Billy Bragg, The Wonder Stuff, Kate Rusby, Midge Ure are the first headline acts to be announced for the 52nd Towersay Festival, happening at a new site with the whole festival now located in fields at Thame Showground, in Oxfordshire over the Bank Holiday weekend of Friday 26th to Monday 29th August.
The festival features a professional programme of folk and roots music, ceilidhs, international dance teams, family entertainers, workshops and a Children's Festival which incorporates entertainment, music, puppetry, circus skills and craft workshops.
The headliners are joined by The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, Tom Robinson, Edward II, 9 Bach, The Young'Uns, Nizlopi, Nell Bryden, Roy Bailey, Rusty Shackle, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Rusty Shackle, Kris Drever and Ian Carr, Andy Kershaw, Damien O'Kane, Holy Moly & the Crackers, Luke Concannon, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Lynched, Rory McLeod & the Familiar Strangers, The Urban Folk Quartet, Bob Fox, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, Jez Lowe, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Georgia Shackleton Trio, Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, Tickled Pink, Whapweasel, The Bismarcks, Cock And Bull Band, English Contra Dance Band, Jeramiah Ferrari, Lasair, Heron Valley, John Dipper and Dave Malkin, Ma Polaine's Great Decline, Exmouth Shanty Men, Jules Moberly, Tautas Roks, The Rip Roaring Success, Trad Arrr, and Urban Folk Theory with many more still to be announced.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available see the Towersey line-up page.
Festival Director Joe Heap said, "We've got a great mix of acts this year performing across six stages including at least four chart-toppers in Billy Bragg, The Wonder Stuff, Midge Ure and Nizlopi. There’s also some of the biggest names in acoustic and roots music, from the exceptional Kate Rusby to crowd-pleasing Ukulele Orchestra Of GB.
"We're combining the best of what people tell us they love about the festival – from the big names and discovering new acts, to the artisan food and drink, and friendly vibe - with exciting new elements, such as our Creative Quarter and workshop programme, which we're expanding further for 2016!"
Tier 1 priced tickets have already sold out. Adult Day tickets from £40, Youth £28, Child £18 and under 5s free.
Tier 2 offer tickets are priced as follows:
Adult £115 (Camping £25 extra)
Youth (12-17yrs) £81 (Camping £25 extra)
Child (5-11yrs) £57 (Camping no extra)
Tickets for children aged under 5 are free - they must be ticketed.
Towersey has developed in the last few years from a very Folky event into a more eclectic festival with a fair amount of World and broader acoustic music, singer songwriters stage, poetry, street theatre etc.
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