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Extra attractions join the 2017 festival lineup

We’re delighted to confirm some extra names to add to the already impressive list of performers for this year’s Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival.

ChloeLorentzenIn line with our ethos of encouraging young and emerging talent, on Saturday we are especially pleased that Rutland Radio will be introducing young Stamford singer-songwriter Chloe Lorentzen on our Marquee Stage at 2pm. A remarkably precocious talent, Chloe won the 2017 Youth Music Showcase at the Peterborough Music Festival. Though only 12, she has already released her first CD, “Beneath Safer Skies” (left), with all proceeds going to War Child UK. It includes her award- winning song, “Circus Clown”. Recently Chloe starred as Annie at Stamford Corn Exchange.

Additions to Sunday’s bill include a set from talented classical guitarist Harry Carter, who is already a familiar face at Bythams Music events, both as a performer and sound engineer. Yet despite only being 18 years old, Harry, with a decade’s experience in performing classical guitar, has recently completed his grade 8 and started to focus on his musical diploma. He has performed in many different venues across the county, from large concerts to small private dinner parties including the Peterborough Mayor’s farewell
ball. With a modern interpretation on classical Spanish guitar, he always puts his own spin on a piece.

Finally, to round off Sunday’s performances on the Marquee Stage in style, we are excited to announce the reunion of Flash! Their funky guitarist Bob Wells may be familiar to you from his appearances with Bianca & the TopCats, but here he rejoins two friends from West London to play classics from the era of glam rock – T Rex, Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, the Quo… the finishing touch to another excellent weekend of music for all tastes!

For full details of the programme, regularly updated as more information becomes available, go to our Midsummer Festival 2017 listing page.

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2017 Midsummer Festival line-up announced

CASTLE BYTHAM
MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
17 & 18 JUNE 2017
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENTS

Bythams Music is delighted to announce the first bands and performers booked for this year’s festival. Even bigger and better than ever, this musical and artistic feast is all part of the wider weekend Midsummer Festival programme.

Saturday June 17: 1.30pm – 11pm

To start the festival weekend we have a range of excellent local bands and solo artistes playing on the main Meadow Stage and also the Green (acoustic) stage at St Martin’s Field. Some you may have seen before, which is always great, but in true serendipitous spirit, there will be others who you won’t have heard of but are guaranteed to fall in love with….

_MG_5867_edit_LowResOn the Marquee stage:
The Tin Pigeons (left),
Uninvited Guests,
Jon Rogers’ Linesmen,
Will Purdue Band,
Los Cojones

_MG_5482_edit_LowResOn the Green stage:
Oakleas Rise,
Diamond Dac and Cap Gordy,
CJ Hatt,
David Lacey and Pembroke Tenneson (left)

Sunday June 18: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 13.41.29On the Marquee Stage:
Rutland Big Band,
Ruby Doos,
Bythams School,
Swinstead Dance Academy

 

On the Green stage:
Sophie Hurst
and more acts to be announced.

We’ve got you covered!
And don’t forget, we now have our huge marquee, which means that bands and audience can all be under cover if, heaven forbid, it should rain! And if it is boiling hot (fingers crossed!) then we can all be in the shade. Either way, everyone wins!

Living history
Away from the main meadow site, and in keeping with the weekend’s medieval theme (primarily on Sunday), we will also have a wonderful array of historical re-enactors, including an alchemist, a bodger, touring theatre, a magician, archery, falconry, a coracle demonstration, lots of children’s activities and parade – and our very own knight in shining armour.

Hurdy gurdyAppropriate musical accompaniment will be by Tourdion, who will perform in the streets, entertaining visitors to the village’s ever-popular fair and street market on Sunday. In the village hall and two pubs – the Castle Inn and Fox and Hounds – the Lincolnshire Poachers will be performing. In the church, Village Voices, a local choir, will be singing their interpretations of medieval songs and music.

Watch this space!
Further bands and performers are still to be announced, so watch this space. Further details about the bands and the line-up will be in our special souvenir programme, which will be available just before the Festival. All timings are subject to change.

Can you help?
We are always looking for folks to come and help us put on the festival, so if you have a few hours spare before or over the weekend, do come and join in the fun.

Rutland Radio LogoBythams Music is very grateful to Rutland Radio for promoting this year’s music programme.

The Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival 2017 is being supported by the Big Lottery Fund through its Celebrate! programme:

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A superb weekend!

The Festival arena from the hill
The Festival arena from the hill

Well, that’s it for another year! The Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival was bigger and better than ever. The weather was kind to us (having been dreadful earlier in the week) and we got the site set up in the dry.

Speaking of dry, the Music and Beer Festival on Saturday went really well, selling out all of the guest beers and cider as well as almost every other drop of liquid that could be squeezed out of the village!

Sunday, fair day, was a beautiful day. There was a constant stream of visitors, many of whom lingered to sit in the warm sunshine and listen to the excellent range of music as it alternated between our two stages on St Martins’ Field.

We also managed to fit in a very last-minute late-morning concert at St James’ Church, by special request. Our provision of such a special venue at very short notice was much appreciated by the performers (a group of students from The Purcell School) and their mixed programme of classical music and sultry jazz was rapturously received by the audience.

A wide variety of new and well-established musical acts performed over the weekend. It was great to welcome back several favourite old friends again, some with new or expanded line-ups, as well as see and hear performers who hadn’t played the Bythams before.

We made loads of good contacts and we’re sure we’ll be hearing great things from many of the talented newcomers, some whose skill and stage presence belied their youth. We look forward to welcoming them – and you – back in future. See you next year!

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