Sophie Simon Moya Beth
Moya & Beth Taylor started the adventure with the first Chickenstock in their back garden (close to the present site) in 2018, after years of hosting large garden parties ......and the immortal words from a friend saying "you should put this on for the public!". So they did! With plenty of help from friends and family, including Simon & Sophie Giles. The first Chickenstock was two and a half days and nearly 300 people in Moya & Beth's back garden!
Everyone had such a great time, they decided to keep going. It was clear that their garden - a good size though it is, - would not accommodate a larger stage and facilities. Moya & Beth's neighbour kindly offered them one of his paddocks, so in 2019 they moved the Festival to Pett Farm. The larger space meant more people could attend, increasing the number of food and other concessions, and most importantly more music!
2019 was another great event, so they knew 2020 must be planned! Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 the Festival had to postponed until 2021, but this gave the opportunity to get Simon & Sophie much more involved and to increase the amount of music even more to cover three and a half days.
Moya & Beth met Simon and Sophie, through their daughter, Mila, as she and Simon were Scout leaders together and had become best friends. Sophie and Simon together with Mila and her wife Ella ran the bar for the 2018 and 2019 festivals. However, Simon & Sophie's knowledge of production gained through their Preforming Arts degrees, meant that they were keen to help in a bigger way, and Moya & Beth were very happy that they have joined the main organising team for putting on 2021 and beyond! (By the way ..... the 2 little Giles' arrived a bit early in November 21 and they had a girl and a boy! The whole family are doing very well)
Moya & Beth have also got Mila Newbold (their daughter) to use her talents as a Graphic Designer to help promote the Festival and design all the artwork.
They all hope that you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere of one of Kent’s newest festivals, being suitable for all ages, and that it will become a regular on your festival calendar year after year. The number of tickets available are strictly limited – so get yours early to avoid disappointment!
We also aim to make the festival site as accessible as possible to everyone. Having a son in a wheelchair Moya & Beth understand how limiting festivals can be, and if he is anything to go by, being abled bodied is not a requirement for a love of music. If you have any specific requirements, let us know of these in advance, and we will do what we can to the best of our ability for you, to make your festival experience as care free, easy and enjoyable as possible.
Between the four they have all aspects of the Festival covered, along with the little army of volunteers, who without the wheels of the Festival would not turn.
We looking forward to seeing you in the Paddock!
Moya & Bethan Taylor & Simon & Sophie Giles
Thank you to the following people, without who's support, Chickenstock would not have hatched:
Eddi Kingsford and Terry Davis & Anita Caulder for the use of your fields.
Beverley Garnder & Hugo Eaglesfield for getting this show on the road!
Mick & Claire Cardy for advice and friendship - not necessarily in that order.
Chris Donaldson & Rowena Gogerly for last minute panic sorting and always being there.
Anne-Marie Sampson for travelling from Devon to Kent to steward the door.
Nick Garner for getting us in touch with some great acts.
Jenny & Jamie Williams for lugging stuff and great photos.
Dave & Vanessa Milligan for making us to make this dream come true and suggesting the name!
And all the other wonderful volunteers - too many to mention but we are truly thankful. xxx