Bloxfest set to delight crowds in sixth year

Six year old Freya Drake from Bloxham dressed up as a Pirate at last year's Bloxfest. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141005-183100009
Six year old Freya Drake from Bloxham dressed up as a Pirate at last year's Bloxfest. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141005-183100009

The village of Bloxham is set to be transformed into a hive of activity on Saturday, May 9 with a mixture of music, arts and crafts for all to enjoy.

Now in its sixth year, Bloxfest will take place on Old Bridge Road, with music spread across five stages in different locations including the Elephant & Castle pub on Humber Street and the Joiners Arms on Old Bridge Road.

Peter Spittles and Lisa Roques from Thirst Aid at last year's Bloxfest. 'Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141005-183254009

Peter Spittles and Lisa Roques from Thirst Aid at last year's Bloxfest. 'Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141005-183254009

The day starts at 10.30am and artists already confirmed include The Meanies, Leatherat, Folk the System and Mississippi Disco. Other activites include Bloxfeast - a children’s street party with food and drink, a children’s panto, bouncy castle and free children’s crafts.

Sian Phillips, one of the organisers, said the committee is on the lookout for people with new ideas to join them.

She said: “I think we have come to a point where we need some new blood to help with fundraising ideas. I’ve done lots of festivals but they cost money, so we are seeing if we can get new people on board even if it just to help with little things like distributing leaflets or doing social media.”

But Mrs Phillips added the festival has been a good platform in recent years for young people to perform on stage to a live audience, with pupils at Bloxham Primary School kicking off music proceedings at 10.30am on the Red Lion stage.

She also said festival volunteers will be not tolerate anyoneunder the age of 18 who comes to the event and brings alcohol.

She said: “There are a lot of places in and around the area to play gigs but only if you’re over the age of 18. As a musician myself it is very important to be able to get out there and try to promote yourself.

“Many people have told us that Bloxfest is one of the safest festivals to visit. We did have a few incidents of young people bringing in alcohol last year which we will not tolerate so we will be coming down hard on anyone who does.”

Music will go on until late. Visit www.bloxfest.org.uk