Stuff of Life 2017

IT’s STUFF of LIFE time again…

STUFF OF LIFE Festival is returning to Sherwood Rise in Nottingham, for its 10th Anniversary Year!

on Saturday 16th  September.  This year the theme is ‘TIN’

Main Stage Line up is as follows, with more details are outlined below….




Rise Choir & Tenth Anniversary Fanfare

12:20 – 12:50 Baltic Express
1:05-1:45 Cowshit Bingo
2:00-2:40 Blessings Magore and his band
3:00-3:40 A52s
4:00-4:40 Manieres des Bohemiens


From 12midday till 6pm on Saturday 16th September the tiny Hedley Villas Park and surrounding streets on top of the Sherwood Rise hill will be filled with a huge array of creative talent, enjoyed by hundreds of local people many who see it as a ‘not to be missed event’ in their annual calendar.

This year we have the return of many festival favourites including bands on the Main Stage;   music in the more intimate Acoustic Stage, a Poetry Garden with performances from spoken word artists, craft stalls and a whole host of children’s activities. The festival culminates in a street parade around local streets accompanied by a tin can inspired percussion band  – we will make some noise!

Make sure that you arrive at the festival with an empty belly – as this year we have PIZZA from our very own  community pizza oven built into the park plus the ever favourite homemade Cake Stall… It is said that the Stuff of Life Festival runs on cake… and this is very close to the truth as it’s a major way the festival organisers raise the funds needed to mount the event!

Highlights of STUFF OF LIFE 2016 include (but not limited to):

  • Live music on the Main Stage Main Stage  will kickstart at 12 middlay. We will be officially opened by The Rise Choir  at 12 midday,  with a special anniversary dedication.
  • Music on Neds Acoustic Stage  i
  • Poets, music and writers in the Poetry Garden include
  • Make some TIN -CAN art workshops
  • Michael Davis’ renowned light fantastic sonic pentatonic ‘Illumiphonium
  • A craft fair of over 20 local crafters, mostly from the NG7 and NG5 area
  • Creative activities for families including face painting, crafty drop-ins, and the return of the human fruit machine!
  • Fabulous Food  –  Cake and PIZZA.  

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photos: Jo Wheeler

STUFF OF LIFE festival is unique in several ways. It is organised completely by volunteers: local people who live around the Hedley Villas park, who have formed a lively and dynamic residents association: ‘Up The Rise’ which was set up in 1999 and aims to improve the area by the simple act of helping neighbours to get to know each other better. The festival is one of a number of events organised by residents each year which include a May Day picnic, and festive carols. However the annual STUFF OF LIFE festival is undoubtedly the biggest and most well-loved event.

Voted two years running by the Nottingham Evening Post as one of the ‘Seven Hidden Gems to Visit in Nottingham Before You Die…’ Hedley Villas Park is set within an attractive square of Victorian houses and bordered by cobbled streets but is little known beyond the immediate area as it is so tucked away from any main roads, despite being visible from a mile away. Its tall poplar trees are a landmark and can be seen from the Forest Recreation Ground. T he park had a re-vamp earlier this year, and was awarded funding by Tesco to build a community Pizza Oven.

Everyone is welcome at the festival, it’s free to enter and there’s lots to see and do. It’s family friendly and no alcohol is on sale.

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