Astonbury rocks Aston Clinton

Astonbury Music Festival, Aston Clinton Park
Astonbury Music Festival, Aston Clinton Park

Astonbury music festival rocked Aston Clinton for a third consecutive year on Saturday with approximately 2,500 people attending the family friendly event throughout the day and evening.

The idea for the festival, which takes place in Aston Clinton Park, was born out of a conversation between event organiser Mervyn Ramsay and parish councillor Liz Tubb. Mervyn explained:

Bad Penny provide the 'rock' element of the day

Bad Penny provide the 'rock' element of the day

“We thought it would be great to put on something for the community.”

Five bands played throughout the day. Vandavils kicked things off with a sunny afternoon slot, followed by Fret Heads, Bad Penny, Thrifty Malone and finally headlining act Skamungas.

“All the bands were great and very well received, ending with Skamungas who are very popular with the villagers,” Mervyn said.

Campaign group 'Kirby's Herd', named after Albert Herd who lived in Aston Clinton for many years and died of cancer a few years ago, also collected £1,860 on the day for Cancer Research UK.

Festival goers get in the groove

Festival goers get in the groove

Fortunately the event was able to avoid turning into a muddy cliché of a British music festival, though organisers were concerned leading up to the big day. Mervyn joked:

“Setting up on Friday was awful but the thankfully the gods were shining on us on Saturday.”

Let's hope the blessings continue and we get a fourth outing next year!

Organiser Mervyn Ramsay was also keen to thank the Parish Council and all the generous sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible.

See more fantastic photos of the festival in the Bucks Herald newspaper on Wednesday.