Pandemics aside, Haddstock brings you live music and events all day and evening throughout Haddington’s cafes, bars and venues. Bands, local musicians and performance groups of various genres and experience levels play in a community, family friendly environment. Art, music and play workshops for youngsters, schools performances, community arts projects, book signings, art exhibitions, French boules and music in the streets.
Our themes for 2020 are community inclusion and the environment, which will be apparent in many of our events and products. Currently hoping to run the live festival in September, we will post tasters leading up to it and our festival programme will be published in August.
This is year 3 of Haddstock, organised by Rebecca Dover, co-Directors Helen Wyllie and Simon Walker, and friends who all live in Haddington. The idea was born from a passion for music and culture and the need to bring the arts to smaller towns so local communities can celebrate their musicians and artists. Haddstock is a platform for young and new musicians to come out of their bedrooms/ practice rooms and play to a live audience. We also host established musicians and better known bands and the arts to create diversity and to inspire and influence a new generation of budding musicians and artists.
We rely on funding and sponsorship to cover core running costs to enable the festival to take place and performers are paid by public donation into the Haddstock red top hats. As a young, low budget community festival that is accessible to all, this is a model that enables Haddstock to exist. We hope that you like what we do and we thank everyone involved for their support.
Here’s a video by Rob Brady from our 2017 festival to whet the appetite for September: