The Grey Dog Festival aims to create a conversation about mental health amongst young people, to bring the subject out of the shadows, and challenge the stigma attached to it, so that the barriers to seeking support are removed.
Many people use music as a coping device when times are hard and they feel alone, isolated and desperate. The Grey Dog Festival is about taking that individual coping strategy and making it a tool for bringing people together. Talking is the start of understanding you are not alone, that there are people who will listen, and that there is support available.
There will be a full day of live music on three stages:
The Grey Dog Main Stage
(12pm until 10.30pm)
With performances by an amazing mix of talented bands and solo artist. This is the main stage in moreways than one. Each of the acts that will perform have been selected not only for their amazing musical talent but also for their willingness to talk openly about mental ill health.
Mind Over Matter Stage
(12pm until 6pm)
If hip hop and spoken word is your thing then don't miss this stage. Hosted by London based Mind Over Matter an organisation that raises awarenes of mental health and raises funds for mental health charities. They run events throughout the year in various locations across London.
The stage has 6 headline acts and a chance for you to perform in open mic sessions.
The Woodland Acoustic Stage
(12pm until 6pm)
Down in the 14 acres of of peaceful woodland you will find a small ampitheatre which is the base for our acoustic stage. Talented singers will help you while away the afternoon. This is the place to be for that really chilled out vibe.
As well as music there will be mindfullness and yoga workshops, charity stalls, merchandise stalls, food vendors and more.
There will be time to talk, to explore and share.
Please be aware this will be an alcohol free festival therefore no alcohol will be allowed at the venue.
We are pleased to be able to offer camping as an option for The Grey Dog Festival. At the festival site there are 14 acres of woodland. Within this woodland area there are several clear grass areas designed for camping.
Facilities at the site include a toilet and shower block with hot showers up by the main stage area. There are also toilets available within the woodland area. There is a communal BBQ area for cooking.
The festival site is secure with permanent security fencing around the whole of the perimeter and gates that will be locked overnight. Access to the camping area will be restricted to people with camping wristbands.
We hope that the offer of camping will make the festival more accessible to people who may live a distance away from the event. A weekend camping ticket will allow the holder to camp for the Friday and Saturday night. Camping tickets are per person not per pitch. A camping ticket for the weekend is priced at just £10 per person. (Early Bird tickets just £5 per person) Family Camping tickets are available for £30 (2 adults and 2 children) The amount of camping tickets initially available are limited to 100.
If you are a youth organisation looking to bring a group of people please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information as we may be able to provide basic camping lodges that are designed specifically for this purpose.
We are curerrently taking applications from individuals or organisations interested in having a stall at the festival. Food vendors are also asked to apply.
If there are any companies or individuals that would like to discuss sponsorship please also contact us using the form above.