Prior to the first "Withstock festival" in 1994, a small party of young people created a fundraising group to raise funds for some new Christmas lights for Withernsea’s public areas. It was decided by Pete Sudaby, Kevin Lythe and Keith Hardcastle, amongst others, that a live music festival was a good way to generate interest and also attract backing from local businesses and individual donations. This idea proved extremely successful and local businessman Teddy Clark sponsored the 1995 event which included a performance from local David Bowie tribute master, Les Holdstock. Les has featured several times since, in various line ups as David Bowie.
Following this successful period, it was suggested that the Withernsea Town Council should get involved and this would help with funding, administration and growth of the concert. The council arranged a committee which has raised funds and organised the concert since 1996. Many people have helped and been involved along the way including the Holderness High Riders and Low siders motorcycle club, who managed the Bike fest side of the operation for many years. Following many changes of committee members, chairmen and helpers, we still have an amazing team of dedicated volunteers who motivate, encourage and strive to make our next event the very best.
Our festival weekend is the largest free festival of its kind in Yorkshire and beyond, it is a full weekend of fabulous entertainment for all the family. Everyone is invited to our weekend. All we ask for in return is good behaviour, consideration for others in our community and that you all enjoy the Withernsea Festivals 2018 "WITHFEST" brought to you by our committed group of members, friends and associates.
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