Glastonbury and Y Not have been and gone, V Festival and Reading & Leeds are just around the corner- yes we are fully submerged in festival season, and this year has seen more and more independent and local festivals springing out than ever before, including Bluedot last month. Now, we are happily pencilling in another on our calendars- the Ashcombury Music Festival at Ashcombe Park Cricket Club on Saturday 27th August.
Organised by Mark Jones, Rich Goodwin and all the other members of the cricket club, plans were cemented several months back, when they approached the mighty Delamere at their last Rebel Bear gig in Stoke and asked them to headline the event. After forming ties with the band, they then recruited Delamere’s killer guitarist, Ashley Egerton, to form the rest of the glorious line-up. ‘It’s something I have always been interested in doing, it's nice to organise a line-up of bands you dig and get them in the same place.’
The artists gearing up for the day are a diverse mix of local and national bands, all of which churn out atmospheric and memorable performances in their varied styles, which ensures everyone will have their taste satisfied. ‘I tried to keep the vibe in the same sort of vein which I think the acts reflect.’
Explosive rockers Dirty Rotten Souls are the main support to Delamere, who will be preceded by a healthy handful of local artists including Shimmer Trap, Riviera, Release, Between Angels and Idols, 5 Point 0, and The Manalishi. Alongside these there will be a number of bands attending that Ashley has formed close bonds with over his years of performing, like Moitisser, LiVVO, Autumn Lungs, Death of Rats, In View of Humans and Leeds-based Citrus Heights- ‘We have played with them a few times, they’re absolutely mega and I implore everyone to check out!’ Completing the line-up will be Beatles and Beyond, giving you fifteen bands to enjoy for just five pounds.
Kicking off at 2pm, Ashcombury will be a single hectic day of music, food, drink, and summer celebrations, with both a main stage and an acoustic stage to keep you appetized. Although for its debut, the event is relatively small, and occurring only on one day, Ashley has his eyes set on future events already. ‘Ashcombury above all is a local festival and is in its infancy but there is a long term plan for it. I was at the first Y Not Festival which was little more than a main stage and a dance tent, so I don't see why Ashcombury can't grow and grow each year. That's why we need everyone to get involved and make it a success.’
With a cheery venue, an overwhelming line-up and I’m sure a crowd to match, Ashcombury is festival with soaring potential…and tickets are just £5. Need I say more?