Hopton Court. Top quality bands are welcomed each year to perform and the line-up is always ‘quality’.

Imagine yourself in a 19th-century walled garden. You are sitting in fantastic surroundings having a picnic, either your own or with the amazing food and drink on offer on site. You may have just come for the day or you may take another glass of wine or real ale because you are camping only a stone’s throw away in the next field.

The sun is setting and perhaps to complete the magic some good music would be just the thing to take you into the evening. You are most definitely in the right place!

This has been the long-term dream of owner Chris Woodward and fifteen years ago he turned this dream into a reality. It has grown from showcasing local talent to 60’s icons and top ‘Tribute’ bands.

This is a very very special event. People come, bring a picnic, set up camp, revel and relax and then go again - that’s it. The atmosphere is vibrant but not manic. This is the philosophy of Hole in the Wall. Love life, love music and whether it’s for the whole weekend or just an evening, you can leave your stress behind at the gate and enjoy the sheer magic in the Hole in the Wall garden.

Consider this a personal invitation.

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HOLE IN THE WALL FESTIVAL

 

ABOUT US

From Fools and Horses to Rock’n Roll

Well how did it all start?  Way back in the early 19th century Chris Woodward’s ancestors built the walled garden so that all would be happy in the knowledge there would be plenty of vegetables to feed the family and all who worked in the house and gardens.  Fast forward some 70 years and this is what it looked like in about the 1880’s.  Plenty of muck and magic and loads of veg.

Five generations on and Hopton Court were running Horse Trials and frustrated old Rocker Chris Woodward, looking for any excuse to have a rock concert, comes up with the idea to raise money for building the Cross Country Course and hey presto, the sound of Rock and Roll is heard in the Walled Garden.  Good mates Tom the Frop appear on stage (actually on the back of an articulated lorry!) but stage sounds better..

Where did the Hole come from?!!!!!!!!!!

TTF and Chris get the ‘Big Boy's Toy’ out after a gig at Tidworth.

“Where do you want the ‘ole Guv?!”

Well not really…………Hole in the Wall just sounded suitably decadent and the name has stuck.

After the attack of Foot and Mouth disease in 2001 the Horse Trials came to an end and so nearly did the Hole in the Wall.  Even older and still frustrated rocker Chris thought why end it now just as we are beginning to have fun.

Over the years the objective has always been to get musicians here on stage to give enjoyment to any of those that wanted to share in the experience.  The main criteria was that all acts on stage had to be musicians and NOT glorified karaoke singers dressed up for the occasion.

Covers bands, Tribute bands and original artists have all been here and brought something to this rural outpost in South Shropshire for the enjoyment of thousands.  The gig has of course had its ups and downs but we have always bashed on regardless and the event is now a must in quite a few people’s calendar. Running an event like this is not easy but we won’t let that stop us doing it! A big thanks to all those wonderful people who have supported the HIW throughout the years. Without you it couldn't happen.

The main ethos behind the whole thing is that it is NOT there to make anyone a fortune but to generate enough each year to improve the infrastructure of the site and most importantly of all to get better and better acts on stage.

That will never change and Chris is in control of the whole thing and still a frustrated old Rocker!  I think it’s an incurable disease!

''You cannot imagine the pleasure it gives seeing people turning up whether to camp and stay over the weekend or just to take part in any of the weekend’s activities''.

Keep on Rocking………………!

Bands and Performers that have appeared on stage at the HITW over the years

80’s Mania
Abba Reunion
Abba UK
Achtung Baby
Amoeba
Andy Richards
Ballroom Glitz
Bleeding Hearts
Bon Giovi
Bootleg Blondie
Bucket Band
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Cold Place
Complete Madness
Dan Wilby
Doris Brendel
Eddie Gartrey Blues Band
Fight the Bear
Imelda May
Jake Flowers
Killer Queen
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
Lady Ga Ga'r
Leo Altarelli
Mike Sanchez and his Orchestra featuring Imelda May
One O'Clock Hogs
Paul Balmer
Paul Parker and All the Right Friends
Quill
Rattlesnake Jake
Re-Take That
Slade
Suzi Quatro
Talon
The Counterfeit Stones
The Facez
The Fillers
The Hollies
The Kings Ov Leon
The Quo aka The 4 Rossis
The Reggaelators
The Riddlers
The Steve King Big Band
Tom the Frop
Treacle
Waking Up the Neighbours

…. plus the tw*ts who abused our hospitality and got p***ed before going on stage. Mercifully, I have forgotten the name of the band!

Who is still around I wonder?