With the temperatures nudging above freezing point over the weekend and a strange yellow object coming and going in the sky we though it was about time to highlight some of the music festivals scheduled for the summer months. We are lucky to have a range of festivals close by from small festivals hosted in a pub Rokefest to a major UK festival Truck Festival all well under an hour from Cholsey.
Wood Festival – 17-19 May at Braziers Park
A bit like one of those organic vegetable boxes, we like to find most of our musical sustenance at Wood from the surrounding area, within 20 miles if possible. Such a choice doesn’t mean any lack of variety: far from it! We have everything from the energetic Balkan gypsy jazz of La Morte Subite to the delicate folk of Jackie Oates, from the raucous rockabilly of Jack Cade & the Everyday Sinners to the eccentric pop of Ralfe Band, not forgetting the many ukes of Oxford Ukeleles! Plus, Adam Barnes, Edd Keene, Jess Hall, Art Theefe, Rainbow Reservoir, Megan Henwood, The August List, Katy Rose & The Cavalry Parade, Reichenback Falls, Until The Bird, Natureboy, Will Phipps, Milky Moon, and Rye Wolf.
Occasionally, one needs to liven the veg box up with a delicacy from further afield. We are very fortunate to have the aptly named Wood Brothers passing through our country. The Wood Brothers are musician siblings Chris and Oliver Wood from Boulder, Colorado. Chris is a founding member of Medeski, Martin & Wood and Oliver played guitar with blues outfit King Johnson, but the two hardly played together for 15 years before coming together for their first studio album as the Wood Brothers, Ways Not to Lose, in 2006. In addition, Canadian roots-rock songwriter Dustin Bentall is passing through, joined by Kendall Carson on the fiddle. From slightly less far afield we have heavenly harmony from House of Hats, dirty rock & roll from Jess Roberts & the Silver Rays, dreamy soundscapes from Oliver Wilde and poetic picking from Owen Tromans. It all adds up to a tasty stew with plenty of roots and plenty of spice.
Rokefest – 25-27 May in the the “Home Sweet Home” Pub in Roke
Rokefest is wall-to-wall music with an impressive selection of real ales on tap and great pub food, all set in a 16th Century pub in the South Oxfordshire village of Roke, near Benson. The festival has been running for 10 years and is gathering a loyal following.
Rokefest is hosted annually by The Home Sweet Home in Roke on the last weekend in May. The garden will be fully covered by a marquee if required this year, so no need to bring your wellies!
Back by popular demand are the speciality sausages, specially designed for the occasion by our local butcher. There will also be a delicious Hog roast available and vegetarian options.
Rokefest 2013 will continue to support the Helen & Douglas House hospice for children and young adults. All the musicians will be giving their time for free to entertain you over the weekend and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to give generously for this worthy cause.
Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival – 7-8 Jun in Wallingford
- Great live Blues music
- Real ales, cider, wine, soft drinks and BBQ
- Evening sessions Friday and Saturday (over 18’s only)
- Family session Saturday afternoon (accompanied children under 14 free)
- Located in The Regal Centre, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 0AL
Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival is a charity music and beer festival run by local volunteers. Originally started circa 1990 it became an independent festival in 2000 and has since raised over £40,000. All funds have gone towards promoting live music in Wallingford and helping youth development projects in the town and surrounding areas.
Having gained a reputation as one of the best Blues festivals in the UK this town centre venue (in a former cinema) creates a unique atmosphere with its excellent sound quality and unique combination of inside and outside areas. All of which is no doubt helped by regular capacity crowds.
Rugfest – 21-22 Jun in Wallingford
The Main Stage is the rocking heart of Rugfest and is where the Summer truly comes alive – Across Friday night and for the whole of Saturday the stage bursts with music of all kinds. This year we aim to delight you with a massive sixteen different musical acts for your audio visual pleasure and we want to get you dancing so beware of rythmns from around the world and across the decades !
We aren’t tied to any genre so expect the unexpected and you won’t fail to be surprised. Our Music has varied from Electro pop to big band swing with everything in between. Last year we brought you a bunch of lunatics in cassocks, cardinal robes, mitres and nun’s habits playing rather good surf music, and featuring the copious evolution of dry ice and ancient Hammond organs who took to our main stage to a background of gregorian chant!
Truck Festival – 19-20 Jul in Steventon
Major music acts and plenty of camping…
The Horrors / Spiritualized
Ash / Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Dry the River / Gaz Coombes / Rolo Tomassi / We Are The Ocean / The Joy Formidable
Frankie & The Heartstrings / Bo Ningen / Ady Suleiman / Arcane Roots / Axes / Brother and Bones / Crash of Rhinos / Fight like Apes / Gunning for Tamar / Lewis Watson / Max Raptor / Planes / Salvation Bill / Stagecoach / Tall Ships / The Bots / The Computers / Treetop Flyers / The History of Apple Pie / Kimberly Anne / Pylo / Harbour / The Family Rain / The Physics House Band / The Social Club / Toy / Wet Nuns
Bunkfest – 30 Aug-1 Sep in Wallingford
Featuring more top name acts on the main stage in the Kinecroft free and open to all
Artists subject to contract include:
Oysterband, ahab, Albion Band, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Merry Hell,
dance display teams, local acts and many more in venues around the town…
cracking ceilidhs… over 30 real ales… Fab Food… Children’s BunkFest…
music on river boats and steam trains… storytelling fringe…
over 20,000 people visited in 2012 and had a fantastic time!!!