Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival has been cancelled. Organiser 'Whispering' Bob Harris made a statement saying, "It is with a heavy heart I announce that we are unable to hold our UTAT Festival in May. The staging of this event was an ambition of a lifetime for me and we have done everything in our power to make it happen during many months of work. We have reluctantly come to realise that due to the mounting logistical costs that have become apparent, ticket sales have not kept up with these costs. We have no choice but to tell you that this event will no longer be taking place this year.
However, my desire to hold a major music event remains undimmed and an alternative plan is now in place. We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of Festivals in a Day at Cadogan Hall in London, featuring as many of the artists that were due to perform over the May bank holiday as possible. Our first one will be on September 10th 2016 when we will stage a very special concert celebrating my 70th birthday and our first in a series of UTAT Day Festivals.
Existing festival ticket holders will receive a refund in full. Artist line-up and tickets for our first Day Festival will be announced and on sale shortly.
My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to all the artists and ticket holders whose loyalty and faith has been heart warming.
The inaugural Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival hosted by 'Whispering' Bob Harris takes place over the May Spring bank holiday weekend from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2016 in the Silverstone Woodlands, in Northamptonshire.
Acts across four stages include Scott Matthews, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Dreaming Spires, The Lake Poets, Ethan Johns, Sonia Leigh, Danny and The Champions Of The World, Hunter and The Bear, Boo Hewerdine, Thea Gilmore, Chris Difford, Blue Rose Code, Keston Cobblers Club, Judith Owen, Nell Bryden, Martyn Joseph, Ward Thomas, Liam Bailey, Jess & The Bandits, Loud Mountains, Benjamin Folke Thomas, Sasha McVeigh, Jess Morgan, Balsamo Deighton, Laura Oakes, Blair Dunlop, Lewis & Leigh, Raintown, C.C. Smugglers, Robert Vincent, Kelly Oliver, Worry Dolls, Danni Nicholls, Luke Jackson, Frankie Davies, Small Town Jones, Emily Barker, Callaghan, Dexeter, and The Dodge Brothers, with more to be announced.
For the line-up details as available see the Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival line-up page.
An early bird 3 day weekend ticket with camping is priced at £166.50, a child (aged 7-17 years) 3 day weekend ticket with camping is priced at £81, a child (aged under 7 years) 3 day weekend ticket with camping is free. An early bird 3 day weekend family (2 Adults and 2 children) ticket with camping is priced at £414., and a live-in vehicle pitch (7m x 8m)is priced at £10 or £70 with electric hook up.
Day tickets for Saturday or Sunday are also available priced at £67.50 for adults, £37.80 for children aged 7-17 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Campsites will open at 2pm on Friday 27th May for weekend ticket holders and remain open until 12pm on Monday 30th May allowing all festival goers to take advantage of a leisurely departure.
The audience can take in performances from major artists in the 5,000 capacity main stage marquee, or head to the smaller on site pub – ‘The Tree Stump Inn’ - to enjoy pints of Whispering Bob ale and acoustic performances supported by AMA-UK.
UTAT Roots will also host a special songwriters' 'In-The-Round' stage, curated by Chris Difford where audiences can experience the techniques behind penning songs from some of the world’s greatest writers including Kimmie Rhodes, and Judie Tzuke.
Chef Nigel Barden (as heard on the Simon Mayo show) will be providing his own artisan menu of meals and snacks for all festival-goers.
More information will be here when available.
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