First acts announced for Towersey Festival 2015

Towersey Festival

Oxfordshire festival returns for 51st year after massive Golden Jubilee.
Bellowhead and Show Of Hands confirmed.
First Tier tickets on sale now

Bellowhead and Show Of Hands are the first headline acts to be announced for 2015’s Towersey Festival (Friday 28 to Monday 31 August 2014).

They’ll be joined by singer-songwriter and Tom Jones-approved Voice UK 2014 finalist Sally Barker, Scottish supergroup The Treacherous Orchestra, and Martin Simpson, whose new venture sees him team with melodeon player Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr.

Other acts announced for the famed independent Oxfordshire festival include songwriter/ guitarist John Smith (fresh from supporting David Gray), Mancunian alternative folk combo The Travelling Band, and enduring Towersey favourites and Australia’s The Spooky Men’s Chorale. Further headline acts will be revealed in the New Year.

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming back Bellowhead, who have become one of the UK’s biggest live bands since they first played Towersey in 2006,” says Festival Director Joe Heap, who adds that 2015’s festival capitalises on the runaway success of the recent 50th anniversary. “If our Golden Jubilee in 2014 was our best festival yet, we want to make 2015 even better! We have some real surprises in store for festival-goers this year, as well as retaining everything our regular visitors have told us they love so much about Towersey.

“There’ll be more details, including news of more big-name acts, announced soon via the festival’s Facebook and Twitter channels, and our regular email newsletter.”

An 11-piece English contemporary folk act, Bellowhead have won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Live Act title five times, while Show Of Hands are equally well regarded in the acoustic roots field. Though now perhaps best known for her tear jerking performances on The Voice UK, Sally Barker has a long and respected career as both a solo artist and member of the recently reformed Poozies.

Towersey Festival debuted in 1965 and quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most respected annual music festivals. Featuring multiple performance spaces, it now combines topflight musical talent with spoken word, dance, workshops, family-friendly activities, food and drink.

Tier One tickets for the full festival are available now. Prices start from just £90 (Adult), £63 (Youth 12-17yrs), £45 (Child 5-11yrs), with under 5s free. Camping £25 (per adult/youth). Split payment option available.

“As a thanks to all those who booked early for our 50th festival, we’ve reduced the price of our first release tickets, and also introduced an opportunity for ticket buyers to spread the cost of payment over several months,” says Joe.

For further information and to book tickets, call 01629 827016 or see:

Folk big band superstars, Bellowhead - back at Towersey Festival in 2015.

Towersey Festival 2015 headliners, Bellowhead


Friday 28 August to Monday 31 August 2015
Towersey Festival
The Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3JL

Tier 1:                      Adult £90; Youth £63; Child £45; U5 free. [SOLD OUT]
Tier 2:                      Adult £110; Youth £77; Child £55; U5 free. [SOLD OUT]
Tier 3:                      Adult £120; Conc £110; Youth £84; Child £55; U5 free.
Tier 4:                      Adult £135; Conc £110; Youth £95; Child £55; U5 free.

Camping £25 per Adult and Youth.
No booking fees.

Car Parking:          Free.
Bookings:            01629 827016
Twitter:               @towerseyfesti
Facebook:           Towerseyfestival

NB: Concession = students, Job Seekers and those 60+.  Proof of status must be shown on ticket collection. Youth = 12-17 yrs inclusive. Child = 5 -11 yrs inclusive. Under 5 = FREE. Car Parking free (space permitting).

Towersey and Thame Residents: Special price full festival tickets are available to residents of Thame and Towersey. Please call 01629 827016 for discount details. This offer is only available by phone.

Notes for Editors  


  • Towersey Festival appeals to a wide audience and is popular with all generations; in many cases, three generations of a family will be in attendance.
  • In 2014, Towersey Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary with appearances from The Bootleg Beatles, Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman, plus a one-off celebratory concert marking the 70th Anniversary of independent record label, Topic Records. Over 8,000 people attended the festival
  • Towersey Festival has a first class reputation as a destination for camping and caravanning.
  • While music forms the core of the festival, the event also encompasses workshops, dance, film, spoken word, and a Real Ale Festival.

Also see: Towersey Festival 2015 Media / Press images

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