gazastock-history2

In 2001, a group of musically minded friends were planning to hold a party, and a  big’un at that; back then, with six bands and a very loud disco, in a field, it was a going to be a veritable mini festival. It was however, the loss of theirs and everyone’s friend and drummer, John Gaster, to cancer only a month or so earlier, that gave those friends a much more worthy excuse to hold a party. As the care and support that John and his family received from Hospice in the Weald at Pembury was so fantastic, it was unanimously decided to give something back. So on that very hot & sweaty summer, in the field next to Gaza Trading Estate, “Party In The Field” was born. That year John’s friends planted a tree in the field and made a reading in his honour, in total £800 was raised for Hospice in the Weald.

More than ten years on and it’s grown up into “Gazastock, Party In The Field”, a licensed three day music festival held every July in memory of John, raising funds for Hospice in the Weald. We’re a committee of friends, backed by an amazing army of volunteers without whose diversity of skills and sheer dedication, it would be impossible to produce this event. Year on year the amount raised at Gazastock has increased from that first gig of £800, to last year’s whopping £37,000. In fact to date over £175,000 has been raised by you and our supporters for  Hospice In The Weald at Pembury. So just remember, if you go home from Gazastock a little poorer, you’ll be all the richer for it – Party-on…