Towersey Festival, the UK’s longest-running independent festival, is delighted to reveal its 2022
line-up. The festival, set to take place in the stunning new location of Claydon Estate,
Buckinghamshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend, will welcome, for the first time, BRIT and
Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter, Tom Odell. Across the four-day event, he will be
joined by Scottish alt-rock legends Del Amitri, Barnsley folk royalty Kate Rusby, acoustic indie
trailblazers Turin Brakes, Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell,
comedy legend and Strictly Come Dancing star Bill Bailey, along with 80s pop icon Howard Jones
who will be performing a fresh take on his best-known hits as part of the Howard Jones Acoustic Trio.
Other confirmed additions to the music and comedy line-up include Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi
Reader, alt-folk artist This Is The Kit, folk band and instigators of the Tik Tok sea shanties
phenomenon The Longest Johns, Scottish rock band Skerryvore, Celtic folk-punk band Ferocious
Dog, comedian Rob Deering, folk band Talisk, the Americana-influenced Police Dog Hogan,
contemporary Highlands fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles, folk singer-songwriter Kris Drever, London’s
Hackney Colliery Band, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band, a mighty comedy-beatbox show from
Jarred Christmas & Hobbit The Beatboxer, London-based songwriting duo Ferris & Sylvester,
comedian Laura Lexx, English roots band Edward II, festival favourites The Langan Band, ‘bloke-folk’
band Faustus and over 50 more music and comedy acts across 10 stages and venues.
Over at the Festival Dance House, there will be swing & jive dancing, along with ballroom, ballet,
contra, a silent disco, music from the Yiddish Twist Orchestra, DJs playing Afrobeat, roots reggae
and blues and over 24 hours of ceilidh.
Much more than just a music, comedy and dance festival, there will also be a host of workshops
across the four days, as well as circus & theatre shows, storytelling, outdoor games, history & ghost
walks, a fun run, forest school, campfires and music jams, alongside a new “Evolving” young people’s
area launching in 2022, which will feature everything from crafts to discos.
Towersey Festival is the UK’s longest-running independent festival. Established in 1965 as a one-day
event to raise funds for the repair of Towersey Village Hall, the festival has grown to become one of
the major arts and music festivals of the year, with previous headliners including The Proclaimers,
The Shires, Bellowhead, Big Country and Chas and Dave. Staying true to its ethos of creating a true
community of music, creativity, friendship, and fun, Towersey Festival is very much a family festival,
having been run by three generations of the same family (with a fourth in training) since its very first
iteration. In 2022, it will move to its new home of Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire, where it is
delighted to encourage even more festival-goers to act like children, sing their hearts out, learn new
things and dance like no-one is watching, whilst enjoying the comforts of an immaculate
Buckinghamshire site, just an hour on the train from London.
Festival Director, Joe Heap, said: “I am so excited to welcome such an incredible line-up to Towersey
Festival next summer. After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, Towesrsey is back,
bigger and better than ever, in our beautiful new home of Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire. With a
packed line-up of music, dance, comedy, workshops, food, real ale, crafts, games, workshops, ghost
walks – you name it! –
Towersey Festival 2022 is set to be the most exciting yet, a worthy testament to
my grandad who founded the festival back in 1965. With a pristine new site, incredible line-up and
our much-loved community atmosphere, we can’t wait to welcome attendees young and old to join
our Towersey Festival family in August 2022.