Cheltenham’s Wychwood Music Festival
Celebrating indie and mainstream music in the beautiful Cotswolds
Whether you’re a fan of chart toppers or indie music, music festivals offer music lovers the opportunity to sample tunes from all sorts of artists. More than that, they also often give participants a chance to experience workshops and expand their knowledge of the music they love, introducing them not only to new and up-and-coming bands, but also rekindling their love of old bands they may have forgotten.
Of course, music festivals are also known for promoting a certain vibe with their choice of music. Such is the case with the Wychwood Festival, a festival that finds its origins in 2004, which is known as “an idyllic and care-free event”. This year, the festival takes place on 29 May to 31 May at the Cheltenham Racecourse, home of the famous Cheltenham Festival, which Betfair explains is “one of the biggest (events) in the sporting calendar, not just amongst Horse Racing fans”. The Racecourse often sees hundreds of thousands of excited equestrians visiting its grounds as the Cheltenham Festival rolls along, but by contrast, the Wychwood Music Festival is a much more intimate affair, often attended by 7,500 party heads.
This doesn’t mean that Wychwood is only a place for those looking for a specific brand of entertainment. Although it is widely known to veer more towards the lighter and artsy side of locally-produced music and to aim for more indie than chart-topping music, it’s also known to be quite accommodating. Truly, it isn’t just for those looking for a taste of the local music scene, as this year’s lineup shows a wide variety of different acts, including ”UB40’s Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, with Scottish duo The Proclaimers, Ghostpoet and Electric Swing Circus “. According to SoGlos, indie folk band Rusty Shackle, pop troupe Fickle Friends, and Cypriot folk band Monsieur Doumani are also set to play at Wychwood. More than this however, there are also comedic acts, children’s entertainment shows, workshops, and dance performances, making the Wychwood Music Festival one of the most versatile festivals in the region.
The festival gates are set to open on 12 noon of Friday, 29 May, and then at 9:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday, 30 and 31 May. Ticket prices vary per age group, with children under 5 being allowed to go in free of charge. More information can be found on the Wychwood Festival’s official website.