Also playing the Honeyfest 2011 will be hotly-tipped Dry The River, and Gabby Young & Other Animals. Local acts Matthew Kilford and Slaggerij will also be performing.
Honeyfest is part of the Barge Inn Community Project, which is funded through Village SOS; a joint venture between BBC1 and the Big Lottery Fund which is supporting villages across the UK to start up new business ventures that rejuvenate rural and village life.
Villagers from around the Vale of Pewsey, in Wiltshire, have been awarded a £433k grant through Village SOS to take over their local pub, the Barge Inn. To launch their project with maximum impact they will be staging a mini-festival, Honeyfest, at the pub now rescheduled for on the 16th April. This unique all-dayer is the first of its kind for the area and will help the villagers in their mission to rejuvenate the social hub of the village. As countless rural UK pubs close each year; never has the need for such events in rural areas been more pressing.
The top class, international line up includes the stunning vocals of BRIT winner Laura Marling, happy harmonies of The Magic Numbers, the haunting melodies of Dry the River and eccentric wild cabaret from Gabby Young & Other Animals. This is not your ordinary pub gathering or spring fete!
Sandra Bhatia, Project Co-ordinator said: “We were so disappointed when the snow scuppered our earlier attempt to host Honeyfest in December 2010 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Barge Inn. The new event on 16 April promises to be very special indeed – we’ve still got these amazing acts lined up to play, but now because we’re holding it during springtime, we can also put on some other communities activities, so it will have something for everyone.”
“The proceeds from the event will go towards helping the community to run the pub and make it a real asset the locals and visitors to the area will want to keep returning to.”
This event is open to all, so people not from the local community can get their tickets for the bargain price of £35 from Ticketweb. http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/