Towersey announces more headliners

– Songwriting legend Joan Armatrading and Oxford’s Stornoway join festival line-up.

Joan Armatrading (2015)

Joan Armatrading


Famed singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and Oxford’s Stornoway are the latest headline acts to be announced for the 51st Towersey Festival (Friday 28 to Monday 31 August 2015).

They join fellow headliners Bellowhead and Show Of Hands on the bill at the ever popular Oxfordshire festival.

Joan Armatrading should need no introduction. With a catalogue of hits such as Me Myself I, Drop The Pilot, Willow, All The Way From America and the timeless Love And Affection, she’s been a constant musical presence for over 40 years, racking up an impressive run of honours, accolades and awards (including a MBE). An accomplished multi-instrumentalist with 20 albums to her name, she’ll perform at Towersey solo, as part of her ‘last major world tour.’

Formed in Oxford during the early 2000’s, Stornoway’s 2010 debut album Beachcomber’s Windowsill (featuring the hit track, Zorbing) went on to sell 100,000 copies. The four-piece – Brian Briggs, Jonathan Ouin, Oli Steadman and Rob Steadman – have since made acclaimed appearances at Glastonbury, Womad and London’s Barbican Centre. Their third full-length studio album, Bonxie (released 13 April 2015) takes its name from a Hebridean seabird, the great skua, or bonxie, and was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Twin Atlantic).

Their Towersey performance will be their only summer festival appearance in the county.

Other new names added to the expanded festival line-up include multi-award nominated duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, BBC Horizon artist Kizzy Crawford, Lisbee Stainton, fresh from touring with Seth Lakeman, and the lauded Luke Daniels.

“We’ve very pleased to be adding Joan Armatrading and Stornoway to an already great Towersey bill,” says Festival Director Joe Heap. “Joan is a phenomenal singer-songwriter whose work spans pop, jazz, blues and acoustic, while Stornoway are one of the biggest, and most original, bands to come out of Oxfordshire over the last decade.

“They’re both great additions to a four-day festival line-up that features some of the best acoustic acts from across the UK and further afield. After our Golden Jubilee last year, 2015’s festival is already shaping up to be one of the best we’ve ever had!”

Taking place at Thame Showground, near Towersey, in Oxfordshire over the Summer Bank Holiday, the event also features a dedicated Children’s Festival, activities aimed at young people, a Real Ale Festival, film screenings, workshops, stalls, dance, street theatre, street food vendors and more.

Tickets for the full festival are available now. Prices start from just £120 (Adult), £110 (conc), £84 (Youth 12-17yrs), £55 (Child 5-11yrs), with under 5s free. Camping £25 (per adult/youth). Split payment option available.

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

Stornoway 2015



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

Tier 1:                      SOLD OUT
Tier 2:                      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.

Day Tickets available from March 1, from £30 (Adult).

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.


Friday 28 August 2015
The Treacherous Orchestra
The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Kim Churchill
The Dovetail Trio

Saturday 29 August 2015
John Smith
Phil Beer
Lisbee Stainton
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra
Van Susans

Sunday 30 August 2015
Joan Armatrading
Show Of Hands
Sally Barker
The Travelling Band
Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
Tom Figgins
Kizzy Crawford

Monday 31 August 2015
Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
Keston Cobblers Club
Chris While and Julie Matthews
Roy Bailey
Mishca Macpherson Trio
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
Luke Daniels
Anxo Lorenzo

See festival website for full day-by-day listings.


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