Call for Bands for 17–18 JUNE 2017!

Bythams Midsummer Festival 2017 needs YOU!

Once again we invite bands and artists to play at Castle Bytham’s free annual music festival – over the weekend of 17–18 June 2017.

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

The Festival arena from the hill
The Festival arena (with Main Stage marquee front left) in St Martin’s Meadow

In the fantastic scenic setting of St Martin’s Meadow (lying at the foot of the Norman Castle Mound), our large Main Stage (fully marquee-covered, for performers and audience) is now successfully joined within the same arena by an “Acoustic” stage. Full sound rigs, operated by 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

We welcome a broad range of musical styles ­– from bands to solo acoustic performers – and are keen to encourage new and young performers.

The music will alternate between two stages (from approx. 2.00pm–10.30pm on Saturday 17 June* and approx. 11.30am–6.00pm on Sunday 18 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 Meadow 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.

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 2017 Bythams Midsummer Festival, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via our Contact Page

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*actual times to be confirmed nearer the date



Musicality – we wish you every success!

Musicality PosterStamford School pupil James Ellis, a teenager from the Bythams, is demonstrating his extraordinary enterprise and promotional skill by organising Musicality, a major concert at Peterborough Arena on Friday 4th November in support of four very deserving charities.

He has aimed high and secured several major acts: Toploader, B.o.B, Scouting for Girls, and Jay Sean will headline, with a live DJ set from host Vernon Kay.

The four charities to benefit are #teamgeorge, Anna’s Hope, the Injured Jockey’s Fund and The Matt Hampson Foundation.

James’s action was prompted by a shocking incident on a school rugby tour last year when his friend George Robinson was seriously injured, severely damaging his spinal cord. In James’s own words:

”Last summer, when on Rugby tour to South Africa, an accident happened. On one sunny afternoon, many lives can be turned upside down simply by one incident. This made me realise just how precious every life really is and how quickly things can change.

With this, I grew the passion to make change for those unfortunate people that we see every day. Not only to financially support the charities, but to show them that in modern society, they have the support of thousands of people.

The 4 causes that we have chosen to benefit from this concert are simply incredible. Between them they have supported and inspired hundreds of individuals and their families. I first gained exposure to them when I was at primary school and have a connection to each one; having seen first-hand how public support can change peoples’ lives. I wanted to create this event at Peterborough Arena.

I had a dream and this dream is coming true. To bring to you a concert, as a show of reward, for all the hard work that has been given by these charities over the years.

100% of all proceeds will be split between the beneficiaries with no profit taken by our organisation. Let’s bring thousands of people together at 1 place and at 1 time, to show our support. You will not forget this night, I promise.

Let’s pull together. Let’s change lives.”

James Ellis

Bythams Music wish James every success and urge everyone to spread the word and support him.

For more about the concert, and to buy tickets, go to the Musicality website or:

Read more about the background to the concert in local newspaper articles here:
and here:



Music Festival – A big, big thank you from Patrick

What a fantastic week-end of music, fun, laughter, games, beer, food, good company and a great community feeling!
So, many thanks to everyone who has helped make this year’s festival the best we have held at CB.
It has taken a lot of planning, weaving in some new ideas and taking some risks that we first discussed way back last summer in the Castle Inn garden. It all came together really well in the end and gives me great confidence that we can do things so well with such great support from a whole lot of folk.
I know that the weather helped – if it had been like this morning on any of the days of setting up or the festival itself, it would have been really difficult to have continued I think, but hey ho, our luck held.
We will have a debrief meeting soon – date to be agreed – and we will also have a post-festival bash later in the summer where all our volunteer helpers can join us. Again a date has not been fixed, but most likely in August.
Once again, my warmest thanks to everyone who has played their part in making this year’s festival so good!
Patrick Candler,
Chairman, Bythams Music

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!


Exciting late addition

We have a very exciting late addition to our music programme for Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival this Sunday. We are delighted to be able to welcome IMPULSE, an International Outreach Training programme for 16–18 year olds at The Purcell School, Britain’s oldest specialist music school.

IMPULSE - The Lincolnshire Team
IMPULSE – The Lincolnshire Team

The Lincolnshire Team, led by Sam, the runner-up in Young Drummer of the Year, include dazzling classical musicians who have performed in London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, and the fabulous rising stars ‘The Delegates’, a Jazz/Funk/Soul band whose lead singer Alice is an International Jazz Festival participant.

IMPULSE’s Lincolnshire Team will perform
in concert at St James’s Church, Castle Bytham, 11am Sunday 19 June (timing t.b.c.)

As with the rest of the festival, admission is free of charge (though the church is always very grateful for donations!)

This project is supported by Lincolnshire Music Education Hub led by the award-winning Lincolnshire Music Service, funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England. (The Hub unites around 22 organisations to achieve the highest-quality music opportunities for children and young people across Lincolnshire.)

Midsummer will soon be here!

June 18 & 19

Bythams Music is now pleased to announce the final* line-up of bands and performers for this year’s festival in what promises to be a real musical treat! And, please remember, there is no entry charge to the festival and all car parking is free.
    And don’t forget that, on both days, we 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, then we can all be in the shade. Either way, everyone wins!

Saturday June 18   1pm – 11pm

To start the festival weekend we have some brilliant local bands playing on our two stages on St Martin’s Field. In addition to all the music, we have a beer festival with some excellent local real ales and ciders plus fantastic hot and cold festival food all afternoon and evening. So no-one need be hungry or thirsty! And for the children, we have a really great play zone with lots of fun things to do – so they won’t get bored!
Lexie Green & The Indigo Blue

On the Main stage:

Lexie Green and The Indigo Blue (see photo)
The Fedz
Bianca and the Top Cats
Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats
Uninvited Guests
Voodoo Vali

On the Acoustic stage:

Irene Rae
Robert King
Lil’ Ian Goodsman
Brooke Music
Sophie’s Voice

Sunday June 19   10.30am – 5pm Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair logo

The music on the Sunday will tie in with the famous Castle Bytham Midsummer Street Fair. Alongside the two music stages on St Martin’s Field you’ll find a great new artisan food court, the beer tent, our children’s play zone and lots of other entertainments for everyone to enjoy all day.
The Tin Pigeons

On the Main stage:  

Rutland Big Band
The Tin Pigeons
(see photo)
Bythams School

On the Acoustic stage:

Pembroke Tenneson
Frankie C
HMS Welland

*Please note that all listings and timings are subject to change.
Fuller details about the bands and the running order will be in our special souvenir programme, which will be available at the Festival weekend.

For further details, please contact:
Patrick Candler
Chairman, Bythams Music – 07876 806646

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

Celestial Candles are relit…


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!


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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