Ambitious plans to bring Glastonbury inspired two-day music festival to Letchworth

Dale Mabert of Helping Sick Children.

Dale Mabert of Helping Sick Children. - Credit: Archant

Ambitious plans are afoot to bring a two-day music festival to Letchworth.

The team behind Helping Sick Children – a charity set up earlier this year with the aim of making trips to hospital more enjoyable for young people – is holding Herts Fest on July 1 and 2 next year, at a location in the town which is yet to be officially confirmed.

Motivating the team, who are currently negotiating with artists and sorting out a premises licence, is the ultimate aim of raising money towards buying a children’s air ambulance for Hertfordshire with the cash chalked up from the festival.

Baldock man Dale Mabert, who set up the charity, said: “We want to create Letchworth’s first music festival.

“The response to the parties we held in Baldock for Helping Sick Children were amazing, and we think we can go much bigger and better by bringing a Glastonbury-style festival to Letchworth.

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“As well as having professional acts, it will all be about showcasing local talent – there will be agents attending who will sign bands if they are good enough.

“We also want to get the wider community involved with food stalls and local companies for sponsorship.

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“Everyone I have spoken to has been really supportive of the idea so we’re hoping that plenty of people get on board with us.

“It’s going to be a great party with fair rides, laser shows and DJs performing in the evenings.

“We have plenty of exciting stuff up our sleeve but we need the community’s support for something that we think can be as big as Rhythms of the World in the Hitchin.”

The charity will be holding various events to raise money for the festival including a zombie party at The Boot in Baldock on Friday, October 30.

If you are a band or artist who wants to play at the festival, or a business which wants to get involved, email Dale via

To purchase tickets for the festival – with prices starting at £16 for Friday or Saturday and £30 for both days – visit

Find out more about the charity at

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