Brackley Fringe Festival hopes to include all

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A new festival will take place in Brackley this summer featuring events in and around the town centre.

A series of fundraising events have been held in for the Brackley Fringe Festival over the past four months, leading up to a weekend of music, art and crafts, with many of the events free of charge, on August 1 and 2.

Alan Smith said: “It is a completely different concept to the music festival. What we are doing is making the whole thing more accessible.”

Mr Smith explained the committee hoped the whole of Brackley would get involved in the festival, either by performing themselves or perhaps as a business hosting an event.

He added: “What we are trying to do is get the youngsters of Brackley to perform. The whole premise is to encourage people to take part in it, to try to get people involved so that everybody knows about it so that the town centre is just a mass of people coming in to enjoy themselves.”

Saturday will see events around the town centre from genres including drama, dance, comedy, music and craft. On Sunday the entertainment will move to Brackley Rugby Club, where music will take centre stage.

Acts already signed up are Transmission, the Occasional Orchestra, Linda Watkins, Rufus Goodlove, Kevin O’Regan, The Autumn Buskers, Damian Clarke and Luke Paulo and the Grapefruit.

There will also be several fundraising events in the run-up to the festival. For more details go to the website