Towersey Festival, The UKs Longest Running, Announces Imelda May As New Headliner Addition For 2022

Towersey Festival, the longest running in the UK, is pleased to announce that Imelda May joins an incredible lineup which already includes Del Amitri, Bill Bailey, Turin Brakes, Kate Rusby, Anaïs Mitchell, Howard Jones Acoustic Trio, and many more!

Towersey Festival will take place the long weekend of 26-29 August this year, in their stunning new location of Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire.

Tickets are now on sale via the Festival’s official website.

Towersey is an independent family festival of music, comedy, dance, ghost walks, storytelling, children’s activities, and more than 24 hours of Ceilidh!

The festival has been organised by generations of the same family, and will take place this year in the stunning new location of Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It’s come a long way since the first event in grandpa’s back garden in 1965, and the now well-established festival is a firm favourite of the local communities throughout Bucks/Berks and Oxfordshire, as well as lovers of folk & alternative music from across the UK. 

With a mix of contemporary and traditional acts such as sea shanty band The Longest Johns, to Scottish alternative Rock Band Del Amitri, Towersey are proud to welcome Irish superstar Imelda May to the top of the bill.  

“I’m really looking forward to performing at Towersey over August Bank Holiday – It’s a great family festival with its roots in folk, Celtic and alternative music, so I’ll feel right at home! Along with performing tracks from my new album and some old  favourites, I’ll be taking my family and joining the Ceildh,the crowd at Towersey are always super friendly and  it’s such a great way to bring people together and lose your inhibitions” Imelda May

As one of Ireland’s most respected female singer songwriters, Imelda May’s most recent album, ‘11 Past The Hour’ (Decca) featured Ronnie Wood, Noel Gallagher, Miles Kane, and a cohort of female activists, brimming with sensuality, emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition, it was Imelda at her most authentic. Imelda May’s performances are always an invigorating statement of rock n’ low slung blues. Last year’s album release saw Imelda playlisted on Radio 2, and she performed live on Graham Norton’s TV show, garnering many accolades from print media.

The four day event will also see performances by Barnsley folk royalty, Kate Rusby; acoustic indie trailblazers, Turin Brakes; Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell; comedy legend and Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey; and 80s pop icon Howard Jones, who will be performing a fresh take on his best-known hits, as part of the Howard Jones Acoustic Trio.

Other confirmed additions to the music and comedy line-up include Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader; alt-folk artist This Is The Kit; Scottish rock band Skerryvore; Celtic folk-punk band Ferocious Dog; multi-instrumentalist, comedian Rob Deering; folk band Talisk; the Americana-influenced Police Dog Hogan; contemporary Highlands fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles; folk singer-songwriter Kris Drever’ London’s Hackney Colliery Band; Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band; Mighty kids comedy-beatbox show from Jarred Christmas & Hobbit; London-based song-writing duo Ferris & Sylvester; comedian Laura Lexx; English roots band Edward II; festival favourites The Langan Band; ‘bloke-folk’ band Faustus; and over 50 more music and comedy acts, across 10 stages and venues.

Over at the Festival Dance House, there will be swing & jive dancing, along with ballroom, ballet, contra, a silent disco, music from the Yiddish Twist Orchestra,  DJs playing Afrobeat, roots reggae and blues and over 24 hours of ceilidh.

Away from the music, there are plenty of fantastic activities to ramp up the joy at this wondrous festival. With family at its heart, Towersey hosts a range of thrilling activities for families of all ages including circus & theatre shows, storytelling, outdoor games, history & ghost walks, a fun run, forest school, campfires and music jams, alongside a new “Evolving” young people’s area launching in 2022, which will feature everything from crafts to discos.

There’s so much happening at Towersey, some serious re-fuelling will be in order and the festival is upping the grub game. Expect dedicated street food areas where festival-goers can feed up, wind down and send their bellies on a world tour with cuisines from every corner of the globe. Add to this cafés, bars, shops and stalls, plenty to keep everyone with a full tank!

Festival Director, Joe Heap, said:

“The sense of community, joy and togetherness that is at the heart of Towersey  is something we are all longing for right now. We  want nothing more than to be back in a field dancing with you and your loved ones under the sun. We’re excited to be in our beautiful new home of Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire for  the most exciting festival yet, a worthy testament to my grandad it’s founder  back in 1965”

Full line-up information and tickets available from Towersey Festival’s official website.

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