Saturday 3rd June saw the end of the exams and kicked off the summer with Vale Festival- the largest student-led charity festival in Europe. A dedicated team of students volunteered throughout the term to organise this amazing festival which raised funds and awareness for two charities: Basic Needs and the Rape and Sexual Violence Project.
Oliver Corrigan, co-Chair of Vale Festival 2017 stated “After an entire year of planning, commitment and cooperation our 30-person committee successfully put on a music and arts festival for 5,500 students on the Vale and raised close to £37,000 for our two charities: BasicNeeds and RSVP West Midlands.”
Performances ranged across five stages, featuring up and coming talent such as Sam Jackson, Guyana, Odd Soul and Bodalia, with The Mouse Outfit headlining the Main Stage. Other performances included student societies such as GMTG and the Infinity Stage Company. As well as live music performances, the festival includes diverse food stands, a comedy tent, society performances and an after party in the Vale’s own Duck and Scholar.
Tara Goatley, Chair of Vale Festival 2017 stated “I am completely over-the-moon about how well ValeFest went this year. Of course there were some hiccups, particularly in the week running up to the festival, but they were nothing compared to the huge number of successes we’ve had throughout the year as a committee to pull this festival together.
"ValeFest has been improving every year since its foundation, and I am so proud to have been a part of that, and I know every committee member feels the same! It’s been the best thing I’ve been a part of at University, we’ve had an amazing experience making ValeFest happen, and I’m really excited to see where the new committee will take ValeFest 2018!”
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