The Mappfest started as a garden party hosted by Andy Mapp in 2009 with a raffle for charity and a couple of live performers, and has grown into an annual event held on Malvern Link Common.
This year it will be back at the Common on Saturday 7 August from noon to 10pm. Notably a family-friendly music festival, with a significant number of local musicians, as well as bands from further afield, the event has raised tens of thousands for charity over the years.
Robert Plant has kindly hand signed a handmade marquetry picture made by local craftsman Tony Taylor to the festival which will be auctioned off.
Much of the the money raised comes from the annual raffle and tombola, together with a licensed bar, food, craft stalls and children’s fairground rides. It all makes for a family-friendly day out.
Mappfest is completely run by volunteers. Everyone donates their time for free and we receive no funding, so we have to rely on the kindness of others to make this work. As well as two stages of music, the festival will again hopefully feature a fly-over from the RAF. In past years we have had the Red Arrows, Spitfires, a Dakota and even the Lancaster Bomber took a turn.
The festival won the Pride of Malvern Hills Community People’s Choice Award, as well as being shortlisted for the country’s best festival awards and we even had the honour of meeting The Princess Royal in 2018 as recognition for the work we do to help charities in the area. For over a decade we have presented one of the best totally independent music festivals in the country and we are really pleased in what we have achieved over the years.
Our chosen charities this year are: Headway (a small charity supporting people with acquired brain injury), St Richard’s Hospice and Water Rescue UK.