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Valley Fest

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Valley Fest 2019


A magical family-friendly festival celebrating, music, organic food and farming, in a stunning location overlooking Chew Valley lake.

Live acts
The line up includes some of the most exciting bands in the world right now. Nubiyan Twist will bring their intense afrobeat, latin jazz sound to the party. Steeling Sheep, the idiosyncratic Liverpool trio, known for their robotic quirky style and melodic harmonies will be a huge draw. Henge, come in the name of rave and won the UK Festival Awards, Best Live Act in 2018. A must see! Not forgetting Dutty Moonshine Big Band, who fuse heavy bass with jazz.

The Magic Numbers, will play on Saturday – beefy electric guitars offering up a 70s rock feel all the way! And a perfect compliment to Razorlight’s high energy rock n roll. Delightfully undefinable, Honeyfeet’s absorbing sound is big and brassy, brimming with genuine swagger. Ríoghnach Connolly is front woman extraordinaire, with her musicality, versatile and poignant vocals. 

For some fast and infectious Ska anthems, no one does it better than Chainska Brassika. And if swing is your thing, look no further than Cut Capers – who fuse live brass with hip hop and throw in some glamour for good measure. Keeping the tempo up, Fitty Gomash’s Celidh won’t disappoint for a good ol’ knees up. And as for something with strings, heavy groove and intricate folk arrangements, cue Sheelanagig and The Elephant Sessions. And finally, Speaking in Tongues, will recreate the spectacle of Talking Heads at their peak.

DJ sets
Valley Fest has got a much bigger DJ line up this year. Norman Jay MBE, the groundbreaking selector, will certainly be serving up some good times that won’t fail to put a smile on everyone’s face. There will also be a DJ set from Leftfield who will bring an eclectic modern sound with some of the best new house and techno. Just the ticket for Friday night.

Valley Fest is often a place to see rising stars. Hotly tipped, Balcony stand on the borders of two cultures. They’re stepping into the future by pushing the boundaries of dark pop and future wave R&B. And they capture the heart of timeless songwriting. Icarus are also rising quickly. They journey through the outer realms of electronic music. You heard it here first! Hejira are also ones to watch. The three core members of the band have played alongside Amy Winehouse, Nitin Sawhney and Floating Points. Their music is experimental and magical.

Global sounds
Not many artists can channel the energies of Fela Kuti, Gil Scott Heron and Tupac and balance them with perfect cohesion, but Afrkan Boy can. Onipa brings energy, groove, electronics, afrofuturism, dance and fire – all the way from Ghana. Vula Viel – described as “Ghanaian minimalism”, with the unassuming ability to blur the lines between atmospheres. Afon Sistema will drum out addictive beats and rich hypnotic rhythmic guaranteed to get you up on your feet. 

The region’s culinary heroes and heroines will be cooking up a storm over the food festival weekend. Join fellow diners for a feast of epic proportions featuring menu of culinary delights and surprise performances, including a feast cooked by Michelin-starred Josh Eggleton from The Pony & Trap and Rob Howell from Root.

Organic skincare experts Weleda return to host the wellbeing area. Venture inside the spa area and experience a relaxing sanctuary, where you can enjoy a skin food facial, intensely relaxing hand massages and some nurturing and skincare advice from their experts.

Lazy lakeside lushness
Part of Valley Fest’s appeal is the lazy lakeside vibe. And artists which perfectly cater to that include rising stars Ishmael Ensemble. This Bristol Jazz act are taking the world by storm. As do Bristol act, Three Cane Whale, who are a multi-instrumental acoustic trio known for their cinematic sweep and intricate delicacy. Their debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums.


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Denny Lane
Chew Magna
BS40 8SZ

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