Music at the Crossroads returns to Hook Norton

Pictured - Organiser Pete Watkins ENGNNL00120120907104309

Pictured - Organiser Pete Watkins ENGNNL00120120907104309

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The 18th annual Music at the Crossroads event will take place in Hook Norton next month.

The festival is organised by the Hook Norton Charitable Association and since 2001 has raised more than £66,000 which has been donated to Leukaemia Research, fire service and air ambulance charities, Katharine House Hospice, the village primary school and a host of local organisations and youth groups.

Chairman of the association Pete Watkins said: “We’ve got a great mix of acts this year; some very talented local acts and we’re lucky to have special guest Pete Brown, the writer of some Cream hits, playing with the Krissie Matthews Band. All the music will be in a big undercover marquee, along with the bar. So whatever the weather, we can all stay dry!”

Other acts include Banbury favourites Spank the Monkey, as well as The Psychadelic Raiders, Man Make Fire, The FUSS and The Scholars.

There will be roots, folk and acoustic music from Rachel Gittus, Scarecrow, Jonny MacGuire, Speak Brother and Rufus Goodlove. More acts are expected to be announced soon.

The festival will run from 7pm-11pm on Friday, May 30 and from 1pm-11.30pm on Saturday, May 31 at Ferris Hill Farm, Hook Norton.

Mr Watkins said: “This year we have even more children’s entertainment to include activities provided by our village groups. There will be an extended choice of food vendors, including Mexican, paella, pig roasts plus teas and cakes from our own WI. Plus there is the Hook Norton Bar.”

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased from various outlets including the post office, village shop, The Gate Hangs High, The Sun, The Pear Tree, The Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre, Jaffe & Neale Bookshop & Cafe in Chipping Norton and One Man Band in Banbury. They can also be bought online at

Weekend tickets purchased before May 23 cost £20 for adults and £10 for 11 to 17-year-0lds and OAPs. Children aged ten years and under go free. A Saturday only ticket purchased before May 23 costs £15 or £5 and a Friday only ticket is £10.

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