Music festival Goatfest back at Codicote pub this weekend

TWO-DAY music festival Goatfest takes place in Codicote this weekend.

FOUR years ago, six live acts turned up to play a charity gig at The Goat Inn as the Codicote pub held its first ‘Goatfest’ on the back of a lorry trailer.

This weekend some 1,200 people are expected to attend a two-day festival featuring some 25 bands at the High Street pub.

That shows just how far the Goatfest has come in its very short lifespan.

So far �6,000 has been raised for Isabel Hospice from the annual event and organiser Rowan Patel said that figure will increase for a charity which is close to his heart.

He said: “Everyone has charity that they hold close to their hearts and this can be for a number of reasons, whether it be to do with a family member, a desire to see a certain illness cured or just the wanting to help.

“The Isabel Hospice is close to my heart as my grandad was there before he passed away after a battle with bowel cancer.”

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This year’s line-up features bands including Grooveshack, Soul Funk Secret, Count the Days, Lawrence Hill, Indi & the Vegas, Roadrunner, Dynamite Chicken and Black Dog.

Rowan, who runs Ace of Herts Entertainment, said: “Goatfest 2012 promises to be even better, so come on down and help support a great cause as well as enjoy a quality line-up of live music.”

Both days run from noon until midnight.

Entry is �3 per day or �5 for the weekend. Under 13s are free.