A warm welcome for Towersey Festivalgoers

KT Tunstall at Towersey Festival by Phil Sofer

“Suddenly I see…” KT Tunstall performs at the opening night of Towersey Festival 2017. Image credit (c) Phil Sofer

Running for four days over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the 53rd Towersey Festival (Friday 25 to Monday 28 August 2017) was marked by sell-out crowds, superb performances and exceptionally sunny weather.

Based at Thame Showground, in Oxfordshire, highlights included appearances from headliners KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, Show Of Hands, and Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band.

Other memorable performances included an afternoon tribute to Paul Simon’s seminal Graceland album by The Gary Stewart Band, visiting US trio The Sweet Water Warblers, and a late night stint from TV comedian Rob Deering (who hails from nearby Tetsworth).

While away from the music stages, the new Towersey Tales storytelling tent, the All About Children programme, and traditional final night Lantern Procession proved popular with festival-goers.

In the region of 9,000 revellers flocked to the festival, enjoying the record-breaking Bank Holiday sunshine.

Towersey Festival Director Joe Heap said: “We’ve been extremely lucky with the weather this year, and we’re delighted that so many people enjoyed the festival – choosing to spend the end of their summer holidays with us.

“The atmosphere has been brilliant and we’ve seen some incredible performances.

“All our venues have been packed, especially the Festival Dance House (FDH) where we’ve hosted wall-to-wall ceilidhs and even a roller-disco.”

The 54th Towersey Festival will run from Friday 24 to Monday 27 August 2018. Limited Early Bird tickets are now available priced £109. The full line-up will be announced in the New Year. For details, see: www.towerseyfestival.com

Eliza Carthy and her Wayward Band

Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band perform on Towersey Festival’s main stage, Venue 65. Image credit (c) Phil Sofer.

Jon Boden

Former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden returns to Towersey Festival’s main stage, Venue 65. Image credit (c) Dave Freak

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