preview our Midsummer lineup

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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

Celestial Candles are relit…

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Our successful CELESTIAL CANDLES format has been adopted by Gordon Baldwin, who has organised a concert to be held on Friday 18 March 2016 at Little Bytham church, Saint Medard and St Gildard’s, at 7pm. As part of the programme our former vicar, the Rev Sue Evans, will be returning to sing and play guitar.

Also on the bill is professional cellist Audrey Riley, who has played with bands such as The Smiths, Coldplay, The Communards, and The Smashing Pumpkins. She will be playing part of a piece specially composed for her by Gavin Bryars (whose music has also been recorded by Julian Lloyd Webber, amongst others).

Other performers include Clare and Peter Hitchcox on recorders and church organ; Robert Brownlow, who will perform a comic recitation, and Simon Garbutt on tin whistles, who will accompany the Rev Sue for some songs with an Irish flavour.

The concert will be followed by a meal in the Village Hall, with a free glass of wine (but donations are always welcome!). Tickets £5 from 01780 410060 or 01780 411226.

Funds raised will be split between the church and the Tilden Project Nepal, a charity based in Little Bytham that raises money for village projects in a particularly impoverished part of Nepal.

Call for Bands for 2016!

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Bythams Music Festival 2016

Once again we are offering bands and artists the chance to play at the Bythams Music Festival, to be held in Castle Bytham over the weekend of 18 & 19 June 2016.

Lying at the foot of the mediaeval Castle Mound, St Martin’s Meadow provides a fantastic setting for this unique event, which has built a reputation over recent years as one of the highlights of the local music calendar. Some describe it as a “festival in your pocket”, others a “boutique festival”, but by any name it brings together musical acts from near and far – combined with all the creative energy you would expect from a true festival of arts.

Live music has been increasingly important at this midsummer event in recent years. The focus is now firmly on St Martin’s Meadow where, for the first time, our “Garden” acoustic stage makes its debut in the same arena as our original Meadow stage.

Saturday 18 June – Music Festival

2.00pm–10.30pm Live music on the main and acoustic stages. On Saturday, building on the success of previous years, we will be offering a range of children’s activities. The extremely popular “Garden Café” that many will fondly remember from our earlier Little Bytham (Willoughby) festivals will also make its Castle Bytham debut.

Sunday 19 June – Music Festival 
& Midsummer Fair

11.30am–6.00pm Dance and live music on the main and acoustic stages. On Sunday, the music 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.

Be part of the Bythams Festival experience

The music will play from 2.00pm to 10.30pm on the Saturday and from 11.30am to 6.00pm on the Sunday, with sets lasting between 25 and 60 minutes. We hope to provide a continuous programme, with acts alternating between the main Meadow and acoustic “Garden” stages.

The main Meadow stage is set within a large marquee and arena and plays to audiences of 400 to 500 people. The Garden stage is also covered but provides a more intimate setting for acoustic and solo acts. Sound is provided by a professional engineer and PA system.

The Bythams Music Festival is a free event, run entirely by volunteers, with any proceeds being used to support local charities and good causes. As such, we are unfortunately unable to pay fees, but we will cover any agreed expenses and provide refreshments for musicians on the day. What we can promise is a very warm welcome and a great sound system, an appreciative audience and the chance to promote and sell any merchandise, but above all, the opportunity to be part of this unique event.

If you would like to join us for the 2016 Bythams Music Festival, then we would love to hear from you.

Get in touch via our Contact Page

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