Music lovers can expect a stellar line-up across the three days and nights at this year’s Lechlade Festival, which takes place over the bank holiday weekend from 25th – 27th May.
Headline acts Scouting For Girls, punk-rock band From The Jam and glam-rock group Doctor and the Medics, are joined by world-class tribute acts Whole Lotta Led, and Flash – A Tribute to Queen.
With genre-spanning music, the jam-packed 3-day weekend offers a fantastic experience for all the family, including fairground rides, stalls and free workshops.
“Tickets are selling faster then ever” says festival founder Jennie Rainsford, “we are nearly sold out of live-in vehicle pitches and we’re way ahead of this point last year. We’ve been fortunate to enjoy sunny weather for the last few years and this year’s long-range forecast is looking perfect! The camping areas will open even earlier this year to allow festival-goers to get settled in before the music starts on Friday afternoon. With top tribute bands playing well-known hits from Led Zeppelin and Queen, Friday night is going to be a popular one.”
Yuasa Battery has once again been named as a key festival sponsor, with the Yuasa stage showcasing some of the country’s finest emerging talent.
“There will be several additions to this year’s event” says Jennie, “we’ve expanded the activities for children and we’re looking at a bigger and better Comedy Stage. The bars have been expanded and revamped and there’s a few other surprises up our sleeves.”
The festival is now in its 8th year and attracts festival-goers from all over the UK. Over 1000 bands have applied to play this year, the festival team work hard to whittle it down to less than 10%. “We have a team get-together every couple of weeks from July onwards” Jennie explains, “there’s a mixture of ages and music tastes to ensure we select the best bands across several genres. Each year the quality of the applications gets better and better. We were surprised by the increase in the number of international applications this year – bands and performers from Europe, America and even Africa are keen to play.”
One of the successful international applications, ‘The Roscoes Wild Child’, will return to Lechlade for a second year. “If you love Hendrix, you’ll love this awesome duo”, says Jennie, “Last year they flew in from LA, hired a car, drove to Lechlade, played on the main stage and returned home!” We’re thrilled that Lechlade draws international attention and attracts such high-quality acts.”
The Missy Malone and Friends Burlesque Revue also returns this year. The popular event packs out the bar stage on Saturday night. A mixture of comedy, cabaret and burlesque, the two-hour show attracts an audience of all ages.
Locals benefit from big savings on weekend and camping tickets with discounted tickets for nominated postcodes.
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