2008: Togfest’s Tenth Birthday!

The 2008 festival was a big event for the Togfest Team, as they celebrated ten years of Togfest. A new website was launched – which, besides highlighting the great stuff to come, helped raise awareness of vital services, such as the National Organ Donor Register.

It was all go behind the scenes; and, thanks to the dedication of the Management Team and crew, the 10th Anniversary Festival was (as ever) jam-packed with cracking music, fun workshops, and a great festival audience!

For the first time ever, Togfest became a 2-day event with a fantastic line-up on the Friday evening. The gates opened to a rollicking Drum Workshop in the Chillout Marquee, led by Inta Africa. The Marquee Stage rocked to the sounds of Firetone, Soul Fever and the Powders; while the courtyard stage was lit up by sparkling performances from Solstice and 3AM… with Mud II (featuring members of Les Gray’s Mud) providing a final, rip-roaring finale to the evening. But the fun didn’t end there…

2008 also saw another first, with the introduction of camping facilities. The campsite provided a great opportunity to make a weekend of the festival, allowing the revellers to keep up the festival vibe, while being sure not to miss out on the next morning’s activities …

Saturday kicked off with another great drum workshop from Inta Africa, plus loads of other fun activities to join –  as Games & drama workshops from Stargazers; Children’s Craft Workshops with Paul Smith; Didgeridoo and throat-singing workshops from Jonny Cope (who also joined the music line-up later in the day); and a great beat-box workshop with Big G. Rockhopper came along with their mobile recording facility, offering festival-goers the chance to record their own hit single.

Fans of retail therapy were not to be disappointed either, with a great variety of stall-holders; and some scrummy offerings from our fabulous food vendors. And let’s not forget the two bars…

The Saturday Music line-up was as brilliant as ever, with four stages to host the action. The Acoustic Café Stage, compered by Dan Plews, saw great performances from Jonny Cope, Big G, JJ White, Yaw Asiyama and Derek Rose. The chilled out vibe was accompanied by excellent refreshments  from the Barrel Bikers, who were raising funds for their charity of the year.

Meanwhile, back at the Cruck Barn, you lucky folks were grooving to the sounds of Taylor’d Country, Damask Rose, Navaro, Big Laundry Bill, Vikki Clayton, Kejosi and Geoff Watson. Down at the Marquee Stage, you were tempted by the sounds of The Bad Habits, Royston Jones Band, The Zeds, The Red Bullets, Liz Simcock, Machine, Rogue Poet and Titan System.

Out in the sunshine – which was glorious in honour of Togfest’s Tenth – the Courtyard Stage boomed with sounds of the summer from Terrapin Trainstation, Sixpointfive, El Mahico, The Lovedays, The Peartree Bridge Family, Red Dirt, Stone Foundation, with the grand finale from Togmor themselves. But still there was more fun to come…Another first for the 2008 festival was the Chillout Tent, where campers, crew (off-duty, of course!) and performers alike played their way towards the dawn.