THAME: Towersey Festival is on the move next year

Towersey Festival 2013 - Pictured are displays of ritual dance
Towersey Festival 2013 - Pictured are displays of ritual dance

Organisers of Towersey Festival have revealed that it will up sticks and move to a brand new location next year following its 50th anniversary.

But the exact whereabouts will not be officially revealed until this year’s August bank holiday festivities – which began yesterday – are done and dusted.

This is not the first time the annual music extravaganza has made a move, and festival director Joe Heap assured fans that it won’t affect the fun.

In a video posted to YouTube, he said: “In its 50 year history, Towersey has seen many changes – changes in style, people, lines up and even its name.

“Throughout all these changes Towersey has retained its character because the spirit of the festival is not in the fields or the venue, but in the people who make it their own every year.”

Joe, whose grandfather and father were Towersey festival directors before him, said next year’s festival – which will be the 51st – will mark the part of another chapter in the ever evolving event.

He said of the chosen spot: “The fields are well-drained and flat, and are big enough to house the whole festival on one site.

“So why move now? Well, just as with previous festivals, the time is right. The old site has become very difficult to work with, with 12 gates meaning endless ticket checking.

“The ground has seen so many festivals that it has become compacted, meaning it gets muddy very easily.”

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