What is STSA all about?
Something to Smile About is a small Grass Roots Festival, not just a festival of music, or arts, but a festival, in its base meaning, a gathering to celebrate, to throw off your worries and just enjoy the simple things. A welcome haven for those wishing to escape, meet like minded individuals, dance, laugh, drink, play and just be merry. We are proud to hear people say that they came knowing no-one and left feeling like they were leaving their home and family. We are blessed to attract such an amazing group of people to our event and ourselves and every other Smiler invite you to join us!
We are a Family Friendly Festival and that includes Dogs, we love seeing all your lovely pooches at our event and even have a stall just for them! We are also nestled amongst the countryside meaning plenty of space to walk dogs outside of the main arena.
We offer free workshops in our Tribenation Arts Collective space including but not limited to drumming circles and circus skills as well as free face painting. Many other activities and workshops are also on site for both children and adults alike, most of which just require a small contribution for material costs.
With a main stage packed with the biggest names from the UK & European festival scene, as well as our smaller ‘Hidden Stage’ which hosts acoustic music, spoken word and comedy with performers again from throughout the UK and beyond.
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The STSA Way
When it comes to music and arts we do it our way. We will always work harder on setup to reduce costs for basic infrastructure and this enables us to put on huge line-ups for such a small and independent event.
Our choices in music vary dramatically, from chilled out folk, to boot slinging punk and ska as well as all genres between. We curate our stage to suit the energy in the crowd at that time of day, if we think it’s time for dancing, you’ll know about it and soon agree with us. Music and art should take you on a journey and that is our first thought when booking bands and curating our spaces.
Most bands that we support are on the Grass Roots level, like us, doing it for themselves and the vast majority are unsigned. Without the support for music at this level, there would never have been some of the great bands that you know and love today and we want to support, showcase and encourage these up and coming artists.
Whilst we are a family festival, some of the bands we have performing can and will swear or share opinions which may cause offence to some, we feel that because music is a form of expression that bands are welcome to do this, however we will endeavour to mark in guides and online any bands we feel parents should look into first before sitting to watch with young children.
For those times we have on offer one of the best selections of workshops and activities for families to take part in as well as our more acoustic Hidden Stage and performance space where family friendly music and entertainment will almost always be on offer.
We believe in paying all bands and artists fair wages and all of the money we generate is spent on making our festival one of the best in the UK, we are totally non profit and our only payment is the Smiles on your faces!
We also like to support local communities and charities, often inviting them to come along to raise awareness and money at our festival and bringing along some of their volunteers and service users for some well deserved fun.
Something to Smile About is well known for its all in approach to line ups. By keeping as much of the work as possible in house we are able to put a much higher percentage of your ticket money into creating astounding line ups, each year it is a challenge to out do the last.
When booking bands we try to get a good mixture of styles but also a good mixture of festival favourites and our own new finds that we think you will enjoy, ensuring each year most people walk away with a new band find and armfuls of merchandise and CD’s.
Each day should be a journey through sound, waking you gently, washing over you, then raising you up, making you move and finally getting you to give your all in front of a stage alongside kindred spirits.