As fans of Emmerdale will doubtless know, as part of the show’s 40th anniversary celebrations, Home Farm owner Declan Macey will be seen staging a music festival which is his last ditch attempt to rescue his finances from the dire straits they’re currently in.
However, during the arranging of the Homefields festival, Declan has had to put up with his scheming and odious nephew Robbie (Jamie Shelton) in order to keep his sister Megan (Gaynor Faye) on-side, given that she’s the brains behind the festival…
But given that the festival is going to prove to be a huge success, we might therefore assume that after it, once all the money’s in the bank, Declan may be in a position to finally insist that Robbie, and possibly Megan, leave Home Farm.
We will of course keep you posted on any spoilers about the post-festival goings on, but for now, Jason Merrells who of course plays Declan has been talking to the Daily Star about the storyline.
He began by saying, “It was amazing – it really was like a real festival.”
Well, according to the show’s producer Stuart Blackburn, that authenticity was achieved by planning the festival scenes in minute detail, which he and the show’s production team managed by basically replicating what it takes to hold a real festival.
Revealing recently that a full stage was designed and built, he added that it was kitted out with a real working lighting rig, VIP and backstage areas, food and drink outlets, muddy fields, blocks of toilets and hundreds of supporting artists dressed as festival goers and of course the bands.
Featuring in the festival are Scouting for Girls and The Proclaimers as well as local bands, DeLorean Drivers, Eureka Machines and folk singer Brendan Croker.
Filming took place over three days in August, and Roy Stride, lead singer of Scouting for Girls, said, “Having played the Woolpack in 2010 we felt the next step as Emmerdale fans was to appear in the show… and finally now our dreams have come true.
“Our Drummer Pete is the biggest Emmerdale fan I’ve ever met and I think we’re going to have to work hard to keep him focused on the job in hand.”
Craig and Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers said, “It was really different from anything we had done before and we had a really excellent day filming with Emmerdale, everything went very smoothly.
“Thanks to everyone in the crew and cast who made it such an easy and enjoyable day.”
And finally, Blackburn added, “This festival represents the modern countryside: vibrant, young and energetic. It was an amazing feat to put together an entire festival in such a short space of time.
“Technically it is probably one of the biggest challenges we have ever had on the show but the end result looked great.”
We’ll get to see the festival for ourselves a week on Thursday.