Plastic-free fest

No to plastic

Can Beacon Festival 2019 Beat the £11,000 it gave to charity in 2018 and and also go plastic free?

This is the challenge Beacon Festival organisers have set themselves as the event enters its sixth year. After giving away its largest ever  donation to charity in 2018, the not-for-profit event is being held on June 21 and 22 and the team are confident after last year’s success that this year will be the first time Beacon Festival in Watlington, Oxfordshire,sells out.

The environment has always been at the heart of Beacon Festival, which is why 2019 should mean the festival will be a single use plastic-free zone, as all vendors have been banned from using plastic at the venue, and they will be encouraging all festival-goers to also think about the impact of using single-use plastics.

As well as having distinctly green principles, Beacon Festival has gained a reputation for booking exciting new musical talent. This year is no different, with the festival already announcing two impressive headline acts. Friday night headliners Tankus The Henge will entertain the crowds with their repertoire of New Orleans-inspired swing and heavy rock riffs. This self-proclaimed ‘wild groove machine’ is currently breaking onto National Radio, so organisers believe they have chosen one of the UK’s hardest working breakthrough bands.

Our Music will extend to almost 1am on both nights and the main stage on Saturday will end with Guns or Roses, who will rock the Chilterns with their classic festival anthems! While again the festival will close at 2am on both nights. Beacon Festival continues to attract the best of local talent but this year we even have a touring band from New Zealand who are about to make waves in the UK, Hypnumb.

Beacon Festival is a family friendly festival and organisers have put in even more into its Kidzone than ever before to keep youngsters amused. Headline act is Nick Cope, an Oxfordshire musician who is said to be exciting younger fans all over the county and is the former lead singer of The Candskins.

Real ale, cider and cocktail bars will keep the liquid refreshments going while there is an eclectic international food selection. This includes vegan stall-holders.

A Health and wellbeing zone is expanding to include more therapies and experiences on offer and there are workshops available.

If visitors are staying the weekend they are advised to book early, as the camper van area is sold out and the campsite is filling fast.

Over two days the festival will be presenting some of Oxfordshire/Bucks’ finest talent, international touring bands, some amazing acts from around the UK and across the world and after the success of our Youth Stage, organisers continue to extend the influence of younger musicians into the festival.

This year the festival is supporting Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Watlington and Chalgrove Children’s Family Hub First steps and Footsteps Foundation, Aylesbury, Thomely, Worminghall, Restore, Oxford.

The cost is £45 for the whole weekend (no additional booking fees on the website) or people can choose to camp too for an extra £10. Under 16s still enter free.

Tickets are available from the website


May 17, 2019