|Speak Easy Lounge
Bringing more than music to the weekend’s festivities, the Speak Easy Lounge will be hosting a string of spoken word performances, featuring the passionate and charismatic Jared Christmas as Master of Ceremonies. With his ride of laughs and gasps and an edge of anger which manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives, this is not to be missed!Performances include BAFTA nominated stand up comedian Nick Helm who recently sold-out the Kentish Town Forum and regularly appears on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and his own show ‘Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment’.Also for VIP ticket holders (King For A Day / King For A Weekend), the tried and tested Q&A format will be mixed up a little with freelance journalist, writer and critic David Quantick interviewing Alice Cooper in a very special and no doubt highly entertaining chat, giving fans a chance to hear first hand the stories from their idol. David will also be doing a live version of his Radio 4 Show ‘First Impressions’.
Stone Free Festival ticket holders will also be able to attend the very special event ‘Roger Dean in conversation with Rick Wakeman’. This is a chance to watch the legendary artist, designer and visionary responsible for many of the famous Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep album covers talk with Rick Wakeman about the creative process between visual and audio artists as they are both working on the new album cover for the re-recording of The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table.
Ticket holders will also be able to see The Darkness in an exclusive playback of their iconic debut album Permission to Land, with the band discussing the rollercoaster ride of that album and their career.
Other performances include acclaimed comedian and festival favourite John Hastings and performer Michael Livesley with his reenactment of Vivian Stanshall’s ‘Sir Henry at Rawlinson End’, and ‘Beer and Music Matching’ with British writer Pete Brown who has won the ‘beer writer of the year’ award and knows that “the right tune and the right beer together can enhance each other…”
The ATP festival quizmaster general Lord Sinclair, will be bringing his ‘Sick Things’ Solid Rock Quiz to test all the rock aficionados. Leading photographer and graphic artist Carl Glover will also be giving a talk about his artwork for the Marillion albums Marbles, Radiation and Somewhere Else.