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Lunar festival ready to rock village

The tiny village of Tanworth-in-Arden is about to become home to a brand new musical festival.

British Sea Power will headline Lunar festival in Tanworth-in-Arden
British Sea Power will headline Lunar festival in Tanworth-in-Arden

The tiny village of Tanworth-in-Arden is about to become home to a brand new musical festival.

From the makers of Moseley Folk and Mostly Jazz, Fun & Soul festivals, comes Lunar – a three day event, from June 6-8, based in the ancestral home of singer/songwriter Nick Drake.

With headliners such as The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess, British Sea Power and TOY, plus pop-up mini nightclubs and daytime activities from circus skills to yoga, the laid back festival has a lot to offer.

“I think Birmingham and the Midlands was crying out for it,” said organiser John Fell. “We always try to make each festival a little bit unique.

“The focus for this one is that everyone is welcome. In the day there’s so much to do for families, workshops, and at night you have some of the best clubs in the Midlands. It’s about the all-round experience.”

The festival also offers an exclusive and intimate playing of Drake’s albums in the surrounding woods every evening, on his very own record player.

“We feel very privileged to be hosting Lunar in Tanworth-in-Arden, the place where Nick Drake grew up and where he tragically died just 26 years later. He is one of our biggest influences musically.

“Although his music wasn’t widely recognised during his lifetime, Lunar Festival want to pay tribute to the ever growing appreciation of this unique and mysterious musician in our own way.”

A selection of local grub will also be on offer including a pop-up cafe from the village’s The Bell Inn.

After a small ‘trial run’ in 2012, organisers are expecting the inaugural event to attract around 1,500 people.

John said: “Our focus is definitely to make sure we do right by Tanworth-in-Arden, we don’t want to throw thousands of people at the village. We are hoping to start off small and see if we can grow in the future.

“In the Midlands, we have V Festival and Wireless Festival catering for the big markets. But there does seem to be a resurgence in smaller festivals, maybe because they’re a little bit bored of the commercial ones.”

He also promised the Sunday night finale “will be something to remember.”

Tickets, from £35 a day or £85 a weekend, are now on sale at lunarfestival.co.uk.

 

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