Towersey Festival

Towersey Festival to bow out after 60 years – 2024 festival will be the last

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The organiser of Towersey Festival has revealed that this year’s event will be its last. The independent music festival will bow out after its 60th anniversary this August.

Increasing financial and economic challenges have been cited by the organising team for this decision. The festival team say they can no longer run a sustainable festival.

Towersey was originally founded by Denis Manners MBE in 1965, five years before Glastonbury opened its gates.

Joe Heap and Mary Hodson, festival co-directors and two of Manners’ grandchildren, now run the event. They said: “Firstly, we want you to know – Towersey 2024 will be one hell of a party! We are excited to bring you our best and most eclectic line-up of artists ever.

“However, it is with the heaviest of hearts that we also deliver this message. Like so many other independent and grassroots festivals, Towersey is facing the very sad prospect of ending after this year’s festival, our 60th year.

“We have worked incredibly hard over the last few years to try to bring Towersey back to financial stability. The pandemic wiped all our back up and changed the face of festivals across the industry. Coming back from this and the economic challenges we’ve all felt since then has been all but impossible. Without investment partnerships or a fundamental change to the character of the festival, we have concluded that we will have to bow out after this year.

“We are proud of what we’ve achieved with Towersey and the massive contributions we’ve made over the years to charities, local causes, tourism, and emerging artists. More importantly, we believe festivals like Towersey are crucial for creating better communities and societies and for finding hope and humanity in an otherwise challenging world.

“We will continue to fight, and endeavour to find a way of continuing to realise the hopes and dreams of our grandparents and founders, but it will not be through Towersey Festival anymore.”

Over the August bank holiday, the Towersey stage will be graced by an eclectic line-up to date including Billy Bragg, Seth Lakeman, The Staves, and Pokey Lafarge.

Held at the 5,000 capacity Claydon Estate in Buckingham (August 23-26 ), Towersey is packed with opportunities to learn, make, watch and be inspired, including 48 hours of Ceilidh, silent discos, comedy, and circus skills.