Grace Petrie, Gavin Osborn, MJ Hibbett, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Fara, The Elephant Sessions, FleetwoodCave, Swing Commanders, Josh Wheatley, and Batkin-Hill have been 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.
Billy Bragg, The Wonder Stuff, Kate Rusby, Midge Ure are the first headline acts, plus 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. There will be a packed 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 festivals has also announced a new programme of family-friendly activities for Children has been unveiled. Under the banner All About Children, the expanded programme promises a range of events, activities and workshops designed specifically to keep 5-11 year-olds engaged and amused.
There will be outdoor skills and learning, from den building to an exploration of wildlife habitat, while a special family concert led by Johnny And The Raindrops promises raucous sing-a-longs and lots of dancing.
For those with an interest in performing TradArrr singer Marion Fleetwood will lead The Children’s Festival Choir through their paces before an appearance alongside the group on The Big Club stage, and the Towzer! Band show their musical chops at the Family Grand Ceilidh - which this year takes place in the larger Festival Dance House. Other music-making workshops include ukulele lessons and a session with The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, who close the festival on Monday.
Plus there will be photography workshops with the official Towersey Festival photographer, football skills, storytelling, Kindergym, Zumba, arts and crafts workshops, dance activities, creative writing, an adventure trail, bhangra drumming, 'chill time', a Homework Club, and much more.
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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