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The Blockheads announced for Towersey Festival

The Blockheads announced for Towersey Festival

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Towersey Festival, the UK’s enduring independent music, arts, and culture festival, is excited to reveal that The Blockheads, the renowned punk-funk band, will take center stage at the event on Friday, August 25th. The festival will be held at Claydon Estate, near Buckingham.

Get ready for an incredible experience at the festival! With over 12 areas and four amazing stages featuring the best music, attendees are in for a treat. Joining the lineup are The Blockheads along with Frank Turner (performing on Saturday, September 26th) and The Divine Comedy (performing on Sunday, September 27th).

Due to Charlie Reid’s illness, The Proclaimers, originally scheduled as headliners, are unable to perform. Instead, The Blockheads, known for their top-charting singles like ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt 3’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, will take their place.

Joe Heap, the Festival Director of Towersey, expressed his delight in having the iconic band return and their ability to step in spontaneously. While wishing Charlie well, he acknowledged the sadness of their absence at Towersey but emphasized that the Friday lineup was strengthened by one of the top live bands in the industry.

Formed in 1977 by the late Ian Dury, The Blockheads have enraptured audiences for more than four decades with their unique blend of punk-funk music and poetic lyrics. Chaz Jankel, a key contributor to Ian’s debut album ‘New Boots and Panties,’ has carried on the torch after Ian’s demise, alongside two other founding members: Micky Gallagher on keyboards and John Turnbull on guitar.

The band consists of drummer John Roberts, saxophonist Dave Lewis, Nathan King from Level 42, and the newest member, Manchester music producer and former Rik Mayall scriptwriter Mike Bennett, who handles vocals.

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From Friday 25th to Monday 28th August, Towersey’s 59th edition offers an exciting bank holiday weekend filled with music, comedy, dance, activities, workshops, creativity, camping, and plenty of fun. Limited tickets are available: day tickets cost £60 for adults and £40 for young persons aged 5-17 yrs, while weekend tickets are priced at £180 (adult) and £100 (5-17 yrs). Children under 5 are admitted free of charge.

Campers have access to a wide range of facilities, including the option for glamping. Prices start at £25 for a four-day camping pitch or for those seeking a single night’s stay, a one-day night-camping pitch is also available.

For anyone interested in a life-affirming festival experience, full of incredible talent in music, arts, and culture, and with welcoming community vibes, visit to purchase tickets and download the programme to see all the jewels that the Towersey Festival crown has to offer.

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