Astonbury Summer Music Festival moves to new site just along the road

Astonbury Summer Music Festival 2014
Astonbury Summer Music Festival 2014

Summer is the time for music festivals and in August we have a two night festival to look forward to that’s so successful it’s moved to a larger site.

Global stars like The Feeling, Wretch 32 and Jaquar Skills will share the stage at the Astonbury summer music festival with some of the best regional talent.

Back for the eighth year running, this year’s festival has moved venue from the barn at Cromer to a little bit further along the road nearer to the cricket club to enable organisers to cope with a larger 5,000 capacity and provide a site which is much more picturesque and safer.

Now based in the grounds of the manor house at Kingston Blount, on the Kingston Estate close to Aston Rowant, the site is much more suitable for a family themed summer festival.

The Feeling is a British quintet that draws heavily from the rich harmonies and melodies of 70s soft rock to produce their own music.

Jermaine Scott Sinclair, better known by his stage name Wretch 32, is an English rapper and former Grime MC from Tottenham. Jaguar Skills is a DJ who has gained notoriety since 2002 for his eclectic multi-genre, cut-n-paste style Djing mixes.

The headline acts are supported this year by BBC The Voice’s De’Vide and Jade Mayjean Peters as well as Imperial Leisure, Kieran Alleyne, La Folie Douce, Friday at 4, The Muttz Knuttz, house music pioneers The Castle Club DJs and The Ministry of Sound.

The festival runs from Friday August 7 through to Saturday 8 and camping is available on both nights.

The fun starts at 5pm on Friday and closes at 01.30am; on Saturday it kicks off at 2pm and closes at the same time as the Friday.

In addition to the music, there will be boutique foodstalls in the food village, four bars including a beer tent sellign premium ales, a cocktail shack, wine bar and Pimms tent, a funfair, children’s entertainment and face painting.

Formed by volunteers from Aston Rowant Cricket Club in 2007 the event aims to raise funds to support the local sports charity which provides opportunities for youngsters to get involved in sport.

Since its humble beginnings on a cricket field using a farm lorry as a stage, Astonbury has grown into a several thousand capacity festival, which w as headlined by Tinchy Stryder and dance music legends The Ministry of Sound last year. Despite being able to land top global acts, Astonbury has stayed true to its roots and continues to provide a fantastic opportunity for local talent to showcase their material to larger crowds on a professional platform.

Tickets are available online at www.astonbury.net and cost £32 for the weekend for adults, £28 for under 18s, under 12s go free. Day tickets are £18 and camping costs £6 for the weekend.