Initially known as Withstock Festival, the event started out in 1994 by a group of people to raise capital for Christmas lights for the public areas of Withernsea. The organisers realised that if they held a music festival, getting sponsorships from individuals and local businesses might be possible. The idea proved to be successful as the festival in 1995 got backed by Teddy Clark, a local businessman.
As the festival tasted success, several groups such as the Low Riders Motorcycle Club and Holderness High Riders have been helping the festival’s committee to organise the bike side of the event.
After several years, the Withfest 2018 has become the largest festival to take place in Yorkshire, where you don’t have to pay an entry fee. Taking place from 3rd to 5th of August 2018, let’s dive in to find out what the festival has in store for all its attendees.
As the Withfest is also a music festival, the organisers have acquired the services of a large number of artists to keep you entertained throughout the weekend. On Friday, the main stage (The Valley), will be occupied by Bad Guys Don’t Knock, Delta Vega, Eye The Bomb, Jackson D, East Yorkshire Discos, The Ex Kittens, and the Cydonia Knights (Muse Tribute Band). Phil White will also be hosting his radio show from 12 – 2:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the host is Darren Lethem, a popular radio presenter.
Ken Fox Wall of Death
The Fox family who has been travelling and entertaining people all around the world will be at the festival. Along with their wall which is 20ft high and the legendary Indian Scouts, the Ken Fox troupe will be performing unbelievable death-defying stunts which require incredible balance and skill. Also, they will be executing their most popular and unimaginable stunt, where three riders will be on the wall of death simultaneously. They will pass each other, while only a few inches separate them. Their stunts sound implausible until you seem them in action.
The bike festival cannot be complete without having stalls on display. Ideal Training, Squires Motorcycle Marshalls, National Youth Bikes, Lexham Insurance, Hull & East Riding Advanced Motorcyclists, Bike Tours for the Wounded, British Motorcyclists Federation and National Association for Bikers with Disability are some of the popular faces with stalls at the festival.
Two Brothers Stunt Team
Mark Van Driel, Paul Todd and Katrina Van Driel will be performing some of the craziest tricks you can imagine while providing the commentary for their theatrics. Get ready to have your adrenaline pumping throughout the show as the trio execute some of the latest freestyle tricks in the motorbike world. As the trio has performed in numerous shows, watching them ride will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.
You can set camp at HU19 2QH in Withernsea for a fee of £15 per unit for the entire weekend. You get
portable toilets, water, food, chemical disposal point and 24-hour security, which is a mind-blowing deal.