Knipfest 2018 at Woodnook
Saturday 30th June


Thank you to everyone who came and supported us at Knipfest 2017 – the crowd, all the bands, the local businesses and the food and drink vendors.

A total of £14,000 was raised for charity last year! A massive thank you to everyone who came and supported us at our new venue of Kesteven RFC. Without you this money would not be making a difference. Thank you so much.

What is Knipfest all about?

In 2005 Julie Copley was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and started treatment. Whilst having the treatment, Julie and John Copley began fund raising for  “Breakthrough Cancer” and “Cancer Research”. Julie took part in a 50k walk with a group of friends, and arranged 2 gigs at Woodland Waters. Golf Days were also arranged along with other events. In total we raised an amount of approximately £25,000.

Julie was clear of this horrible disease for nearly 5 years, but unfortunately it returned in her liver and spine. Again she had treatment, but sadly lost her battle in 2010. Julie was loved dearly by all her friends and family and will be missed always.

Whilst Julie was undergoing treatment for the second time, her husband John was watching the London marathon, and thought it would be a good idea to do a Bike Ride from Lands End to John o’Groats. So he picked up the phone and called his good friend Phil Noon, who agreed immediately, and so the Rawhide Riders were formed. Joining John and Phil on this trip would be, Dave Penford, Johnnie Watchorn and Billy “the machine” Jessop. Lots of fun was had throughout the trip, and more money was raised for Cancer Research and the local Grantham Hospice.

Since then, we have held an annual Charity gig at Belvoir Cricket Club, to raise money for the Charities, with Phil’s band “Crazy Ape” kindly performing every year… and so the annual live music event known as Knipfest was born.

In order to raise awareness of our annual concert, not only have we cycled the length of the country, we have canoed the Caledonian Canal, done the national 3 peaks walk, and even driven to France and back on some old bangers..  so who knows what may be in store for this year.

Since its inception, the annual Knipfest live music event has increased in popularity year on year, and draws each year on the success of the previous years, with  new acts performing… and some not so new. Due to the growth of the event, we have a new venue this year, The Kesteven Rugby Club. The committee of John Copley, Richard Hart, Phil Noon, and Johnnie Watchorn assure you of a great show this year with some fabulous new acts, and as ever a wide selection of food and drink to keep you going throughout the evening.

In the lead up to Knipfest 2017 we will continually keep you posted with news and events via our social media channels and here on our official website.

In 2013 we raised around £75,000.. to date we have now raised over £120,000 for our supported charities. Thank you for all your support, and hopefully see you in July this year.

What is being done with your money?

In Feb 2015 we were invited to the Cancer Research labs in Leicester to see what pioneering research they are making, and the improvements they are making on the early detection and diagnosis of many forms of cancer.

Early detection is so important to the success rate of treatment. We could give you lots of stats but suffice to say that these guys are earning their salt.

Supported charities

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer that will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research.

We fund research into more than 200 types of cancer, including the one that’s most important to you. From the most common – such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers – to rare types of tumour and children’s cancers, we support groundbreaking science that benefits everyone


St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, Grantham. We are Lincolnshire’s leading independent hospice, committed to providing the highest quality palliative and end of life care and support for patients and their families living with a life limiting illness in Lincolnshire. Over the past 12 months we have cared and supported more than 5800 patients and their families. St Barnabas provides specialist palliative and end of life care so that everyone can access and receive the support they need to live well and ease the process of dying. Honouring life by providing treatment, care and comfort to those we serve.


Dove Cottage Day Hospice is situated in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir. We are an independent organisation offering high quality palliative day care to those people living in NE Leicestershire, Rutland and SE Nottinghamshire with supportive and palliative care needs, living with advanced progressive life limiting illness. We offer over 3,600 day care places every year and have a high carer to guest ratio. All of our services are provided free of charge, including a wonderful ‘home-cooked’ 3-course lunch. Transport can also be arranged as required.

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Phil Noon – 07703 134 700

Richard Hart – 07801 072 542

John Copley – 07904 323 421

Johnnie Watchorn  07976 458 964

Event location

Please note the NEW event location this year. We are not at Knipton this year.

The new location for Knipfest 2017 is Kesteven Rugby Club, Woodnook, Nr Grantham.