Brackley news: New music festival aimed at the young

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FUND raising is continuing for a new summer music event in Brackley aimed at young people.

The outdoor festival at the end of June will also herald the start of the wider Brackley Music Festival fortnight.

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In November the Michael Bublé tribute by Andrew Ellison kick started fund raising when he entertained a sell out crowd at Brackley FC’s Social Club.

Next month there will be a Barn Dance at the Bowls Club and in April a 70s disco at the Rugby Club.

Organiser Fenella Atkinson said it will be a family friendly event in Brackley Park combining performances by young people and professional musicians.

She added: “Brackley Music Festival is in its 16th year but The Festival in the Park is a totally new venture.

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“I hope it will widen the audience for the two week festival, hopefully appealing to the youngsters who previously felt a bit detached from the Music Festival for one reason or another.

“I’ve found some lovely young people to perform and get involved with the organisation and stewarding, as well as having professional musicians for later on in the day.”

Mrs Atkinson added: “Really it is a community event which we are hoping will attract people into the town and hopefully benefit shops and businesses.”

The Festival in the Park starts at midday on Saturday, June 25 and will run to around 10.30pm.

Between Midday and 2.30pm young home grown talent will entertain the crowd. Then later in the day the Hope and Glory scar band will return after their success at last year’s Music Festival. Also in the line up are The Sons of Icaris, originally from Croughton, Stompin’ Dave with his banjo tap dancing performance, and headlining will be a Kinks Tribute act.

It is also hoped the park will be filled with circus style children’s entertainers and refreshments.

The Barn Dance will feature a caller and the well known fiddler Tom Leary. It takes place on Saturday, February 5 at the Bowls Club in Westminster Road from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for children.

The 70s disco features well know DJ and Brackley Player Keith Fraser and takes place on Saturday, April 9 at Brackley Rugby Club from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £16.

Music in the Park will also be one of Waitrose’s Community Matters recipients during February.

Anyone who would like to perform, get involved with organisation or sponsor the event can contact Fenella Atkinson on 07846 496938.