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Call for Bands & Musicians for 23-24 June 2018

Bythams Midsummer Festival 2018 wants to hear from YOU!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we invite musicians and singers to play at Castle Bytham’s free annual music festival over the weekend of 23–24 June 2018. We welcome a broad range of musical styles ­– from bands to solo acoustic performers – and are keen to encourage new and young performers.

This unique two-day midsummer event, a highlight of the local music calendar, has an enviable reputation. Featuring musical acts from near and far, it has all the creative energy you would expect from a far larger festival of arts.

St Martin's Meadow main arena (with Marquee Stage in centre)
St Martin’s Meadow main arena (Marquee Stage in centre)

In the fantastic scenic setting of St Martin’s Meadow (lying at the foot of the Norman castle mound), our large Marquee Stage (fully covered, for performers and a large audience) is now successfully joined within the same arena by an “Acoustic” stage. Full sound rigs, operated by experienced sound engineers, and lighting are provided.

We estimate attendance at 3,000­–4,000 over the weekend, with up to 750 people in St Martin’s Meadow at peak times.

Be part of the Bythams Midsummer Festival experience

The music will alternate between two stages (from approx. 2.00pm–10.30pm on Saturday 23 June* and approx. 11.30am–6.00pm on Sunday 24 June*), with sets lasting 25–60 minutes. Sunday’s music programme is an integral part of the long-established Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair, with its famous street market and many other entertainments woven throughout the centre of the village.

The main Marquee Stage, set within a large marquee and wider outdoor arena, plays to audiences of 400–500 people and can accommodate acts as diverse as big bands and dance troupes, school choirs and rock groups.

Providing a more intimate setting, ideal for solo acts, duos or trios, the open-air Acoustic Stage is itself covered. And as in previous years, there may be opportunities for performances at venues elsewhere in the historic village.

Performers love to play at this friendly festival

Bythams Midsummer Festival is run entirely by volunteers; proceeds support local charities and good causes. We hope that performers will support our ethos, but modest fees and expenses are negotiable; we also provide you with refreshments on the day.

We also promise a great sound system, an appreciative audience, a write-up in our professionally designed colour souvenir programme, the chance to promote your work and sell CDs and other merchandise, but above all, the opportunity to be part of this unique event.

If you would like to join us for the 2018 Bythams Midsummer Festival, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via our Contact Page

*actual times to be confirmed nearer the date


preview our Midsummer lineup


Following the success of 2015, Bythams Music is now pleased to announce the first bands and performers for this year’s Midsummer festival in what promises to be a real musical feast!

Saturday June 18   1.00pm – 11pm

To start the festival week-end we have some brilliant local bands onstage in St Martin’s Field, Castle Bytham… some of these you may already have seen before, which is always great, but in true serendipitous spirit, there are others of whom you have never heard, but then you fall in love with…

On the Main stage

Lexie Green Band, The Fedz, Bianca and the Top Cats, Originals Band, Uninvited Guests

On the Acoustic stage

Irene Rae, Robert King, Lil’ Ian Goodsman, Guitarmanjan

Sunday June 19   11.00am – 5.00pm

On the day of the long-established Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair the music continues on both of our stages in St Martin’s Field. The acts confirmed so far include…

On the Main stage

Rutland Big Band, The Tin Pigeons, Pennyless,
Bythams School, Swinstead Dance Academy…

On the Acoustic stage

Pembroke Tenneson, HMS Welland…

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, as we hope, then we can all be in the shade. Either way, everyone wins!

Line-ups and timings are subject to change. Look out for further details about the bands here and on our Facebook page. Detailed timings and band write-ups will appear in our special souvenir programme, which will be available just before the Festival.

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 week-end, do come and join in the fun.

Patrick Candler
Chairman, Bythams Music
07876 806646