Like running into a glass pane, we’ve hit the second month of festival season!
June is that strange month between jump-starting festival season to when it all well and truly kicks off in July. But that’s not to say that June is a quiet month!
From Michelin-starred foodie fests and fringe events, to doggie days out and some of the UK’s biggest acts in The National Arboretum – June is keeping the festival vibes live and kicking!
Blue Sky Festival
When: June 11 to June 16
Where: The Pound Arts, Corsham
Who: Josie Long, Jonny and the Baptists, Rachael Dadd, John Peel’s Shed, The Brass Funkeys, DJ Hiphoppapotamu, Blue Sky Festival Silent Disco, Dad Dancing
Corsham’s magnificent Blue Sky community arts festival – now in its fifth year – promises a sensational programme of music, comedy, theatre, visual arts, and more.
This family-friendly festival takes over the picturesque town of Corsham and turns the streets into bustling stages for roaming-performers, buskers, troubadours and a ‘pick-n-mix’ of up-and-coming musicians.
When: June 22 to June 23
Where: Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
Who: Clare Balding, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, journalist and food critic Kate Spicer, and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Lucy Heath
When: June 13 to June 16
Where: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire
Who: Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Jack Savoretti, Haçienda Classiçal
Ocelot feature: This month the Forestry Commission England welcomes back Forest Live to Gloucestershire.
More than 1.75 million people have attended a forest gig in the last eighteen years. This yeat performing at Westonbirt will be Paul Weller, Stereophonics, Jack Savoretti and Haçienda Classiçal.
Paul Weller made his Forest Live debut in 2004. Commenting on the Forest Live dates, Paul said: “The Forest shows are always great gigs for us, and it’s been a while since I last did them so I’m really looking forward to them.”
Graeme Park, Haçienda Classiçal’s DJ curator, added: “I can’t believe Hacienda Classical is about to embark on a fourth year of shows.
“I’m particularly looking forward to Forest Live in Gloucestershire where the glorious outdoor surroundings promise to complement our exciting new show.”
Money raised from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.
When: June 15 to June 16
Where: Manor Farm, Avebury Trusloe, Marlborough
Who: Showhawk Duo, Atari Pilot, Eric Walker, Platform 1, Strange Folk, Dakota Simpson, Kaleido Bay, The Dirty Smooth, The Ukey D’Ukes, Lottie J, Eddie George
Ocelot feature: Avebury Rocks hosted its first festival back in 2015 – with Newton Falkner headlining! Each year since the line-up has been getting bigger and bigger!
A spokesperson for Avebury Rocks said: “Avebury Rocks was the inspiration of local-born musician Nick Harper as a way to give something back to Prospect Hospice who provided care for his late mother.
“These days you can expect an eclectic line-up of local and national artists.”
All proceeds go to Prospect Hospice.
When: June 17 to June 29
Where: Oxford Playhouse and the Old Fire Station
Shows: Nathan & Ida in Tropez!, Ashanti Wheeler-Artwell’s British Vogue, BBC New Comedy Award finalist Aaron Simmonds’ Disabled Coconut, and so much more!
Ocelot feature: June is when theatre, music, dance and festival-fun burst through the doors of Oxford Playhouse and the Old Fire Station.
In perfect fringe style you can see some of the top acts on the circuit, as well as those who are up and coming!
For the first time, Offbeat is delighted to offer a programme of support for six artists all at early stages of their careers. Each artist has been given mentoring in dramaturgy, marketing, logistics and technical theatre, and each will have three performances at the festival to develop audiences and work on their show.
Jeremy Spafford, Director at the Old Fire Station, said: “We love working with our friends from The Playhouse to bring Offbeat to Oxford and offer our audiences a feast of new work. And what a feast it will be.
“Offbeat has become that moment when Oxford gets a chance to experience the amazing creativity of performing artists from across the UK in one mad week. What a treat.”
Louise Chantal, Director at the Oxford Playhouse, added: “Working with the Old Fire Station on Offbeat is one of the highlights of our year; we love bringing a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe to the city and I urge people to try something new, see as much as possible and immerse themselves in 10 days of amazing performances.”
When: June 29
Where: Manton Grange, Watermeadow
Who: Mercury – The World’s leading ‘Queen’ Tribute Band, T.Rextasy, The Troggs, Barrelhouse, Clive Collective, Straight Six, Creedence Clearwater Revival Revival
Ocelot feature: Mantonfest has been supporting local charities through its musical line-up since its inception in 2015.
Back for another year this one-day fest will be hosting its line-up over two stages – offering up some of the UK’s best cover bands and international acoustic artists. And yes, you are right, sixties sensations The Troggs will be there!
As well as music MantonFest has a glorious gastro line-up including Wolf Catering, Botanico Gin Bar, The Italian Job, Gold Bars and Sumblers.
Best of all? It’s dog-friendly!
Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park
When: June 21 to June 23
Where: Victoria Park, Bath
Who: Will Young, Texas, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Gabrielle, Soul II Soul Soundsystem, The Bluetones, The Cuban Brothers
Ocelot feature: How times have changed.
When I first hit the festivals as a teen, food was sought-out for pure stamina (to soak up all the booze which would in turn hopefully see me through to the headline acts).
These days at some festivals, like Pub in the Park, the music is almost the bit on the side to complement the dish – and people can flock to Bath for a weekend feast with a side of Texas and Will Young this June.
At Bath’s Pub in the Park wedges and chippie vans will be exchanged for Michelin-starred chefs and pop-up restaurants including Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers, Josh Eggleton’s The Pony & Trap, The Marlborough Tavern and Stephen Terry’s The Hardwick.
Tom said: “Last year’s Pub in the Park festivals were so much fun, I can’t wait to bring excellence in food, world class chefs, ace music and an awesome vibe to eight locations across the UK this year.”