Sun shines on Chacombebury Festival for first time in eight years

Chacombebury one-day music and cider festival held at The George and Dragon
Chacombebury one-day music and cider festival held at The George and Dragon

The sunshine wasn’t on the line-up but certainly played a starring role at this year’s Chacombebury Festival.

It was the first time in the event’s eight-year history that it didn’t rain – making it the biggest and best yet.

Landlord Chris Peverell behind the bar

Landlord Chris Peverell behind the bar

More than 550 revellers attended the fun-filled day at the George and Dragon pub in Chacombe on Saturday for the village’s answer to Glastonbury.

And the bands didn’t disappoint as they got everyone up on their feet to dance the day away.

As well as the musicians performing on the main stage and acoustic stage, there were 18 varieties of cider on sale.

Landlord Chris Peverell, one of the organisers, said: “It was a very successful day and the atmosphere was absolutely great.

Alan Jaggs performing on the acoustic stage

Alan Jaggs performing on the acoustic stage

“It was the first time in eight years of holding the festival that it hadn’t rained, so that really made a big difference and put everyone in a good mood.

“We kitted the place out with hundreds of straw bales so the kids were having a great time messing around in them.

“Everyone was really enjoying themselves and by the time the headliners The Meanies were on everyone was up dancing and having a great time. It couldn’t have gone any better.”

Highlights of the day included headline act The Meanies, a five-piece ska band, and father and daughter duo Stevie and Matt Cooper and Lindsey-May, who wowed crowds with their acoustic set.

Father and daughter Stevie Matt Cooper and Lindsey May singing on the acoustic stage

Father and daughter Stevie Matt Cooper and Lindsey May singing on the acoustic stage

There were also performances from Rufus Goodlove, The Keys and Beyond Trepidation, as well as children’s activities including face painting and a number of arts and crafts stalls.

“We’re already starting to think about next year’s festival,” Chris added.

“Tonya Angelina who looks after the artists did a really great job of putting the line-up together this year – so next year should be great.”

Claire Hewitt and Emma Pass from Medina Clothing selling African clothing for charity

Claire Hewitt and Emma Pass from Medina Clothing selling African clothing for charity