Great Golden Jubilee for Towersey Festival


Richard Thompson at Towersey Festival 2014

– Famed Oxfordshire festival celebrated 50 years in style over Bank Holiday.
– Big crowds and great vibe. 

Over 8,000 people flocked to 50th Towersey Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend, to enjoy a packed programme featuring over 200 acts across 10 stages.

Kicking off on Thursday night (Aug 21) with a nostalgic performance from The Bootleg Beatles, the long-running annual event concluded on Monday night (Aug 25) with a concert by the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.

In between were notable appearances from Richard Thompson, playing a sold-out solo show (Aug 22), and Seth Lakeman (Aug 23).

A special, one-off concert marking 75 years of Topic Records, the world’s oldest truly independent record label, drew enthusiastic crowds as Eliza Carthy and guests, including Lau, Blair Dunlop and Fay Hield, honoured the label’s seminal back catalogue.

Great weather over the weekend brought large crowds of day-trippers to The Showground, and even rain on Monday didn’t stop the celebrations.

Festival Director Joe Heap said: “Towersey Festival always has a great atmosphere, but this year, with it being our Golden Jubilee, there was a real sense of occasion and celebration. So many visitors came up to me and said it was the best Towersey they’d been to. We had people travelling from right across the UK, including many who’ve been coming regularly since the 1960s and 1970s.”

Concluding, Joe said: “We’d like to thank everyone who helped make our 50th birthday such a special occasion.”

The 51st Towersey Festival will run from 28-31 August 2015. More details will be announced in the coming months. | Twitter: @towerseyfesti | Facebook: Towerseyfestival

PHOTO CAPTION: Towersey Festival headliner Richard Thompson performs a sell-out solo concert (Friday 22 August 2014) in Venue 65. The legendary guitarist and songwriter played a string of tracks solo, from throughout his career. Photographer: (c) Phil Sofer –

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