Announcing Towersey Festival 2013

– Annual Oxfordshire event announces line-up for 49th festival –
Headliners inc. The Unthanks, Show Of Hands,
Spiers & Boden, Home Service

– Tickets on sale now –

The Mercury Prize nominated Unthanks and live favourites Show Of Hands are among the headline acts set to appear at this year’s Towersey Festival.

Now in its 49th year – making it the UK’s longest running independent music festival – the five-day event runs from Thursday 22 to Monday 26 August 2013, and features an array of entertainment.

Other acts visiting the picturesque Oxfordshire village are Bellowhead founders Spiers and Boden, father and daughter Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy, Home Service featuring War Horse songsmith John Tams, renowned guitarist Martin Simpson, folk elder statesman Vin Garbutt, and rising newcomer Lucy Ward.

In what can only be described as an eclectic line-up, they’re joined by Swiss Cajun punks Mama Rosin, global brass band Orkestra del Sol, Gypsy jazz combo Manière des Bohémiens, and orchestral alt-folk act Moulettes, whose former member Ted Dwane has found international fame with Mumford And Sons.

While the music, which also includes over 30 hours of ceilidh dance sessions, is a key focus, the festival also boasts poetry, comedy, theatre, circus performers, visual arts, films, workshops, storytelling and great food.

The popular Children’s Festival features everything from drop-in craft activities to baby reflexology, while the Shooting Roots strand presents a programme of activities dedicated to, and run by, young people, and boasting a wide range of artisan beers and ciders, the Real Ale Festival is always a favourite!

“Towersey Festival has long held a reputation for being a very special event, somewhere for people to relax and enjoy themselves in a friendly atmosphere. That’s something we’re very proud of and always strive for,” says Joe Heap, Festival Director. “As we head towards our 50th anniversary next year, our 2013 festival welcomes yet another great line-up of big names and new stars. But the music is just part of the story – there’s just so much more going on…”

Tickets for the full festival start range from £55-£110, with under 5s free. Camping available. Day tickets will be released in April.

For further information and to book tickets, call 023 8071 1818 or see:


Thursday 22 August to Monday 26 August 2013
Towersey Festival

  • Thu 22 Aug: The Gloworms
  • Fri 23 Aug: The Unthanks, Orkestra Del Sol, Vin Garbutt, Dan Walsh, Skinny Lister, Manière des Bohémiens
  • Sat 24 Aug: Show Of Hands, Martin Simpson, Gas Mark 5, Lucy Ward, Moulettes, Manière des Bohémiens
  • Sun 25 Aug: Home Service, Mama Rosin, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Roy Bailey
  • Mon 26 Aug: Spiers and Boden, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Roy Bailey, The Poozies, Tyde, Lisbee Stainton

Various venues, Towersey, Oxfordshire OX9 3QU

Tickets: Full festival (with camping): adult £130; adult concession £124; youth £97; child £55; under 5 free. Full festival (admission only): adult £110; adult concession £104; youth £77; child £55; under 5 free. [Individual day tickets available from April].
Box office: 023 8071 1818
Facebook: Towerseyfestival


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For full listings of all artists (music, theatre and more), plus details of camping, travel and other information, see festival website.

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