NEWS & VIEWS

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2014 PREVIEW

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Laurence Jones, Nina Baker and Voodoo Vegas
One of the annual highlights of the Leamington Spa area summer music scene 'The Napton Festival' takes place on the 11th and 12th of July on the grounds of the Village Hall of this beautiful Warwickshire village.


Festival running times

Friday 11th July 5pm - 11pm

Saturday 12th July - 12 noon - 11pm


This year is a particularly strong line up with both days headliners flying the rock flag, on the Friday female fronted outfit Grace Solero and on the Saturday Bournemouth based rockers Voodoo Vegas one of the best live bands around, last year was a big one for the latter as they headlined the 2nd stage of The Cambridge Rock Festival and released their stunning debut album 'The Rise of Jimmy Silver'.
Also playing the festival and showing the diversity of the music on offer is local blues sensation Laurence Jones, a young man creating a huge stir on the blues scene, the clever (and at times quirky) singer/songwriter talents of Nina Baker, the bluegrass sounds of The Folly Brothers, Indie band Itamar, and the folk with a modern twist of Brave New Storm. altogether around 16 bands will be playing over the weekend.
As well as the main stage there is also an alternative stage running on the Saturday afternoon, Presto Music Shop in Leamington Spa have donated a fabulous guitar for a prize draw and the whole event raises money via the Napton Music Festival Trust supporting music for young people and schools in the local area, with help towards equipment and further learning.
There will also be a top selection of stalls and food/drink outlets around the site.
The full 2 day ticket is just £18, camping is available (at a very reasonable rate) and tickets and full info can be found on the Festival web site www.naptonfestival.co.uk.
I have attended this festival several times over the years and have always been impressed by how friendly and well run this event is.
I have many happy memories from these years including heavy metal ladies Girlschool's headline slot in 2006 around 25 years after seeing them at one of my first ever gigs at The Spa Centre in Leamington, having the beautiful harmonies of 'The Air That I Breathe' performed by The Hollies wash over me in 2007 while last years highlight was a stunning set by youthful blues maestro Laurence Jones (returning this year).
Get a ticket while you can for what looks like another cracking Napton Festival.

Andrew Lock